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  • Going on Safari in Africa

    Going on Safari in Africa

    “There is something about safari life that makes you forget all your sorrows and feel as if you had drunk half a bottle of champagne — bubbling over with heartfelt gratitude for being alive.” Karen Blixen (Author of “Out of […]


  • Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa

    Cage Diving with Great White Sharks in South Africa

    It would be our fourth try. On the third try my husband got in the cage when a large female great white appeared, but the two days before that? Nothing. I had stayed in the hotel on the third day […]


  • Exploring Angkor’s Temples

    Exploring Angkor’s Temples

    Visiting Angkor Angkor Wat and the surrounding historic city of Angkor is an impressive monument to ancient Khmer civilization. It includes both the main temple of Angkor Wat, along with many other temples. We recommend doing research about the site up […]


  • Exploring the Amazon Rainforest: A South American Safari

    Exploring the Amazon Rainforest: A South American Safari

    If you thought safaris were only in Africa, think again. The Amazon rainforest has many lodges which are similar to the ones in Africa with two “game drives” per day, all inclusive dining, snacks out in the bush, mosquito-netted beds […]


  • Bali & Raja Ampat, Indonesia

    Bali & Raja Ampat, Indonesia

    You may have heard of Bali – the most visited island in the Indonesian archipelago. Indonesia is just north of Australia and is made up of over 17,000 islands, most of which are uninhabited and remote. Other well-known islands in […]


  • Famous Beaches Around Phuket

    Famous Beaches Around Phuket

    There are several famous, iconic beaches reachable from Phuket. The most well known is Maya Bay at Koh Phi Phi Le from Leonardo Dicaprio’s 2000 cult movie: The Beach. This trip usually includes a stop at Monkey Beach and a […]


  • Thailand’s Temples

    Thailand’s Temples

    A visit to a faraway land shocks the senses with scents of unfamiliar spices, sights of unusually shaped architecture along with the musical inflections of a foreign language. Thailand is no exception, and much of what makes this land feel […]


  • Jay Fai: Bangkok’s Michelin Starred Street Food Chef

    Jay Fai: Bangkok’s Michelin Starred Street Food Chef

    The building is unassuming and without a sign. You might walk right by this shop in old town if you didn’t know better. If you do know better, you’ll know it’s 71 year-old owner, Jay Fai, has recently been recognized […]


  • Thailand’s Ancient Ruins

    Thailand’s Ancient Ruins

    Sukhothai, First Capital of the Kingdom of Siam Sukhothai was the first capital of the Kingdom of Siam. Active in the 13th and 15th centuries. It was a powerful capital and the artistic style of its Buddhas and architecture are […]


  • Where to Find Europe in the United States

    Where to Find Europe in the United States

    As a lover of Europe, I often find myself missing the ancient buildings, glorious architecture and stone streets of the old world. Still, if you look you can find hints of Europe here in the U.S. if you need a […]


  • Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico

    Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico

    At first glance, a whale shark can seem intimidating, with its large open mouth and fins protruding out of the water. It is sized like a whale at 20-30 feet long and is often swimming slowly along the surface of […]


  • A World Away in Far-Flung Fiji

    A World Away in Far-Flung Fiji

    A tropical island chain in the South Pacific – Fiji is on a lot of people’s “list.” I found out just how many when I started posting photos to my Facebook page. Near Tahiti and New Zealand, it is an 11-hour […]


  • How to Do Mardi Gras in New Orleans

    How to Do Mardi Gras in New Orleans

    Mardi Gras means Fat Tuesday. In Catholic tradition, it is the last day of feasting before Lent. In modern practice, carnival season begins on January 6th, the Catholic holiday of Epiphany marking the arrival of the three wise men after […]


  • Paris in Black and White

    Paris in Black and White

    We took a late November/early December trip to Paris & Venice with my husband and his parents for their birthdays. Any time in Paris is worth photographing, but because of the grey weather in the temperate zone I was not […]


  • Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast by Air, Land and Sea

    Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast by Air, Land and Sea

    Few sights are more spectacular than Kauai’s Nā Pali Coast. Set on the northwest corner of the island, it is a lush and remote area in the Nā Pali Coast State Park. It’s stunning green, brown and red cliffs which […]


  • Planning a Destination Wedding

    Planning a Destination Wedding

    Pacing and checking my phone had now become a constant habit. “Not one but two hurricanes headed toward Maui on the weekend of my wedding?” I asked in disbelief. It was an event planner’s nightmare – with 30 guests flying […]


  • Christmas in Sante Fe

    Christmas in Sante Fe

    When considering destinations to visit during the holidays, the Southwest may not immediately come to mind. However, Sante Fe has a unique holiday charm in its historic buildings, colorfully lit square and thousands of farolitos topping its adobe structures. From […]


  • A Tale of Two Portofinos

    A Tale of Two Portofinos

    One is an Italian fishing village established by the Romans, the other, a meticulous recreation opened at Universal Orlando in 1999. Though they are separated by an ocean and a millennium, the intentional similarities are striking. Portofino, Italy The Italian version […]


  • Exploring Cinque Terre

    Exploring Cinque Terre

    The Cinque Terre are five seaside towns set amidst the rocky coast of western Italy. Located in the region of Liguria, they are part of the Italian Riviera. Though they have become popular, they still have an undiscovered feel. Tourists here are […]


  • Driving Tuscany: The Two Best Wine Country Routes

    Driving Tuscany: The Two Best Wine Country Routes

    Tuscany is the famous region of Italy once inhabited by the Etruscans. It is Italian food & wine country, located south of Florence, extending westward out to the Mediterranean. The region’s wines are known worldwide, the most famous of which […]


  • European Christmas Markets

    European Christmas Markets

    Most people travel to Europe in the summer months, for the warmth and sunshine. Some study in Europe and return home before the holidays. Others travel specifically to experience the Christmas Markets, located all over Europe in late November and […]


  • 24 Hours in Santiago, Chile

    24 Hours in Santiago, Chile

    Santiago is a surprising blend of South American culture and European style architecture, set in a stunning Andean landscape. Though much can be seen in the country of Chile, if you only have 24 hours, Santiago is your jewel. Start by going to the […]


  • Heli-Hiking New Zealand’s Franz Josef Glacier

    Heli-Hiking New Zealand’s Franz Josef Glacier

    The ads intrigued us, linking to photos of frozen caves, steep crevasses and icy pinnacles. It was kind of like climbing Everest, without the risk or height, and it just might be the coolest thing we’d ever done.  We’d signed up for […]


  • Jet Boating on the Dart River, New Zealand

    Jet Boating on the Dart River, New Zealand

    Queenstown is a town of adventure. Home to the original bungie jump, the area abounds with fun things to do like skiing, mountain climbing, kayaking and go-carting down mountain roads. When planning our trip we noticed jet boating as another […]


  • Swimming with Sharks in Australia’s Coral Sea

    Swimming with Sharks in Australia’s Coral Sea

    A shark has an instantly recognizable profile under water. Usually swimming in the deep, they glide confidently – almost ominously – through the darkest layers of blue. Their fins and tail alternate back and forth, moving them forward in a slow, methodical […]


  • Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge

    Climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge

    One of the most adventurous activities to be done in Sydney is the Harbor Bridge Climb. While such an endeavor used to be the territory of a few drunken locals, in 1998 Paul Cave decided to make it official. He swiftly learned […]


  • Charming & Historic Southeastern Cities

    Charming & Historic Southeastern Cities

    
There are common, recognizable charms to the historic port cities in the southeastern US: period architecture, cobblestone streets, gas lanterns, mossy oaks, nautical influences, horse drawn carriages, famous parks & squares and colorful cottages to name a few. The region’s warm weather and many days […]


  • The American Tropics: Hawaiian Islands

    The American Tropics: Hawaiian Islands

    We are in Hawaii! It sounds so exotic and expensive, but when we did the math, with free airfare, it was cheaper to venture to Oahu than to the Florida Keys. The time change helped as I had work to […]


  • Utah’s Spectacular National Parks

    Utah’s Spectacular National Parks

    From the remote roads that wind through otherworldly canyons, Utah feels like a foreign land. When you drive deep through its countryside, you can encounter rock formations with colors and shapes that look like they’re from another planet. You also find terrain […]


  • Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona

    Enchantment Resort in Sedona, Arizona

    One of my new favorite resorts is set by itself in a dramatic red rock canyon so remote that cell phone service is often non-existent. It is a proud member of the prestigious Leading Hotels of the World group, the aptly named Enchantment […]


  • The Châteaux of the Loire Valley

    The Châteaux of the Loire Valley

    A short train ride south from Paris will take you out to the Loire Valley, the valley of Kings. This is where much of the royalty and nobility of France spent their time, with spectacular châteaux like Chambord being referred […]


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