How to Visit Sydney in a Few Days

Imagine a glimmering, youthful city like San Francisco or Cape Town, built around water, with hundreds of bays and 37 beaches – that’s Sydney. And add a  cosmopolitan vibe, sophisticated, athletic, lovable Aussies, safe bike paths and a world class culture to the mix....
Wonders Down Under: Cruising Australia and New Zealand

Wonders Down Under: Cruising Australia and New Zealand

Australia and New Zealand kept calling our names, but let’s face it; they are a long way from home. I was a little overwhelmed by the complicated planning aspects of trying to fly around the huge continent of Australia and how to navigate both islands in New Zealand....
Discover France’s Secret Villages

Discover France’s Secret Villages

Walking in the Maritime Alps leads to the Mediterranean CoastRocky, snowcapped Alps tumble down to the dazzling waters of the Mediterranean coast along the French and Italian border. My love of France and its sleepy villages fueled my choice to hike through this...
Award-winning Oregon: Shakespeare to Pinots

Award-winning Oregon: Shakespeare to Pinots

You would never suspect that Shakespeare and Pinots would be front and center in Ashland, Oregon, a hamlet 15 miles north of the California border. As a cultural epicenter, Tony Award-winning plays and Shakespeare classics have thrilled audiences for 82-years in the...
The Ultimate Cruise and Cuisine in Burgundy

The Ultimate Cruise and Cuisine in Burgundy

The mere name Burgundy evokes splendid wines, fine cellars and epicurean feasts. Now the secret is out among wine and food connoisseurs — the best way to sample it all is aboard a luxury barge slowly gliding down the Burgundy canals. If you’re independent,...