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Out and About
I love to travel. It doesn’t matter whether it’s up the street or around the world, I simply have to see what’s out there. But no matter where I go, I always decide that the very best place to be is home with the people I love. This page, though, is devoted to when I’m out and about. I’ll share pictures and suggestions, just in case you end up in, say… Ljubljana, Slovenia! Ljubljana and Bled, Slovenia – October, 2011

I visited Slovenia on business. I’ll admit that the country was nowhere on my “gotta see” list, but that was simply because I didn’t know what I was missing! Ljubljana is a wonderful city to walk. Cross its bridges, listen to music in the square, visit its castle, and stop at Julija (9 Stari Trg) for a warm welcome, fabulous food and local wines. Click here for Trip Advisor reviews.

Between meetings, my travel companion (because, really, at my age, I feel like a freak when I say “boyfriend”) and I took a bus to the town of Bled, which is located in the Julian Alps. Gorgeous. Totally gorgeous. Walk the lake, and if you’re there in autumn, have a hot chocolate to warm up.

Castle View

Castle Funicular

Bridge Sculpture

Dragon Bridge

Triple Bridge View

Ljubljana Rooftops

Dragon Bridge, Griffon's Eye View

Bled, Slovenia

Autumn Colors

Bled, Slovenia

Castle and Mountains

Best Hot Chocolate Ever

Venice, Italy – October, 2011

I was lucky enough to spend a couple of days in Venice, but I met an American woman who is living the dream. Karen Henderson and her husband, Mike, picked up and moved to Venice. They now have a private guide service that I highly recommend, especially if you’re not going to be in Venice very long. Visit their business here: In a day of walking the city with Karen, I truly got a sense of what Venice is about. San Marco Square is great for a stop, but that’s just scratching the surface of this city. Rich with history, mystery, and intrigue, Venice surrounds you, seduces, and makes you want more. I will be back.


Frog Boy


Autumn Well


True Gondolier's Hats

Vendor's Dog


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