Travel

Guadeloupe Visit

Dave and I recently visited Guadeloupe, the French island in the Caribbean.

We went with our good friends Barb and Geebo Church.

We rented a beautiful house high on a hill overlooking Grand Anse beach and the town of Deshaies.  We first got interested in the island from watching "Death in Paradise", the BBC murder mystery.  It's filmed on Guadeloupe.

We spent lots of time at our house, enjoying the pool, the view and the windy heat, and delicious French Rose.

We toured Basse-Terre, the western side of the island, and visited Le Jardin Botanique de Deshaies.

British Columbia 2014

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My husband Dave and I were in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia about a month ago, and had a few extra days to explore the area. We started with an amazing bird's-eye view of Coal Harbour from our hotel room at the Westin Bayshore. We marveled at the steady float plane traffic and general hubbub on the waterfront. We toured the forests and waterfalls of North Vancouver with friends, along magnificent Horseshoe Bay and up to Shannon Falls. We were in the cool interior of Vancouver: a city of shiny high-rises and funky neighborhoods. We ferried to the provincial capital of Victoria, sight-seeing along her waterfront, including the historic Empress Hotel.  We enjoyed our cozy B&B Abigail's, with it's talented chef Matt McGinn, and a Halloween night Ghostwalk where we learned a bit too much about the past inhabitants! Our last day on Vancouver Island was sunny and gorgeous at the Butchart Gardens with the lush sunken garden, Japanese maples and ivy walls. An afternoon's ferry ride back to the city of Vancouver, then home!

 

Vermont Fall Foliage

nsp_131012_fall_blog_01 My husband Dave, our chocolate lab Rosalita and I did some touring recently to find beautiful fall colors. Once again, Vermont did not disappoint! I find myself getting really enamored of the light coming through the leaves, and the yellows this year were amazing. A delight to experience the bright and vibrant colors.

Here's a gallery of a few more photos. We walked up to Silver Lake in Salisbury, and on our way down we came upon a newly married couple. They took their vows on Lennie's Lookout trail, up at the lake. They asked me to shoot a few photos of their group, and were happy to discover it was not my " first wedding"!   I asked Nicole and Jeff to shed their backpacks and walk out into the sunshine at the bottom of the trail. They were lovely!

 

October Getaway in Stowe, Vermont

Rhode Island Monthly’s October Getaways issue features Stowe, Vermont with several of my photographs. Here are some great suggestions for your fall foliage travel plans. rim_oct2013_cover_500px

The cover is a collage, featuring two of mine: the girl in the red tee-shirt at Shaw’s General Store in Stowe, and Chef Eric Warnstedt of Hen of the Wood.

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Shaw’s General Store and Kristen Piper with some Vermont products.

nsp_130822_004_hen_webChef Eric Warnstedt and Hen of the Woods’ fare: Cheeseplate: Jasper Hill “Bayley Hazen Blue” (cow), Sage Farm Dairy “Sterling”( Goat), Woodcock Farm “Summer Snow” (sheep); Fresh Tracks Farm Rabbit leg and loin, heirlooms beans, buttered parsnips, blackberries and blackberry puree; Goat’s milk dumplings, Pete’s Greens cipollini, locally foraged chanterelle, Jericho Settler’s Farm cherry tomatoes, Pete’s arugula, preserved tomatoes; and fresh farm radishes and local butter.nsp_stowe_vt_2013_02_web

Ice-cream aficionados at Ben and Jerry’s, Michaela Meehan enjoying tortilla chips and salsa, and a fresh margarita at Frida’s Taqueira.

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Chef Michael Kloeti of Michael’s on the Hill, and his Herb Butter Poached Maine Lobster with Crispy Polenta, Baby Spinach & Truffle

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The Stowe Rec path, paddling on the pond behind Umiak Outfitters, and Mary Regele, a yoga instructor at Topnotch.

nsp_stowe_vt_2013_69_webReign Vermont bags with owner Bridget Lamell, Stowe Farmer’s Market tomatoes, and the Stowe Visitor's Center.

New Mexico

I was in New Mexico recently for my sister-in-law's wedding. We stayed in a wonderful B&B in Albuquerque, Los Poblanos, which is a working lavender farm replete with peacocks.

Impressions of Santa Fe: red-oranges, deep blues and bright light.

The Dunwells performed on the Santa Fe Plaza bandstand. My nephew Gabriel surrounded by burnt orange below.

Siri Chand and her mother Ann.  Ann and Steve Roberts, Kevin Stultz

The bride and groom during the traditional Sikh ceremony high on a mountaintop near Española. A beautiful weekend full of ceremony, family and friends!

Congratulations Siri Chand and Amar Atma!   June 23, 2013

Boston Globe Sunday Magazine Farm To Table Feature

The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine "Food Issue" features my photos of an Outstanding In The Field dinner I photographed last September at Pete's Greens in Crafstbury, VT.  The chef was Eric Warnstedt of Hen of the Wood restaurant in Waterbury. We were in a lovely field of  buckwheat  dining on  locally sourced produce, meats, wine and spirits.

Check out more photos in my blogpost from September.

Vermont Foliage

It was one of those cool, rainy, gray fall days that make you want to curl up inside and read a book, and yet we ventured out to view the emerging foliage with a day trip to Vermont's Northeast Kingdom. Dave, Rosalita and I drove back roads visiting ponds and hilltop lookouts.  We were delighted by the abundant red and orange hues, and white birches that peaked out behind their vibrant maple neighbors.

It was a lovely day with vibrancy and calmness: so quiet and beautiful, so comfortable and energizing.

A perfect day in Vermont to enjoy the colors and smells and light and faint mist, then rain. Our cozy home awaited us, with a beer and snacks and the first fire of the season.

Ah, Fall!