some of the stories from one of our traveling fiascos
-- a very quick visit to the out islands of The Bahamas
Eleuthera & Cat
you are considering a visit to or retirement in
the Caribbean, reading these stories may be helpful
are two books I wrote after my first visit to the Caribbean
and it is still my favorite country in that part of the world.
lovely very small relatively undeveloped island off the much
larger island of Poros.
Home of the Greek heart and spirit.
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.
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.
This is an island with all of the summer attractions visitors might want, but
it has qualities more discerning visitors will also find enchanting.
This is an island of eye candy. No matter where you look there will be a feast
for your eyes!
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.
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.
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
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.
IN TAXCO, MEXICO
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
WE HAVE TAKEN
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.
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.
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.
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.
the Atlantic -- Ft. Lauderdale to Barcelona
Holland America's Nieuw Amsterdam
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
the Atlantic -- Rome to Ft. Lauderdale
Experience one of the most beautiful and civilized
cities in the world and discover a largely unexplored part
of South America.
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.
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
A beautiful country with extreme contrasts of lifestyle.