Dolomites

Dolomites

The Dolomites is a general name for a number of mountain ranges in northeast Italy. They are part of the Southern Limestone Alps and extend from the River Adige in the west to the Piave Valley in the east. In August 2009, the Dolomites were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are called the “Pale Mountains” because of the light appearance of the rock they’re named after: Carbonate rock dolomite. 

Tea Cups

Tea Cups

My grandmother collected tea cups and showcased them in her dining room on a several-tiered shelf. I can picture them to this day. When I was in my twenties, she asked me to pick out a tea cup and saucer to take home with me. I loved and treasured the experience and after all these years I still have my beloved tea cup. It’s a beautiful purple flower pattern and reminds me of special times with my grandmother.

Autumn Leaves

Autumn Leaves

I mentioned the beauty of fall in my newsletter this past week, but I’m happy to say it again: I love autumn and the turning of the leaves. Because I grew up in California and have lived over two decades in the desert, I’ve never had the opportunity to enjoy a massive fall display that I’m sure many of you get to experience every year.

Sand Dunes

Sand Dunes

I loved reading up on sand dunes. I found the photos first then went on a hunt for information. Since starting the topic-based part of my blog in May, I have to say that every time I tackle a subject, I’m surprised by what I discover. I had a preconception about dunes, though. Somehow, I thought a dune was a dune was a dune. I was wrong. For instance, there are different shapes and each shape has a name. (See FunFacts below.)

Paris

Paris

It’s tough to try to do justice to an entire city in a single blog. Paris, like other great cities of the world ~ London, Tokyo, Sydney, New York and Rio de Janeiro to name a few ~ are such big places with lots of interesting history, monuments and atmosphere that it’s impossible to cover even a fraction of the important points. So, since this is my blog and the only place I could get away with this, I’ll be sharing those things that I find intriguing.

Elephants

Elephants

Elephants are intelligent like primates and dolphins, which means they live complex lives with an interesting social structure, a measure of self-awareness, a need to grieve when someone in their family circle dies, and they have the ability to remember. Relating to the latter ability, Elephants have brains structured to remember. (Source)