Foods of India-A Guide for the First Time Visitor

  • February 13, 2020
  • by Inga

When Steve and I spent a month in India, I found that there was a lot I didn’t know about the foods of India. If you like Indian food, you probably go to restaurants in the U.S. and if you’re like me, you always get the same few dishes you know you like. I was …

Beyond the Golden Triangle in India

  • February 04, 2020
  • by Inga

In November 2017, Steve and I traveled independently through India for a month. We started with the Golden Triangle, a tourist circuit that takes in Delhi, the Taj Mahal in Agra and the city of palaces in Jaipur (see Up, Down and All Around in India: A Sample Itinerary). We loved it but some of …

Packing Light for a Trip to India

  • January 28, 2020
  • by Inga

India turned out to be a lot more conservative than I was prepared for. I brought my below-the-knee skirts and dresses with tops that covered the shoulders but these weren’t quite right. These had served me well in South East Asia but I realized pretty quickly that exposed legs were not the norm even in …

Special Occasion Dining in Oahu, Hawaii

  • January 20, 2020
  • by Inga

One of the reasons I prefer O’ahu over other Hawaiian Islands, all of which have their charms, is the high quality and variety of fine dining options. Many of the best restaurants and innovative chefs are located in Waikiki, which means a quick walk if you’re staying there. In a previous article, “Eating and sleeping …

Inga’s Picks for Lodging in Waikiki, Hawaii

  • January 09, 2020
  • by Inga

Why do I like Waikiki so much? It’s personal. I’ve been coming to Waikiki since I was four years old and it has always represented a place of peace for me despite the high rises, din of traffic and jam-packed sidewalks. Growing up, my expat family traipsed back and forth across the Pacific as my …

Packing Light for a Tropical Holiday

  • December 16, 2019
  • by Inga

One 23-inch carryon spinner suitcase and one backpack are all I need for a trip to the tropics, whether it’s for a week or a month. I can include a dressy outfit or two, several sundresses, beach wear and athletic gear for hiking or the gym. For this particular trip, I was headed to Waikiki …

Planning a hut-to-hut hike on the Alta Via 1 in the Dolomites, Italy

  • December 23, 2018
  • by Inga

The hut-to-hut hike on the Alta Via 1 (AV1) is one of eight roughly parallel Alta Via routes through the Dolomites in Northern Italy. This UNESCO World Heritage Site in the the Tyrolean Alps is known for its rugged beauty. The AV1 is generally regarded as being the easiest of the routes, but don’t mistake that …

Up, Down and All Around in India: A Sample Itinerary

  • February 13, 2018
  • by Inga

For a visitor from the U.S., the first steps onto the tarmac in India can assault the senses. Humid air, a cacophony of sounds, vivid colors and the odors of a thousand sources can be overwhelming. It helps to have a plan to tackle a country so large and diverse. Here, I’ll share our one-month …

Two days of inspiration around Lake Geneva, Switzerland

  • January 29, 2018
  • by Inga

Geneva is a great place to get over jet lag with its walkable historic core, endless sidewalk cafes, glittering blue lake and fascinating glimpses into international organizations that reach around the globe. Its central location means that trains, buses and cars can transport you to magical moments in the nearby Alps or destinations in France, …

Three days in Alsace, France

  • November 07, 2017
  • by Inga

The Alsace Region,  nestled between Switzerland and Germany and the Vosges Mountains in France, is known for its aromatic white wines and charming villages. I visited the southern part of Alsace, known as Haute-Rhin, or Upper Rhine, on a recent trip that originated in Geneva. Since it was only a 3-hour drive from Geneva it …

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