Glass Island – Murano

Suggested reading: Murano Glass (2000), Gianfranco Toso Italian Glass: Murano Milan 1930-1970 : The Collection of the Steinberg Foundation (1997), Helmut Ricke (Editor) The World of Venice (1995), Jan Morris My Venice (1998), Harold Brodkey  ...

California Academy of Sciences–Destinations

The newly remodeled California Academy of Sciences, located in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park across from the almost-new (2006) de Young Museum, is not your grandmother’s natural history museum. Or even your mother’s. That’s both good and not so  ...

Israel – Not Like the Sound Bites

I admit it: I was apprehensive about going to Israel. First it was the Intefada that kept me away. Then I spent the better part of two days at Heathrow when all planes were grounded there because of the terrorist  ...

Re-visiting New York City

Re-visiting New York City: the past is present I grew up in New York City, although by now I've lived in the San Francisco Bay Area almost as long as I did in New York. My  ...