Playa Del Carmen…a stroll through the neighborhood.

One’s destination is never a place, but a new way of seeing things. ~ Henry Miller

Playa del Carmen… it’s all beaches, surf and tacos, right? Not quite…

It’s also all about kids playing, people working to earn a living, raising families and living life the best they can. On this Sunday morning we see kids shooting off fireworks and selling oranges, men working on home improvement projects and tinkering with cars and scooters, a mother watches as a child teeters while taking first steps, clothes hang on the line drying in the warm sunshine, dogs play chase and families share a meal. Same, but different.




















Easter2015web-Playa del Carmen… ocean  is pretty, the weather is pleasant, dogs are plentiful and struggles are real.

Rollin’ On the River Seine

Since 1991, the Seine is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, protected as an important natural and cultural artifact.






The river runs for 776 km (482 miles) through France and into the English Channel at Le Havre and Honfleur (Belgium). Its source is in the French region of Burgundy, and its mouth is the English Channel. These houseboats could go for quite a ride with that kind of distance. Wonder how much it costs to park here?


In Paris, the banks of the Seine are connected by a total of 37 bridges and provides plenty of background for photo opps.


The river’s name originates in the latin word, “sequana”, which some believe relates to a Gaelic name that would have been attributed by the earliest Celtic settlers.2014Paris-1080021dmv

Hey, guys… what’s for dinner? I see wine bottles and glasses, so I’ll bet a fun time will be had by all. I do wonder why so many have their heads down when the view is the selling point of this experience. 2014Paris-1080018dmv

Here come some more boats of tourists using the services of a company called Bateaux-Mouches. (Click on the link for their website and touring options.)


There are many boat tour operators in Paris offering various levels of service from taxi-boats to private dining experiences. The most famous are still the Bateaux-Mouches.2014Paris-1080015dmvcr

Yep, there they go.2014Paris-1080140dmvWe appear to be forlorn since we did not go on a river boat cruise. It was a lucky day for the cruisers since they were able to watch us watching them.

Inquiring minds want to know…


~A Paris Guide:  The River Seine

Milking time is done… for now.

Camino de Santiago Day #6 continues up the mountain, O’Cebreiro…

The path passes through a small dairy farm and we arrive just after morning milking.

2014Camino-1070308dmvThe girls are milked and it’s time to mo-o-o-o-ve on.

2014Camino-1070313dmvLooks like Grandma has kid duty and a strong grasp on her charge. Don’t even think about it, Nino!


A traveler without observation is a bird without wings. ~ Moslih Eddin

There is more to Minnesota than just the Mall of America and more to South Dakota than just Mount Rushmore.  Likewise, there’s more to Jamaica than just white sand and coastal resorts.

To each their own and there are benefits to both.

Holiday life in Jamaica:

Real life in Jamaica:2014Jamaica-1060125







2014Jamaica-1060133kpcrMy ultimate achievement:  Finding clotheslines to photograph in Jamaica

How to experience nature and history near Chicago’s O’hare Airport

Looking for a hiking, exploring experience near Chicago’s O’hare Airport?  About ten miles from the airport you can find Schaumburg Park  which is an interesting and free nature center that is open to the public.  It is located at 1111 E Schaumburg Road, Schaumburg, Illinois which is about ten miles from O’hare Airport.

Chicago-1050451dmvpopWe wander down the path to find a pond with lily pads lounging in the still water.

Chicago-1050453dmvInformation plaques are located throughout the park to educate us.


Spring Valley Volkening Heritage farm info gives a glimpse into life on a farm in this region of Illinois in the 19th century.  They host living history events from April 1 to October 31.  These events involve a recreation of activities on a 19th century farm. The August calendar of events included laundry, rural cooking, barn chores, German sweets and coffee time, bread making and historic gardening.
Chicago-1050487plhpThis colorful rooster roams the farmyard.

Chicago-1050473plThe chickens are too fast for a 21 month old.

Chicago-1050471plRandy found new friends in the pig yard.  These friendly critters remind him of doing pig chores during his days as a kid growing up on a farm.

Chicago-1050462dmvcrThe sign does not deter Randy as he has determined that these are friendly pigs that enjoy a little scratching and petting.  At least he didn’t feed them.

Chicago-1050498plhpBeautiful flowers line the walking path along the Spring Valley Nature Sanctuary located in the park.

Chicago-1050502pophpcrInsects are buzzing and enjoying the flowers, as well.

Chicago-1050446fp20pop50dmvNicely paved walking paths wind through the nature area and farm and Rachel uses a walking stick just like Grandpa.


The beauty of taking a walk is the simplicity.  No fancy equipment required since comfortable shoes, curiosity and an appreciation of nature is good enough.