Photo du Jour: – The Impending Journey – Perast, Montenegro

“The journey not the arrival matters.” T.S. Eliot A wooden boat sits tethered in the fjord-like Bay of Kotor, near the town of Perast, Montenegro. On a crisp, spring afternoon, we took in this incredible vista from a nearby café, while imagining what adventures lay ahead.

Snowy Vignettes from an Alpine Paradise

Having “escaped” winter by spending five wonderful, but scorching months in Asia last year, I must admit — it’s been a bit of a shock wintering in the Alps these past months. Fortunately, there are the visual elements that make sidewalk slips, shoveling, and shivering so worthwhile: chalets peeking out from under snow blankets, MotherContinue reading “Snowy Vignettes from an Alpine Paradise”

Welcome, 2013!

Greetings Dear Readers, and Happy 2013! 2012 was an outstanding year, and it’s been a great pleasure sharing our journeys with you and virtually traveling along on yours as well. Thank you for your insight and support! It’s been my tradition for several years to send out an end-of-year travelogue to my friends and family.Continue reading “Welcome, 2013!”

Winter Wonderland Wisdom

“Nature is full of genius, full of the divinity; so that not a snowflake escapes its fashioning hand.” Henry David Thoreau With craggy mountain peaks and evergreens on the hillsides dressed in a confectioner’s sugar-like snow to command one’s attention, it is easy to miss the smaller details of winter in the alpine village ofContinue reading “Winter Wonderland Wisdom”

Celebrating the International Day of the Girl

October 11th is the first-ever International Day of the Girl Child –  a day dedicated to recognizing girls’ rights and advancing their lives and access to opportunities. In honor of this day, I encourage you to participate in your own way. Educate yourself about girls’ issues. (I highly recommend the powerful book, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for WomenContinue reading “Celebrating the International Day of the Girl”

Light Wisdom Inspired by a Sea of Vietnamese Lanterns

By night, the Vietnamese city of Hoi An is transformed into a dazzling paradise with brilliant silk lanterns, paper luminaries, and warm candlelight. With the sky cloaked in darkness, we strolled by the Thu Bon River and watched as the colorful luminaries danced on the water. Vendors of all ages sold them along the water’s edge toContinue reading “Light Wisdom Inspired by a Sea of Vietnamese Lanterns”

Happy Independence Day (& Birthday Greetings for a Special Someone)