My first blogoversary and I’m late!

I had intended to write something for the anniversary of my blog’s first year of life.  Alas, here I am, nearly a month late.  My first post was 2/9/12 and I really had no idea what I was doing.  Here it is in case you’re curious.  A post about Madrid, the first foreign city that I visited.  I lived there as a junior in college.  I had wanted to create a blog for quite a long time.  Then, one day when I had called in sick due to a migraine, I was lying on my couch and I decided to create this blog.  I’ve had so much fun this past year creating posts and meeting so many interesting bloggers from around the world.  I’ve loved every minute of it!  Thank you to all my wonderful followers.  I sure appreciate all the follows, great comments and likes, it is so humbling.

I thought I would highlight some my favorite posts from the last year and a photo or two as well.  While this blog’s name has the word “travel” in it, I have touched on other things as well during the year.  We won’t be travelling to far off places in the next year.  Instead we plan to enjoy more of our local cultural events.  I’ve already started on that and will point out a couple of those posts in my summary to follow.  Without further ado, some of my favorite posts from the past year:

A post about Toledo, from our trip in March 2011:


Two different posts about the city in Spain I hope to retire to, Málaga.  The first from our trip in 2010, the second from our trip in 2011:


A few posts about Madrid, one from our trip in March 2011 another, more of a nostalgia post and one of the Real Jardín Botánico:

Plaza Mayor

Some others of Spain, the Real Alcázar in Sevilla,  a post about our brief visit to Barcelona, and the Alhambra in Granada.

Entrance - Real Alcázar - Sevilla

Entrance – Real Alcázar – Sevilla

Our visit to Córdoba:


Now, back to the U.S. I really enjoyed the National Automobile Museum in Reno last year. I also had great fun putting this post together(here’s John Wayne’s Corvette):


A couple of sunsets posts, one a collection of sunsets over the years at our cabin, the other from one particular evening last summer.  I never tire of photographing sunsets:

11th Crow Wing Lake-Sun reflection and Dad and daughter reflecting on life

11th Crow Wing Lake-Sun reflection and Dad and daughter reflecting on life

We went to southern California last fall and did a “bucket list” item from hubby’s list and spent several days at Disneyland.  It was great fun and putting this post together was also fun(a photo of a photo from our room at the Disneyland hotel-Walt Disney and Sleeping Beauty’s castle):


A few challenges that I especially like.  A challenge called “Urban”.  One of my entries for Jakesprinter’s Sunday post: Autumn.  And one other Weekly Photo Challenge: Illumination(from the Fremont Street light show in Las Vegas):


Closer to home are a few more posts that I really like.  These posts represent some of the great things we can take advantage of in the twin cities.  We really love going to the Farmers’ Market in St. Paul as well as the State Fair every summer.  More recently we went to the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory and enjoyed some beautiful plants and flowers on a cold winter day.  Another fun thing to do during the cold winter months is visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art.




Head of a Woman by Joan Miro

Head of a Woman by Joan Miro

Last but not least is something I wrote for a daily prompt.  When I saw the theme I knew exactly what I would write and it didn’t take me long to put together.  I think I like this post most of all because it’s about my favorite person, the light of my life.

Thanks to the many bloggers who offered advice and helped me along the way and from whom I have learned so much. I couldn’t possibly name you all.  The entire year was such a great and rewarding learning experience.  There are so many wonderful blogs out there and I feel that I’ve only just scratched the surface of all the blogosphere contains.  But already I feel so much more enriched.  Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.  Here’s to another year of blogging!!



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29 responses to “My first blogoversary and I’m late!

  1. Jueseppi B.

    Congratulations and happy anniversary. ;-)

  2. Jueseppi B.

    Reblogged this on The ObamaCrat.Com™ and commented:
    Happy Anniversary Ms. Toby, and travels with toby. Congratulations.

  3. Happy anniversary, Toby. You have so many beautiful and striking photos. I am looking forward to another year of your blog.

  4. Shame on you! Too much world, not enough time. Must get to Toledo some day. Happy belated!

  5. Congrats and look forward to reading year two! ~ Kat

  6. Happy belated anniversary! Looking forward to hearing about more travels.

  7. Susan

    Happy Blogoversity!! What a great summary of the many topics you have covered and the beautiful pictures you’ve shared. Thanks so much for the “year in review”… May you have many more years and wonderful experiences to share!

  8. Happy blogoversary! I’m looking forward to reading lots more from you in the next year too.

  9. petit4chocolatier

    Happy anniversary! Beautiful!!

  10. Toby, happy belated anniversary. I like your keen eye for pictures and the fact you give us different shots from fauna to architecture to art. I have enjoyed the “Travels.” Best regards for the next year. BTG

    • you are so kind and I thank you very much!! I haven’t had much time for blogging lately (the reason I was late with this post) and have missed visiting your blog. I hope to have more time in the coming year. Meanwhile, thank you for your continued support and comments. happy blogging!!

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