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 […]

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 […]

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 »
Greek culture & sponge fishing in Tarpon Springs, Florida

Greek culture & sponge fishing in Tarpon Springs, Florida

George Billiris oversees his sponge empire from a modest clapboard office on the sponge docks of Tarpon Springs, Florida. He’s also a repository of local history, a past and present that includes links to the legendary sponge divers of Greece. The finest sponges in the world grow in the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf of […]

03.07.2013 · Filled under: Florida · Tags: , , · 7 Comments »
Art glass inspired by nature in St. Petersburg, Florida

Art glass inspired by nature in St. Petersburg, Florida

Fluid and luminous, art glass seems naturally inspired by ocean waves, sunsets and seashells. St. Petersburg, Florida, is a hotbed of hot glass. Its growing community of glass artists and glass blowing studios offers many opportunities to explore this magical art form. And much of the work is inspired by the area’s natural beauty.   […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, Florida, United States · Tags: , , , · 11 Comments »
Free Hawaiian culture classes and concerts in Waikiki, Honolulu

Free Hawaiian culture classes and concerts in Waikiki, Honolulu

Glamorous Waikiki Beach was once the retreat of Hawaiian royalty. Here at Helumoa, a royal grove of coconut palms, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop (1831-1884) wrote a codicil to her will establishing Kamehameha Schools dedicated to educating children of Hawaiian descent. Today the Royal Grove is a garden at the heart of the Royal Hawaiian shopping center, the […]

28.10.2012 · Filled under: Art, Hawaii, Legendary Landscapes · Tags: , , · 2 Comments »
The delight of Miami’s Art Deco architecture

The delight of Miami’s Art Deco architecture

Surrounded by curving white lines, steel balustrades and porthole-shaped windows, I could easily imagine I’m aboard an ocean liner steaming out to sea.  After all, I’m in Miami, the world’s largest cruise port.  Instead, I’m on the roof-top Spire Bar of The Hotel of South Beach surrounded by the best in Tropical Art Deco. With […]

International Couscous Festival, San Vito lo Capo, Sicily

International Couscous Festival, San Vito lo Capo, Sicily

Sicilian food, like its history, is a stew of cultural influences. Closer to Africa than Rome, and under Arab rule for 200 years during the Middle Ages, it’s not surprising to find couscous on menus in Sicily, especially in the western end of this Mediterranean island. Each September, the beach resort of San Vito lo […]

11.09.2012 · Filled under: Europe, Festivals & Events, Food, Italy · Tags: , , · 9 Comments »
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