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 low key, looking for a beach or a hiking trail toRead More →


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 early December. I like to visit a city at differentRead More →


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 Restaurant Giratorio, not for the food, but for the view.Read More →


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 of sunshine make these cities a year round destination. Out of aRead More →


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 the country are Sumatra, Borneo, Java and Komodo. There isRead More →

“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 Africa”) As we made our way along the dusty dirtRead More →

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 snorkel. The second most well known is James Bond IslandRead More →

The Temple of the Reclining Buddha in Bangkok, Thailand.

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 so exotic are its temples. There are stupas covered in gold,Read More →

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 known as Sukhothai style today. It is a UNESCO WorldRead More →

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 flight from Los Angeles via Fiji Airways. Most know ofRead More →

Mardi Gras Parade 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 Christ’s birth. It is also known as “Twelfth Night” being 12 nightsRead More →

Wanting a quick trip to a historic place that will put you in touch with the country’s past? Washington DC is a good bet. While Cherry Blossom Season is a great time of the year to visit, any time will do – I went in February to visit a friend.Read More →

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 sure what to do with the photos. I had beenRead More →

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 that his battle would be uphill, yet expertly came upRead More →