Art in Bloom: Mia 2022, Minneapolis, MN

The beloved Art in Bloom at the Minneapolis Institute of Art, returned this year after a 2-year cancellation due to COVID. Imaginative floral interpretations of selected works of art from the Mia’s permanent collection were showcased. This blog shares examples of how the Mia classic again welcomed spring on a rainy Minnesota day!

Ukrainian Art

Ukraine and its resilient people are in our hearts and prayers at this time. I think of their art. Tragically, Russian bombs are devastating their time-honored, magnificent architecture, especially their Ukrainian Orthodox churches. But two Ukrainian art forms cannot be destroyed by invading forces: their Pysanky (Easter eggs) and Kokum (“grandmother” scarves). This blog shares insights into these art forms and ways to provide solidarity with our Ukrainian brothers & sisters.

Cruisin’ Thru COVID…in the Caribbean

After a two year break from all travel outside our backyard, we cautiously ventured back into the Wonderful World of Cruising, despite CDC’s ominous warnings. This blog shares photos & highlights of our warm and lovely vacation, resuming our annual mid-winter cruise to the Caribbean – despite COVID’s valiant attempts of sabotage!

Clearwater Beach, FL, USA

Clearwater Beach, FL, has one of the finest beaches in the USA with white, sugar sand and friendly gulf waters. With lots of activity at Pier 60 (south end) and pristine solitude on Caladesi Island (north end), it has something for everyone! Photos and fond memories fill this blog! Enjoy!

“Dolphin Tale” comes to Life: Clearwater Marine Aquarium, FL USA

Clearwater Beach FL, known for its white, sugar sand beach, sunsets and warm weather is also known as the home of Winter, the infamous dolphin of the movie, “Dolphin’s Tale.” An act of kindness by the marine aquarium staff saved not only the life of the injured dolphin, but also the facility! This blog shares Winter’s story and photos of what you can enjoy at this great place to visit!

2021 Travel Dates to the World Class Cities in my Back Yard: Fav Photos

When options for world travel all be ceased due to COVID, I explored the world class cities & sites in my backyard – St. Paul & Minneapolis MN USA.2021 Travel Dates with my husband and friends were created. This blog shares my favorite photos of my favorite places – and links for more details for you to check out.

Hennepin Island (Travel): Mpls, MN USA

I love islands! We explored Hennepin Island on our Mississippi River Travel Date. Diverse and small, it includes several parks: one close to the fall with a hydroelectric plant and, next to it, a park on the bluffs named for Fr. Hennepin with trails and steps to the shoreline. This blog is filled with colorful photos and interesting information!

Guthrie Theater & Neighbors (Art & Travel), Mpls. MN USA

The Guthrie Theater, Gold Medal Park and the Memorial to the tragic 35W Bridge collapse (2007) were included in our Mississippi River Travel Date. Just a few steps from the Stone Arch Bridge and the Heritage Trail, these 3 significant, though unrelated, sites are well worth this side trip. This blog is filled with colorful photos and interesting information!

Stone Arch Bridge (Art & Travel), Mpls. MN USA

The Stone Arch Bridge – a Minneapolis icon – crosses the Mississippi River near downtown Minneapolis and St. Anthony Falls. Truly unique to our city, it is a timeless piece of architecture and history. Built in 1883 by railroad magnet, James J. Hill, it became the city’s most important and impressive railroad bridge. It was the starting point on our recent Travel Date as we continue to explore the wonderful sites in our back yard. This blog shares fascinating info, photos, and artwork.

St. Anthony Falls (Travel), Mpls. MN USA

The Falls of St. Anthony are the focal point of the Mississippi River as it flows through downtown Minneapolis, MN USA. We continued our exploration of the world out our backdoor on our recent Travel Date, crossing the river on the Stone Arch Bridge on the Heritage Trail. This blog shares interesting info, photos, and artwork revealing the falls as a “falls,” and its journey to becoming a vibrant dam.