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Bali Books to read before your Trip

Books on Bali to read before you go including ex-pat books celebrating this island paradise & books about of Balinese culture & history

Read More February 2, 2019

Book Review: Meditations

Book Review: Meditations - the personal journal of the great Roman emperor filled with Stoic philosophy and advice relevant even today.

Read More February 2, 2019

Movies about Bali, Indonesia

Indonesian movies to watch before your trip to Bali featuring Balinese culture, history, and highlighting the beautiful landscapes of this island paradise.

Read More January 30, 2019

Book Review: Tools of Titans

Book Review: Tools of Titans. Tim Ferris's collection of tactics, routines, & habits from over 200 interviews inc. billionaires, icons, & world-class performers.

Read More January 26, 2019

Reflection in Nature

Exploring Canyon Country in Arizona & Utah in awe of nature that took millions of years to create.

Read More January 22, 2019

Top Books to inspire your trip to Utah

Books about Utah's natural landscapes of the Mighty 5 National Parks westerns and Utah's history of Mormon settlers.

Read More January 19, 2019

Book Review: The Rain Barrel Effect

A book with a functional medicine approach to overall health looking a small changes we can make in our daily lives in the areas of diet, exercise, stress reduction, sleep, …

Read More January 19, 2019

15 Movies to Inspire your Trip to Utah

Nearly 1000 films have been shot in Utah. Top movies highlighting the best of Utah: breathtaking landscapes, westerns, alien adventures, road-trips & even pirates.

Read More January 16, 2019

Book Review: Think like a Freak

Think like a Freak: the thought process of the Freakonomics authors. Use their methods to retrain your brain to look at issues, problems and life hacks.

Read More January 12, 2019

Book Review: David’s Sling

David’s Sling places into context ten works of art created to commemorate the successes of free societies. Artworks include Monet, the Parthenon, Michelangelo’s David and more…

Read More January 5, 2019

@findthisbook Book Club

@findthisbook: 2019 weekly book club & reading challenge. Genres include Culture & History, Business, Personal Growth & Psychology, Health & Fitness, or a Classic.

Read More January 1, 2019

2018: My Year in Photos

2018 Year in Travel - Take a trip with me around the world through 22 countries and 4 continents exploring history, culture, nature and wellness.

Read More December 30, 2018

What’s in my camera bag?

My photography equipment has developed through many years of testing out different gear and finding a balance between quality, weight and skill level. See the photography gear I use …

Read More December 16, 2018

Checking In: TRS Turquesa All Inclusive Hotel in Punta Cana • Dominican Republic

Relaxation at the TRS Turquesa Hotel is inevitable at this Adults-Only, all-inclusive resort in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic with access to pools, excellent service and some of the most beautiful …

Read More November 8, 2018

A cultural trip to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru - the famous sandstone monolith in the middle of Australia. While I loved the breathtaking landscapes, the experience of learning about its cultural significance was what has left a …

Read More March 24, 2018

Cruising Milford Sound in New Zealand

Milford Sound – This UNESCO site is considered a must-see in New Zealand in what feels like a very long list of must sees’ in this gorgeous country.

Read More March 6, 2018

Checking In: Hotel Ville Sull’Arno Resort in Florence, Italy

Hotel Ville Sull'Arno, an Italian retreat just a short walk from the center of Florence on the bank of the Arno River.  Ville Sull’Arno has the artists' touch with history …

Read More January 9, 2018

Photo Tour through the Wynwood Walls in Miami

Street art - fan or foe?  You might become a fan after walking Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood - a museum of streets.Graffiti Art at the Wynwood Walls in Miami now, …

Read More November 23, 2017

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia

Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia Turkey:  It's not only the experience of floating above other-worldly landscapes, but the magical experience of being in the midst of dozens of other balloons …

Read More November 22, 2017

Hot Air Ballooning in Melbourne Australia

Hot air ballooning in Melbourne – a once in a lifetime experience for a bird’s eye view over the second largest city in Australia.

Read More September 29, 2017

Roadtripping to Ruidoso, New Mexico

I’ve heard of Ruidoso for years, a name whispered in hushed tones by my fellow Texans as a secret paradise. A fantasy land, high in the clouds. A place where …

Read More August 28, 2017

Selling your Camera Gear with KEH

As your photography skills improve, you may be looking to trade-in to trade-up on your camera equipment. I tried out the KEH Camera Sell your Gear process and found the process …

Read More July 11, 2017

Checking In: Corinthia Hotel London

Step into a winter fairy tale in London's five-star hotel at the Corinthia Hotel London.  My Christmas time stay delivered at this 5-star hotel from the Swan Lake inspired holiday …

Read More December 20, 2016

Where are you from? Finding my Ancestry

As an American with my USA ancestry dating back almost 400 years, my DNA is quite a blend of European roots that migrated to the great melting pot of America. …

Read More December 2, 2016

Weekend Getaway in St. Augustine, Florida

Take a weekend getaway to St. Augustine, Florida to explore history from Colonial days to the Gilded Age in first United States city on the East, Read it …

Read More October 25, 2016

Checking in: Marival Residences Luxury Resort

Escape the cold weather and head down to Mexico for sunny days, blue skies at the gorgeous Marival Residences Luxury Resort.Marival Residences • Riviera Nayarit • Hotel Reviewnow, …

Read More October 24, 2016

The new UNESCO site in Texas

The USA's newest World Heritage site dedicated in 2015, the San Antonio Missions are a great history lesson in Spanish colonialism and tell the story of the beginning of South …

Read More July 1, 2016

Hotel Review: San Antonio’s Hotel Contessa

San Antonio's Hotel Contessa is the perfect location to enjoy the best of this historic city. Located on the Riverwalk, this hotel offers a luxury retreat in the heart of …

Read More July 1, 2016

Checking In: Hotel Paradox

Expect the unexpected at the Hotel Paradox in Santa Cruz California. This upscale hotel has all the coolness of the Santa Cruz surf culture with upscale amenities.Hotel Paradox • …

Read More June 29, 2016

Santa Cruz – Ocean to the Redwoods

Santa Cruz might be the “best kept secret” on your Northern California Route 1 trip or weekend getaway - Ocean, Redwoods and good eats.

Read More June 28, 2016

Santa Cruz Wine Tasting & Passport

Wine tasting in Santa Cruz California - Experience a rich history of wine-making in this overlooked wine region in California. Wine Tasting & Passport in Santa Cruz, Californianow, Read it …

Read More June 27, 2016

San Francisco’s North Beach / Little Italy Walking Food Tour

Looking for the perfect tour for a little history and a LOT of food in San Francisco?  Found at Local Tastes of the City Tour through Little Italy for an …

Read More March 9, 2016

Winter activities in Helsinki

Playing in the snow in Helsinki! Coming from warm climates, this is the thing I get most excited about when visiting countries with snow - winter activities.  My top pick …

Read More February 9, 2016

Uniquely Finnish

During my week in Helsinki, I observed and discovered many differences in how the Finn's do things including some quirky interests making them Uniquely Finnish.Uniquely Finnishnow, Read it laterAs …

Read More February 5, 2016

Discovering the #HelsinkiSecret

Helsinki in winter! Experience a Winter Wonderland and discover all the secrets of this Northern European capital city. Discovering the Secrets of Helsinki Finlandnow, Read it laterMy …

Read More February 1, 2016

Postcard Views at Lake Bled

A glacial fed emerald-green lake, a picture-postcard church on a small island with local legends, a medieval castle clinging to a rocky cliff, and the Julian Alps as a backdrop. …

Read More September 17, 2015

Ljubljana – An Undiscovered Gem

Ljubljana, Slovenia is an undiscovered gem in Europe. Few tourists, lots of beautiful architecture, and a town full of ambiance.  Stroll the parks, listen to music in the squares and …

Read More September 16, 2015

Top 10 Sites in Belgrade Serbia

Belgrade, home to an ancient fortress held successively by the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires, Communist-era architecture and a vibrant nightlife of modern floating nightclubs on the Danube and Sava …

Read More September 15, 2015

What is the dirtiest place on the airplane?

What do you think is the dirtiest place on an airplane?  The natural inclination is something in that bathroom, but you would be surprised!When I started traveling 75% of my …

Read More September 11, 2015

Top 10 Movies about the Balkans

Take a trip to the Balkans through the movies. The focus of many of the films from the former Yugoslavian countries are about the Balkan wars that broke-up the region. …

Read More September 11, 2015

Top 10 Sites to See in Serbia

Serbia, on the crossroads of European history, includes the remains of several empires: Romans, Byzantine, Ottoman, Turkish, Austro-Hungarian to name a few.  The result is a layering of historical finds …

Read More September 9, 2015

Top 10 Food & Drinks to try in Serbia

Serbian cuisine, an interesting blend of Ottoman, Austro-Hungarian and Balkan flavors with lots of meats heavy with spices and ending with strong "domestic" coffee.  Make sure to try these top …

Read More September 8, 2015

Transportation Routes in Serbia

Transportation can sometimes feel overwhelming in foreign lands, but let me assure you that is mostly ease-free in Serbia.  Here are the exact routes that I took on my journey.Sarajevo …

Read More September 8, 2015

Top 10 Sites to See in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Bosnia & Herzegovina, an undiscovered country in the Balkans, should be on your bucket list before it is "discovered". With two UNESCO sites and another eight on the tentative list, …

Read More September 7, 2015

Hope for Sarajevo

Sarajevo is a city of hope. Walking through the city, you can see the traditional cultural & religious diversity of four religions that have co-existed here for centuries. Sarajevo was …

Read More September 6, 2015

Top 10 Food & Drinks to try in Bosnia

Top 10 Food & Drinks to try in Bosnia LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my disclosure. Top 10 Food & Drinks to try in Bosnia While in Bosnia, …

Read More September 5, 2015

Transportation Routes in Bosnia

Transportation can sometimes feel overwhelming in foreign lands, but let me assure you that public transportation is available and mostly ease-free in Bosnia & Herzegovina.  Here are the exact routes …

Read More September 2, 2015

The Magic of Mostar in Bosnia & Herzegovina

Mostar, a city at the crossroads of culture & religion of Muslim Bosniaks, Catholic Croats, and Serbian Orthodox has survived the power struggles and today is a magical village to …

Read More September 2, 2015

Our Lady of Medjugorje of Bosnia & Herzegovina

Medjugorje, visited by over 1 million people a year & 30 million people since 1981.  This small town in Bosnia & Herzegovina is the third most visited pilgrimage site in …

Read More September 1, 2015

Blagaj Tekke • Sufi Dervish Monastery

Blagaj Tekke, just 6km from Mostar, was built for the Sufi Dervish and is considered one of the most mystical places in all of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Sufi Dervish Orders The first …

Read More August 31, 2015

Montenegro Daytrip from Dubrovnik

A daytrip visit to the country of Montenegro seemed like a must while staying in Dubrovnik, Croatia in order to see the UNESCO Bay of Kotor and discover Eastern Europe’s …

Read More August 31, 2015

Budva on the Montenegro Riviera

The Budva Old Town, a typical walled city with a maze of streets, sits on a peninsula on the Adriatic Coast and has become the destination for the Eastern European jetset.Budva History Budva …

Read More August 30, 2015

Exploring the walled city of Kotor

At the end of the Bay of Kotor, the walled city of Kotor is sight to see for Adriatic medieval fortifications with gates, maze-like streets, bastioned walls, and the Great …

Read More August 29, 2015

Bay of Kotor • Europe’s Southern Fjord

Montenegro lives up to the name, Black Mountain, with its dramatic tall fjord like mountains surrounding the Bay of Kotor.Bay of Kotor History The Bay of Kotor has been inhabited …

Read More August 29, 2015

Island Life on Hvar Croatia

The island of Hvar is a hot-spot for vacationing in the Croatian Dalmatian islands with clear-blue water, a fort to explore, and a sizzling night-life.Daytrip to Hvar Croatia now, Read …

Read More August 25, 2015

Soaking up the Croatian Sun in Korčula

Korčula, a beautiful medieval town in the Adriatic, is a favorite destination to soak up the Croatian sun, kayak in the beautiful clear-blue waters and eat some fresh seafood with …

Read More August 25, 2015

A view of inland Croatia

The main site of interest in inland Croatia is Plitvice Lakes. The non-tourist small communities around the lakes gave an insight into post Bosnian War life and a view of …

Read More August 20, 2015

Croatia Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes, in Central Croatia, is one of the most stunning hikes in Europe along planked walkways through a series of blue-green crystal clear lakes connected by waterfalls.The UNESCO site …

Read More August 20, 2015

Gladiator Arena in Pula Croatia

Pula, a seafront city on Croatia’s Istrian Peninsula, is best known for its surviving ancient Roman buildings including a 1st century amphitheatre where you can experience the buzz of the …

Read More August 19, 2015

Beautiful Sunsets in Zadar

Zadar - the most beautiful sunsets in the world. A big claim to live up to - and it does.In May 1964,  a famous director of suspense and psychological movie …

Read More August 19, 2015

Exploring Rovinj Croatia

Rovinj, on the Istrian peninsula of Croatia, is a Venetian-style coastal town. Walking through the beautiful Old Town is like a stroll into a postcard with one colorful view after …

Read More August 18, 2015

Top 10 Sites to See in Normandy, France

The Top 10 Normandy sights to see in this region of France: Mont St. Michel, D-Day landing beaches, market towns painted by the Impressionist painters.

Read More August 13, 2015

Joan of Arc & the Siege of Orléans

History has not been kind to the city of Orléans which has seen more than its fair share of siege including its most famous one in the medieval ages by …

Read More August 12, 2015

Normandy D-Day Tour

Visiting the D-Day sights in Normandy, I am overwhelmed with gratitude and pride to be American.... it is a privilege.  Today has been a lesson in history that I have …

Read More August 10, 2015

History in Bayeux France

Bayeux, a small town in France, is the centerpiece for two famous trans-Channel invasions. The conquest of England by William the Conqueror in 1066 started from Bayeux. The Allied D-Day …

Read More August 10, 2015

Walking into a Monet Painting

To visit Monet's Giverny is to walk into an Impressionist painting. Stroll the gardens and you will see how Monet's visions of water lilies, flowers gardens and the Japanese bridge …

Read More August 9, 2015

Fairy tale village of Colmar, France

Fairy tale village of Colmar, France LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure. Fairy tale village of Colmar, France A trip to Colmar is a trip to the …

Read More August 8, 2015

Alsace Region of France

France's Alsace Region is one of the hidden gems with a diverse culture layered by history. Due to its geographical location on the French / German border, both countries have …

Read More August 8, 2015

7 Foods to try in the Alsace Region of France

Alsace Food has a taste all its own. Explore the unique taste of Alsatian Food in this region of France on the Germany border.

Read More August 3, 2015

Lavender in Blanco

Lavender Fields in Blanco, Texas LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure. Lavender Fields in Blanco Texas An overseas trip to France and a stroll through the Provence …

Read More July 20, 2015

Charming French Village of Riquewihr

Charming French Village of Riquewihr LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my disclosure. Charming French Village of Riquewihr Riquewihr is one of the crown jewels of the Alsace Region …

Read More July 13, 2015

Painted Churches of Texas

Painted Churches of Texas: Built by German & Czech immigrants in Central Texas featuring European interiors of stained glass & elaborately painted friezes.

Read More July 12, 2015

Daytrippin’ Schulenburg Texas

Daytrippin' to Schulenburg Texas LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Share on pinterest Pinterest Share on facebook Facebook Share on twitter Twitter Share on email Email Share on pinterest Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my …

Read More July 12, 2015

Hope Floats in Smithville, Texas

Hope Floats in Smithville Texas LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links. Please read my disclosure.Hope Floats in Smithville Texas Today's destination - Smithville Texas. One of the Central Texas railroad …

Read More July 11, 2015

10 Reasons to Take a 2 Week Vacation

Workaholics - It's time to take a vacation. A real vacation. A full two week vacation. You probably don't need convincing but here are 10 reasons to inspire you to …

Read More June 30, 2015

Top 10 New Orleans Plantation Tours

New Orleans River Road Plantations LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my disclosure. New Orleans River Road Plantation Tours Along the Mississippi River outside New Orleans, you can still …

Read More June 23, 2015

New Orleans Wednesday at the Square

There are so many opportunities to listen to music in New Orleans. If you are in town on a Wednesday in the Spring/Summer, make sure to check out the free …

Read More March 25, 2015

Louisiana Swamp Tour

A Tuesday on a Swamp Tour outside of New Orleans. What could possible go wrong? I was hoping to see some alligators in the wild. It was all fun and …

Read More March 24, 2015

Louis Armstrong Park

On the edge of the French Quarter sits Louis Armstrong Park honoring the musical and cultural history of New Orleans.Congo Square The land on which the park sits has a long …

Read More March 22, 2015

Crossing the Mississippi River to Algiers Point

Off to Algiers!  Not Africa - the neighborhood across the Mississippi River from the French Quarter in New Orleans called Algiers PointAlgiers Point After a crowded week in New Orleans with …

Read More March 20, 2015

Congo Festival in New Orleans

Congo Festival, also called Congo Square New World Rhythms Festival, celebrates the music and dance of the African, Caribbean, and Indian cultures that contributed to the unique sounds created in …

Read More March 20, 2015

St. Patrick’s Parade in the Irish Channel

New Orleans St. Patrick's Day Parade is just another good reason to Laissez les bons temps rouler (Let the good times roll). They certainly do it up right for the …

Read More March 17, 2015

New Orleans Mardi Gras Indians

Mardi Gras has ended, but there is still another chance to see the Mardi Gras Indians in their largest celebration of the year on Super Sunday. The hand-sewn, elaborate, beaded …

Read More March 15, 2015

Top 10 Places to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

Officially March 17th commemorates St Patrick's Day and the arrival of Christianity in Ireland. St. Patrick was embraced as the Patron Saint of Ireland for his missionary work and the …

Read More March 13, 2015

Speaking English in Europe

Nervous about going to Europe and encountering language barriers? How will my travel be only speaking English in Europe? In 2014, I spent almost the entire year in Europe traveling …

Read More March 10, 2015

How to pick a BnB or Vacation Rental

Many readers email me asking where I stay as a traveling professional.  As a 40 year old female, I simply prefer a little more personal privacy and a quiet place …

Read More March 10, 2015

Louisiana’s Oak Alley Plantation

Today I am off on a quick day-trip about an hour outside of New Orleans. Along River Road lie many 18th century plantations including one of the most photographed:  Oak …

Read More March 7, 2015

Louisiana’s San Francisco Plantation

Blue skies signaled a great day to go out to River Road and see some of the plantations. San Francisco Plantation is not your typical antibellum plantation - a colorful …

Read More March 6, 2015

The National World War II Museum

Freedom is not free.  I will always be an avid traveler who loves to experience the world and its wonderful people & cultures. These travels constantly remind me how proud …

Read More March 4, 2015

New Orleans Slang

The New Orleans culture is not only about the food and history, this city has a language of its own with interesting terms and accentuation of words creating a sound …

Read More March 3, 2015

New Orleans Cemeteries

Beyond beignets, beads, Bourbon street, and mossy oaks, one of the most notorious symbols of New Orleans are the cemeteries. Called the "Cities of the Dead", the above ground tombs …

Read More March 3, 2015

New Orleans City Park

With the last sunny day before a week of rain and overcast clouds, I decided to take in the sunshine with a day at City Park.  While New Orleans is …

Read More March 2, 2015

Top 10 New Orleans Movies

Top 10 Movies about New Orleans LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my disclosure. Top 10 Movies about New Orleans New Orleans, Louisiana is a popular movie location for …

Read More March 1, 2015

Beignets & Bourbon Street

Arriving late in New Orleans, I knew there was just one thing on the agenda -  beignets at Cafe du Monde.  This is how all trips to NOLA should end …

Read More March 1, 2015

Baton Rouge’s Old Governor’s Mansion

A visit to the Old Governor's Mansion in Louisiana will be a trip highlight of your time in Baton Rouge as the docents lead a delightful tour through the Mansion …

Read More February 27, 2015

Louisiana State Capitol

Louisiana's towering Capitol building is America's tallest and one of the most impressive. Forever entwined with the political career of Huey Pierce Long, the building shows off the Art Deco …

Read More February 27, 2015

Sights in Baton Rouge

On my road trip East, I decided to take a half-day to explore the capital of Louisiana. Baton Rouge, also known as the City of Landmarks, has over 75 buildings …

Read More February 27, 2015

Baton Rouge Old State Capitol

A trip to Baton Rouge should begin at the Old State Capitol for a lesson on Louisiana history and politics.  Nicknamed “Castle of the River”, this eye-catching structure stands high …

Read More February 27, 2015

Histomap: Four Thousand Years of World History

A snapshot of history. As I travel, I am constantly learning about each regions history and trying to put in all into together to understand the who, what, where, why, …

Read More February 23, 2015

Hiking in Tucson at Sabino Canyon

Sabino Canyon is a popular hiking spot in Tucson. Located in the Coronado National Forest, Sabino Canyon has several hikes you can take for beginners to more experienced and there …

Read More February 19, 2015

Unique Restaurants and Bars in Tucson

Unique Restaurants in Tucson LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my disclosure. Unique Restaurants in Tucson Knowing that I grew up in Tucson, Arizona, a friend recently asked me …

Read More February 18, 2015

Top 12 Best Free Travel Apps

The ultimate goal of travel is to immerse yourself in the destination (the culture, the sights, the sounds, and the people), but first you have to get there.  While I …

Read More February 12, 2015

The Insecurity of the Highlight Reel

The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else's highlight reel.One of my cousins posted this "truth" on her Facebook page today... and wow did it strike …

Read More February 4, 2015

5 Oxford Day Trips to Explore in England

Oxford makes a great home base to explore England's beautiful palaces, villages and history.  Here are 5 ideas for venturing out on day trips from Oxford city of Dreaming Spires.While …

Read More February 2, 2015

Inspiration of 3 Oxford Literary Classics

The city of Oxford has long both bred writers but also inspired them. Today, there are more than 500 Oxford-based novels  that have been identified, and the number continues to …

Read More January 31, 2015

Oxford and The Land of Narnia

As a child, I was entranced by the Chronicles of Narnia series - the magical world of mythical talking animals in a snowy wonderland.  You can re-read these stories over …

Read More January 30, 2015

Finding Wonderland

One of the most popular pieces of literature to emerge from Oxford is the imaginative story of Alice's Adventure in Wonderland.  On my trip there, I was on the hunt …

Read More January 28, 2015

Harry Potter Sightings in Oxford

A visit to Oxford will, of course, need to include a visit to some of the Harry Potter Filming sights including the inspiration for the Great Hall seen in all …

Read More January 20, 2015

Tolkien Sights in Oxford

Tolkien Sights in Oxford LOVE IT. SHARE IT. Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email This post may contain affiliate links.Please read my disclosure. Tolkien Sights in Oxford On my travels through England, I also wanted to walk in the footsteps …

Read More January 19, 2015

Top 10 Curiosities to see at the Ashmolean Museum

The museums that often have the most interest for me have been started by individual collectors adding pieces due to their passion for the subject or uniqueness of items rather …

Read More January 15, 2015

Michelangelo & Raphael at the Ashmolean Museum

Michelangelo never wanted you to see his drawings and preparation sketches, but the Ashmolean collection will give you a glimpse of methods of the Old World Masters - Michelangelo and …

Read More January 14, 2015

Climbing up Tumamoc Hill

I have been remiss in not posting some of the amazing Tucson Arizona sunsets as I have been home for the holidays visiting family.  When traveling, I tend to be …

Read More January 11, 2015

Personality in Zurich, Switzerland

As I travel, I often come across some interesting characters.  Today, I was WOW'd by this woman in Switzerland.  I visited Zurich in the dead of winter en route to …

Read More January 10, 2015

Tower of London: Ceremony of the Keys

Who wants to lock up the Tower of London in the world's oldest continuous military ceremony?  Welcome to the Ceremony of the Keys!I have been very fortunate to have had …

Read More January 8, 2015

How to travel in Europe on a Schengen Visa

Traveling in Europe for one year required some careful planning in order to stay comply with Visa requirements of the Schengen countries.Schengen Countries Map When I initially started planning to go …

Read More January 6, 2015

Hot Air Ballooning over Chateau’s In France

Another of my bucket list items has been to go up in a hot air balloon. So when I had the opportunity while touring the Chateau's in the Loire Valley, …

Read More January 6, 2015

Avoiding the Pickpocket

A lot of the questions I receive about traveling surround fear of getting pickpocketed in Europe.  It is such a stigma.  While in Europe, I did not encounter or hear …

Read More January 2, 2015

A stroll on San Diego’s Shelter Island

On the annual family holiday trip to California, the family and I decided to take a stopover in San Diego. Just a quick overnight by the sea to soak up …

Read More December 15, 2014

The mysteries at Quinta da Regaliera

One day, while looking through travel pictures online, I saw a picture of an inverted tower and immediately put the mysterious architectural site on my travel wish list. First, I …

Read More November 16, 2014

National Palace of Sintra

After arriving in Sintra via train from Lisbon, my first stop was a quick stop to the National Palace of Sintra. I had a lot of palaces, castle and gardens …

Read More November 16, 2014

The fairy tale castle: Pena National Palace

High on top of the town of Sintra is the fairy tale castle of Palacio Nacional da Pena (The Feather Palace). The UNESCO site is another European example of 18th …

Read More November 16, 2014

Walking the walls of the Moorish Palace

Traveling throughout Spain before Portugal, I had already been introduced to the Moorish structures of the 8th & 9th century. The Moors definitely specialized in beautiful tiled palaces and creating …

Read More November 16, 2014

Ginja tasting in historic Sintra Portugal

After a long day of visiting many of the sites in Sintra including a lot of hill climbing, I walked back downhill from the Moorish Castle to the historical center …

Read More November 16, 2014

A daytrip to Sintra, Portugal

As I was researching things to do in Lisbon, Portugal, the town of Sintra kept coming up as a must-see day-trip.  Sintra is just 15 miles and about a 40 …

Read More November 16, 2014

Northern Lights – A Bucket List Event

For many, seeing the Northern Lights is at the top of their "Bucket Lists"; And it was near the top on mine.  I have long wanted to see this strange …

Read More September 25, 2014

A day at Downton Abbey

A Day at Downton Abbey LOVE IT. SHARE IT.    Pinterest Facebook Twitter Email I was a bit late to jump on the Downton Abbey bandwagon but quickly caught up as I raced through the first …

Read More May 27, 2014

A visit to Mont St. Michel

Mont St. Michel is one of France's most iconic sites.  Seeing this island with a medieval town spiraling up to the church monastery and abbey is a sight in itself, …

Read More May 18, 2014

The tides of Mont St. Michel

The tides of Mont St. Michel are legendary. Upon climbing to the ramparts of Mont St. Michel, you will be treated to beautiful views of the tidal flats surrounding the …

Read More May 18, 2014

The Magnificence of Versailles

Versailles – Voltaire described it best – “a masterpiece of bad taste and magnificence”. Created by the Sun King, Versailles is one of France’s most visited attractions and inspirations for …

Read More May 14, 2014

Smiles in Siena, Italy

A smile can certainly brighten your day!We have all been there... dog tired after walking over cobblestone streets exploring wonderful new towns.Today, I was exploring Siena, Italy - one of …

Read More April 30, 2014

Easter at the Vatican

Easter Mass with 150,000 fellow believers.  While traveling, I am often in awe at the beauty of what I get to see and experience. Easter at the Vatican, which I …

Read More April 20, 2014

Good Friday at the Colosseum

Arriving in Rome on late Friday afternoon, I decided to jump right into the celebrations for Easter week starting with Good Friday "Way of the Cross" at the Colosseum.  I …

Read More April 18, 2014

Opera in Florence

For a unique opportunity to hear opera in Florence in a intimate setting, head over to St. Mark's Church.  Professional Opera singers in full costume have been delighting audiences for …

Read More April 4, 2014

Bose Noise Cancelling Headphones

Bose QuietComfort 20i Acoustic Noise Cancelling Headphones are FABULOUS!I am usually a mid-tier frugal travel.... not too expensive, not too cheap. However, I splurged! ... And this is one …

Read More January 29, 2014

Visiting the Tower of London

One of the most quintessential attractions in London.  On many a visit to the UK, I always ask the locals (including very proper Englishmen) what is the must-see London attraction …

Read More January 20, 2014

Hotel Points Programs

Hotel Points, Points, Points... My business colleagues and traveler friends have discussed and compared at length trying to figure out what is the best way to maximize points... and the …

Read More November 4, 2013


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How to legally go inside Stonehenge Circle

Though some say Stonehenge is overrated, I found a way to visit the iconic site in a unique way to get a glimpse of the past.On one of my trips …

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Bucket List: Ride in a Bi-plane

READY TO FLY!  On a beautiful summer day in August, I found an advertisement for bi-plane rides in Cape Cod and knew instantly I was going up.  My bucket lists …

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