On Hurricane Irma, and art of the Florida Highwaymen

On Hurricane Irma, and art of the Florida Highwaymen

Glued to CNN this weekend, following the progress of Hurricane Irma through the Caribbean and Florida, I was startled to realize that images on the news were mirrored by certain images in the book I’m reading: The Journey of the Highwaymen, by Catherine M. Enns. The Florida Highwaymen were a legendary group of  mid-century African-American artists who […]

10.09.2017 · Filled under: Art, Florida, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , · 5 Comments »
Georgia O’Keeffe at the AGO

Georgia O’Keeffe at the AGO

“I found I could say things with color and shape that I couldn’t say any other way–things I had no words for.” – Georgia O’Keeffe Lucky Toronto!  The city is the only North American stop for the blockbuster exhibition Georgia O’Keeffe, on now at the Art Gallery of Ontario until July 30, 2017.   The retrospective covers […]

03.06.2017 · Filled under: Art, Legendary Landscapes, New Mexico, Review · Tags: , , · 8 Comments »
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 […]

A pilgrimage to Georgia O’Keeffe Country, New Mexico

A pilgrimage to Georgia O’Keeffe Country, New Mexico

My pilgrimage to Georgia O’Keeffe Country and the artist’s home and studio in Abiquiu, New Mexico, was exquisite and profoundly felt.  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 artist Georgia O’Keeffe. An hour of sagebrush […]

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 »
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