Diving for Blessings

Angela Wylie's photo of Theophany in Australia from theage.com.auI love Miami Beach, but I yearn for New York....more

I love packing

I do love packing. For trips that is. I hate packing for moving. Love packing for vacations. It's just so much easier to pack and move your life to someplace new just for a week, than it is to move every damn thing you own permanently.I love packing and the planner in me needs to be prepared for everything. As such, I'm probably going to overpack for this trip. Wait, scratch that, I don't want to overpack unnecessary things, I want to make sure that we have everything we need, not a thing more. And I don't want to have to do laundry while we're there....more

If We Didn't Go To Ecuador Where Did We Go Then?

We went to Barcelona instead! We had already set our mind on spending a week in a hot latin country so after the disappointing news that we will not go to Ecuador after all we did the next best thing. We were already packed for a trip, vacation was booked, nobody was going to look for us in the next week so off we went....more

Did We Go To Ecuador?

No, not really. I know, I can assure you we were more disappointed than you. Let me start at the beginning....more

I'm a right proper naughty geezer, my son!

When thinking of Cockney, think Andy Capp and Eliza Doolittle, with a cocky edge. I've enjoyed studying Cockney rhyming slang and accents to such a degree that my family is getting annoyed with me.Try it, it's addictive!A translation of the most commonly used modern Cockney phrases:...more

Travel Adventures in Vietnam

"Ha Long Bay, situated in the Gulf of Tonkin, includes some 1600 islands and islets forming a spectacular seascape of limestone pillars. Because of their precipitous nature, most of the islands are uninhabited and relatively unaffected by human influence."--UNESCO ...more
Great Pictures. I've always want to go there. Seeing these pictures makes me want to go even ...more

Digital Detox: Leaving Social Media at Home to Take an Electronics-Free Vacation

It's bitterly cold this morning in Washington, DC, which means that I have already thought about vacations in warm climates at least twice before breakfast. What would be perfect right now would be a beach -- someplace warm -- with nothing more to do than read books, sleep on the sand, and maybe go swimming every once in a while to cool off. Though this post is about whether a laptop or smartphone features into this dream vacation. ...more
I don't consider myself constantly accessible. Most of my calls go unanswered. I'll answer a ...more

Cockney in Ireland

Cockney rhyming slang began in London's East end during the Victorian era but it is still used extensively in England, the U.K. and parts of Ireland, although Londoner's refer to people who speak Cockney but aren't from London as "Mockney"....more

So I'm Kind Of A Big Thing In Scotland. (With E:S;I- An Englishman, A Scotsman and an Irishman)

Photo courtesy of Richard Waugh...more