These lovely statues are perched atop the buildings in the public square in Trieste, Italy. This beautiful coastal town sits on the Adiatic Sea between Italy and Slovenia. It’s a well-kept secret that’s just a quick train ride from Venice — a perfect day trip!
I love this beautiful vignette from Prize Antiques in Bottoms Up (first weekends, West Bottoms, Kansas City, Missouri). It makes me want to pack my suitcase and hit the road! Hmmm…who’s up for a road trip???
Gold Beach to Bandon-by-the-Sea, Oregon, 55 miles
Another beautiful day on Highway 101…
This one was a surprise. I automatically stop at all roadside attractions — just can’t resist the kitsch. But I didn’t expect an education. The gardens here are so well-maintained, and the information about the gardens and the dinosaurs is presented on friendly, easy-to-digest signs along the way. The most fun thing was to see the real size of dinosaurs in person (yep, they were huge).
Griff’s on the Dock
Amazing shrimp melt in a quaint crab shack on a dock in a working port. Actual seamen dine here (alright, I just wanted to say “seamen”) (but it’s true). Great local color!
CAPE BLANCO LIGHTHOUSE
I never knew there were so many lighthouses on the west coast. I always think of New England when I think of lighthouses, but apparently ships on the west coast needed guidance as well. But the lighthouse isn’t the only reason to visit Cape Blanco State Park — the views from the top of lighthouse hill are breathtaking, both north and south.
The 1870 lighthouse is in perfect condition, and open for tours April – October, although you can’t go to the top of the lighthouse.