Favorite travel souvenirs

My husband and I don’t ever spend much on cheesy souvenirs, but we’ve been known to bring home less traditional momentos. The newspapers from the days we were there. Travel magazines in the local language. Art we can frame and display in our home. Practical items we can use everyday, like paper notepads or reusable…

Fourth of July at home

Franklin Falls, Snoqualmie Pass, Washington. Taken July 4, 2017. Happy birthday, America.

In and around Stockholm

Stockholm rain showers soaked us no less than four separate times, something to which you’d think Seattleites would be accustomed. However, when the sun came out, this city definitely showed off its beauty. (Taken June 25-26, 2017. Click images to enlarge.)

Helsinki, Finland

We weren’t in Finland long, but we did have some of the best food of our entire trip at the Helsinki Market. The grilled salmon platter, salmon chowder, and apple-filled donuts were totally worth the stop. We also took in Temppeliaukio Kirkko, a Lutheran church built into the rock with a copper roof. (Taken Saturday,…


We got up very early in the morning and took the high-speed train from Saint Petersburg, giving us six hours to see as much of this city as we could. This was the result. (Taken Thursday, June 22, 2017, Moscow, Russia. Click on individual images to enlarge.)

St. Petersburg/Санкт-Петербу́рг

As an American kid growing up during the Cold War, the idea of visiting Russia intimidated me…until I arrived and absolutely fell in love with this city. Gorgeous architecture, stunning canals, kind people, good food. It has become one of my favorite cities on the planet. (Taken June 21st and 23rd in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Click…

Spilled Blood

Oh, St. Petersburg, you make photography easy… (Taken Friday, June 23, 2017 at The Church of the Savior on Spilled Blood, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Tallinn, Estonia

Tuesday, June 20, 2017. Tallinn, Estonia. The morning started with rain, the clouds parted for an hour or two, and then the wind blew them in again. It was enough for me.

Riga, Latvia

Monday, June 19, 2017. A beautiful sunny day in a beautiful Baltic city.