Adventures in Galapagos

A visitor to Galapagos partakes of an extraordinary visual feast. Galapagos is home to some of the most unusual life forms in the world. There are 13 main oceanic islands, situated 600 miles to the west of the eastern  ...

Los Gatos–Destinations

Los Gatos, California, is the home of Netflix and the birthplace of the Pet Rock. John Steinbeck wrote The Grapes of Wrath in the little town of 30,000, Hollywood’s Olivia de Havilland graduated from Los Gatos High School, and Yehudi  ...

Chautaqua Institute–Destinations

So where exactly do ex-philosophy majors vacation? May I suggest The Chautauqua Institute, where there is actually a Greek temple called “The Hall of Philosophy.” Some of the world's most prominent intellectuals graced the temple during their daytime lectures. Just  ...

California’s Other Wine Country

What’s north of San Francisco? Ask many out-of-state visitors, and the only answer you’ll hear is “Napa Valley.” Yes, Napa is gorgeous, studded with wineries and laced with roads winding through the oak-covered hillsides. But Northern California is home  ...

Canadian Rockies–Destinations

For years, I’ve lulled myself to sleep imagining I was riding in an old-fashioned Pullman car, rocking along the tracks, flying by tiny towns where only a few houses still had lights burning. Last May, I was able to  ...

The Crossings

A perfect vacation has just a few requirements. First, I need to be separate from my Toyota minivan. (I love ya babe, but we need a break.) Second, I require a view. How can you contemplate your being without a  ...

Italy’s Veneto-From Asolo to Venice

The last time there were hordes of foreign visitors on Italy’s Mount Grappa was during the First World War. Now it lies serene, forming a backdrop to the northern Veneto region, separating the stark grandeur of the Dolomites from the  ...

New Orleans

New Orleans, you had me on my first beignet, (not to be confused with any such concoction you might find in your hometown of the same name). When I told my friends I was heading to the big easy, the  ...

cycling in Denmark – review

I don’t know many people who list Denmark as their absolute favorite tourist destination, yet with its modern design aesthetic, quiet charm, welcoming populace and unspoiled countryside, Denmark is a wonderful choice, especially for bike riding. I have recently  ...

Sonoma County Review

One of the many benefits of living in the San Francisco Bay area is the accessibility of world-class vacation spots. But, like many, my husband and I are often busy with local pursuits or are traveling far from home. So,  ...