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, […]

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, […]

Barging in the Scottish Highlands

Imagine your favorite boutique hotel with attentive staff, gourmet cuisine, and luxurious accommodations. Now picture yourself elegantly gliding through the misty Scottish Highlands taking in the spectacular scenery, ancient history, and charming folklore while leisurely cruising across legendary Loch Ness and through the Caledonian Canal. Then you will begin to understand the hotel barging experience […]

Costa Rica

It was that day in Tortuguero, Costa Rica — when, from our small flat-bottomed boat we saw spider and white-throated capuchin monkeys, three species of toucans, iridescent iguanas, “Jesus Christ” lizards that actually walk (or run) on water, Day-Glo butterflies with wingspans as wide as your head, several large caiman, and frogs and birds of […]

Fiji’s Dive Regions: Paradise Under Water

Jean-Michel Cousteau refers to Fiji as “The Soft Coral Capital of the World” for good reason! When first you dive Fiji, the vibrant colors of both the soft and hard corals, as well as the myriad of marine life will exceed your wildest expectations. Built on a solid base of over 400 species of coral […]

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Bicycling in Italy’s Po Valley

Twenty-three of us sat outside our country hotel around a large table, some sipping wine, as the September sun reflected off the yellowing rice fields that surrounded us. As pink clouds floated above our heads, the long, afternoon shadows accentuated the architectural splendor of the Carthusian Monastery of Pavia (Certosa di Pavia), which also seemed […]