Election Aftermath

It’s been 72 hours since Donald Trump was elected the 45th President of the United States and I’m still a goopy mess. My stomach hurts, my heart feels like a lead weight has been tied to it, my brain just can’t seem to wrap itself around the idea that my country believes in this man […]

What Colour is Your Empty Nest?

It’s that time of year when parents are taking their children to college for the first time. It’s a time of transition that is exciting and important for the young adult, officially launching him or her into adulthood, but it’s also a time of transition for the parents. I know. I’ve gone through it with […]

Travel makes my feet sore and my heart soar

The cobblestone streets of old world European cities, days of touring their glorious museums, hours of transport dependent solely on your delicate soles and the allure of countryside hiking all require a good shoe strategy when traveling. Choosing footwear that is light, supportive and ideally waterproof while still trying to be stylish can be a […]

Operation Snagglepuss

When I was in my mid-40s, I began to think about the next stage of my life. My boys were approaching or in college, my career was going well, and I took the plunge and hired a financial advisor to help me plot my “retirement”. Trust me, this was one of the best things I’ve […]

The Playlist of My Life

My first teenage love was a musician and with that sweet, innocent duet, the playlist of my life began. I was in a folk group at the time, playing my guitar in church, recording an album and being exposed to new and “radical” music by the older members of the group. I can recall the […]

Scottsdale in the Spring

I moved to Scottsdale when I was 9 years old and although I left to attend graduate school in California, this desert city is still home to family and friends. While I go back often, the growth over the past 30 years has rendered it almost unrecognizable to me at times, so when I had […]

The Pickup

As I was planning the logistics to and from the airport for my trip to Scottsdale, I was reminded of a story that happened a few years back. For those of you too young to know, it used to be standard practice to have my designated person (usually a family member or friend) park their […]

It’s a Sign!

Okay, I know most of your read the title and thought this was going to be a deep, thoughtful reflection on the importance of tuning in to the cosmic signs from the universe guiding you along the path of life. Well, relax. That’s for another time. This time, as the inaugural post of an occasional […]

Why I Will Go Back to Paris

By now all of us have gone through the horrific experience of watching the Paris bombings. I will admit to being glued to the TV for the past few days, unable to believe what I was seeing and feeling; for once in my life of traveling, I’m feeling truly vulnerable. Yes, I am now safe at […]

Falling in Love with Fall Ball

Relationships are funny things. I don’t know when, exactly, my love affair with baseball began. I do know growing up my brother played on a team, my mom worked the concession stand and my dad was the umpire. As I sat in the stands I was provided a wonderful opportunity to practice my flirting skills because many of […]

Santorini: The Blossoming of a New Tribe

As I mentioned in an earlier blog, I came to this retreat by happenstance. Here I was landing in Santorini not knowing a soul and not knowing what to expect. But I said yes to this adventure because I took it as a sign from the universe nudging me along the path to “go with […]

Conquering Mt. Parnassus with Grit and Gratitude

As much as I love big cities, I also like to take a break and see the countryside surrounding them to get a better sense of the culture and the people. So on my second day in Athens I took a tour out to the ancient city of Delphi, home to the legendary oracle at […]

Athens: Heart of Theater and Rebellion

I arrived in Athens late at night and as usual struck up a conversation with my cab driver. I’ve come to believe they are the universal philosopher kings and provide a much needed service beyond their sometimes crazy driving skills. They are ambassadors for their city and listening to them always gives me a new and […]

The Florence Debate: Painting vs Sculpture

This is a city where you turn corners and hear spontaneous bursts of “Wow”. Regardless of the language, it still comes out as “Wow”. The sheer size of the Duomo is overwhelming. The Piazza della Signoria is huge and the Uffizi Gallery is immense, not just in size but in the importance and beauty of the art inside. It’s […]

Sunday Strolling Barcelona Style

When you read the guide books on Barcelona they always highlight La Rambla, a long pedestrian walkway filled with restaurants, shops and kiosks and warn you of the potential pickpockets. While it is a nice walk, it is also quite touristy. My personal preference, if you really want to get a feel for what the locals […]

The Must-See Mezquita in Cordoba

Most travel guides mention Cordoba as an optional side trip from Seville and the first time I was in this region I opted not to go. Given a second opportunity, I decided to go and I am so glad I did. The Mezquita is a must-see. Boarding the high speed rail from Seville to Cordoba got us […]

“Best in Show” Andalusian Style

In the planning for this trip, I wanted to include a visit to the Fundacion Real Escuela Andaluza del Arte Ecuestra, more simply known as the Royal School of Equestrian Arts, located in Jerez de la Frontera. I was fortunate that our schedule landed on one of the days when they were performing (note that […]

Seville: Second Time Around & Searching for Sand Snakes

This was my second visit to Seville and it is fast becoming one of my favorite cities. It is a very cozy, walkable city with wide pedestrian areas, horse drawn carriages acting as taxis and a rich history of cultural tolerance, music, dance and architecture. Plus they have awesome gelato! What more could you ask for? As […]

From Arcos to Seville with a Detour or Two

Leaving Arcos de la Frontera, we quickly dropped down out of the hill towns into Jerez; best known for their sherry and brandy winery region, flamenco dancing and the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art. Catching the horse show at noon (not available every day, so plan ahead) was spectacular and I’d recommend going early to wander the […]

Non-linear Travel Planning

  There hasn’t been a lot about this trip that was conventional. I didn’t book a round trip ticket and I didn’t plan anything past the trip through Spain. So it should come as no surprise that the rest of the trip came together in a very non-linear way as well. Probably not the recommended […]

Hidden Hill Towns & Hidden Stories

Setting out for the hill towns of Andalusia, it’s probably a good thing we didn’t know what we were getting into because we might not have gotten in the car! Sometimes ignorance can be bliss and in this case, it also let us experience some very special places tucked away in the Sierra Nevada (“snowy range” […]

Malaga’s Massive Maze of Mayhem

One of the best things about travel is that every once in a while you run into what I think of as “happy accidents”. Those unexpected gifts that are given to you without planning; gifts that delight and surprise and make you realize that not everything in life should be planned. That sometimes just being […]

Everything is Grand in Granada

Arriving in Granada, you feel the dryness of the air, the expanse of the landscape and the beauty of the architecture. One of the main attractions here is the Alhambra, an immense palace and fortress set high on a hill that takes hours to tour. Prior to the tour, we wandered through the Albayzin quarter, […]

Catalonia is not Spain

There is a widely held belief here in Barcelona that Catalonia should not be part of Spain. In fact, they have officially voted to secede from Spain but the government in Madrid will not let them. They are voting once again very soon. [update on the vote here] Signs and menus are in Catalan first, […]

A One Way Ticket to Barcelona

As I exited the Corporate World in early July, I had 3 goals in mind. The 1st was to cleanse my mental palette, the 2nd was to restore my creative reservoir and the 3rd was to let my gypsy spirit travel the world for a bit and be reminded that I’m never lost, just exploring. I […]