Cuba People to People, Day 2

I’ve always had a fondness for sunrise and sunset. As day broke over my second day in Havana, Cuba, I was grateful that my room faced east. I couldn’t help but be mesmerized by the sun cresting over the horizon as it created a silhouette of the Russian Embassy. I wanted to shout with glee, […]

Title: Panorama Inside the Pantheon

Story: I shared with you my first reaction to seeing the Pantheon and my first glimpse at the oculus and dome.  Once I ventured beyond the door, the full beauty of the Pantheon unfurled like a budding flower. Everywhere I turned, I was amazed. This panoramic is a 360 degree view inside the Pantheon.

Title: The Pantheon Dome and Oculus

Story: After missing the opportunity to view the inside of the Pantheon on our initial visit, my friend and I returned at a time that we would know if was open. This image of the Pantheon dome and oculus was captured as we passed through the doorway

Title: Bernini’s Medusa

Story: Whenever I am in San Francisco, I try to visit the Legion of Honor at Land’s End. The Legion, and the area surrounding the Legion, is absolutely gorgeous.  On a clear day, you can see an amazing view of the Golden Gate Bridge. During one visit to the Legion, The Medusa by Gian Lorenzo […]

​Title: Through the Gate

Story: After taking the funicular and bus to Anacapri, my friend and I walked along the main road, passing many beautiful wrought iron gates. One gate stood out because it was painted green and part of a beautiful red building. As I walked up to this gate, I could see a beautiful courtyard with a […]

Italy: Herculaneum

In  79 AD, another town lay in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius: Herculaneum. As Vesuvius continued to erupt, a volcanic pyroclastic flow (a fast-moving ground-hugging avalanche of hot ash, pumice, rock fragments, and volcanic gas that rushes down the side of a volcano as fast as 100 km/hour or more) approached Herculaneum and eventually buried […]

Il Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli

If you only have one day to spend in Naples, I highly recommend that you spend the first part of it exploring the Naples National Archaeological Museum. So far this is definitively my favorite museum visit ever. Augusto and Campania Exhibit Upon entering the museum there is a special exhibition celebrating the two thousandth anniversary […]

2015 Year in Review

As I reflect on how my life has changed in the past year, I’ve come to realize that 2015 was a year of adventure, cooking, traveling, eating delicious meals and trying new things.  After 2014, a year where I focused on cleaning up my finances by paying off all my credit card debt, I realized […]

Italy: Alberobello

The Road to Alberobello After leaving Ostuni, we made our way to our next stop on our tour of Italy, Alberbello.  As we drove down highway, we began to see cylindrical structures with conical roofs doting the hillsides.  These structures are called trulli’s and they are defining landmarks of Alberobello. Alberobello’s history is a tale […]

Italy: Ostuni

Ostuni is a hilltop city that was believed to have been established by the Messappi people. In the 8th century BC, the Messappi started to build the first fortified towns in the region. These city was eventually attacked and defeated by Hannibal during the Punic Wars. Around 216 BC, the region was conquered by the […]