About me

My Travel Notions is just that…my travel experiences to a lot of wonderful places that I get to photograph and write about.

I’m Diana Petterson and I actually began my extensive travels more than 12 years ago when I went to Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris and London on my own in celebration of my 50th birthday. And, since then, I’ve traveled throughout France, Spain, Portugal, Greece and Turkey with little side trips back to both Paris and Rome. And, now, I have embarked on even more extensive travels.

After 28 years of working for the U.S. Department of Labor, I am now retired and free to travel about the world. So, in celebration of both turning 60 and retiring in March 2016, I embarked on a 60-day journey through 11 countries including Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bosnia Herzegovina, Croatia, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia. I was on two Rick Steves tours, one Cosmos tour and on my own from April 24 to June 22, 2016. Those trips can be seen on my blog posts “60 Day Europe Bash.” But, it doesn’t end there.

I spent some of 2017 traveling through Sicily, Italy and Malta. Plus, I’m discovering the wonders of the U.S., in most cases places I’ve never been before like, Boston, Massachusetts; Newport, Rhode Island and Martha’s Vineyard. I also did a road trip with a friend through North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. I don’t have a deadline but my goal is to step foot into every state in the union.

Although I broke both bones in my right leg in November of 2017, and had to cancel already planned trips, I’ve recovered well enough to get back on the road again, which is exactly what I did when I hit the road with travel buddies, Alice and Tammy for Denmark, Germany, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands in May/June of 2018. And, South Africa in September/October of 2018 with plans for more African and European travels in 2019.

And, when I’m not traveling…which I call my down time…I quilt and like any other quilters, I always have a number of projects I juggle in varying degrees of completion; research my family’s varied and colorful history with an eye toward publishing my findings and I’m always making plans for my next travel journey.

Thanks for following along.