A few hours by train from Florence, this 'City of Artists' is a Tuscan gem seemingly known to only a few tourists. Although Tuscany boasts many famous places, it also abounds with villages and towns worth a detour to discover, especially in the heat of summer when the rest of Italy is over-crowded.
Although I've lived in New Orleans for 40 years and have no desire to leave, I left a small part of my heart in Arkansas.
The beautiful town of San Gimignano is the jewel of the Tuscan crown. Like stepping into the pages of a medieval book, a visit to this historic destination will capture your heart and inspire your imagination.
I traveled to Whistler, British Columbia, Canada in April of 2018. Here's a detailed rundown of the things I saw, the people I encountered, and the activities I partook in over the course of three days filled with outrageous beauty and disturbingly mesmerizing wilderness.
In this article, I share information about our trip to China, as well as my thoughts and observations about the country today.
The Bellagio's Arcadia is one of the most visually stunning floral displays for any season and is well worth experiencing.
I am 66 this year, and I am WWOOFing in Dorset. WWOOFing you ask? Is that something to do with regression and dogs? No. I haven't gone mad (yet). WWOOFing is an acronym for “Willing Workers On Organic Farms." Learn about my experience here.
A short escorted coach trip to Paris is a relaxing way to get a quick overall impression of what the city has to offer visitors, including wonderful architecture, great food, trips on the Seine, and time to browse boutiques. Join me as I reflect on my most recent visit to the City of Light.
My family and I took the train to Washington D.C. to spend the day there. There's so much to see, including the Lincoln Memorial and the Smithsonian Museum.
A flight to Pisa from England was the first leg of this trip for a stay in Tuscany. The road home took us from Italy to Switzerland, France, Luxembourg, and Belgium, and on a car ferry to Hull.
Puerto Princesa on the island province of Palawan is an enormous city in size, but not in population. One of the more popular diversions there is island-hopping.
Should you ring in the New Year at Times Square? This article gives the inside scoop, shares tips to make the time pass quicker, and provides all the info you need in order to decide if you want to experience this live or just stay home and watch it on TV.
While visiting my sister in San Antonio, we made a trip to the hill country and visited LBJ's Texas White House. It was fascinating!
In June 2018, my Thai family and I had an enjoyable outing at a mountain reservoir lake in the Loei area of Thailand. For two or three fun-packed hours, we rented a bamboo raft that was towed to the middle of the lake. Then the real enjoyment began.
I only had a long weekend in Philly, and I wanted to see as much of it as possible, from the Liberty Bell to bar hopping down South Street.
During our time in Tunica, we stayed at several casinos and hotels, which made this trip a fun but fragmented one. Read on to find out which was our favorite and why.
Who hasn't heard of Aokigahara, the notorious Japanese forest at the base of Mt. Fuji? People seem to be universally fascinated by it. Having visited it in July 2017, by pure coincidence, I wanted to share my experience with you.
Join me on a tour of four must-see places in Belgium. From the world-class museums of Brussels to the nature reserve in Knokke-Heist, this country is full of wonders to explore.
Arizona is known for its iconic landscapes, but certain man-made attractions are just as breathtaking. One such place is the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens. In 2014, my friends and I spent a delightful day at the garden's exhibit of Dale Chihuly's glass sculptures.
Though we were only in the area for a short time, the Riviera Maya stole our hearts and has us aching for another visit!
Here are 18 photos and videos showcasing the history and charm of this quaint, scenic village set amidst mountains in Washington State. It's a unique place to see architecture like that found in Germany and Switzerland!
Port Vila, Vanuatu, South Pacific. These romantic words conjure images of mysterious islands and an idyllic paradise bathed by the sun and lost in an emerald sea—an image not too far from the truth.
Calcutta is the capital of the Indian state of West Bengal and the former capital of the country. It is renowned for its colonial architecture, art, food and cultural festivities. My four-day visit to the city only left me wanting more!
My husband and I visited Geneva two years ago when the Kiwanis International Convention was held there. I fell in love with the history, architecture, and beauty of the city.
We moved to New Orleans 40 years ago. It is filled with friendly, fun-loving, mostly religious people. Although they work very hard when they work, the people here love to play and that is what they do best: From backyard crawfish boils to Mardi Gras day, it's a party.
We were lucky enough to be in Minorca for the flower festivals in 2017 and 2018, but it wasn't until our second visit that we learned what the festival was really all about!
In October of 2018, my family and I stopped through Roswell, NM. What we found was a town full of friendliness and charm and, of course, aliens. This article describes all the fun we found in Roswell.
Savannah, Georgia is a beautiful city rich in history and things to do. There is something to see and do for just about everyone when they visit this southern city. This article examines just a few of the things to do when visiting Savannah, Georgia.
Boston, a city of tremendous historic significance and modern delights, was on my calendar of coming events, but how is it possible to see all of this city in one day? Here is what I did.
Touring Copenhagen by bicycle, I thought we were on our way to see Denmark's crown jewels. Instead, we found an unexpected treasure when we turned onto Pusher Street.
This article describes my family's visit to the town of Madrid, NM. It's a charming little artist community just outside of Albuquerque.
Anyone wishing to see authentic gold mining towns should visit Cripple Creek. Casinos and tourism helped to keep it from becoming a ghost town. Please enjoy the pictures and videos below.
In 1999, I decided it was time to fulfill a longtime wish of mine—that of walking on the Great Wall of China. I'm so glad I did, as it was the experience of a lifetime. Here is some of that journey.
I went to Bosnia with quite a lot of stereotypes and false notions of the country, showing the dangerous nature of half-formed opinions.
My first time in China provided some unique challenges and great opportunities to reevaluate my preconceived notions about the country. Hold onto your chopsticks, and come along for the ride.
This is a story I wrote about my six-day backpacking trip in Wyoming's Wind River Range with five friends from Pennsylvania.
Here's a journal of my summer trip from Helsinki to Tallinn by ferry, including resources and information to help you plan your own expedition across the Baltic sea.
Revered as Japan's Grand Master of Buddhism, Kobo Daishi brought Shingon Buddhism to the country in the 800s. His mausoleum, the Oko-in, is at Koya-san, one of Japan's most sacred mountains.
Once an essential stop on The Grand Tour, there is always something to discover in Venice. A convent or monastery stay gives a unique experience when visiting this treasure of a city.
Hyderabad is the capital of the Indian state of Telangana. This city is where North India meets South India, creating a unique mix of culture in aspects such as its architecture and world-famous biriyani.
Here's a look at the challenges, new experiences, and beauty of my stay on a small farm in rural Thailand, and why I highly recommended taking a similar trip of your own.
Visiting the Big Island so you can flop on a beach at one of the top resorts? Then this review isn't for you. But if you like to explore parks, visit historical sites, and have adventures, read on!
Our trip along the Maine Coast was full of adventures. It ended at Campobello Island in New Brunswick, Canada, with a tour of the home of Franklin Roosevelt and a film about his life.
During a vacation to the Bahamas, my husband and I took a day trip to the Exuma Islands with Island World Adventures. It was a day in paradise I will never forget.
Nestled high in the Arkansas Ozarks near the Missouri border is a small crystal cathedral. Despite its diminutive size, the chapel is world-famous, and it was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. You are cordially invited to visit my state and drink in its beauty.
I will never forget the 10 days I spent in Marrakech. From the wonderfully chaotic Djemaa El-Fna to the jaw-dropping scenery of the Atlas Mountains, it was truly a trip to remember.
My wife recently witnessed a once-in-a-decade blooming of an Amorphophallus Titanum (or Corpse Plant) at the Tucson Botanical Gardens. It is a beautiful flower, but it smells like rotting meat...
Back in the "strike-it-rich" days of the 1800s, prospectors put the scenic setting of Georgetown, Colorado on the map. Today, visitors are still lured there for its beauty as well as the casinos hoping to take home their own load of silver! Read on for a brief history and photo tour of Georgetown.
There is such awesome scenery in this part of the world! Lush valleys and snowy mountains made for spectacular views from the Glacier Express Train. Photos and videos are included.
In February 2018, I traveled from Udon Thani City to the peak of Phu Bo Bit Mountain in the Loei Province. Relive the experience of a senior citizen scaling a mountain peak 647 meters above sea level.
Few things in life have left an impression on me that could compete with my first visit to Asia. I'm happy to reminisce and tell you about it.
Gold prospecting is like fox hunting—the chase is more exciting than the capture. The fresh air and beautiful scenery make it worthwhile, though, and a little gold in the pan spices things up.
As a traveller, you know when you’ve found that sweet spot—that place with all the right ingredients, where your wandering soul starts to think ‘hey, this is where I want to be’. For me, it was Peneda-Gerês National Park in Portugal.
If you live in the UK or Northern Europe, it’s a short flight to Dublin, and you can even go for the day if you are in London. That’s what I did, and I really enjoyed what the city had to offer.