Travel

Wining and Dining in Umbria, Italy

A highlight of a recent trip to Umbria, a hilly, rural region of Italy located between Rome and Tuscany, was the sampling of many fine wines and comestibles. Six friends gathered to experiment with the many superior house wines (and remarkably few duds) typically available in the in the small cafes and dining establishments of … Continue reading »

Three Days In Hong Kong

  “Hong Kong: An Extended Layover” published in International Travel News, October 2009, Vol 34, No 8, pp 36-42 (http://www.intltravelnews.com/) Many travelers to Asia find themselves with a layover in Hong Kong, a thriving metropolis of 7 million people where East collides with West. Reclaimed by China in 1997 but still a melting pot of … Continue reading »

Beyond the Beaches of Waikiki, Oahu

The myriad activities in Waikiki are obvious, from people watching to surfing on perfect waves, outrigger canoeing in the surf, catamaran rides, and world-class shopping on Kalakaua Ave.  After a couple of days unwinding on the beach you might be ready to avail yourself of the many other charms the island of O’ahu has to … Continue reading »

The Hidden Wines of Anderson Valley

The Anderson Valley, an appellation only fifteen miles long and a half mile wide in places, is a hidden jewel among the rolling hills of Mendocino County, close to the coastal areas of Northern California. Lurking the shadows of its better known brethren in adjacent Sonoma County, and over the next ridge, Napa County, Anderson … Continue reading »

Learning to Relax in Puerto Vallarta

(Excerpt published in Romantic Traveling, Winter 2008 (Vol 19, No 1), www.romantictraveling.com; Posted on OffshoreWave.com on August 23, 2009, www.offshorewave.com) After surviving a hectic spring this year, which included a workplace reorganization, the sale of one home, purchase of another and a move, my husband, Steve, stated emphatically, “We need a beach vacation.” After scanning … Continue reading »

Vietnam—Navigating the Mighty Mekong

Published in International Travel News, April 2009, http://www.intltravelnews.com/ “This is a river that could keep us busy for years,” uttered my husband, Steve, who has a fascination with rivers. Our first trip to Vietnam this summer began our exploration of the Mekong River that will span many trips to come as we unlock the secrets … Continue reading »

LOST and Movie Location Tour, Oahu, Hawaii

If you’ve been engaged, mystified, puzzled, curious, stumped, or otherwise hooked on the time traveling, sometimes mystical survival tale on the television series LOST, you’ll be as fascinated as we were to go on a tour of LOST filming sites on the island of O’ahu in Hawai’i.  My husband, Steve, and I were watching an … Continue reading »