Charming Ortigia in Sicily

When trying to figure out where to go in Italy in January, I asked my Italian cousins, “What do you…

My 2014!

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. - Albert Einstein I found this quote yesterday on the…

Remembering Bolivia

Some countries are too incredible to stop writing about once I leave their sovereign borders. And each time I think back…

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Charming Ortigia in Sicily

Greek Theater in Ortygia

When trying to figure out where to go in Italy in January, I asked my Italian cousins, “What do you think of Puglia?” Yes, Puligia. You see, I have been obsessed with a seaside restaurant set inside of a cave that happens to be in one of Puligia’s provinces called Bali. Imagine being elegantly seated inside a vaulted limestone cave while looking outwards toward the sea and the setting sun. Include a glass of Arneis, crusty bread and some of Italy’s best olive oil and I am pretty sure the vision is straight from Dante’s Paradiso. Who wouldn’t be a little obsessed!? As logic would have it, the restaurant is closed during the cold winter months, so my…

Roman Holiday – 3 Nights in Rome

Colosseum

The privilege of staying with locals when visiting any foreign city is without doubt the best way to learn its rhythm and feel its heart. I had the pleasure of staying with dear friends during my too short stay in The Eternal City, and it was divine. During the day I would make due on my own as I plotted my course on the tourist circuit and in the evening I would release myself into their capable hands to enjoy local fare at some of Rome’s best restaurants. “Spectacular” sums up the experience in a word, but here it is in a few pictures: Day One Thanks to inclement weather in Paris which delayed…

My 2014!

Jen in Burano

The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. – Albert Einstein I found this quote yesterday on the Ritz Paris website.  I head to Paris next Monday, so I was visiting their site to see if the 2+ year remodel was finished and if I would have the pleasure of enjoying a “Serendipity” mixed by world famous bartender, Colin, in the more world famous Bar Hemingway during my stay. Turns out it won’t be, and I will just have to go thirsty :).  However, the short cyber visit wasn’t all for naught as the words of Mr. Einstein seemed perfect to kick off this post which is a reflection back on happenings…

Remembering Bolivia

Jen Jedda Uyuni Salt Flat

Some countries are too incredible to stop writing about once I leave their sovereign borders. And each time I think back to all I saw and did in Bolivia I really can’t believe I was in such a fantastical part of our planet. The breathtaking Andes, the daunting altitude, the lush rainforest, the crazy bowler hats, the vast salt flat, the decorated llamas, the pink flamingos, and that harrowing mountain bike ride…how can I not reprise such a trip!?  So here is a look back in a few pictures… Calle Jaén – A charming and iconic street in La Paz’s historic district. Best place to stay in La Paz..no broma! Need to…

Travel for Book Research – Guest Post

Travel for Book Research

Before I left for Bolivia and Peru I was approached by new author, Wendy C. Garfinkle, to write a guest post for the blog.  She recently finished a science fiction novel called Serpent on a Cross based in Medieval Eastern Europe (see below for description and buying information).  To show support for her new endeavor and learn more about how she researched her book through travel to Poland and Russia, I happily accepted her offer! Keep reading to learn more about Wendy, her time in Poland and Russia and her new book! Lucky her to have to go explore interesting parts of our world as part of her book research. Now excuse me…