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“C” is for Cremona

Violin Built in 1720 by Matteo Goffriller (©

Discover One of Italy’s Lesser-Known Treasures Without the Crushing Crowds. (The next installment in the series, “The ABCs of Future Travel”, designed to inspire you to start planning your next trip.) Cremona, located in Italy’s Lombardi region, wasn’t on our radar until it was. Somewhere between our enchanting stay in Emelia-Romagna and the anticipation of […]


“B” is for Besalú:

Bridge in Besalu (©

This magnificently preserved medieval town proves that good things really do come in small packages. (This is the second installment in a new series, “The ABCs of Future Travel”, designed to inspire you to start planning your next trip.) A visit to the town of Besalú is like a magical journey into the past. Located […]

North America / Travel

“A” is for Antietam National Battlefield:

The Sunken road at the Antietam Battlefield (©

Immerse Yourself in a Combination of Natural Beauty and Heartrending Tragedy (This is the first in a new series, “The ABCs of Future Travel”, designed to inspire you to start planning your next trip.) In rural western Maryland lies Antietam National Battlefield. There you’ll find gently rolling countryside, dense woods teeming with wildlife and the […]

Miscellaneous / Travel / Travel Tips

The Devastating Coronavirus Impacts on Travel-Related Entities: 

Statue in Hershey Gardens, Hershey, PA (©

The Present is Bleak, the Future Uncertain, but these Creative, Committed People Refuse to Give-up. In recent posts, I’ve documented our experiences during the Coronavirus (CoVid-19) crisis: our tumultuous two weeks in Europe, how we’re coping at home, and resources to keep us from going crazy. As a travel writer, I strive to inform, entertain, and […]

Hints for Happier Travels / Miscellaneous

Don’t Let Coronavirus Curb Your Wanderlust: 

The Unique Staircase at Livraria Lello, in Porto, Portugal and Believed to be the Inspiration for the Hogwarts Staircase in the Harry Potter Series (©

How to Shelter in Place and Still See the World. To say these are strange times is an understatement. The government tells us that because of coronavirus we can’t leave our homes, visit family and friends, gather for religious and social activities, or travel. Our so-called leaders demand we shelter in place except to obtain […]

Europe / Hints for Happier Travels / Travel Tips

A Review of My UK SIM Card:

Nick Brennan, CEO of My UK SIM Card visiting Ghent in Belgium (photo provided by Nick Brennan)

Staying Calm, Cool, and Connected. We often take for granted the degree to which we are dependent on our cell phones. This hit home in September 2019 when Simon and I arrived at London Gatwick late at night and couldn’t activate our European SIM cards properly. We had purchased them before leaving the U.S. and […]

Europe / Travel

Coronavirus, Europe, and “What the Hell Do We Do Now?”:

How what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, smarter, and more compassionate It was supposed to be a magical six-week journey to Italy, Croatia, and England. We had been planning this trip for months: Exploring Milan for the first time, TBEX (Travel Bloggers Exchange) in Sicily’s stunning port city of Catania, and the press trips […]

Europe / Travel

History Comes Alive at JORVIK Viking Center in York, England: 

One of the Dioramas at the JORVIK Viking Center (©

Where modern technology brings the past into the present York, England is one of my favorite places to visit. Not only because my sister-in-law and her husband live there, but because the city consists of layer upon layer of history. One of these fascinating layers is comprised of remnants of the Viking era, 800 – […]

Europe / Food & Beverage

An Italian Days Food Experience to Pamper Your Palate:

Take an entire day to savor the edible jewels of Emilia Romagna. Italy is known for many spectacular attributes, but it’s the food for which it is most famous. Each region has its unique cuisine, culinary history, and traditions. On our most recent trip, it was the food of Emilia Romagna that stole our hearts. […]

North America / Travel

Take to the Sky at the National Soaring Museum:

Front entrance of the National Soaring Museum (©

Discover Sailplanes Past and Present at this Elmira, New York, Treasure Among other things, Elmira, New York is a “soar spot” for me. No, that’s not a typo. This charming town in the heart of New York’s Finger Lakes is known as the soaring capital of the world. One reason is the National Soaring Museum, […]