Think (and Dream) Big

Think (and Dream) Big

Last week I received a request from an International Living editor to write a blurb about a unique place I’ve spent the night. In the email she included a link about a trulla, a country dwelling characterized by a cone-shaped top. I just so happened to have...
How to Enjoy Your Next Airplane Trip

How to Enjoy Your Next Airplane Trip

Remember when air travel was thrilling? The sound of grand engines humming as you, the jet-setter, stepped aboard. Mouthwatering (all right, somewhat tasty, but at least “free”) meals. The chance to read and relax for hours, uninterrupted by incessant...
The Surprising Beauty of Travel These Days

The Surprising Beauty of Travel These Days

Hello friends! After a lengthy overseas journey last month, I’m back and have a lot to share. This is just a quickie. If anyone–and I do say this because people still doubt–wonders if Portugal is a First World country, check out this newly revamped...
Great Expectations

Great Expectations

This morning in Mafra, Portugal, it’s 44 F outside. The toasty Iberian sun will warm up things later, but the effects of La Niña promise to deliver a chilly winter in many places in North America and the North Atlantic. That may set some to thinking about a...
Peterhof: Royal Wonderland

Peterhof: Royal Wonderland

Our destination on day three of our Russia/Baltic trip was Peterhof, the grandest of St. Petersburg’s suburban estates. After leaving our hotel on Nevsky Prospekt, we ventured back into the metro (note the pillars and chandeliers in photo below) and then boarded a...

Surprising St. Petersburg

Today begins a new series: From Russia With Love (and a Kiss from the Baltic States). If you missed the one on Ireland in April/May and would like to do some armchair traveling in that neck of the world, please do check out the archives. Days 1 and 2: Travel,...

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