We were lucky enough to spend a day enjoying the beauty of some of the Travis County Parks. This collection of parks, totalling about 22 in all, is an extraordinary concept. Each individual park has something different to offer. Some focus on hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking. Other parks offer fishing, bird watching, camping, rock climbing and more. With so many parks to choose from, we had […]

When a city has the motto “Keep Austin Weird,” you get the feeling that the people who live there don’t take themselves too seriously.   The motto is plastered all over the place: greeting you when you land at the airport; in gift shops; on t-shirts, bumper stickers and mugs; and so many more places. There it is, like a neon sign over top of the city: “Keep […]

Located about thirty miles southeast of Austin, Texas, is wonderful Bastrop.  For the movie buffs, you might enjoy knowing that several movies were at least partially (if not completely) filmed there, including: Lovin’ Molly, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Home Fries, Courage Under Fire,  The Alamo, (remake) All The Boys Love Mandy Lane Fireflies in the Garden, Friday the 13th (remake) The Life of David Gale Michael Hope […]

When trying to figure out where to start in telling our “Adventures in Texas,” it seemed apparent that our hosts’ pied-a-terre of Elgin was an obvious launching pad. We are certain that if you visit Elgin area, like us, you will fall in love with the expanses of pastoral fields with animals and wild flowers. The little Beaver Road with its ancient cemetery and trees that reached from […]

When an article such as the one about the poor dog dying on a United Flight in an overhead bin shows up in my news feed on FB my heart breaks. It breaks for the unnecessary death of the pet. It breaks for the family that lost a loving companion in a horrible preventable way. It breaks for the airline staff that either did not know what was happening or […]

Thanks to this amazing little intimate group I was invited to join called… get this “Positive Vibes” (so awesome) I am not the only one writing about inspiration this week: take a look at Backroad Ramblers here for some great photo inspiration, Tangled in Food (You got to eat!) here, and The Adventure Dog Blog here for some great hiking and “connecting with your dog” inspiration! Although I am not a huge do-er […]

I am thrilled to welcome Millie La Rue and her posse to the Montecristo Travels “Special Correspondent” series—the series that proves we are not the only ones travelling the globe with our pets. It’s a first step in building a community of people passionate about both their pets and travel. So welcome, WELCOME! First, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves: Who is who? Where is […]

We have been doing a lot of driving lately. We have travelled more kilometers (miles) in the last four months than we normally do in a year. It started with a short trip to Toronto and Kleinburgh in May, then a long road-trip that took us through two provinces and three states visiting wonderful places such as Binghamton NY, Brigantine and Atlantic City on the Jersey Shore, splendid […]

There is nothing better than out of town guests to make you try some touristy “stuff” in your own city and see your home turf with fresh eyes.  I discovered this when Brad visited, when Suzanne visited and again more recently when Marlene, Stewart, Cocopuff and Dusty came for a visit all the way up from Texas (more on that later). I will never understand why Ottawa is […]

“Language is the biggest barrier to human progress because language is an encyclopedia of ignorance.  Old perceptions are frozen into language and force us to look at the world in an old fashioned way.”  – Edward de Bono When I tell people that I accept invitations from fans to stay with them in countries all over the world … they often look at me like I am insane. Then they […]