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:
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
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
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
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!!