All roads lead to Rome

  Rome is one of my favorite cities. This past May we completed our fifth visit, and there are still places I want to visit and visit again. Rome is a combination of the remains […]



  If you are spending several days in Florence, you should take some time to visit the countryside of Tuscany. Tuscany is a region in central Italy known for its postcard like scenery where you […]



  Florence was founded as a Roman settlement but it wasn’t until the 14th century that it rose in prominence as the birthplace of the Renaissance. Fueled by trade and located on an important trade […]



Venice is unlike any other place in the world.  Built on an archipelago of 117 islands, formed by 177 canals and connected by 409 bridges. Transportation within the city is entirely on water or by […]



  This past May we did a transatlantic cruise from Ft Lauderdale to Barcelona. There were 7 sea days before our first port, Madeira, a group of islands southwest of Portugal and while we had […]


The Algarve

  The Algarve is the southernmost region in Portugal and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe with over 7 million foreign tourists visiting the area each year. We had the opportunity […]


Palacio Nacional de Pena (Pena Palace)

  Approximately 18 miles outside of Lisbon is a remarkable castle overlooking the town of Sintra.  Originally a chapel,  a monastery was built on the site in the 15th century. It was considered to be […]


Lisbon Portugal

Located on the banks of the Tagus River, with cobbled streets, castles, impressive cathedrals, colorful buildings, a rich history and the trams, Lisbon is a great city. It is the capital of Portugal and one […]


The Big Easy

This past March, I attended a National Geographic Photography workshop in New Orleans. The workshop was fantastic and I am glad I attended. I had not been there before and my conversations with people who […]


Cruising the North Island of New Zealand

Kia ora The final stops before disembarking our cruise in Auckland were three ports on the North Island of New Zealand. Our first stop was Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, next was Napier, also […]