Highlights of Warsaw on our 9-day tour of three Polish cities
Uzbekistan’s Silk Route: Crossroads of the ancient world A photography workshop in Uzbekistan May 10 – 30, 2019 Produced by Barbara Nelson Photography Editor’s Note: Barbara Nelson (PWP, ASMP, WICI ) is a photographer, journalist & event producer for visual arts. Her highly-regarded photography workshop in Uzbekistan in Central Asia offers participants the opportunity to…
Christmas in Chicago: Favorite holiday things to do
My favorite places in Europe to kick off the Christmas season My first time: England Christmas in London I’ll never forget our first European Christmas experience in London. We enthusiastically soaked up the festive decorations, lively pubs, busy shops, Evensong service at St. Paul’s Cathedral, and the traditional tree lighting…
Both Mr. TWS and I had looked forward to seeing the historic places of D-Day (June 6, 1944) in the Normandy region of France. These are the sites where the military forces of the United States, Great Britain, and Canada executed the largest amphibian invasion in history beginning their fight…
Editor’s Note: This article is a significantly updated version of a post originally published in November 2012 and updated in November 2017. Grateful for the priceless gift of travel When the temperatures cool after the hot summer and there’s a feeling of autumn in the air, I start to look…
Dinan, France — a most charming town in Brittany
Guimaraes, Portugal — a UNESCO World Heritage Site
UNESCO Sites in Avignon Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) Most people associate popes with Rome. But key to Avignon’s designation as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Palais des Papes (Palace of the Popes) is an interesting and very important part of European and papal history. The story…
Historic Roman landmarks in Arles, France, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
Good times meeting people on a river cruise Mr. TWS and I have loved our Viking River Cruises for many reasons. One of those reasons is that on each of our cruises. we met some really nice people. On river cruises, it’s entirely up to you how much or how…
A cruise along the Middle Rhine River in Germany provides ample vistas of castles and fortresses — pretty, fairytale-like, majestic, imposing, some showing plenty of battle scars and the decay of old age.
Fun and interesting things to do in Cologne, Germany As wonderful as it was to visit Cologne during our first visit several years ago, we were thrilled to get a second “sniff of Cologne” during our Viking Rhine Getaway cruise. Gliding along the Rhine on a sunny morning, we watched the…
Wine tasting in the picturesque Alsace region of France
An introduction to our cruise on the Rhine River through photo highlights from our Instagram gallery
Step outside of the most well-known areas of Rome and visit the Quartiere Coppedé where architect Gino Coppedé’s designs take you into a fairytale world.
Mr. TWS always looks forward to visiting historic places, especially those in which his interest had been sparked many years ago as a young boy in northern Wisconsin. Such was the case with Pompeii. So I’ve asked him to share his perspectives about our day trip from Rome to Pompeii…
To cruise or not to cruise — reflections on our Viking cruise on the Danube River
A first-time visit to Nuremberg, Germany gave us an excellent introduction to the city’s historic past and festive holiday Christmas market.
Getting in touch with nature on a tour of Parco Naturale Regionale Dune Costiere near Ostuni, Italy
Finding gemütlichkeit (feeling of well-being and comfort that comes with good company and good food) in Vienna, Austria during a Viking River cruise
Matera: From the “shame of Italy” to European Capital of Culture 2019
10 Instagram highlights of our Viking River Cruises journey on the Danube during the Christmas season.
In the beautiful hilltop city of Ostuni, Italy, we indulged in stunning views at almost every turn.
With great memories of our trip to the Puglia in summer a few years ago, we set out to explore more about this region of Italy in the off-season.
Western Spirit is a first-class museum in Scottsdale, Arizona, celebrating the art, culture and history of the American West.
Enjoying our first Arizona wine tasting experience at LDV Winery’s tasting room in downtown Scottsdale.
Ana Uribe, artist-in-residence for La Baguette restaurants in Lima, Peru agrees with Hubbard’s pragmatic and encompassing approach. By integrating her art in La Baguette –a commercial setting — Ana creates a total ambiance. And it is a permanent work in process as the pieces change from time to time.
Since its opening in 1929, the Heard Museum has been showcasing unique and diverse collections of American Indian art and artifacts and currently has 40,000 objects in its 12 galleries.
Do you think of art when you think of Milwaukee? There are many reasons why you should.
Visiting Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West in Scottsdale, Arizona
The latest in our series of interviews with Valley of the Sun residents is a look at the Scottsdale favorites of Jane Blacker, a realtor with Russ Lyon Sotheby’s International Realty who specializes in luxury properties in the Scottsdale and Phoenix Metro areas.
Taking a stroll with Milwaukee Food and City Tours on the “Brady Street Walking Lunch Tour” was like going back in time for me. I thought back to the days when Mr. TWS and I lived in Milwaukee and had an apartment on Prospect Avenue just a few blocks from where the tour began on Brady Street. I was glad that I had the chance to get a new look at this neighborhood near our old stomping grounds in Milwaukee and enjoy some delicious specialties of local eateries.
Something old, something new …. Whenever Mr. TWS and I visit Milwaukee, we’re sure to revisit favorite places and look for something new in this “great place on a great lake”. Milwaukee is a city that may surprise visitors with its depth of history, culture, and the arts.
It’s been so much fun for us to explore new places in and around Scottsdale, and it’s been especially fun when we have visitors to show around. There are many things to do for residents and visitors of all ages and abilities. Here are a few tips on places that will have something for the whole family to enjoy.
There are trails for all abilities in Scottsdale and here are two more tips for easy hiking and biking in Scottsdale — a nice easy hike in the preserve plus a favorite easy biking path on the Indian Bend Wash Greenbelt.
With 330 days of annual sunshine, Scottsdale is perfect for outdoor activities.
As new residents of the Valley of the Sun with a home in Scottsdale, Arizona we are eager to learn about the great places and activities in our new community and surrounding area. We’ve been pleasantly surprised that there is so much to see and do! Recently, we got a glimpse of the beautiful Sanctuary on Camelback Resort and Spa in nearby Paradise Valley. Take a look.
Spring is a wonderful time to visit Venice, Italy — here’s why I think so!
Scenes of Scottsdale on Instagram Mr. TWS and I are finally settled in at our new home and loving it here in Scottsdale. We’ve been enjoying the sights, activities, and places of our new hometown and have much more exploration to do. It’s easy for us to see why Scottsdale is…
I remember butterflies. A snake coiled up in the desert. Birds surround you.
— Derrick Suwaima Davis
The simple words of Derrick Suwaima Davis of the Hopi and Choctaw Nations describe inspirations from his youth that were his calling to dance.
Mr. TWS and I have been pretty quiet on the blog recently, but our personal lives have been bustling with activity and new adventures. For the past few months, we’ve been immersed in preparing for and beginning a new chapter in our lives by relocating from the San Francisco Bay Area to Scottsdale, Arizona.
In a city full of prestigious art and architecture, deep culture, and Renaissance majesty, Palazzo Te embodies all of that plus surprising elements of daring sensuality and secret love that sparks the imagination.
Since our first visit to Tredozio, Italy in June of 2013, I’ve dreamed of a return to this serene village of Emilia-Romagna in the Apennine mountains. During our April trip to Italy, my dream was fulfilled. We once again enjoyed the hospitality of our host at Torre Fantini (you may remember reading about our stay here in 2013) and were royally welcomed at another lovely estate in the EsteVillas portfolio of holiday rentals, Villa La Collina.
Getting a taste of authentic Venetian cicchetti, wine, and culture during a Walks of Italy Venice Food Tour
From our romantic apartment in Asolo, we not only enjoyed the culture and lifestyle of the captivating town just beyond our doorstop, we had easy access to other wonders of the Veneto region of Italy on side trips during our four-day stay. With our expert guides and gracious hosts Mr. TWS and I explored highlights that included regional wine, art, and architecture. Here are five places that we recommend for your Veneto itinerary.
Asolo, the picture-perfect hilltop town in northern Italy exudes romance with its winding lanes, beautiful villas, galleries, cafes, and fabulous views from its lofty position.
Traditional food and wine of Mantua Enjoying regional food and wine is always a key element in our travels. While staying at Palazzo Castiglioni in Mantua, we indulged in a variety of local specialties. We also learned about Mantuan pride in the agricultural richness of the area (in large part due to…
Surveying the Mantua skyline from the tower rooftop at Palazzo Castiglioni, I thought of the stories of power, wealth, love, and war that unfolded here from the city’s Etruscan origins and Roman occupation, through the Renaissance.
Parco Giardino Sigurtà (Sigurtà Garden Park) Open from March 8 to November 11 (2018) Since Mr. TWS and I are bike-riding enthusiasts, a bike tour of an award-winning park and gardens in Italy sounded like an awesome idea. So I really looked forward to this part of our stay in Mantua, Italy. I hope…
Music is an essential part of Mantua’s culture, and the Mantova Chamber Orchestra is an important part of Mantua’s music. For over 30 years, through their concerts and special projects the organization has spread the enjoyment of all musical genres to families, young people, cultural tourists, and all music lovers.
Springtime in Italy — what a feast for the senses with blossoms in every shade of the spectrum and fragrances abounding.
After our recent trip to Venice, we can give you our recommendation for the best way to visit St. Mark’s Basilica to avoid the crowds and make the most of the experience.
An early morning wake-up call couldn’t dim our enthusiasm for taking my five-year-old great-nephew Elijah (we call him Eli) on his first plane trip. I’m not sure who was the most excited — Eli or us.
7 great holiday rentals in Tuscany for bringing friends together and spending quality time with families.
After kicking off our southwestern Montana culinary road trip in Bozeman, we headed northwest to continue discovering more of the area’s traditional and innovative cuisine and spirits.
When you picture Portugal in your mind, what do you see — trams on steep streets, towering bridges, and historic sites such as Belém? I was excited to see these scenes in person and even happier to experience Portuguese culture expressed in art, architecture, and music as portrayed in the second part of my Portugal Instagram photos.
Picture Portugal — the glittering lights of Lisbon, sweeping vistas of the stunning Douro Valley, Baroque architecture, colorful ceramic tiles, and delightful surprises. These are just a few of the facets of this wonderful country that we captured for our Instagram gallery during our first visit there on our Viking River “Portugal’s River of Gold” cruise.
Colorful, delicious, fresh, charming, intriguing. These are some of the characteristics I tried to capture in photos during my three-day road trip in two of the maritime regions of Québec, Bas-Saint-Laurent and Gaspésie. I’ve written about my trip in other articles, but here I’ll give you a glimpse with ten of my favorite maritime Québec Instagram photos.
Writers, artists, and pilgrims have for centuries been inspired by the villages and hilltops of Tuscany. And no wonder. During our visit, I was constantly in awe of the historic towns with their turrets and towers atop the hills. Certaldo Alta and San Gimignano, two of the region’s most notable hilltop towns, exemplified the Tuscany of medieval times and the beauty of modern-day Tuscany.
Picture a stay in an elegant 16th-century Tuscan villa in the luxurious style of Renaissance nobility, but with all of today’s modern conveniences. Imagine a setting overlooking vineyards with views of majestic mountains. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? To that picture, add convenient access to the fascinating medieval city of Lucca and many top sites in the region and you have Villa Buonvisi…
Southwestern Montana evokes visions of bison, cowboys, and vast landscapes, and that has always held an exciting appeal for me on the occasions I’ve traversed the state on road trips. Although a big part of its makeup and well-known allure, that’s not all that Big Sky Country has to offer as Mr. TWS and I recently learned.
Did you know that there are nine miles of culture and history with sculptures, paintings, other art, and religious and historical relics in the Vatican Museums, including their most famous attraction — the Sistine Chapel? It’s impossible to take it all in during one visit.
When I think of Tuscany, I picture the wonderful food and wine of the region with a backdrop of a golden afternoon sun on beautiful vistas of vineyards, olive groves and green hills. Anticipating our trip there, I hoped to have an experience that this picture epitomized and from our first welcome to the day we said goodbye, my expectations were met.
“Marseille is a way of life”. It’s the playing of pétanque (similar to bocce), the imbibing of pastis (an anise liqueur developed in Marseille as a substitute for the banned absinthe in 1915), the savoring of Bouillabaisse (for which Marseille is famous), and a certain “joie de vivre”. It is also a way of life that embraces the diversity of this melting pot on the Mediterranean and its rich culture, history, and art — giving an ample number of reasons for its designation as a 2013 European Capital of Culture.
Glamorous, smart, and sophisticated — that’s how I’ve thought of my Aunt Vi, my dad’s sister, ever since I was a young girl. Her time as a TWA Air Hostess represented a lifestyle of travel that I yearned for even as a grade school student.