Carcassonne Medieval City -Cascoly Image Gallery

Carcassonne, a fortified city in the south of France, holds within its ancient walls a rich tapestry of history, culture, and architectural splendor. Visiting this remarkable UNESCO World Heritage Site is akin to stepping back in time, where the past whispers through every stone and cobblestone alleyway. Find larger images for download and merchandise Cobbled… Continue reading Carcassonne Medieval City -Cascoly Image Gallery

The Road Less Traveled: Acadia’s Hidden Wonders

Acadia and Mount Rainier are among the most visited National Parks in the United States. Both are close to major metropolitan areas, but also provide 2 very different ecological settings: volcanic mountain versus seacoast fjords, both with temperate forests. Most tourists, however, spend too little time touching only the highlights. Here I’ll emphasize some of… Continue reading The Road Less Traveled: Acadia’s Hidden Wonders

Image Galleries – Mount Rainier – Washington Cascades

Climbing Mount Rainier is a popular but challenging endeavor. The mountain claims lives each year due to its unpredictable weather and difficult terrain. Spring is the most popular time to climb the easier routes, before major crevasses open. For more technical routes it also reduces the chances of snow or rockfall.  Winter climbing freezes more rocks in place allowing climbs such as Gibraltar which are unsafe even in the spring.

Small Bites, Big Flavor: Dim Sum with Air Fryer or Steamer

Shu Mai (Shumai) is a popular Chinese dumpling that originated in the southern region of China. These dumplings are typically small, open-faced, and round. Shu Mai wrappers are made from a thin, unleavened dough, and they are usually filled with a mixture of ground pork, shrimp, and various seasonings. Sometimes, you might find variations with chicken, beef, or even vegetables.

Tales of Terroir: The Unique Rieslings of Moselle and Rhine River

The steep hills with views of the Rhine River and the Mosel and their tributaries were perfect for vine planting. No one knew this better than the Romans. Roman poet Ausonius describes the verdant hills covered in Bacchus grapes and the pleasant, softly running streams of the “Mosella” in a poem dated around 370 AD.… Continue reading Tales of Terroir: The Unique Rieslings of Moselle and Rhine River