Category Travel

Stephen Foster Memorial Carillon Tower

Art in the Park at Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park, Oct. 7

Enjoy seeing artist displays and craft demonstrations and get a head start on holiday gift shopping at Art in the Park at the Stephen Foster Folk Culture Center State Park on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, 2017. I’ll be one of the artists, selling my wood art. My Native American-style flutes […]

Hitty Namesakes: The Walker Sisters

Hitty sisters I recently carved made a trip hiking in the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. The Hitty sisters, wood dolls, share the heritage of Methitabel, (“Hitty” for short) a carved doll starring in the Newberry winning book Hitty, Her First Hundred Years. While I enjoy carving the dolls, the detailed tiny clothes are fashioned […]

Gazpacho of the day

My Elixir Gazpacho

When I was in Barcelona, I had some absolutely fabulous gazpacho. The best gazpacho I have ever tasted! We ate tapas in a cafe outside the Sagrada Familia.  The waiter brought the freshest gazpacho. I long to go back for more. You can understand, then, that I have been on a quest to recapture that […]

public bicycles - Barcelona

Barcelona’s intriguing streets

The streets of Barcelona were intriguing. There were major thoroughfares that looked like main roads in US cities. But within just a block of those major streets were the real streets of Barcelona. Las Ramblas has two narrow lanes for traffic with the majority of the area being a wide pedestrian walkway. Every time I […]

Barcelona female gegant

Gegants (the giants) in Barcelona

“You have to see the gegants,” my friend Cheryl told me. Cheryl, the tour guide and host of my Barcelona visit, knew that I make small wooden figures. So to prepare for my visit, Cheryl located shops that made and sold marionettes and puppets. But she also knew that I’d want to see Barcelona’s special […]

Gamelan Workshop in Barcelona, Spain

One of the many interesting moments during my trip to Barcelona was the opportunity to participate in a Balinese Gamelan workshop.  Yes, in Barcelona not in Bali. When looking online for places to visit in Barcelona during my visit with my friend, I discovered the Museu de la Musica  with its many historical instruments. The monthly workshop on the […]

The Mediterranean Sea from Barcelona’s Shoreline

The Mediterranean Sea was the first sea I knew about as a child. A picture of the soothing blue Mediterranean Sea was in the front pages of the Bible my grandparents gave me for my 5th birthday.  There were no pictures of the Atlantic Ocean, the Great Lakes or the St. Lawrence Seaway  — bodies of […]