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A View from our window

View from a window of the ocean in the distance, with apartments in the foreground.

A View from our window

We thought it would be fun to share what we see from our different homes around the world. 

wimbledon, england

We spent about a week and a half in Wimbledon, located in the borough of Merton, in South West London. It’s a cute town about 15 minutes walking from the location of the world famous tennis tournament.

london, england

We stopped in London on our way back to Reno from Portugal. A stay at Moxy Heathrow gave us front row seats to planes taking off every morning, as London Heathrow Airport (LHR) is the busiest airport in Europe with 4.3 million seats. That’s not sarcasm — we have actually enjoyed watching the planes.

View of an airplane outside a hotel window, with curtains on both sides.

Vila Nova de Gaia

Yes, that is the Atlantic Ocean, which we can totally see from the primary bedroom window of our new flat in Gaia. While the flat is pretty great, we will admit that view had a big part to play in why we fell in love with this place.

Sparks, nevada

A break between house-sits corresponded with the Cordillera International Film Festival’s Evening Before the Oscars gala, so we decided to book a long weekend at the Nugget Casino Resort. That linked up with a hellacious storm, so it’s extra nice being able to stay nice and cozy here.

View from a window of a hotel tower in the snow, with a wintery city in tthe background.

Caughlin Ranch, Nevada

We met a lovely couple on TrustedHousesitters, with an even lovelier dog and a beautiful home in Reno. We’ve always loved the Caughlin Ranch area with its built-in trails and parks, and now we get to house and pet-sit in a place where we can watch our beautiful city go to sleep and then wake up again. Click the link to learn more about Trusted Housesitters, and use WANDERFUL25 to get a 25% discount.

Las Vegas, nevada

Clay attended the PPAI Expo in Las Vegas in January. Since we don’t have a house, but we do have Southwest points, Jackie came with him and is working in the hotel while he hobnobs. We’re staying at Mandalay Bay, which is so big it feels like a small city. There’s even a Michael Jackson Cirque show, which we couldn’t get tickets to, and a shark exhibit, which we could.

View of Mandalay Bay from a hotel window

Sparks, Nevada

We were very lucky to be able to house-sit for the entire month of December, allowing us to take a breath and also celebrate Christmas with our kids. Our main responsibility was keeping the bird feeders full and putting out peanuts for the Jays. We had so much fun doing that that we’re planning to have a bird feeder at our new place in Porto.

Old southwest Reno, Nevada

We’re sitting for our friends’ beautiful cats in a historic home in old southwest Reno, giving us a beautiful shot of autumn in all of its glory.

Puget Sound, Washington

We’re spending a week in the Seattle area visiting friends and loving the vibrancy of autumn from their back patio. We’ve been enjoying the rain and clouds, and this beautiful environment cannot be topped. (And it’s giving us a chance to practice living in Portugal!)

Spanish Springs, Nevada

We’re staying in an absolutely beautiful Airbnb for the next few days before we head to Seattle. It’s private in-law quarters attached to a gorgeous house overlooking the valley. And we woke up to a fantastic sunrise this morning. We’ll definitely want to stay here in the summer, as we’ll also have access to an amazing backyard.

south reno, nevada

Wild horses roam through these neighborhoods in south Reno pretty freely, which is very cool. This is not actually a view from our window, but down the street from the house where we’re doing our first official dog-sitting assignment through, which is kind-of a mashup of and Airbnb. You pay a small annual fee (which covers a background check) then people who need pet/house sitters match up with people looking for a place to stay. Neither side pays any money, but the background checks and reviews give you peace of mind when entrusting your pet and home to someone you don’t know.

south reno, Nevada

We’re house and cat-sitting for friends in Saddlehorn who just might have the most beautiful yard in Reno. It’s not a bad place to experience the beginning of fall!

View from a window of a sun setting over houses and the ocean.

Brookings, oregon

We’re staying in an absolutely beautiful Airbnb owned by Jackie’s sister and brother-in-law while also getting in a visit. We have a fantastic view (and easy accessibility) of the Pacific Ocean from our front patio!

Coos Bay, oregon

We’re visiting Coos Bay for two nights to visit Clay’s client, the Mill Casino, which is owned by the Coquille Indian Tribe. This is not normally a view you get from a casino property, but they have 200 waterfront rooms facing Coos Bay. It is quite lovely.

salem, oregon

We’re on the road again! We’re spending about a month in Oregon, with our first stop in Salem to see Clay’s son and our daughter-in-law. Our Airbnb is a guest house on a farm, which I picked because I heard there were goats. While we haven’t seen them yet, we did get to wake up to a rooster alarm clock and this might be the best view we’ve had so far.

reno, nevada

After spending our first couple of months back home with a good friend, we just moved into a lovely AirBNB up by the University of Nevada, Reno. It’s a cute little cottage in the garden of a home built in the 1920s. We can’t wait to share it with you, but for now here’s the view from our front door!

lisbon, portugal

We’re in a very modern apartment in Lisbon, that except for the language, could be in Southern California. It’s about 20 minutes from Lisbon City Center, which we’ll find tomorrow.

As a city of 2 million people, it’s very different from Porto.

porto, portugal

We’ll be in Portugal for almost a month, starting in Porto, then moving to Lisboa. We are in a lovely Airbnb, where we were greeted with port and fresh fruit. We haven’t explored yet, but we understand there are grocery stores and restaurants all around us.

Apartment buildings as seen from another apartment.
A row of houses and apartments on an empty street.

istanbul – Kadıköy, turkey

After 10 days in Fatih, we moved to Kadıköy for our final week in Istanbul. It’s a very laid-back neighborhood on the Asian side, with less traffic, (seemingly) less stress and more cats and bakeries. We think we’re going to like it here.

istanbul- fatih, turkey

We are living in the biggest city in Europe for the next three weeks — a city with 14.8 million inhabitants, that encompasses 5,343 square kilometers and crosses two continents. It’s incredibly vibrant, busy and diverse, with a ton of great food choices and shopping. Luckily, our bedroom is at the back of the apartment and we don’t hear this at night, though it sure is fun to watch the rest of the time.

Cosmopolitan view from a window.
Far away view of the Acropolis from a deck

athens, greece

We had to take this photo from our terrace rather than a window because, yes, that is the Acropolis, way out there on top of that hill. It’s about a half an hour walk from here — we’ll get better photos on our tour.

ROME, italy

We’re officially in the big city. Our home for the next week is a beautifully renovated apartment in an old building on the 2nd floor (third floor) on a semi-hustling street, surrounded by great restaurants, grocery stores and public transportation options. Our hosts, Michela and Pietro, left us a jar of homemade apricot jam, which we can’t wait to try!

Apartments and cars on a very narrow street in Rome
Looking out a window at a garden and lawn


We got a garden just in time for spring! This lovely basement apartment is quite nicely appointed and just 20 minutes from the city center. Our very kind hosts, Guiseppe and Edi, live in the apartment above us.

Venice, italy

Though we loved our first place in Venice, we had to move as it didn’t have dependable WIFI. While we weren’t thrilled about moving, we’re now in a beautiful flat in the Castello District, near Piazza San Marco.

venice, italy

Our apartment in Venice was built in the 18th century and our front door opened up on to a very narrow walkway across from other apartments, equally as old. We were about a five-minute walk from the Grand Canal.

MILAN, italy

We were about five miles from downtown Milan, but right across from the train station so it was easily accessible. We loved it because we’re entranced by the idea of railroad travel. And it was surprisingly quiet.

View of train station from apartment window.
Cosmopolitan view of Geneva

Geneva, switzerland

We stayed in a more modern apartment in Geneva, with great access to tons of restaurants, shopping and, most importantly, the tram.

Lyon, france

While we loved Lyon, we didn’t love our apartment. When we booked it, we didn’t realize the first floor was in a basement with a terrific view of this white van that never moved. It wasn’t until we were there a few days that we opened the curtains all the way open and saw the end of this cul de sac below the overpass. Yep, this place is very old.

White van outside a window with a rock wall in front of it

Exterior of an apartment building in paris

Paris, france

We had this idea after we left Paris, so we didn’t grab a photo of our actual view from our apartment. This is from the courtyard and our apartment was on the 6th floor of this 100+ year old building.

Jackie Shelton, APR, is a strategic communications veteran who, after 30 years still has a hard time focusing on one particular aspect, so she has stopped trying.


  • Patty Melton
    February 22, 2023

    It is fun to live vicariously through you.
    Keep posting and enjoy your journey to the fullest.

  • Jacqueline Grant
    February 22, 2023

    What a clever idea to post your views. Looking forward to seeing your views in Florence.


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