A big thank you to  OURCROSSINGS  for nominating me for this award!   I really appreciate the thought.    Aiva,  Valters and Ericeira have made their home on Ireland’s beautiful west coast.   Please visit their site and read their travel stories.


The Blogger Recognition Award is an online award given by bloggers to other bloggers as a way of recognizing the efforts they put into their site.


Rules for the Blogger Recognition Award

Thank the nominator, and publish a post on your blog about receiving the Blogger Recognition Award. Make sure to provide a link to the nominator’s blog in your post.

  • Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  • Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  • Nominate 11-15 other bloggers for this award, and inform them of their nomination.


My Blogging History.

I have always loved traveling.   After retiring in 2016,   I decided to start recording travel details in a more formal way  (instead of a scratched date on the back of a photo!!).   Primarily it was for ourselves –  with more frequent travel,  we were forgetting more than we remembered ( you know the scene – ‘Hey what did you have for your main course last night’!!) .  

For at least a year I scribbled on bits of paper – and finally took the jump!   With almost zero IT and social media skills,  I set out on the blogging journey.   With much,  much trial and error I persevered.   I gradually began mumbling to family and friends about what I was at!   Only a few laughed dismissively so I kept going!   And here I am!



I can only reiterate what so many others have said:

Be honest and sincere in your writing and make it meaningful to yourself.

Enjoy what you are doing.


My Nominees

(In no particular order!)

No worries if you haven’t time to participate or if you’ve been tagged multi times already.   I enjoy all your posts.

Monkey’s Tale

The Gen X Travels

Lyssy in the City

The Alchemist’s Studio

Mari’s Travels with her Camera

Life in the land of the ice and snow

Wandering Canadians

Old Bird Travels Solo

Eris Goes To


Thanks again to Aiva and Valters for the nomination








  1. Wow, thank you so much for the nomination, Marie! And congratulations on the award. I enjoyed reading on how you started your blog. Keep writing! 🙂

  2. Thanks so much for accepting the nomination! It must have been a great – and rewarding – challenge to set up your site with zero IT skills! Have a good day 😀 Aiva

  3. Back atcha! Just letting you know I have nominated you for the Blogger’s Recognition Award. No worries if you’ve no time or it’s not your thing! Cheers Rebecca Old Bird Travels Solo

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