Pisa- Not Just The Tower

If you go to Tuscany, you think of hill towns, medieval villages, Florence, Siena, maybe Lucca. All great places to visit. But what is not far away from this part of Italy is the town of Pisa. And you all know what is in Pisa right? THE LEANING TOWER OF PISA, of course. If you […]

Hiking In The Jungfrau – Switzerland

I’ve enjoyed hiking locally for many years, but when introduced to hiking the Alps (French, Italian and Swiss), it was an entirely different experience. I was hooked immediately. Most of the hiking I’ve done was either guided group expeditions or day hiking out of ski towns such as Chamonix or Zermatt. Oh, I almost forgot […]

Magical Kerala, India

A melodic wind chime sounded in the warm breeze as I sat eating lunch. The panorama took in palm trees, whitewashed buildings, ponds, and lush gardens. This formed one of my first impressions of Kerala, the southernmost state of India and my home for three weeks. Although I had traveled to more than 60 countries, […]

Parker Villas – Italy Vacations

Who’s in your bucket? Conde Nast consistently ranks Italy as the most requested destination among all age groups. Rightfully so, Italy offers unbeatable food & wine, gorgeous landscapes, great weather, architectural wonders, friendly natives and 70% of the world’s art. For Boomers Italy is a much greater draw: loved ones. Imagine spending quality time with dear friends, grown […]

At Home in Italy

Several weeks before leaving for Italy, I read an incredible book –The Passion of Artemesia by Susan Vreeland. Set in Florence and Rome during the Renaissance, it placed me in a world of artists and benefactors, inquisitors and lovers. After reading the book, I wanted to experience that locale – not just as an observer, […]

Timeless Fiji

Most vacationers complain that their trip seemed too short — that “I was just starting to slow down.” Days passing too quickly definitely was not my experience when my wife Daya and I spent eight days at Turtle Island in Fiji this October. Time disappeared. The holiday felt endless, as if more experiences always awaited. […]

Fishing Alaska, Costa Rica or Mexico

Alaska’s deluxe resort & premier wilderness out camps provide the widest range of Angling and Adventure journeys. Incredible numbers of salmon crowd our waters, and adventure lovers enjoy rafting, kayaking, whale watching, glaciers tours and visits to our Bear Camp, named “Best U.S. Bush Camp” by Outside magazine. Costa Rica’s intimate Jungle Tarpon Lodge in […]