The Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park – A Continuing Classroom for Peace

Last updated on October 27th, 2020

As a teenager, I learned about the devastating effects of the atomic bomb on Hiroshima. As an adult many years later, I visited the Hiroshima Memorial Peace Park, and encountered present day Japanese teenagers learning their history in this living classroom for peace.

This story was recognized with an Honorable Mention in the 2018 North American Travel Journalists Association Competition in the  Historical Travel-Online category.

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Adirondack Glamping Like a Vanderbilt – The Illusion of Roughing It

Last updated on October 27th, 2020

The Great Camps in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York were the wilderness playgrounds for the wealthy and elite of the Gilded Age in the late 19th century. One such camp, Camp Sagamore, has been preserved and restored and the serene and secluded wilderness setting can give you the ultimate Adirondack glamping experience, much like its Vanderbilt owners did over a century ago.

This story was recognized in the 2018 North American Travel Journalists Association awards competition with an Honorable Mention in the Illustrated Story-Online Publication category.

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Unplugging at the Lodge at Stehekin – a North Cascades National Park Adventure

Last updated on October 27th, 2020

A six hour plane flight, a three hour car ride, and 2.5 hours on an express boat – that’s what it took to get away from it all at the Lodge at Stehekin, one of the most isolated communities in the North Cascades National Park area of Washington state.  Continue reading “Unplugging at the Lodge at Stehekin – a North Cascades National Park Adventure”

Luxury Without Murder – My Orient Express Experience

Last updated on October 28th, 2020

Exotic destination, quirky sleuths and twisting story lines are all hallmarks of Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novels. Her most famous story undoubtedly has to be “Murder on the Orient Express” which takes place on the luxurious and legendary train traveling from Istanbul to London. That same elegant train experience and legendary service can now be experienced again as you travel on the Orient Express from Venice to London like I did. I am sharing my personal Orient Express experience to inspire your next luxury holidays train trip.

This post was recognized by the North America Travel Journalists Association (NATJA) in 2017 awards competition with a Bronze award in the Luxury and Resort Travel Online Publication category

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A Day with Royals, Romans and Ruins – Visiting Historic Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor

Last updated on October 28th, 2020

On a recent visit to London, my husband and I took a whirlwind tour through time, experiencing 5000 years of British Isles history in one day as we went to Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor. Our tour took us to the prehistoric ruins of Stonehenge, the Roman baths in Bath, and the (relatively) modern royal residence of Windsor Castle. Continue reading “A Day with Royals, Romans and Ruins – Visiting Historic Stonehenge, Bath and Windsor”

A Day Trip to Hampton Court Palace – A Taste of Henry XVIII’s Tudor Court

Last updated on October 28th, 2020

History remembers England’s King Henry XVIII for his notorious excesses – excess wives, excesses in food and drink and excessing the Catholic church. At Hampton Court, Henry XVIII’s favorite residence, you can still see where he lived, loved and die. Continue reading “A Day Trip to Hampton Court Palace – A Taste of Henry XVIII’s Tudor Court”

A Paris to Chartres Day Trip – Exploring One of France’s Greatest Cathedrals

Last updated on November 4th, 2020

If you are not “churched” out after a visit to Paris, then take a Paris to Chartres day trip, to see one of the greatest Gothic churches still in existence. The Chartres Cathedral is considered the pinnacle of high Gothic architecture and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. As one of the best preserved Gothic churches, it is still adorned with most of the original sculptures and numerous beautifully detailed stained glass windows.

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The Churches of Paris – Gothic at its Best

Last updated on November 4th, 2020

There are many beautiful churches in Paris, France, but the grand dame Gothic Paris church is without a doubt the Cathedral of Notre Dame. And while visitors flock to see it, within a twenty minute walk are a number of  other lovely historic churches that also should not be missed. Read on to discover some of the other churches of Paris at their Gothic best. Continue reading “The Churches of Paris – Gothic at its Best”

Visit Oradour-sur-Glane – a Memorial that Should Never be Forgotten

Last updated on October 29th, 2020

I knew this would be a difficult story to write. But after my visit to Oradour-sur-Glane and learning about the horrific details of the WWII massacre of 642 innocent civilian men, women and children by the Nazi SS, I felt it was an important story to tell – a story that should be told again and again and again.  Continue reading “Visit Oradour-sur-Glane – a Memorial that Should Never be Forgotten”