A visit to Lake Michigan on a sunny and windy afternoon was perfect for late September. Lots of people walked on the beach and the pier to the lighthouse. The spray from the waves got people (including me) a little wet!
This seagull disregards the sign.
It was a lovely day to spend at the beach while it is still warm…
I live near a farmers market and now that autumn is approaching there are lots of seasonal things for sale like pumpkins, mums, apple cider and bouquets of flowers. It was sunny and warm yesterday when I went to the market and I saw these cheerful displays.
It will be difficult deciding which pumpkin(s) to take home!
It’s the first anniversary of Meggie’s Adventures! Last September I started this blog to write about all my favorite things: travel, ice cream (and gelato), flowers, going to the beach, and collecting postcards. Many of the stories take place when I was young, which is why the blog is called Meggie’s Adventures. But as I like to point out, I still love ice cream, flowers and travel so that hasn’t changed!
My first post was A Family Day at the Beach when we used to go to the beach in Maine. It’s been wonderful having this blog and I’m looking forward to a second year of fun adventures.
When I go to Italy one of my favorite things is to try new flavors of gelato. On my last visit I decided to go to gelato shops everywhere I went to see which one I liked the best. It wasn’t easy but since I challenged myself I went to lots of places to do this important research.
Later I decided I could never say who has the best gelato. I realized that I enjoyed a refreshing gelato from a stand near the Vatican just as much as one from a specialty shop in Venice. There was a Nutella and hazelnut combination in San Gimignano I’ll never forget. It was delicious and I nearly went back for a second one immediately. Another flavor I really enjoyed was crème brulee. It was so tasty I momentarily forgot to admire the beautiful scenery.
An important thing to remember about the gelato in Italy is the portions are quite small. I usually bought the smallest size, which was surprisingly satisfying. I’d buy it in a cone, but many people seemed to prefer cups. I’d also get one of those tiny spoons to try to make it last longer.
When I go back to Italy I’ll have to think of another important subject -like chocolate – to research!
Meggie’s family used to take weekend trips to Maine to go to the beach. When they got close to the water she always rolled down her car window to smell the crisp and salty ocean air. This was one of Meggie’s favorite childhood memories, along with collecting shells in her pail and building castles (with moats). These pictures from the coast of Maine are reminders of the excitement of that first scent of the ocean.
My parents talked about taking a family vacation to the Grand Canyon when I was ten. Although that trip didn’t work out I never forgot about going there and finally went for a visit a couple of years ago. It was as rugged and spectacular as I had imagined.
As I walked (slowly) on one of the trails I got passed by many hikers, but that was fine because my objective was to look around and take lots of pictures. When I passed the Bright Angel Trail and saw all the groups starting off on their adventures I thought about following them. But after a few steps on the steep and narrow path I decided the Rim Trail was enough of a challenge!
By staying on a wider trail I could safely admire the views and find places to take photos. These were more scenes from that day.
Here’s a bird in a tree by the edge of the canyon.
My Grand Canyon visit was unforgettable and worth the long wait!
After a trip it’s fun to reminisce by looking at photos. I’ve also accumulated quite a collection of postcards. Sometimes I think I take so many pictures I shouldn’t need postcards, but that doesn’t seem to matter when I’m looking for souvenirs.
When I was in Italy a few years ago I wondered if I should I buy this postcard.
… or should I buy this one?
I couldn’t decide, so I got them both!
Then there’s the somewhat competitive idea of whether my photo is as good as a postcard of the same scene. I took a picture of telephone boxes in Cambridge, England. Then I bought a postcard that was similar. I can’t decide which one is the better likeness, but I’m glad to have both for the sake of comparison.
I also like unusual postcards from different places. This is a unique card of the astronomical clock in Prague. There’s a little paper wheel on the side of the postcard that turns and shows the scenes on the clock changing the way it does when you see it in person.
Postcards are classic souvenirs. And I’ve enjoyed mine, so they were worth buying!