A belated Happy New Year everyone. Thank you all for reading this blog and following along with my travels – you all inspire me to keep posting and I hope I give you some ideas to add to your travel bucket list. I am looking forward to many more adventures in 2016 and I hope you will join me.
During the Christmas holiday season we were lucky enough to go to paradise for some rest and relaxation. I am talking about Hawaii, one of the most gorgeous places on earth. This is our third trip to Hawaii; we had previously visited Maui, Kuai and Big Island. This trip was our first time in Oahu. We spent the first week in Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii and the only real city in the islands.
Remembering how we all enjoyed the trip we did over the summer to Starved Rock state park. I really wanted to venture on another day trip outside Chicago, this time to see the beautiful colorful autumn leaves. Unfortunately work commitments, life commitments and rainy weather all combined to delay this trip.
Are the trees near where you live bare yet? are the fallen leaves forming a carpet on the sidewalk ?
Here in Chicago quite a few of the trees in the city are still in bloom, this may have something to do with the unseasonably warm autumn we have been having. Don’t get me wrong I like that the summer weather has decided to stick around. Winter can stay away as long as it wants, however something about November days being 70 degrees is not right. I will admit that right now I would not mind being cozy in some cashmere, pulling on some boots and tying a bright scarf around my neck. When I tell folks this the response is the same “don’t worry, this is Chicago, the cold is coming, it’s coming”
The dictionary defines Autumn as “the time of year between summer and winter, during which the weather becomes cooler and plants become dormant” – whether you want to call the season Autumn or Fall the point is, it is here and it is beautiful. The warm midday weather is bookended with brisk mornings and evenings. The leaves are different shades of greens, yellows, oranges and reds. Trees look as though they have caught fire with their brilliant color. Unfortunately, this glorious spectacle is so short lived, in a matter of weeks the leaves would have fallen to the ground waiting for us to crunch them under foot. Therefore, before the long winter descends upon us lets walk in our parks, sit in our gardens, stroll along tree lined streets and take day trips to the countryside to enjoy this colorful show that mother nature gifts us.
One of the highlights of my summer every year is my summer holidays in Europe. Every August before going home to visit my parents in Wales we go somewhere on the continent for some rest and relaxation. This year the sun drenched paradise we chose to visit was the Italian island of Sardinia. I love going on summer holidays to the European islands – the shimmering blue mediterranean sea, the olive oil drenched food and mingling with the boisterous, sun tanned Europeans make a perfect end to the summer season.
Out of all the social media platforms, my favorite and the one I use the most is Instagram. I love this app – it is such an easy way to get a glimpse into other people’s lives. I am a relatively new user, I joined December 2014. The accounts I follow all have great photography, great story lines, and content that I am interested in. I have found that over the last couple of months I have become a faithful follower of a handful of women whom I will call my Instagram ladies. Every morning when I am having coffee I check in to Instagram to see what photos these ladies have posted. Each has a different style, however there are certain similarities; all except one are professional photographers and all are great visual storytellers. They allow me to escape into another world, inspire me and ultimately teach me something new.
Read below and check out my Instagram ladies.
Have you ever wanted to own a country house in rural France and spend your days cooking and eating amazing food? Then check out www.mimithorisson.com. Mimi Thorisson is one of the most famous bloggers in the world – she is not a photographer but her husband Oddur Thorisson is and in my view one of the best food photographers I have ever seen. Mimi lives in the Medoc region of France and her free flowing writing style about everyday ventures like taking walks in the woods, shopping at local markets and constant cooking and eating of delicious food all documented in stunningly vivid photos pulls you into her country life.
Photos courtesy of www.mimithorisson.com instagram account @mimithor