Into Africa – Kenya Safari – Annual Wildebeest Migration

Into Africa – Kenya Safari – Annual Wildebeest Migration

... A vast, undulating herd of zebra and impala, gazelle, topi and eland, extended families of elephant and giraffe along with resident hippo, warthog, baboon and Cape buffalo. A teeming, writhing, rumbling mass of frenzy and fury, grazing and rutting, birth and death. A moving landscape that creates its own eco-system as it marches ever forward in a steady rhythm across 6,000 square miles of the Maasai Mara and the adjoining Serengeti Plain...

Into Africa – Kenya Safari – Lake Nakuru

Into Africa – Kenya Safari – Lake Nakuru

If you are a newbie to the African safari circuit, welcome aboard rafiki (friend) and hang on tight because this is one heck of a ride! Where to begin? If you want the biggest bang for your buck, you begin…

Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan

Mayan Ruins of the Yucatan

I spend several afternoons at the ruins, taking in the carefully restored relics of a civilization that thrived in the 13th through 15th centuries. The salvaged and/or meticulously restored temples of Ek' Balam, Coba and Tulum are delightfully jaw-dropping —even…

Pyramids Among Us – Chichen Itza

Pyramids Among Us – Chichen Itza

Built by the Mayan people on a limestone plateau in the early 10th Century, the magnificent and aptly named El Castillo (the castle) is not only the focal point of Chichen Itza, but looks eerily like the step pyramids of…

Whale Sharks of Isla Mujeres

Whale Sharks of Isla Mujeres

Almost twice as big as a full size SUV these babies look huge from water level and there are several coming at me full steam ahead. I don’t know if they can’t see me (with their tiny black eyes) or…

Ancient Turkey

Ancient Turkey

...When it comes to Ephesus, I’m not just tossing around the word ancient. Established more than 12,000 years ago (that’s 7,500 years before the pyramids, folks!), the biblical city of Ephesus has a long and storied past. Once a major port for ships plying the Aegean Sea, Ephesus was second only to Rome, in size and populace during its’ heyday. Needless to say, prime location and immense riches made Ephesus the target of marauders for eons; from the Greeks to…

Magical, Mystical Cappadocia

Magical, Mystical Cappadocia

First mentioned in text more than 8,000 years ago, central Turkey’s Cappadocia region has been a major player in world history for eons. Literally. And while it’s predominately Muslim today, Cappadocia has at one time or another been Greek, Roman and Byzantine, a conquest of Alexander the Great and a sanctuary for early Christians. Encompassing an area of approximately 40,000 square miles Cappadocia is one of the most visually exciting places that I have ever been. Mile after mile reveals…

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Gamirasu Cave Hotel

Housed in an exquisitely restored, centuries old Byzantine monastic retreat, the Gamirasu Cave Hotel is pure magic – allowing you to step back in time while still enjoying those modern amenities we have all come to expect.

Istanbul Calling

Istanbul Calling

Straddling the mighty Bosphorus Strait, connecting the Black Sea to the Mediterranean, Istanbul is both a commercial powerhouse and a small riverside community. Passenger ferries ply the waterways connecting east to west dodging sailboats, crude-laden Russian oil tankers and the…

Turkish Delight

Turkish Delight

If you are expecting to see “the Turkey” you first visited, 10, maybe 15 years ago, prepare yourself to be dazzled. Bravo!! Aferin! Turkey… you’ve come a looong way, baby.

Amsterdam

Amsterdam

The final stop on our magical mystery tour of The Netherlands is Amsterdam because, trust me on this, you can’t say you went to Holland and chose to skip Amsterdam. Seriously, people will get whiplash snapping their head around to…

Panorama Mesdag

Panorama Mesdag

Really? An entire museum dedicated to one (1) painting? How could such a thing warrant an entire afternoon in The Hague, I scoffed. I have never been more wrong. Panorama Mesdag is a magical, monumental painting of miraculous charm and kaleidoscoping beauty. And without a doubt, my new favorite artwork in the world.