Europe Trip 2018

Days 1-4: Travel, intro to London, and an e-bike tour

Left Fairhope on the 7:30am BRATS bus. Had a great visit with a former student who was also traveling to downtown

Mobile.

Enjoy a soy latte downtown then hitched a ride with my charming, fun, and generous brother-in-law to the Mobile airport.

Once in Atlanta, I enjoyed some seaweed-sesame seed salad and a veg roll.

And enjoyed some fun piano music on Concourse E. Then …. a three hour delay on my overseas flight was announced. Then, at midnight, hotel vouchers were issued to all 270 passengers on my flight as there was an additional 16 hour delay announced.

Finally, in the UK and bound for Paddington Station. And, yes, I saw the little teddy bear with the red hat and trench coat. I spent a few hours on the touring “hop-on hop-off” bus then headed out of London to the Cotswolds and a good sleep.

Dairy free spice cake for breakfast then I was off for a 40 mile bicycle tour of the countryside and charming villages.

Full disclosure- it was an electric assist bicycle, which was way cool. Everyone needs one of these. Makes the hills just disappear.

Rode by multiple fields of lavender in full bloom and so many interesting and beautiful places.

Many of the thatched roof homes had thatch animals on top to show some personality. This one, on the left roofline, is a kangaroo.

Chickenwire public art!

Picnic lunch with a view.

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NOLA weekend

After a slow, easy 5 day trip along the Natchez Trace, I spent 2 days enjoying New Orleans.

The Audubon Park was a great end-of-the-day loop on my bicycle. I stopped at the labyrinth for a calming, meditative walk.

And…of course there’s plenty of plant-based yummy food here. My new favorite is Breads on Oak, an artisan bakery that offers coffees, sandwiches, and tons of breads and baked treats that are all plant-based. Below is my “Friendly Pig” sandwich (tempeh) just before I gobbled it up. I also got an almond cream brioche to go! Sorry, no pictures of it because it was too sticky-delicious to get out the camera. 😁 Check out their website to see some of their beautiful breads.

Vegetables for Breakfast and beyond

Summer 2018

My new ‘Whole food plant-based’ (healthy vegan) eating lifestyle is shaping some of my summer travel.

Veggies for breakfast (above) were prepared in my efficiency kitchen in the adorable AirBnB that I have for the weekend in NOLA. It’s just 3 blocks from Whole Foods!

Some of these plates were from my trip to Montreal and Asheville earlier this summer.

Audrey and I enjoyed a fabulous dinner at Plate, a vegan restaurant in Asheville.

And I enjoyed some great speakers at the VeganFest.

Traveling with a small ice chest, a few baked goods from home, and a bag of “staples” has kept me nourished between visits to yummy veg-friendly cafes and restaurants, mostly located using the HappyCow app.

Mid-coast Maine

We spent 3 nights at the Camden Hills State Park, camping, hiking, and sightseeing.

Looking out towards the Rockland lighthouse, which you can walk to on this seawall.

From the top of Mt. Battie overlooking Camden harbor on Penobscot Bay

Hiking up Mt. Megunticook.

Panoramic pic from mountain top

Incredible views on this hike

 

Then, we toured this bridge which has the world’s highest bridge observation deck.



Maine Coast

Richard flew into Portland, Maine to join me for a week.  Stopped in Boothbay first.

Enjoyed a foggy evening boat ride.


Video of harbor, from the boat​​


The hotel’s herb garden.

Pemaquid Point Lighthouse ​


Pics from inside the lighthouse 

Great find, just outside Boothbay.

Last of the Cape

On our last day on Cape Cod, we stopped at a lovely botanical garden.  Rhododendrons were blooming, and much more.



Fun garden installations scattered about.


And a labyrinth in the woods, my favorite fun outdoor find.


Just off the Cape, we stopped in Plymouth to see the harbor, “the rock”, and Casey found a lobster.