Middle East / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #006] Jerusalem’s Western Wall Tunnel

The History of a People Runs Deep The ancient stone beneath my fingertips was cool and surprisingly smooth.  Moving slowly over the surface, my fingers encountered other similar stones, held together by nothing other their own weight. This was a small section of the hidden portion of Jerusalem’s Wailing Wall, and its very existence in […]

Europe

Ghastly, Ghostly, Gruesome Tales from London’s Dark Side

If you Like Your History with a Hefty Dose of Goosebumps, the Criminal London Night Walking Tour Will Fit You Like a Shroud Standing at the site where Scottish hero, William Wallace was executed was enough to give me a chill in and of itself, but when Robert, our well-informed and articulate City Wonders Tours […]

Europe / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #005] The Roman Aqueduct of Segovia

This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a Testament to Ingenuity and Endurance On a low ledge at the base of an enormous stone block pillar, I sat, checking my iPhone for email, while a light breeze provided occasional relief from an unsympathetic sun. At my feet, Otto lay on his back, waiting for me to […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 7

The Panama Canal: The 100-Year-Old Gift that Keeps on Giving What is a man-made wonder that has benefited the entire planet, and has brought a century’s worth of economic growth, tourism, political stability and a prominent role on the world stage to a small Central American Country? If your answer was the Panama Canal, go […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #004] The 9/11 Memorial

A Solemn, Yet Inspiring, Tribute to All Who Were Lost On September 11, 2001, nearly 3,000 souls perished at the hands of Islamic extremists. Over a decade later, as I stood facing one of the two reflecting pools at the 9/11 Memorial in New York, where most of these innocent people so cruelly lost their […]

Central and South America

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise ~ Chapter 6

Boquete Coffee: Nirvana in a Cup (Of late, the stories of our adventures in Panama have been sitting on the back burner. The reasons why don’t matter. What’s important is that there is still much to tell, and the saga will not be finished until I say it is.) If you’re anything like Simon and […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #003] The High Line

The Best Things in Life Are Free – Even in the Big Apple A public park 1.45 miles long and 30 feet in the air? This could only happen in NYC. The first time I visited the High Line, it was a definite WOW! experience. This intoxicating cocktail of engineering, architecture, landscaping, imagination and lots […]

Europe

Harry Potter and the Magical Studio Tour

Simon and I have been Harry Potter fans since the spring of 2001, when we read our first audio book  during a road trip. Since then, we’ve read all seven books, and watched six of the eight films. So it should come as no surprise that we jumped at the chance to indulge ourselves in […]

North America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #002] The Liberty Bell: A Hands-On Experience

As my fingers explored the cool, smooth metal, the engraved letters and the famous crack of the Liberty Bell, the only word my stunned brain could produce was”wow!” Although the world is full of marvelous things we’re not allowed to touch. I sometimes, get a pass. On a Saturday morning in early September, 2005, I […]

Europe / Food & Beverage / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #001] – World’s Oldest Working Restaurant

Quality is Timeless at this Madrid Landmark Calle Cuchilleros, in Madrid’s Old City, is the location for the oldest working restaurant in the world, according to the Guinness Book of Records. Sobrino de Botin was founded by a French chef in 1725, and is now owned by Antonio González and his two brothers, who serve up […]