Travel with Me ~ VALLETTA, MALTA – Sweet Southern Blue

I have not traveled extensively but for an old lady from a small town in Arkansas, I have managed to make it to 29 countries in the last 5 years. I am proof that it is never to late to get out and see the world. Of the places I have traveled, there is a little […]

HOVLAND DOCK ~ MINNESOTA | Sweet Southern Blue

  I have just returned from a six day-six state road trip.  I left Arkansas and headed toward Minnesota.  Duluth, Minnesota to be exact.  I had a great time photographing beautiful waterfalls and beach along the North Shore up to the Canadian border. To see more photos of Hovland Dock and directions to get there, […]

Our 24 hr Whirlwind Tour of Rome | Sweet Southern Blue

  Have a long layover in Rome?  Think you can’t afford to fly to another country for just one day?  You would be amazed at what you can see and do in just 24 hours. You can check out all of my travel adventures along with travel tips at Southern Blue Traveler. Related

48 HOURS IN MALTA | Sweet Southern Blue

I went to Malta with three beautiful 27 year old ladies.  We flew into Barcelona and was there for 24 hours, then on to Rome for 24 hours, and ended in Malta for 48 hours. Think 48 hours isn’t a enough time to explore?  You would be amazed at what you can do in that […]

Travel With Me ~ POPEYE VILLAGE ~ MALTA | Sweet Southern Blue

I just returned from my European vacation and it was amazing!  I visited three countries – Barcelona, Rome,and Malta.  I have been to Barcelona and Rome but Malta was a new destination and I was excited to visit this beautiful Mediterranean island. I am in the process of getting my Malta pictures online.  You can […]


Packing for a week or more for a vacation in Europe using only a carry-on can be done! We will be flying Ryanair once we get to Spain and they have very strict (and small) luggage requirements.  You can have one free carry-on that is no larger than 21.6 x 15.74 x 7.87 inches including […]


Sometimes, when you travel, you only have a short period of time to be in one place.  The last time I was in Barcelona, I only had one day to explore.  This means I never slowed down but I did get to see a lot considering the amount of time I was there. I will […]

MOODY GARDENS ~ Galveston, Texas | Sweet Southern Blue

Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas has been on my bucket travel list for many years so when we decided to do a Road Trip along the coast of Texas, I wanted to begin in Galveston so I could go to the Tropical Rainforest.  We decided to go the Aquarium while we were there.  My daughter […]


Here are some photos I took at the Aquarium at Moody Gardens in Galveston, Texas.  My daughter liked it better than the Rainforest.  You  can check the post about the Rainforest HERE.  

TROPICAL RAINFOREST – MOODY GARDENS, Galveston, Texas | Sweet Southern Blue

Moodys Gardens in Galveston, Texas is a great place for photographers.  You can check out all of my photos and information on visiting Moody’s Gardens at my travel blog Southern Blue Traveler.  

MAGNOLIA MARKET ~ Waco, Texas | Sweet Southern Blue

Do you recognize these silos?  If you are fans of the show “Fixer Upper” or follow Chip and Joanna Gaines, you will know that this is Magnolia Market in Waco, Texas. My daughter and I took a road trip to visit the Texas Coast.  On the way home, we came back through San Antonia and […]

Barcelona, Spain | Sweet Southern Blue

On March 5th, we arrived in Barcelona, Spain.  I wanted to go to Spain when I was taking Spanish in high school but I haven’t given much thought about it since then and that was back in the 80’s.  Barcelona was beautiful and I was surprised at how much I enjoyed exploring Barcelona.  You can […]

MONTSERRAT ~ Spain & Sagrada Familia | Sweet Southern Blue

The major work of renowned architect, Gaudi, the Sagrada Familia (Church of the Sacred Family) is a magnificent and unique architectural structure, prompting many critics to pronounce it the only church like it in the world. You can check out the all of the photos of Montserrat and Sagrada Familia on my travel blog Southern […]

Garden Tour of Moss Mountain Farm – P Allen Smith | Sweet Southern Blue

‘m contintuing  my tour of Moss Mountain Farms with P Allen Smith here with photos of his gardens. The flower gardens were filled with bright pops of color ; add that to having the Arkansas river as your backdrop and you have a feast for the eyes. Here are some of the photos of his […]

Home Tour of Moss Mountain Farm ~ P Allen Smith | Sweet Southern Blue

I going to start off by apologizing for all of the photos I am about to post.  I had the privilege to join several Arkansas Women Bloggers at P Allen Smith’s home for Farm2home 2015.  If you missed the post about my incredible day at Moss Mountain Farms, you can check it out here. You […]


When I arrived, I wasn’t sure what to expect but after visiting with with family and touring the grounds, I highly recommend stopping by if you are in the area.  If you are looking a destination to camp or park your RV, I would put this Krause Springs at the top of my list. You […]


Jacobs Well in Wimberly, Texas is considered one of the most dangerous diving spots in the world, yet people flock to see it every year.  It has a fantastic history and is one of those rare feats of nature that you can actually get up close and personal with but there are going to be […]

Farm2home 2015~ P Allen Smith | Sweet Southern Blue

I have been a long time fan of P Allen Smith so I jumped at a chance to visit Moss Mountain Farm.  It was in incredible day filled with information from the great people at Arkansas Grown and Arkansas Made.  Living on a family farm, I appreciate the hard work and care it takes grow our food […]

Maternity Photos, Biloxi, MS | Sweet Southern Blue

For my daughters maternity photos, we decided to travel to Biloxi, Ms to capture these beautiful beach shots.  This is my first grandchild and I am so excited….you can also expect many photos of my grandchild once he is born.  His name is Daniel Edward Shelman III (aka Tripp) and he due to arrive in […]

Garvan Woodland Gardens ~ Hot Springs, AR | Sweet Southern Blue

I had been seeing so many beautiful photos online about the Tulips at Garvan Woodland Gardens in Hot Springs, AR  that I made a quick trip to photograph some of them.  Here is a sample of some of the photos I took.  You can see all of the photos and read the full post on […]


While my sister and I was traveling the Texas Hill Country photographing bluebonnets, we ran across an employee of Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA).  When we asked for recommendations for a beautiful location to photograph, he suggested Mulseshoe Bend.  And boy was he right !  It was perfect! You can check out the full post […]

Hamilton Pool, Texas

Have you ever been to Hamilton Pool in the Texas  Hill Country?  We if you haven’t, pull out your bucket list right now and put it close to the top. It was at the top of my list of places to see in Texas so when my sister and I decided to travel to the […]

Photographing Bluebonnets in Texas Hill Country

My sister wanted to travel to the Texas Hill Country and photograph the bluebonnets this year and this is the results.  The flowers were beautiful and I had the opportunity to photograph some other amazing places I had wanted to visit for year. You can check out a list of the places I recommend checking […]

Cinque Terre, Italy | Sweet Southern Blue

At the top of my bucket list was to travel to Manarola – Cinque Terre, Italy to see this view.  How blessed I am to be able to enjoy this beautiful village. I wrote several post about visiting this beautiful area of Italy which you can check out HERE. Related


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