Pulling into the train station the TGV journey sets the mood for Paris — exciting, fun, sparkling. Like a thrilling amusement park ride you can feel the speed of the TGV at over 300 kilometers an hour. The bar car is packed and we slid in to order sparkling wine. It’s my birthday and the bubblyfest is on. Little groups chatter and laugh while … Read More Celebrating Paris
The glistening ocean breaks against the rocks as Highway 101 reveals Santa Barbara with its white stucco bungalows and terra cotta-tiled roof tops. Just north the landscape opens wide to find ochre-colored hillsides covered in grape vines in every hue of green and purple. The California wine trail is long and like a giant Sequoia, Highway 101 spirals through its valleys and coastal mountains. … Read More The Real Juice On The California Wine Trail
We begin the day at the Polish flea market in the Tiergarten near the Brandenburg Gate where huge pieces of the Wall remain. For the moment my love of crystal takes over and I’m absorbed looking at the exquisite pieces I find laid out on the peddler’s blanket. I choose a delicately etched water pitcher after difficult deliberation. The boys are jazzed with a … Read More In love with #Berlin
Check it out! Enjoy my new guest post about walking in Germany and France at http://www.frugalfirstclasstravel.com, a wonderful travel blog by my Australian friend, Jo Karnaghan.
One of my early experiences with travel was written up by my dad and published in a travel magazine. At the time I was mildly impressed that our family vacation was put to print, but now it’s wonderful to look back on his pieces as I reflect on the magic of travel. My case of wanderlust, no doubt, is in the genes. Travel … Read More My Gypsy List — 8 Places I Love
I grew up in Hawaii. Just out of college I wanted to travel, to take the trip that had been waiting. A college roommate who was visiting Hawaii wanted me to join her for the summer. I was so ready to travel I missed my sister’s wedding. Hawaii was a tropical paradise in the Pacific known for its beauty of lush palm trees … Read More A Lesson from Hawaii