The fourth best beach in the world

The fourth best beach in the world

Six of us got off the plane at the tiny airport in Cayo Largo del Sur, Cuba. It had taken two days to get there. Cubana Airlines scheduling problems delayed us overnight in Cayo Coco—hauling luggage and fighting for a place in the buffet line at a massive busy resort. Thirty minutes in the air […]

15.05.2017 · Filled under: Cuba, Destination Guides, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , , · 6 Comments »
Island-hopping in the Atlantic with Azores Airlines

Island-hopping in the Atlantic with Azores Airlines

Black volcanic cliffs shrouded in mist, fantastical ferns and flowers that look like props from an episode of Star Trek. I’ve just returned from a big adventure, island-hopping in the Atlantic Ocean with Azores Airlines (SATA). The two-island 12-day package took us on a voyage of discovery to a part of the planet we’d never […]

Gone swimming! Best places in the world to swim

Gone swimming! Best places in the world to swim

Swimmingly \ adv (1622):  very well; SPLENDIDLY Several recent Guardian articles on wild swimming (Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath, and Wild Swimming in Italy) have me dreaming of water again.  One thing my husband Pat and I can agree on when planning a trip to take together is the opportunity to swim in natural water. We’ll never […]

Circumnavigating Manhattan by boat, rare vistas of NYC

Circumnavigating Manhattan by boat, rare vistas of NYC

Have you seen northern Manhattan from the Harlem River yet? One of the best things I’ve done in New York City is to circumnavigate Manhattan by boat. It’s relaxing to escape traffic and see sides (literally) of Manhattan you’ve never seen before. Manhattan is completely surrounded by water, and there are many ways to get […]

26.03.2015 · Filled under: Architecture, Legendary Landscapes, New York, United States · Tags: , · 10 Comments »
Travel Cuba: exploring Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream

Travel Cuba: exploring Hemingway’s Islands in the Stream

You never know what you’ll get when you call for a cab in Cuba. The 1958 Oldsmobile that lurched up to our hotel in Cayo Coco was an icon of mid-century design. Its rocket hood ornament, flight-ready fins, chrome starburst accents and windows rounded like stratospheric clouds hinted at jet-age dreams of exploration. Wafting Cuban […]

1920s Atlantic City: the real ‘Boardwalk Empire’

1920s Atlantic City: the real ‘Boardwalk Empire’

If you’re a fan of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, you’ll know that the character of Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, is loosely based on real-life Atlantic City kingpin Enoch ‘Nucky’ Johnson. Treasurer of Atlantic County during Prohibition era, the real Nucky’s empire flourished in the racy, roaring 1920s. On my last visit to Atlantic […]

Georgia O’Keeffe Country, New Mexico

Georgia O’Keeffe Country, New Mexico

My trip to Georgia O’Keeffe Country and the artist’s home and studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico, was one of the most immersive and intensely felt in my life.  Here’s the story, first published on TravelandEscape.ca.*** We cross the Rio Grande west of Taos, New Mexico, and drive south, heading for the legendary landscape that inspired […]

05.05.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: · 13 Comments »
Grenada’s spice necklace

Grenada’s spice necklace

  I was lying on a beach in Grenada when I suddenly smelled Christmas. I opened my eyes to see a young man with dreadlocks and an armload of spice necklaces. “Welcome to Grenada,” he grinned. “My name is Terry.” Grenada’s beach vendors are the most polite in the world as well as determined business […]

08.04.2014 · Filled under: Food, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , · 7 Comments »
Postcards from Grenada

Postcards from Grenada

Greetings from Grenada, an island with natural beauty so seductive that–other than a wild ride up the coastal mountains to Gouyave for Friday Night Fish Fry–I’ve spent all my time on the beach. Along the beach, an array of sunbathers that tickle me as resembling a gallery of Henry Moore’s monumental reclining women and modern […]

06.04.2014 · Filled under: Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , · 10 Comments »
An auld tale of Scotland on Robert Burns Night

An auld tale of Scotland on Robert Burns Night

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,  And never brought to mind?  Should auld acquaintance be forgot,  And auld lang syne!    – Robert Burns (1759-1796) A box in the basement.  A brittle album, faded images tucked behind cellophane, a flood of feeling. As my husband hustled up some tea, I remembered my own auld lang syne and a very […]

25.01.2014 · Filled under: Europe, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , · 15 Comments »
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