It's been a wild and wonderful year and I can sincerely say that I'm sad to leave all of the year's experiences behind. I've made some great connections and created unforgettable memories. Here are just some of my favorites:
Exploring the rich and enchanting culture of Andalusia,Spain. The photo above shows a lovely courtyard building in Granada. Beauty was everywhere I turned in Southern Spain.
The intoxicating charm of Martinque will always remain with me. The image above reveals just a glimpse of the island's magic, from the top of the famous town of St. Pierre.
I was thrilled to visit Asia for the first time and Macau was a fascinating introduction. The people, the culture, the history and food supplied me with nonstop excitement. I think I'm still calming down from that trip.
Montreal will always be a favorite city and I was as enchanted to visit this year as I am every time I go. I was lucky enough to catch the city's Caribbean parade and revel in the mix of Caribbean flavor in a French influenced city.
I enjoy visiting nearby Midwestern destinations as well as far flung countries and the pretty resort town of Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin has been at the top of my travel list for years. The unspoiled landscape was beautiful and my dive into blind-folded golf cart racing was truly memorable.
I kicked off the year in the serene hills of Hocking Hills, Ohio, an area steeped in Native American and moonshine! history that I enjoyed discovering.
Of course, my ultimate 2014 adventure was publishing my book, Exploring Chicago Blues and embarking on the author's journey of book signings and events. I'm still on that journey and am extremely thankful for the experience. Here's to more enriching adventures in 2015! What were your 2014 highlights?