Monthly Archives: July 2017

A Taste of Black Mountain!

A Little Town with Lots of “Taste!”
By Charlene & Richard Mixa

My sampling plate of Black Mountain Bistro's delightful tastings

My sampling plate of Black Mountain Bistro’s delightful tastings

Boasting over 30 restaurants and two microbreweries Black Mountain is a great place to visit or stay when vacationing in the Blue Ridge Mountains.  It’s just fifteen minutes from Asheville.  A welcoming community it offers a wonderful variety of eateries from hearty soup and sandwiches to BBQ and ribs, mountain trout and authentic ethnic cuisine.  To get a “taste” of the town, we start with the 17th Annual “Rock the Taste” presented by Black Mountain Swannanoa Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading

Into the Wild in Cazorla (Spain)

By Sally James

Cazorla Nature Preserve

Cazorla Nature Preserve

If you’re tired of visiting big cities and you dream of enjoying an unforgettable experience in the midst of nature, one area that you will enjoy as much for its serenity as for its adventure offerings, is Cazorla, in the south of Spain. Cazorla is around an hour away from the city of Jaén and comprises both a main town, and part of a mountain range known as the Cazorla Nature Reserve (in Spanish, the Sierra de Cazorla, Segura y Villas) – the largest protected green area in Spain, home to ancient towering trees, dramatic waterfalls and serene tracks which vary in length and complexity. The Cazorla Nature Reserve was declared a World Biosphere Reserve owing to the rich variety of flora and fauna. Continue reading