Category Archives: Personal


Duchess in the Snow

An early January morning, after 8-9 inches of snow over night, provided a great backdrop for some playtime.  The snow was super powdery and flew like water splashing.    Duchess doesn’t get the see snow […]

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Spring Break at Lake Lure, NC

Our family has made it a tradition of getting away for a long, Spring Break weekend since the kids were small.  Through the years, we have spent time in Washington, D.C.; Williamsburg, VA;  Atlanta, GA; […]

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Tar Heel Cookies – National Championship Weekend

Keena has stepped up her baking game over the last couple of years.  It seems a KitchenAid stand-up mixer was all that was needed to get the ball rolling.  There are very few weekends that […]

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Christmas Family Photos 2015

With busy and diverse schedules, it is always great to have the family in one place at the same time.  Christmas is one such occasion for our family.  It is a good opportunity for fun […]

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The Dixie Classic Fair is more than an event it is a tradition

The smell of turkey legs, roasted corn on the cob, ribs and other specialities served up by various vendors can only mean one thing:  it must be time for the annual tradition of the Dixie […]

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Madrid to Barcelona Travel Day

Monday was our travel day back to Barcelona, where our trip began.  We had booked one night in Barceloneta (one of Barcelona’s five beaches on the Mediterranean Sea).  Since our return flight, on Tuesday, left […]

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Madrid Day 3 – El Buscon, Churros con chocolate, Retiro Park (take 2), and some random stuff

Last night for dinner we followed recommendations from Yelp (online rating and review service), which led us to El Buscon, about a 5 minute walk from here.  Like a lot of the restaurants in our […]

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Madrid Day 2 – Royal Palace, Puerta del Sol, The Prado

Started our morning out with a 20 minute walk to the Royal Palace.   It was originally erected in the late 17th century and was patterned after Versailles in France.  It has 2800 rooms.  Although […]

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Madrid – Day 1 – Plaza Mayor, San Miguel Market, El Parque Retiro

We traveled from Segovia to Madrid this morning by train (uneventful).  We arrived at the hotel by taxi at about 11 am but our room was ready for us, so that worked out well.  When […]

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Segovia – Meson de Candido

For our dinner is Segovia we choose Meson de Candido, which is famous for cochinallo asado (roast suckling pig), Segovia’s version of BBQ.   They are located just below the aqueduct.  The temperature in this […]

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