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A Travel Tradition

Sixteen years ago I visited Mellerstain House, an 18th Century English manor home located in the borders between England and Scotland.

I was so taken with the magnificent estate that I flung my arms out and boldly declared, "It's all mine!"  

Cindy, my super fun travel pal, snapped a photo of me sitting on the hood of our rented Jaguar with my arms outstretched and the rambling manor home as my backdrop.  

Mellerstain House, England

Little did I know striking the It's All Mine pose would become one of my travel traditions. Since then, I have posed outside mansions, manor homes, castles, and palaces around the world.  

The photos document nearly twenty years of travel to three continents and eighteen countries (and my surprisingly unwavering taste for black garments). 

Flipping through the collection today, I realized, though not for the first time, how truly blessed I am to have traveled to so many exotic places (I also realized I need to add some color to my travel wardrobe).

For me, these photos have become a whimsical way to document my joy for exploring this great big beautiful world.

Do you have any travel traditions?  I would love to hear about them.  If not, it's not too late to start. Grab your passport and strike a pose. 


Chateau Chambord, France
Blenheim Palace, England

Chateau Chaumont, France
Muckross House, Ireland
Vaux le Vicomte, France

Chateau Chenonceau, France

Balleroy, France

Scone Palace, Scotland

Kasteel ten Berghe, Belgium

Glamis Castle, Scotland

Hampton Court Palace, England

Petite Trianon, France


Hall of Mirrors, Versailles, France

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Cardinal de Rohan Palace, Strasbourg

Carcassone, France





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