Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail Colorado

Sitting pretty at 8,250 feet above sea level, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail is the highest botanical garden in the United States and possibly the world.  With views of the Colorado Rocky Mountains, bright blooms, other high elevation plants, manicured flowerbeds, streams and waterfalls, it is a beautiful garden Read More …

One Day in Salzburg: Walking in the footsteps of Mozart and singing Do Re Me at Mirabell Palace Gardens and other things to do

Located on banks of the Salzach river with picturesque Easters Alps as the backdrop, Salzburg is the fourth largest city in Austria.  Translated it literally means “salt castle”.  Whether you are traveling in summer or during winter there is plenty to do in Salzburg.  The city has many Baroque churches, the stunning Hohensalzburg Castle, Read More …

Texas Lavender Fields: Why go to Provence when you can find them right here?

Lavender is a flowering plant in the mint family native to the Old World. These days it can be found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, southern Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. They are cultivated extensively in temperate climates as ornamental Read More …

Lavender Ridge Farms: A mini Provencal experience near Dallas, Texas

We often travel miles when we can find what we were looking for right in our backyard, if only we knew where to look.  A couple of summers ago I was busy planning our summer trip to the south of France and was desperately trying to figure out the timing Read More …