Planning a Trip to Mexico City: Europe without the Jet Lag

I was first in Mexico City when I was 12 years old.  My parents were part of a group of private pilots who flew together touring Mexico over the Christmas and New Year holidays. A friend of theirs, a former airline pilot from Guadalajara, arranged the trip and served as private guide and local fixer. ... Continue Reading →

Exploring the Churches of Nesebur

If you've ever considering exploring the Black Sea, I highly recommend it.  (Secondarily, I high recommend cruising also which is how I ended up there in fall of 2015).   Truly, it wasn't really a place that had occurred to me to visit -- and other than great shots of Baku in James Bond films, the... Continue Reading →

New Orleans — Magic and Music

"If you walk a city, if you love a city, if you put in your miles and years with open heart and mind, the city will reveal itself to you."  Rebecca Solnit It was everywhere.  Honestly, I'm not sure I've ever been to a city where music is more woven into its very fabric.  From... Continue Reading →

New Orleans — Falling in Love

"Topophilia -- our innate love of place, often shaped by sense and by memories." Rebecca Solnit When it comes to travel, I love good surprises. One of the best is falling in love with a place you didn't expect. I had visited New Orleans in the 1980s.  We were on a college choir festival trip... Continue Reading →

The Ceilings of Chicago

In mid-October, I was in Chicago for a week helping with the national meeting for an organization of which I'm a member. While it was a whirlwind of food, wine, friends, and meetings, it was also a showcase of the best Chicago has to offer! Not only did we enjoy an incredible gala at the... Continue Reading →

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