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 […]

Cuba People to People, Day 3

My third day in Cuba started out with a visit to the Corona Cigar Factory. Here my tour mates and I witnessed how the famous Cuban cigars are made. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take photos inside the factory, but we were allowed to take photos of the stained glass in the lobby. After […]

Cuba People to People, Day 1

The mystique and mystery of Cuba had been on the periphery of my mind since learning about the Bay of Pigs and the Cuban Missile Crisis. For so long, I pondered the reasons why a country less than 100 miles off the coast of the U.S. was so off limits. This limitation made me want […]

Barcelona Favorites: Gaudi

Title: Casa Batllo Story: My first day in Barcelona, while exTitleploring the city on foot, my friend and I happened upon Casa Batllo, a house built by Gaudi. When I saw the facade, my first thought was, “garbage art.” It looked like Gaudi just picked up random things and put them together in the form […]

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

The Pantheon

Story: Our first day in Rome, my friend and I embarked on a walk around the city. By pure happenstance, we came upon the Pantheon, the “temple of all gods.” I was so giddy when we walked up to this site. As you can see, I wasn’t the only person excited to view this marvel […]

Title: Pain au Jamon

Story: Have you ever laid your eyes on something and your first thought was mmmmmm? That’s how I felt when I fiat saw this savory goodness at Tartine in San Francisco. Then I tasted it. Imagine the saltiness of the high quality ham and nutty gruyere cheese wrapped in the buttery heaven of a fresh […]

Title: Lovely Sunset

Story: I absolutely adore watching the sun set. I especially love to view it as it sets over a body of water. This image was capture watching the sun set over the Pacific Ocean. As I was getting out of a car, I was astounded at the amazing colors painted across the landscape and mesmerized […]