Amazing Galapagos

A sea lion makes good use of a chaise lounge at a hotel on the water in Puerto Ayora.

Remote and isolated, the Galapagos Islands are world-renowned for incredibly exciting diving and fascinating land excursions. All the astonishing variety of creatures and plants in the archipelago either flew, swam, or were blown there at some point in time. Due to the archipelago’s isolation, and singular and unusual conditions, many species in the Galapagos both […]

Beach Hopping in Brazil

Many of Rio’s famous beaches can be seen from the top of Sugarloaf Mountain, which can be reached by cable car and is spectacular, especially at sunset.

Of course, Rio de Janeiro has two of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world.  But while Ipanema and Copacabana are gorgeous, they are also in the center of a city of 13.6 million people with all the traffic, chaos and noise that accompanies such a location. If you’re looking for a true, […]

Welcome to the Conch Republic! Key West

Welcome to the Conch Republic!

You might not think that roosters, six-toed cats, Hemmingway and President Truman share anything in common. But, they do, having each called Key West home at one point or another. And some, like the roosters and cats, have become permanent denizens of this irreverent southernmost, subtropical paradise. Located closer to Cuba than to Miami, this […]

The Flavors of Grenada – More Than Spice

St. George’s

When William Cowper wrote, “[v]ariety’s the very spice of life, that gives it all its flavour,” he described his surroundings and reflections on life in 18th century England.   Although hundreds of years have passed since written, Cowper’s words came to mind reflecting on a recent visit to the Caribbean island of Grenada. Grenada is known […]

Add Halkidiki to Your Greece Travel Plans

The Leonidas Memorial at Thermopylae

For most travelers, a trip to Greece means a history lesson in Athens and beach time at one of the famous islands like Santorini, Mykonos or Naxos. But I was dreaming of seeing Greece off-the-beaten-path where I could easily get both, and I found all that and more in the Halkidiki peninsula in northern Greece.  […]

Legendary Ballparks: Fenway and Wrigley

Fenway Park inside boxes

Baseball players can become free agents, but ballparks never do.  That is why two historic fields have become beloved icons not only to locals who live nearby, but also to out-of-towners who come to set foot on the storied turf.  Fenway Park, the oldest of the 30 active major-league stadiums, and Wrigley Field, just two […]

China: Land of Mystery In A Modern World

The front ranks of the army, more commonly known as the Soldiers of Xi’ An, face the untold number of Chinese and foreign visitors to view this amazing work of art. All are life-size and were found in millions of pieces. They were lovingly pieced together with a specially developed glue with no sign of the breakage. Thousands have been pieced togeher and perhaps thousands more are being worked on today.

Ahh, China, land of General Tzo’s Chicken, chop suey, beef & broccoli. First stop after a long flight and hungry as, well, you know what. We looked for a great Chinese restaurant to sample how our favorite Chinese dishes are made in, well, China.  Fuggedablutit. Menus are both in Chinese and graphic photos for the […]

The Hudson River Valley, Starting with Saugerties

The Windham Path in Greene County winds through miles of magnificent Catskills countryside.

Exploring New York State’s magnificent 10-county Hudson Valley is a bit like that adage attributed to Nelson Mandela: “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time.”  And that is how I’ve come to know this amazing part of the world: one “bite” at a time. My fascination with the Hudson Valley – […]

YAP – The Land of Manta Rays, Stone Money, and Gentle People

Manta and Diver - Photo courtesy of Bill Aker, owner of Manta Ray Bay Resort

I got a phone call in the middle of the night from a scuba diving buddy saying, “Manta Ray Dive Resort is hosting MantaFest on Yap next week, grab your camera, dive gear and be there, no excuses,” and then hung up. “MantaFest, Yap, why would I not want to join the fun, take photos, […]

Visiting the Marquesas on the Aranui 5

Aranui 5 in Puamau Bay, Hiva Oa

When most people think of visiting French Polynesia, the first places that come to mind are Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora and in fact that is where the great majority of tourists go. However, French Polynesia is a vast territory equal in size to the United States west of the Mississippi yet with a smaller […]