Travel Tales

ANECDOTES AND HUMAN INTEREST STORIES FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

Travel Tales are my specialty. They're my favorite to write because each one delves into something unique to a destination. I get to focus on a cultural or culinary experience or explore a country's idiosyncrasies. I hope you enjoy reading my Travel Tales as much as I enjoy writing them!

September 12, 2019

Photo:  9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero Where the Twin Towers Once Stood

Few days in my life have left as indelible a mark as September 11, 2001.  This year, I've found myself reflecting more intently than usual as it marks a mid-point of sorts.  I've now lived exactly half of my life in a pre-9/11 worl...

May 22, 2019

Photo:  The Palacio de Valle in Punta Gorda, Cienfuegos 

As we drive through the countryside away from the Bay of Pigs, the horse carts get more prevalent and the cars less frequent.  The road quality quickly diminishes--not that it was very good to begin with.  Horses graze on the side of the r...

February 26, 2019

Hong Kong and Macau are two of Asia’s most interesting locations.  As Special Administrative Regions of China, they have freedoms not found elsewhere in the country and a completely different look and feel.  Over the course of 3 days we visit Central (Victoria Peak, Hong Kong Park, Shopping, and Sta...

February 1, 2019

Phuket, Thailand has a lot to offer; this video explores the island and some of its best day trips.   Over the course of 3 days, we relax at the resort, soaking up some sun and taking advantage of the gourmet cuisine and free entertainment; venture off the island, and head to Phang Nga Bay for kayak...

December 3, 2018

Once again, we're up early.  It's our last day in Napa, so we want to make the most of it.  We attend the morning yoga class at the hotel again.  This morning, the instructor decides to hold the class on the green behind the pool.  The class today has some pilates moves incorporated.  It's still a r...

October 23, 2018

We rise at around 6:45am which may seem a bit early on vacation, but we're still acclimating from Eastern Standard Time.  Plus, my husband wants to try the hotel's daily yoga class.  I've never done yoga--I may be the only woman in the U.S. who doesn't own a single pair of yoga pants--but I'm game t...

September 27, 2018

When the opportunity arose to tack on a few nights in Napa during a trip out to Monterey, CA for my graduation from grad school, I jumped at the chance.  Napa's three part mini-series will take you along with us over the course of a weekend as we explore a little slice of this famous...

September 17, 2018

I've had to take a bit of a break from writing about my journey through Cuba (new job and finishing up grad school have been keeping me very busy), but I couldn't wait any longer to get this segment completed on the Bay of Pigs!

The Bahía de Cochones–Bay of Pigs in English–is a cerulean blue bay fill...

August 26, 2018

Beijing is the capital of China and one of the most populated cities in the world with over 20 million residents. Since the city’s history dates back 3 millennia, there is plenty to see and do here.  Over the course of 2.5 days we visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven,...

May 20, 2018

San Juan, Puerto Rico is a food lover’s paradise.  The old city center is home to everything from traditional Puerto Rican fare to an authentic German brewpub, all packed into one square mile of colorful, cobbled lanes.  It has been compared to the French Quarter in New Orleans for both its authenti...

May 18, 2018

Amsterdam is a beautiful city with more canals than Venice, and a laid-back down-to-earth feel. It is arguably most well known as the home of the Anne Frank House, a touching tribute to a young girl who believed, despite all the terrible things going on around her, that people were still truly good...

May 8, 2018

The small town of Fussen is an easy day trip from Munich and serves as home to two of Germany’s most beautiful castles–Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.  Most people travel to Fussen just to see the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle.  However, the often overlooked Hohenschwangau Castle is equally wor...

May 7, 2018

Cordoba is undeniably most well known for its evocative, 1200+ year old Mezquita (Mosque).  While the Mezquita is now a Roman Catholic Church, many of the original elements of the massive structure still remain, including the famous candy cane colored arches that appear to stretch on for infinity....

May 6, 2018

Barcelona is a city with strongly independent roots.  It might be known as Spain’s second city–to capital Madrid–but any resident of the city will tell you that Barcelona is second to none.  They have a fierce regional pride.  The Catalan (local) flag flies everywhere.  The Catalan people have their...

April 7, 2018

Writer's Note:  The Tropicana has been on my bucket list for years, but I honestly wasn't sure that I would ever get the chance to visit Havana, let alone hit this famous hot spot.  The travel restrictions and strained relations between our two countries made a trip unlikely at best.  So, when I was...

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