Cuba People to People, Day 7

On this morning in Sancti Spiritus, it briefly stormed. Then, the clouds gave way to a beautiful sunny day in a bustling city with people on their way to work. After the rain, we make our way through the Cuban countryside to our first stop, El Mirador Bacunayagua in Mantanzas. Here we were treated to […]

Cuba People to People, Day 4

After waking up at the crack of dawn and having breakfast between 6 am and 7 am, we departed Havana and eventually make our way to Ocean Casa Del Mar by H10, an all inclusive resort in Cayo Santa Maria (aka the Cuban Keys). While on the road we stopped in Zapata Nacional Park where we […]

Cold Spring, Upstate New York

Situated at one of the narrowest and deepest parts of the Hudson, Cold Spring is the quintessential bucolic upstate New York town with an amazingly charming Main Street. From Cold Springs, you can easily walk to Garrison to visit Boscobel or to the West Point Foundry> You can also take the train to DIA: Beacon […]

Title: Cobb Salad at Luka’s Story: I love San Francisco. Having traveled there six times, I always like to visit old and new places. I also try to plan a day trip to Oakland, which is just a short ferry ride or BART ride from San Francisco. On my third visit to San Francisco, my […]

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Title: Vesuvius Panorama

Story: Once of the first things my friend and I did when we arrived in Naples and checked into our hotel was go up to the rooftop deck to see the view.  It was almost indescribably beautiful.  From the deck, we had a panoramic view of the city with Mount Vesuvius in the background. This […]

Title: Cloudy Skies on the Canale

This photo was taken on the Grand Canal in Venice, Italy. I was fascinated by the clouds in the sky and the way light was diffused through them. I also like the balance of the water and sky in this photo.  

Title: Glorious Doors

Story: An entryway should set the tone of what is inside. As I walked up to this church, the most striking thing besides knowing it part of antiquity were the doors. The doors had protruding figures cast into them. This door has a woman bowing down on the bottom right and what appears to be […]

Missed Connection: Frankfurt, Germany

After Naples, my friend and I bid ciao to Italy. Our flight home was scheduled with a very tiny layover in Frankfurt, Germany.  In order to make our connection flight, our initial flight had to go off without a hitch. We had no such luck. Our initial flight was delayed and left after the time […]

Italy: Naples

On the Road Again After leaving the beauty that is Matera, we headed out in our tour bus toward Naples.  As we made our way through the Italian countryside, we passed many waterways and fertile green hills. All of a sudden, as we crest yet another hill, the Bay of Naples comes into view along […]

Italy: Matera

First Glance Same Old, Same Old At first glance, Matera resembled an average Italian city: a piazza where both modern and ancient architecture abut; ancient churches next to government buildings; restaurants and gelaterias selling the most amazing smelling and tasting delicacies; and sculpted artworks highlighting an important point in the city’s history. A Most Pleasant […]