My Personal Blog

Here's where you'll find various musings, including plenty of posts about my travels over the years. Traveling's my thing and I do it as often as I can. Posts on this website chronicle the adventures I've had over the decades traveling around western Europe, New Zealand, and beyond. You'll also find the occasional piece of short fiction, novel and WIP excerpts, lifestyle articles--and more. Keep checking back for new posts!

You can also check out Artsy Traveler, my travel website that takes you off the beaten path to experience European travel through an arts lens. On Artsy Traveler, you'll find out about interesting museums, quirky galleries, local performances, and more gleaned from my travel experiences over three decades and those of guest posters.

Chilling in Hobbiton, the Coromandel, and Auckland

Mar 21, 2016
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Our three-week odyssey is winding down. After leaving Rotorua, we have just six nights left before we must fly home to Vancouver. Our first stop…

Steamy New Zealand

Mar 18, 2016
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We are in the simmering center of the North Island. We spend two nights cavorting among the volcanoes in Tongariro National Park and another two nights…

Windy Wellington

Mar 17, 2016
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After arriving back from our Abel Tasman tour, I throw a few loads of laundry into the machines at the Grand Mercure in Nelson—the same…

Awesome Abel Tasman

Mar 17, 2016
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It’s evening of Day 6 and two sturdy black carry-on style duffle bags are waiting for us in our room when we check into our…

Winding West Coast New Zealand

Mar 13, 2016
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Blog 2 of our New Zealand Adventure starts on Day 4 still in Queenstown, then moves up to Wanaka and out to the West Coast…

South Island Sensational

Mar 8, 2016
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After a pleasant fourteen-hour flight that involves a surprising amount of sleep in addition to three feature-length movies, we land in Auckland, New Zealand, in…

Mosaics in Ravenna

Ravishing Ravenna

Sep 19, 2015
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Ravenna has been on my radar as a “Place I Want To Go” for forty-two years. I know the exact number of years because it…

The Doges Palace in Venice

Top Ten Things to do in Venice

Sep 15, 2015
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Here in no particular order, are my suggestions for the top ten things to do in Venice. 1. Buy A Vaporetto Pass Buy a vaporetto…

View of the Grand Canal in Venice at Sunset

Venice is For Romantics

Sep 14, 2015
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  Europe overflows with towns and cities and landscapes that evoke romance. Consider how many poets and composers and writers and painters drew their inspiration from…

Whirlwind Barcelona

Sep 4, 2015
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My favorite Europe guidebook writer, Rick Steves, states in his Spain guidebook that trying to see Barcelona in a day is insane. Rick is right of course, but…

View of Girona in Spain

Girona Sightseeing

Aug 29, 2015
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Girona is the main town about a fifteen-minute drive from the Castel d’Escales and well worth a full day visit. The town is a bit off…

Castel d’Escales in Catalonia

Aug 26, 2015
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I begin my six-week sojourn in Europe with a vacation from a vacation—a one-week stay at the evocative Castel d’Escales in Catalonia, Spain. I am…