Photo du Jour: A Rock Climber Conquers Adrachti, in Meteora, Greece

“It’s not just a question of conquering a summit previously unknown, but of tracing, step by step, a new pathway to it.”  Gustav Mahler Look carefully at the top of this dramatic, finger-like rock formation, and you’ll see a tiny human silhouette.

Photo du Jour: Spring Blooms – Keukenhof Gardens, the Netherlands

In celebration of spring’s return here in Croatia, (and hopefully soon for those of you in chillier climes), I share this image from my photo archives, and the famous and magnificently-beautiful Keukenhof Gardens in the Netherlands.

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”

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”

A Sky Aglow: Up with the Great Reno Balloon Races Dawn Patrol

Like paper lanterns rising to the heavens in the Far East, the radiant balloons twinkled in unison during the Dawn Patrol that was to precede the Great Reno Balloon Races.  Only seven balloons – those which were qualified to fly in the dark – participated. The flying conditions at night can be dangerous since atmosphericContinue reading “A Sky Aglow: Up with the Great Reno Balloon Races Dawn Patrol”

Vivacious Venice: The Third Time’s a Charm

It is often said that the third time’s a charm… Though I don’t believe that even the most hapless travel endeavor could ever be classified as a failure — since the opportunity to learn about oneself or the world is too great — my third visit to Venice was nevertheless the most enchanting. My firstContinue reading “Vivacious Venice: The Third Time’s a Charm”

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