Puleeez. Not Frisco. Not San Fran. Ever. We just call it The City. Lots of good travel books will help you navigate the landmarks — the painted ladies (colorful Victorians), curving Lombard Street, Pier 39 (yuck) — but here are my picks for a couple of friends who will visit from out-of-town (Maryland) and way […]
With only one full day in Yosemite to celebrate my birthday and Father’s Day, my husband, son and I poured over the pages of my hiking guide as we enjoyed a delicious dinner (best portobello mushroom entrée EVER) at the Mountain Room in the Yosemite Valley Lodge. Thom’s first pick, Cloud Rest, was too high […]
Tell people that you’re heading to Ischia and they’re likely to scratch their heads. It’s the bigger but lesser known island off the Gulf of Naples, located just in front of the ankle of Italy’s boot. But Ischia meets my travel criteria: decent value, rich history, distinctive culture, satisfying cuisine and natural beauty. Is it […]
Santa Fe is my #1 go-to destination in the U.S. Hands down. Here’s why.
What makes for a great trip? A destination you’ve dreamed of? Nice scenery? Good company? Those things certainly help but, for me, there’s more to a truly great trip. My most satisfying travel experiences have had four dimensions: Culture/history/people Food and wine Art Nature/physical experience And the converse is true: the trips that have been […]
Second to last in a series! September 3 — It felt like we had landed on another planet when the taxi dropped us at our hotel. Maybe it was the Tesla. We had less than 24 hours in Amsterdam, plenty of time to get into trouble (although we didn’t). At times we felt like we were […]
Twentieth in a series September 2, Ribeauvillé and Hunawihr — Before dropping us in Ribeauvillé for a hike, Laura took us by the fortified church of Hunawihr. Hunawihr, like most of the towns on the Alsatian route des vins, is nestled between two low hillsides. Towns developed around the creeks that ran through the tiny valleys. […]