“Tourists don’t know where they’ve been, travelers don’t know where they’re going.”

Paul Theroux

Corning Museum Beaded Glass Bracelets

Glassy-eyed Travel: Corning Museum

Continuing our Summer Travel series that focuses on places now open and ready for tourists, here’s another of our Places To See for those of you venturing forth whether near or far. . . . as a material, [glass] has properties and characteristics we are only beginning to understand. Adam Savage, TV Host If your […]

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Levi Trentham House, Elkmont in Great Smoky Mountains

Elkmont: Once upon a time in the Great Smokies

Summertime is always the best of what might be. Charles Bowden If you stand still at Elkmont, you can almost hear summer. Kids laughing as they play tag around the old log cabins. Or waiting for lightning bugs to flicker at dusk. Mothers calling their kids in for supper. Old timers swapping tales of the […]

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Boxed by size, pumpkins await bidding at Crab Orchard, Kentucky

Lens-Artists Challenge #167: Colors of Autumn

Autumn that year painted the countryside in vivid shades of scarlet, saffron and rust, and the days were clear and crisp under harvest skies. Sharon Kay Penman This adventure just happened — as many of our adventures do. We were driving home from Lexington, Kentucky, and noted what looked to be a farm selling pumpkins […]

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Waco, Texas: touring a Fixer Upper kitchen

Lens-Artists Challenge #166: Artificial Light

With the publication of Ann-Christine’s challenge this week entitled “Artificial Light,” we noted from the entries posted on her site that light sources other than natural ones can actually be quite magical indeed. To tell the truth, we tend to take pictures mostly in natural light, generally the glow from the golden hours of sunup […]

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Temple of Poseidon at Cape Sounion, Greece

Lens-Artists Challenge #165: Going Wide

The sun does not shine for a few trees and flowers, but for the wide world’s joy. Henry Ward Beecher Patti Moed of pilotfishblog.com offers the topic for this week’s Lens-Artists Challenge: Going Wide. Her post and the delightful shots taken both with wide-angle lenses and a cellphone follow the advice she gives: Before you […]

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Seaside houses in Manarola, Cinque Terre, Italy

Lens-Artists Challenge #164: Looking Up/Down

With an interesting theme by a new host for the Lens-Artists Challenge — Sofia Alves of Photographias — we’re exploring the idea of looking up and down this week. And one of our favorite towns — Manarola — in Cinque Terre, Italy, came to mind. Although we visited on what must have been one of […]

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Bangkok military moving in step

Lens-Artists Challenge #163: Keep Walking

If you find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn’t lead anywhere. Frank A. Clark Amy chose Keep Walking as this week’s photo challenge topic, and if you head to her site, you’ll see interesting paths from all over the world — like the military personnel (pictured above) we found walking stoically through Bangkok, […]

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Savannah GA: Row houses with ironwork

Sweet Savannah — Pretty homes and favorite spots

Savannah is amazing with the town squares and the hanging moss and the French Colonial houses. It’s brutally romantic. David Morrissey Ah, Savannah. One of the most visited, most talked about, and most photographed cities in the South. And with good reason. It popped up on Southern Living‘s list of The South’s Best Cities 2020, […]

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Savannah, GA - Fountain in Forsyth Park

Sweet Savannah: City of parks and squares

Parks and playgrounds are the soul of a city. Marty Rubin One of the most lasting impressions you’ll have of Savannah, Georgia, is that of the parks and squares throughout this lovely Southern city. Thanks to James Oglethorpe who laid out Savannah in 1733, residents and visitors can enjoy the peacefulness that comes with strolling […]

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Honey Crunch Peanut Butter Cups, Chocolat by Adam Turoni, Savannah, GA

Sweet Savannah: Foodie Finds

We’re not food writers. Don’t pretend to be. Just two travelers who love to eat, but not on any kind of schedule. We eat as we go by dropping into an interesting place or trying out a recommendation from someone who’s been there, done that. Like re-acquainting ourselves with Gryphon (227 Bull Street), the little […]

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Mercer family graves, Bonaventure Cemetery

Sweet Savannah: Bonaventure Cemetery

Known as one of the prettiest cemeteries in America, Bonaventure Cemetery should be on everyone’s tour of Savannah, Georgia. Located only three miles outside the city, Bonaventure welcomes you with peaceful, old live oaks dripping with Spanish moss — a backdrop for interesting headstones, family plots, and marble statuary paying tribute to those who have […]

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Wormsloe Historic Site, drive

Sweet Savannah: Wormsloe Historic Site

If you’ve thumbed through brochures enticing you to visit Savannah, Georgia (and you should, you know!), you’ve probably been charmed by a dreamy photo of the main drive lined with over-arching live oaks leading to Wormsloe Historic Site. The site was home to Noble Jones (1702-1775), a humble carpenter who later distinguished himself as a […]

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