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 […]

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 […]