We enjoyed our visit to Copenhagen. It is a lovely city with warm and friendly people. Everyone rides bikes.We rode the hop on hop off bus around the city and saw the distinctive brick architecture; and the dome of the marble church.Of course there is water everywhere, and the canals are a lovely way to see the city by the water.Now we are getting ready to board our ship, the Regal Princess, with our family for a Baltic cruise. Oslo, Norway is our next port of call. Bon Voyage.
We are off to Copenhagen today from LAX. Our dear son and his love will be taking care of the house and doggie. We will be on a family cruise to the Baltic states starting next Saturday. So excited about going back to this part of Europe. Because we will be on a cruise ship and there is very little internet I will be posting when I can. I am sure I will have lots of photos to post of our adventures.
After the cruise we will be going to London to begin to pet and house sit in England for 3 months. It will be fun to meet new people and to resit for 2 of our families from last year. Bon Voyage and I will be posting soon.
We have always wanted to take an RV ( recreational vehicle) to see if we would like to purchase one. An opportunity came up to relocate a new RV from Iowa to Las Vegas for $1 a day plus gas in 10 days, sounded like a dream come true. We took this trip from May 4 to May 16. We include my sister Sandi in this trip. We flew into Minneapolis and drove to Forest City, Iowa to pick up the RV. I will not talk about the particulars of how the trip went as David has promised to deliver one of his data packed posts to fill you in on the details and the actual costs of the trip. What I will say is that we had a great time in the places that we stayed, but there was way too much driving for me inspite of the fact that we purchased 2 extra days at $150 per day to extend the time.
The first place we stopped at was Mount Rushmore. It was quite inspiring. None of us had been there before and we enjoyed the spectacular mountain carvings.We then drove to Yellowstone National Park. This was my favorite part of the trip. The park was still snowy in places and the animals had just had babies. The hot springs and geysers were stunningly beautiful. Here are some photographs.
We spent 3 days here and it was wonderful.
We then moved South through Jackson Hole. It was so cold and rainy there we only stayed overnight and then headed south to Bryce Canyon.
Bryce was sunny and warm. It is hard to capture the magnificence of the rock formations in photographs, but I tried.
We drove to Las Vegas the next day , spent the night and returned the RV in the morning. Rented a car and drove home. I was so happy to sleep in my king size bed with my honey that night.
When I am traveling, there is never enough time to make entries in my travel journal. I want to do at least a bullet journal of what I did that day, tape in some receipts, and stash any brochures in my journal. I find I cannot remember specifics even with the photos of the events. Where did we eat, how much did it cost for that museum, and how did we get there? These are some of the questions I will want to remember and to share with my family and friends when I return home. The way I have learned to take care of this is to prepare my travel journals before I leave home. I thought I would share how I do that with you my dear blog readers.
I buy a large blank page notebook whenever I can find them on sale. I found these at Walmart for only $2 each (a stunningly low price) and purchased 3 of them.Since the paper is kind of thin, I glue 2-3 pages together to make a strong base to paint and to eventually staple and glue the memorabilia from the trip.Then I make the cover using mixed media products, stencils and paints.Now I am ready to start painting or using watercolor pencils to prepare the blank pages to write my journaling, and to attach other items I want to save from the trip. I normally add stickers and colorful borders to the pages as I prepare them. I sometimes draw light pencil lines since that keeps my writing easier to read later.
I will add some envelopes and glue two pages together to make a large envelope to stash larger items.Finally, I will put together a traveling art kit that includes; pens, water coloring pencils, a ruler, tape, double sided tape, a paint brush, a stapler with staples, a big glue stick, liquid glue, and a small pair of scissors. [Use short, blunt scissors and omit anything liquid if you plan to put the kit into your carry-on.]
Now I am ready to quickly journal by either writing out a narrative or using bullet points to summarize my day. Here is a bullet journal sample from a day that we spent in Paris last year.
- went to the Louvre (got there early and there was not much of a line)
- saw the Mona Lisa, so many people around it, hard to get close
- went to dinner at small outdoor cafe at the foot of the Eiffel Tower (romantic)
- back to the apartment by the metro
I also will purchase postcards, cut up the photos and add them to the pages. I also leave some blank pages to add my photos when I get home and have them printed.
I hope this tutorial helps you prepare for your next travel adventure and makes it easier and quicker to write down some precious memories from these fleeting moments in your life.
We took care of two sweet kitties last month for a week near La Jolla, California. Here is a photo of Eddie. It was a nice break from the house and the routine. The sea lions, seals and cormorants were all having babies in La Jolla this February. We drove down to see them. Here are some sea lions who are lying on the rocks in the sun. And here is a mom still nursing her pup.
Here is a photograph of a cormorant sitting on her just hatched babies. I love seeing new born animals in a natural environment. This is an interesting adjunct to pet sitting in Europe. There are people in the USA who want pet sitters too. We have another pet sit lined up for Portland next month for 6 days with 2 sweet kitties.
I am lining up our summer pet sitting schedule and it is almost finished. We have two people that we sat for last summer who we will sit for again. Plus 4 other new people to meet and some new pets to love. We will go on the Baltic cruise then pet sit until the beginning of Oct. It should be another fun summer.
I have not posted in a while because being at home is not that interesting. We have gotten around to all of our doctor appointments and we are healthy and ready to hit the road again.
We have been doing household improvements since we have decided to keep the house for a while.
The new plan is a family Baltic cruise in June and then to stay on in Europe until October or November of 2018 and cruise home.
I am so excited. I will keep you informed of our progress. Mac our dog is very happy that we are home. I have been working on some travel journals to sell in my etsy shop ( www.etsy.com/shop/LDphotography) and I will probably post some information as I prepare my travel journal for this summer. I make up my travel journal ahead of time so all I have to take with me is the journal, water color pencils, glue, tape and scissors.