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 […]

Notes from Home: Travel Packing 101

Notes from Home: Travel Packing 101

Posted by on Sep 19, 2016 in Notes from Home | 2 Comments

My friend Donna is a bit of a marvel when it comes to packing for travel. No matter how long the trip or where she is headed, she never checks a bag. Ever. From bicycling in Europe to a month-long journey through Australia, she and her husband carry everything with them, washing what they need […]

Layover in London: A Sunday Afternoon Serendipity

Layover in London: A Sunday Afternoon Serendipity

Posted by on Sep 6, 2016 in England | No Comments

“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” ~T.S. Eliot, Little Gidding There’s something about a place you’ve once lived that never leaves you. No matter how brief the stay or how long ago it […]

When Plans Change: An Unexpected Day In Honfleur

When Plans Change: An Unexpected Day In Honfleur

Posted by on Aug 29, 2016 in France | 2 Comments

This time I was really caught off-guard. With travel being travel, I always have a back-up plan or at least an idea of options. I allow time for delays, schedule changes, reservation glitches. I even carry names of alternate restaurant options in case my first choice no longer exists. But I hadn’t counted on a […]

Mariage Frères: My Paris Mothership

Mariage Frères: My Paris Mothership

Posted by on Aug 22, 2016 in France | No Comments

The taste is unlike any tea I’ve ever known. It’s a rich blending of flavors that stays with you long after you’ve reached the bottom of the cup. It’s an aroma that perfumes the air from the moment you open the canister to the first sip of the morning. And it comes in such an […]

Mont Saint-Michel Le Magnifique: Great Expectations on the Normandy Coast

Mont Saint-Michel Le Magnifique: Great Expectations on the Normandy Coast

Posted by on Aug 15, 2016 in France | 2 Comments

“The following morning at dawn I went toward it across the sands, my eyes fastened on this, gigantic jewel, as big as a mountain, cut like a cameo, and as dainty as lace. Then nearer I approached, the greater my admiration grew, for nothing in the world could be more wonderful or more perfect.” ~Guy […]

Saint Peter Port: A Moody Day on the Island of Guernsey

Saint Peter Port: A Moody Day on the Island of Guernsey

Posted by on Aug 8, 2016 in Guernsey | No Comments

“That’s the best restaurant in town!” the man exclaimed, as he passed by my husband and me perusing the menu at Le Petit Café in St. Peter Port. We were looking for a comfortable spot to escape the rain as well as a good place for lunch, and from what we could tell from outside […]