Montevideo, Uruguay: Plaza Independencia, La Rambla & Bodega Bouza

Montevideo, Uruguay: Plaza Independencia, La Rambla & Bodega Bouza

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Uruguay | 4 Comments

“Uruguay is a native word meaning river of the birds,” our guide Tamara was explaining as we began our drive from the port of Montevideo. We were heading along La Rambla, a 14-mile promenade that hugs the coastline and borders the Río de la Plata, a river and estuary spilling into the Atlantic Ocean. The beaches beyond […]

Buenos Aires Day 2: El Ateneo Grand Splendid & Teatro Colón

Buenos Aires Day 2: El Ateneo Grand Splendid & Teatro Colón

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Argentina | 4 Comments

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” ~Jorge Luis Borges If there ever were a more beautiful place to look for books, it would have to be the impossibly special El Ateneo Grand Splendid. The name says it all about Buenos Aires’ 1919 theatre-turned cinema-turned bookshop: It is grand and […]

Buenos Aires Day 1: La Recoleta Cemetery, La Casa Rosada & A Starry Touch of Russia

Buenos Aires Day 1: La Recoleta Cemetery, La Casa Rosada & A Starry Touch of Russia

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Argentina | 12 Comments

The last thing I expected to find at a cemetery was a door knocker. But then again, La Recoleta Cemetery is no ordinary resting place. Built in the Recoleta neighborhood of Buenos Aires in 1822, La Recoleta looks more like a lovely little city, with narrow streets, elegant house-like mausoleums, stained glass windows and marble, […]

Notes from Home: Travel Planning 101 – Part 2

Notes from Home: Travel Planning 101 – Part 2

Posted by on Jan 2, 2017 in Notes from Home | 4 Comments

Researching travel ideas on the internet is a bit like an old-fashioned treasure hunt. You have a clear idea of what you’re looking for when you begin, but one site leads to another, and instead of learning about coffee shops in Buenos Aires, you soon find yourself getting lost in turf labyrinths in England! I’ve […]

Notes from Home: On Blogging, Fate & Taking Risks

Notes from Home: On Blogging, Fate & Taking Risks

Posted by on Dec 12, 2016 in Notes from Home | No Comments

  “And, when you want something, all the universe conspires in helping you to achieve it.” ~Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist It was an idea that had been simmering for a long time. I thought about it while brushing my teeth and walking the dog and tying my shoes. Like a whisper in the wind, it […]

Memories of Istanbul: Exploring the Old Sultanahmet

Memories of Istanbul: Exploring the Old Sultanahmet

Posted by on Dec 6, 2016 in Turkey | No Comments

In this second of two blog posts, I’m sharing pictures and memories of our travels in Turkey. We visited in 2006, when U.S. State Department warnings and acts of terrorism were not a concern for tourists in Istanbul. I’ve thought about our time there quite often the past six months, watching cruise lines replace Istanbul […]

Memories of Kusadasi, Turkey: Ephesus, Mary’s House & The Temple of Artemis

Memories of Kusadasi, Turkey: Ephesus, Mary’s House & The Temple of Artemis

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Turkey | No Comments

The NPR reporter was talking about the president of Turkey as I put my car in reverse and backed out of our garage. But before I could leave the driveway, his words turned into a gibberish buzz when I heard the name Atatürk. Suddenly, instead of focusing on the news of the day, my mind […]

Notes from Home: Great Travel & Unexpected Moments

Notes from Home: Great Travel & Unexpected Moments

Posted by on Nov 14, 2016 in Notes from Home | 4 Comments

“All journeys have a secret destination of which the traveler is unaware.” ~Martin Buber A while ago, Cruisecritic.com member brazilgirl asked if I had a favorite itinerary. It was a tough question and one that took me quite by surprise. The travel destination most on my mind is usually the journey I’m currently planning or […]

LA’s Stahl House: Mid-century Modern Masterpiece in the Hollywood Hills

LA’s Stahl House: Mid-century Modern Masterpiece in the Hollywood Hills

Posted by on Oct 25, 2016 in California | No Comments

At first glance, the Stahl House appears to be a place that doesn’t draw attention to itself. Perched near the top of a winding street in the Hollywood Hills, it sits quietly among its neighbors, off the beaten path of typical Los Angeles tourist attractions. But just beyond the home’s carport is a clue on the front […]

San Diego: Five Favorite Excursions from the Port

San Diego: Five Favorite Excursions from the Port

Posted by on Oct 3, 2016 in California | No Comments

When I first visited San Diego in the early 1990s, it struck me as a big small town. And now after calling America’s Finest City home for thirteen years, it still feels that way. San Diego is a city, to be sure, but it’s an easy place to get around, even with the phenomenal growth […]