Photo Essay: Mulhouse Car Museum

Mulhouse Car Museum

Cité de l’Automobile – The City of the Automibile I’m not a big car person. Well, I’m not a car person at all. I’ve only owned one car (and it was used) my entire life and I’ve had a driver’s license for, ahem, more than 20 years now. It’s been nearly 10 years since I […]



Photo Essay: A Day in Strasbourg, France


I’d been to Strasbourg one other time, back in 1999 with my friend Susan. I barely remembered it except for the stunning, Gothic cathedral, which just happens to be celebrating its 1000-year birthday this year. ONE THOUSAND YEARS. Right there is why I love Europe. Standing in structures like that, just gives me chills at […]



Wandering the German Wine Route

German Wine route

Exploring the German Wine Road We wander through rows of vineyards as the orange, autumn sun hangs low in the sky. Leaves crunch under our feet and the air feels crisp. This isn’t Sonoma or even France’s famous Bordeaux region. We’re on the German Wine Road, a 50-mile stretch established in 1935, which runs partly through the […]



8 Reasons to Travel with a Eurail Pass

DB Eurail

My very first trip to Europe (or anywhere abroad for that matter) was in 1996. My good friend Katie was living in the UK and invited me to come travel with her for three weeks. I’m forever grateful for her invite and that I said ‘yes’ as it set in motion the beginnings of a […]



Photo Essay: KaDeWe Berlin

Little fish bites

KaDeWe Berlin Food Hall  KaDeWe (prounouced as Kah-Dey-Vey) is the largest department store in Continental Europe. Short for Kaufhaus des Westens (the “Department Store of the West”), it is more than 60,000 square meters and attracts about 50,000 visitors every day. But I don’t really care about shopping. The sole reason I am here? The gourmet food hall. […]



Travel Tips: Saving Money in Between Travels

Chicago Bean shot

Travel Tips: Saving money for travel…and in between travels We really don’t need as much money as we’ve been made to think! So many ask me how I can afford my current life. But so many don’t realize how much less money I make and also LESS money I need to live. Living a ‘traveling’ […]



Photo Essay: Berlin…Again: Fourth Time’s a Charm?

Top of Reichstag

Back. In. Berlin. I am back in Berlin for a fourth time, and my fifth time in Germany. Clearly I like it here. My first time in Berlin was back in 2007 during my “original world tour”. My friend Mark met me here and we loved it. My second time in Berlin, I came back again […]



Video: Tanzania on Safari

Leopard Tanzania

Tanzania was wonderful and what better way to give you a peek in than a video! Shadows of Africa Safari in Tanzania: If you can’t see the embedded video, head over here to watch on the Youtube. Disclosure: During my time in Tanzania I was a guest of Shadows of Africa. As always, all opinions […]



What is Glamping?

Four Seasons Serengeti Infinity Pool

I like camping. Really I do. Okay, I like camping for one night, maybe two max. I mean I love sleeping outside under the stars (when the weather is delightful and the bugs are not bugging me). So I guess I like camping in perfect conditions or basically now what’s become known as “glamping.” Yes, […]



Photo Essay – Tanzania: Animals Gone Wild!

Animals of Tanzania copy

  Zebras hang out munching on grass like a ceramic figurines up in your grandmother’s dusty curio cabinet. Warthogs run around with their goofy grins and messy manes. Long-necked, docile giraffes stroll by as if in slow motion. It is all surreal. We have to keep reminding ourselves, for various reasons, T.I.A.: This is Africa. I love animals. […]