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 […]

World War I in Belgium- Of Memorials and Memoirs

World War I in Belgium- Of Memorials and Memoirs

A soldier’s diary makes history real as commemorations mark the 100th anniversary of the armistice ending World War I All history is personal when you dig deep enough. That’s why I carry a bulky loose-leaf binder on a recent trip to Belgium. The country is marking the 100th anniversary (November 11, 2018) of the armistice […]