Pandemic activities

The days go by so fast with lots of activities, sometimes short walks. Starting tomorrow the temperature will drop a little so we will resume our strolls. So far we’ve had hot summer days.

We live in a wonderful place where we have wildlife like deer, squirrels, rabbits, chipmunks, racoons,groundhogs, etc roaming around.

We often make short trips in places that are not far away from our home, one of these is Batsto colonial Village situated in a state park. The landscapes are absolutely gorgeous, with a huge lake and even a grandiose mansion which attracts lots of visitors irrespective of the season since tha park is open all year round. Since the village is in the open air and one can go inside without paying or anything like that, a repeat trip over there can happen even now during the hideous pandemic that’s restraining so many people from taking vacations. But, as I often use to say, „better inside your home than inside a hospital ward…”.

Hope you enjoyed my short presentation in which I included photos made by me. I just love taking lots of photos wherever I go.

Wish you have a great weekend blessed with wonderful weather!

Cristina David

Enchanting Photos of Blue Dusk

There is a specific magical moment, on the cusp between day and evening, when the remaining light receives a blue glow and everything looks as if it’s the backdrop of a fairytale. German photographer Kilian Schoenberger dedicated a whole photo series to this special time of the day, which he calls the ‘magical border between the rational daylight world and the mystic realm of the night.’

Schoenberger explained further on the significance this blue hour has for him –  ‘it’s far more than just a special light mood. Especially when fog hides the landscape behind a white veil even familiar views turn into fantastic sceneries. Like a visual novelist, I’m trying to capture this daily transformation of the world with my camera.’

Take time now and enjoy the blue dusk views by the talented photographer below.

All these photos are truly breathtaking and dreamlike visions. I admit I did once or maybe twice in my life, notice similar unusual light perception in nature, but so many!!!

Enjoy each one of them and have a great day tomorrow!

Cristina David

Quite Unusual and Very Beautiful Places You Should Consider Visiting – Today : Tropea in Italy

Walk up to the Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola in Tropea, Italy

Are you up for a secret getaway? Like literally, a secret getaway. Then pack your bags and head to Tropea, Italy.  Get a good view of this 12th century Norman cathedral Franciscan monastery.  This place is a best kept secret of Italians where they all go to for vacations. (Apologies to the Italians for sharing it with the world!)

Not a lot of travellers know about this place yet. Not only do you get the scenic view of the castle but you can also enjoy an afternoon dip in its warm, turquoise clear water. How can you resist a dramatic coastal cliff view while you’re sunbathing?

Monastery of Santa Maria dell’Isola

The history of Tropea begins in Roman times. Legend says that it was Hercules ho, returning from Spain (Pillars of Hercules) stood on the Coast of the Gods and made Tropea one of his ports. Today it is considered the pearl of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

Tropea – eyebird view

Please remember that the Church on top of the cliff is worth the climb, visiting and enjoy the breathtaking view. The rock on which the church stands today was probably inhabited around the 7th century by Greek hermit monks. These, isolating themselves from the world, devoted themselves to a contemplative and ascetic life. Built before the 9th century, the church belonged, at first, to the Basilian monks. In the 11th century, after the arrival of the Normans, it was passed on to the Benedictines, who still own it today.

The Cathedral

In the cathedral there is a picture of Virgin Mary of Romania, of Byzantine origin, dating from around 1330.

Over the centuries, due to the violent earthquakes from 1783 and 1905, the complex has undergone various restorations and renovations, little of the original structure of the sanctuary being preserved until today.

The staircase that runs to the top was built around 1810. The current facade of the church was built after the earthquake of 1905. The last restoration took place in 2010-2011.

This super place on earth would make a good choice for a wonderful vacation in Europe!

Take care and stay safe!

Cristina David

5 Surprising Spots to See the Northern Lights in the U.S.

The Best Time to See the Northern Lights

If you haven’t had an opportunity to see nature’s exhilarating, captivating northern lights (also known as Aurora Borealis), make sure you add it to your bucket list. The northern lights occur when charged particles from the sun enter the earth’s atmosphere and collide with gaseous particles. The collisions create stunning light shows in a variety of colors 50 to 400 miles above the earth’s surface. Waves of vibrant green and pink are the most common sights, although you’ll occasionally see violet, red, blue, and yellow waves.

Northern Lights – Maine

The best time to view the northern lights is between October and April when the skies are darkest and clearest. Fall can be a little cloudy in the north, so December through April tends to be the best time to catch the spectacle. You can also see similar light shows called the Aurora Australis in the far southern hemisphere from April through October. The optimum time to see the lights is between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. local time. Shows can last from 15 minutes to several hours. Avoid days when the moon is full or near full since a dark sky makes the lights more visible.

Northern Lights over Lake Michigan

The best places for viewing nature’s light show are the northern parts of Alaska, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, Norway, and Siberia. The good news is you don’t have to venture to far-flung locations. You can see them from several places in the U.S. without traveling to Alaska. Here are five surprising spots to see the northern lights.

Hope these wondrous images of the rarely seen Northern Lights will make you take soon a decision to be some of the few lucky persons to see them LIVE.

Have a super day tomorrow!

Cristina David

A Pearl under the Sun

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Let’s travel to the heart of the tropical paradise that is Hawaii, the famous and ever beautiful Big Island. The island is one of the most biologically diverse and unique ecosystems on the entire planet, and it is home to a multitude of scenic beaches, picturesque drives, and historical locations. Soak in the sun and marvel at the gorgeous scenery of the most iconic travel destinations on Big Island.

The Hawaii Island, also known as “The Big Island,” is the largest of the island chain. As self-explanatory as it is stunning, the Big Island boasts some of Hawaii’s most varying landscape. Unique in its encompassing 12 separate climate zones, visitors here will marvel at the dramatically different temperatures and scenic beauty that span across each distinct area, ranging from the warmth found amid balmy coastal jungles in Puna to the snowcapped peaks dotting the slopes of Mauna Kea. Beach goers get their fill of sunshine and sand at any of the five star resorts located along the Big Island’s Kona coast and within the resort area of Waikoloa, while those seeking a more quiet, casual experience will adore Hilo, a sleepy little bayside town speckled with small mom-and-pop shops. The must-do on Hawaii Island is a visit to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

sources : ba-bamail.com and hawaii.com

Cristina David

Some Less Known Attractions On the West Coast

Bishop, California

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Bishop is perfectly situated between the Sierra Nevada mountains to the west and the White Mountains to the east, and provides just the right amount of small-town charm with exhilarating outdoor recreation opportunities. Rock climbers especially flock to the region for its outdoor opportunities. While Bishop is just four hours from the metropolis cities of Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Reno, the urban influence is entirely absent. We recommend meandering through the charming town and taking in the dramatic landscape, fishing for trout in the cold, clear creeks and soaking your troubles away in some local hot springs.

San Juan Islands, Washington

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Experience island time without the crowds in the temperate climate of the San Juan Islands, just off the coast of mainland Washington. There are 172 named islands in the San Juans, but the largest and most populated include San Juan Island, Orcas Island and Lopez Island. On Lopez Island, you’ll discover 63 miles of gorgeous shoreline, along with a thoroughly rural community. San Juan Island is known for bustling Friday Harbor, with a fabulous downtown and boutique shopping. Orcas Island has been called the Emerald Isle and will enchant you with beautiful parks, lakes and hiking trails. Washington State Ferry Service connects the three major islands, so there’s no need to choose just one when you plan your visit.

North Cascades National Park, Washington

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Another Washington gem, North Cascades National Park is totally free to visit and includes rugged, alpine hiking trails, vast turquoise lakes, cascading waterfalls and more than 300 glaciers. Located less than three hours from urban Seattle, it’s hard to believe that North Cascades is one of the least-visited national parks in the United States. We recommend creating your home base at a waterfront campsite at Colonial Creek Campground and exploring the vast array of hiking trails the park has to offer. If you fancy a road trip, be sure to check out the Cascade Loop, which meanders from the coast through the mountains on some of the country’s most scenic highways.

Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, Oregon

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Looking for a different type of beach vacation? Head to one of the largest stretches of coastal sand dunes in the world at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area. Stretching 40 miles along the Oregon Coast, from Florence to Coos Bay, the Oregon Dunes are the perfect spot for adventure and solitude. Many of the trails in this 31,000-acre wilderness are suitable for off-road vehicles, horses, and mountain bikes. Sandboards are available to rent throughout the area, and you’ll also find long stretches of deserted beach, expansive wetlands for paddling and bird watching, and forests shrouded in mist. Pitch your tent at one of the many campsites along the dunes, or find cozier lodging in nearby Florence.

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posted by Cristina David

All Things Bright and Beautiful

“All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful,
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flower that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colours,
He made their tiny wings.



The purple headed mountain,
The river running by,
The sunset, and the morning,
That brightens up the sky.



The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasent summer sun,
The ripe fruit in the garden,
He made them every one.



He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell,
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.”

Cecil Frances Alexander

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