Layover in London: A Sunday Afternoon Serendipity

September 6, 2016England

“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 … Read More

Notes from Home: The Extroverted Traveler

February 25, 2016England, Notes from Home

“Extroverts have more fun.” ~Rick Steves Travel writer Rick Steves tucks a page of wisdom in the introduction section of his guide books. He calls it his “Back Door Travel Philosophy,” his thoughts on the value of travel and how it impacts our lives. But it’s paragraph five that I think is the real gem: … Read More

Special Access Tours: Going Beyond the Velvet Ropes

February 4, 2016England, Italy

Whenever I see the words “special access,” I get really excited. The promise of minimal crowds, a small group and a peek into a world beyond the typical tour is almost always worth the price of admission. Sometimes billed as skip the lines, early access, late admission or even secret access, these tours offer the … Read More