Antarctica Day 2: Cuverville Island, Gentoo Penguins & Crabeater Seals

Antarctica Day 2: Cuverville Island, Gentoo Penguins & Crabeater Seals

Posted by on Mar 20, 2017 in Antarctica | 2 Comments

Gentoo penguins seemed to be everywhere on Cuverville Island. With their distinctive white stripe on the top of their heads and their bright orange-red beaks, they were quite a spectacle, climbing over the rocky terrain, waddling into the water and collecting pebbles for their nests. With 6,500 breeding pairs, it’s the largest Gentoo colony in […]

Antarctica Day 1: Half Moon Island & Chinstrap Penguins

Antarctica Day 1: Half Moon Island & Chinstrap Penguins

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Antarctica | 8 Comments

“Who will buy this wonderful morning? Such a sky you never did see. Who will tie it up with a ribbon And put it in a box for me?” ~ Lionel Bart, Who Will Buy? I couldn’t believe the shades of blue. It was as if tablets of Easter egg dye were being dropped into […]

Crossing the Drake Passage: Antarctica Here We Come!

Crossing the Drake Passage: Antarctica Here We Come!

Posted by on Mar 13, 2017 in Antarctica | 6 Comments

“Where losing sight of land, we shall find the stars.” ~Sir Francis Drake The boom was loud, jolting us from our sleep. It was the middle of our first night in the Drake Passage, and the gently rocking waves of early evening had become more intense, with seconds between their rise and fall, like hang […]

The Falkland Islands: A Bumpy, Boggy Journey to Volunteer Point

The Falkland Islands: A Bumpy, Boggy Journey to Volunteer Point

Posted by on Mar 6, 2017 in Falkland Islands | 2 Comments

Part of the unwritten contract on a cruise that stops in the Falkland Islands is knowing that you might not get there. Weather Permitting is the caveat emptor, and it’s difficult to comprehend just how significant that can be until you’ve visited the remote, windswept islands. Surrounded by an unforgiving South Atlantic Ocean, it’s a […]

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 […]