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CARIBBEAN STORIES

THE BAHAMAS
Share some of the stories from one of our traveling fiascos -- a very quick visit to the out islands of The Bahamas -- Eleuthera & Cat Island.

 
 
 

LIFE IN MONTSERRAT
If you are considering a visit to or retirement in the Caribbean, reading these stories may be helpful to you.

 

   
 

TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO

These are two books I wrote after my first visit to the Caribbean and still my favorite country in that part of the world.

   
 
GREECE
 
 

ANTIPAROS
A lovely very small relatively undeveloped island off the much larger island of Poros.

 
 

ATHENS
Home of the Greek heart and spirit.

Visit this extraordinary place with us, much maligned for its economic indiscretions, but more beloved for its history, its culture and most of all for its people.

 
 

CORFU
This is one of the most popular of Greek Islands and for very good reasons. It is large and diverse geographically, it is sophisticated, it has a multitude of tourism options and it is GREEN unlike most of the very dry also notable Greek islands. Corfu has been coveted for centuries and still is. Napoleon was captive to its charms as well.

 
 
NAXOS
This is an island with all of the summer attractions visitors might want, but it has qualities more discerning visitors will also find enchanting.
 
 

SANTORINI
This is an island of eye candy. No matter where you look there will be a feast for your eyes!

 
 
ITALY

NAPOLI
Ah Naples! Maybe one of the world's best kept secrets! Not only do they have the world's best pizza, they have some of the world's nicest people and art and architecture to please anyone.

 

 

SICILY I
This is part one of the story of our glorious visit to Sicily. Travel with us from our one day in Palermo east and then south along the coast to Eraclea Minoa. We invite you to enjoy Sicily and Sicilians as much as we did.

 

SICILY II
This is the second part of our exploration of Sicily, the south western, western and north western sides of the island with a cross island trip back to Agrigento to see the Valley of the Temples. For me this was one of the better experiences we had as these parts of Sicily have as yet to be less touched and influenced by foreign tourists.

 

SICILY III -- PALERMO
This is the story of our too short time in the island's capital city where cars, trucks, busses, motorcycles, scooters, bicycles and pedestrians fill the streets with joyous abandon. The city is very manageable until you have to cross a street. Our best advice is to wait for some local folks to cross and then walk with them as closely as possible. Read the story or just look at the photographs to get a sense of this wonderful place.

 

VENICE
This is a story of our short stay in this Disneyland of cities. It is sad that it has found its way onto bucket lists around the world, but entirely understandable.

 
MEXICO

LIFE IN TAXCO, MEXICO
Living in Taxco, Mexico, provides endless material for stories about Mexican culture, Mexican food, and expatriate life. Browse through the tales of our day-to-day life there and some of the memorable events that made up our lives in Taxco.

 

DAY OF THE DEAD
This is my very favorite holiday in Mexico. It would be wonderful if we could all cherish the dead in this sensitive and creative way.

 

HACIENDA SAN FRANCISCO
Visit this once isolated and exquisitely beautiful hacienda constructed over 400 years ago. As it sits in a valley, it is now almost surrounded by encroaching and very unappealing urban development.

 

 

 

SAN CRISTOBAL
Once relatively remote and dominated by indigenous cultures, this chilly mountain town is now surprisingly accessible and sophisticated while retaining much of the charm it always had in abundance.
 
NORTH AMERICA
 
MAINE
Home to one of America's most extraordinary coastlines, to dozens of islands and a place most well known for its lobsters and its native son, Stephen King. Were it not for the cold winters, I would move there in a heartbeat.
 

RHODE ISLAND
This is where I was born and raised - a place I dreamed of leaving and now sometimes dream of returning to. Perhaps it is that way for many people who have left home.

 

CRUISES WE HAVE TAKEN

Before you waste time reading this, let me clarify my ideas on travel. First, for me travel is not a vacation, it is an experience. You bump into people and ideas and cultures that have an impact on your life, on how you feel about it and how you live it. You come home a little different than when you left and you continue to view things from a slightly or greatly different perspective until you travel again and are further changed.

A bucket list is not about travel; it is a checklist such as many folks have when visiting museums -- "I saw Renoir's Boating Party!" then quickly made my way to the museum shop" is completely compatible with bucket lists. It isn't about the experience having any impact on us. It is about what we can chat about at the next cocktail party.

Vacations are those wonderful times you simply lay back and enjoy life -- the food, the wine, the social engagements and the sea or city depending on the place you have chosen. It is not a time of challenge, but more a time of renewal and recharging. Cruising is just that -- a vacation.

I spend my time on cruises writing, photoshopping photographs for my gardening website, spending afternoons reading on deck enveloped by the ocean. Evenings I am back at my desk. I enjoy the ship's movement and sleep well. My husband opts sometimes to enjoy the entertainment, gamble in the casino or simply wander the huge ships.

OUR FIRST CRUISE
Crossing the Atlantic -- Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona
Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam

 

Board with us on the Nieuw Amsterdam, a Holland America ship making a seventeen day voyage from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, to Barcelona, Spain, with stop overs in ports along the way.

OUR VERY LAST CRUISE
Crossing the Atlantic -- Rome to Ft. Lauderdale
Celebrity's Constellation

 
SOUTH AMERICA
 

ARGENTINA

Important Note for US Citizens: Although you don't need a visa in advance of traveling to Argentina all visitors with US passports will each be charged $140 US upon clearing immigration. The visa payment covers all of your visits during a ten year period. The US charges visitors from Argentina $160 US so this is actually a pretty good deal.

 

BUENOS AIRES
Experience one of the most beautiful and civilized cities in the world and discover a largely unexplored part of South America.

 

PATAGONIA
Ushuaia, drop off the world with us into a pioneer town -- a staging port for the South Pole. Then travel overland with us through Patagonia to Calafate, a small town empty during the day as visitors explore the astounding countryside.

PERU 1974

Here you will find photographs and tales of my first trip to this wondrous environment.

 

PERU & BOLIVIA
Travel with us to Cusco and the world famous Incan site, Machu Picchu. Visit small towns famous for their markets and others for their archaeological ruins. Travel overland by train to Puno, a small Peruvian city on Lake Titicaca and experience some of the Indian cultures that make their homes on the lake. Cross the border into Bolivia and visit the islands of the Sun and Moon. Travel on to one of the worlds highest cities, La Paz, where visits to craft markets, museums, and nearby archaeological sites will fill your days with wonder.

 
URUGUAY
A beautiful country with extreme contrasts of lifestyle.

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