Dive into Dominican Republic Culture at Casas del XVI

For Dominican Republic culture, food, drinks, and plenty of things to do, look beyond the beach resorts and head to the colonial city of Santo Domingo... while beautiful beach resorts may be the Dominican Republic’s calling card, there are plenty of other riches to be found on the island. Dominican Republic Culture I had wandered these streets before and knew that a return trip was

2017-08-16T10:32:46+00:00

Italian Vacation: Under the ‘Middle-Aged’ Tuscan Sun

I thought I heard the faintest sound coming from outside my window. What was that? Just as the sun was beginning to peek into my 18th-century room at a luxury hamlet in Tuscany, I begin to wake out of one of the deepest sleeps I had been in in a while. The glow of the sun tossed shadows on to the white washed walls and

2017-08-03T08:46:26+00:00

Southern California Dreaming: Road Trip

Exhausted from 2 hours of being the “Captain” of a two-man orange kayak in the Pacific Ocean, I grabbed my pre-made lunch in the hot burning sun and plucked up my backpack to find a spot in the shade. I still had my black ROXY rash guard on but had managed to wrangle out of my water shoes in exchange for some comfy flip flops.

2017-07-27T10:59:08+00:00

Grand Velas Los Cabos -Elevating the Bar Once Again

There’s something slightly silly about being followed by your personal waiter to your breakfast table - him carrying your morning breakfast plate in his hands while walking directly behind you at the Grand Velas. As I sit, he takes my napkin and places it in my lap, asking me if there is anything else that I might need. Seriously, what else could I need? Feeling

2017-07-25T16:09:30+00:00

A Trip of a Lifetime – Riding the Rocky Mountaineer

How does a travel experience of a lifetime begin?  It starts by making an iconic trip, such as Rocky Mountaineer, a priority in your life as a top life experience. When you come to the realization that the only scarce commodity that we all have in this world is TIME, then that changes the urgency in your life. Why not spend some time educating yourself

2017-07-25T16:47:08+00:00

Luxury Firenze Hotel: IL Salviatino – Florence, Italy

Exhausted from my overnight flight to Rome from the USA, and then my train ride to Florence, I was bound and determined to make it to my Firenze hotel to find my suite with a king-sized bed soon. It was not exactly in the center of  Florence, but in a neighborhood on a hill overlooking Florence known as Fiesole. Fiesole is a hillside summer retreat neighborhood

2017-07-11T20:47:18+00:00

Italy Vacations – Make This Your Next Authentic Italian Vacation

Americans love Italy Vacations. Yet many times when we go, we get bogged down in the massive cities and we begin to feel that the vacation becomes "too touristy". In Rome, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are so busy that they are almost avoidable areas to go to anymore because of the massive crowds. Sometimes the pasta is not as fresh as we had

2017-07-10T15:59:58+00:00

Exploring Venice: Best Things to do in Venice Italy

If you ask me how I like to travel, I would say “solo.” As a photographer, I find it’s easier to wander alone and take my time to get exactly the right shot. So on my third visit exploring, I found some of the best things to do in Venice, Italy.  I was totally prepared to take in a day at the Carnival of  Venice,

2017-07-11T16:28:08+00:00

Roadtrip: Rockin’ San Diego!

I was recently asked by the kind folks over at KIA to come for one of their “Rocking Kia” events called “Discover the NEW KIA” to check out the new KIA car models. They even called me a “rock star” as related to social media and travel road trips! So how could I say no? When I say “rocking”, I literally mean the Hard Rock

2017-07-23T21:40:59+00:00

One of the Best Places to Go in Italy

One of the Best Places to Go in Italy: The Strozzi Family Estate   My modern day fairytale: It is not every day you get to meet Italian royalty! “Privilege comes with an acute sense of responsibility. It’s like carrying the weight of a thousand years on your shoulders—as if the eyes of history were always upon you—and you need to find the way to

2017-07-11T16:54:43+00:00

Hotel Adler Spa in Tuscany, Italy for Your Mind and Soul

Hotel Adler, otherwise known as the Adler Thermae Spa and Relax Resort in Tuscany, Italy We had arrived in this tiny little town in Italy in the middle of Tuscany and were anxious to see what was meant by this Italian “relax spa” called Hotel Adler. I had heard Italians relax differently than Americans, so I was ready to find out the differences at Hotel Adler.

2017-07-11T16:55:02+00:00

Quinta Mazatlán – Tex-Mex Culture Wrapped into One

I am a diehard about Spanish/Mexican architecture, interior design, music, language, and dance, so when I took one peek inside the Ann Maddox Moore room at Quinta Mazatlán, I was immediately enamored with her collection. This assortment, which is only a part of her personal collection, was of cultural Mexican craftsmanship that she had collected on her many trips to Mexico. This is something I

2017-07-23T21:42:23+00:00

These Boots Are Made For Walking – El Paso, Texas

It was my good fortune to take a tour of the Lucchese Bootmaker facility in El Paso.   You are probably thinking I would see how handcrafted boots are made from start to finish.  And you are right.  But I walked away from there with some insights into life that can be a meaningful byproduct of traveling. Read on as I take you on the tour.

2017-07-23T21:42:52+00:00

5 Jamaican Travel Tips to Make Your Trip Perfect

Note: This post originally appeared at Travelocity.com. 5 Jamaican Travel Tips to Make Your Trip Perfect So you want to go to Jamaica, mon? Get ready to embrace the laid-back Jamaican culture and visit the reggae island of Jamaica! I believe nowhere else on earth will you find a culture as dynamic as the one you will encounter while visiting Jamaica. The Jamaicans are survivors of

2017-07-10T18:05:20+00:00

Barcelona, Spain for Families…

Barcelona, SpainPhoto by: PointsandTravel.com Barcelona, Spain for Families… Barcelona, with its dark and twisty lanes and its open-air plazas, is an amazingly vibrant city that should be on every family’s bucket list. In fact, that is why I wrote this article about Barcelona, Spain for families because I want Americans to visit here. When you think Spain, you may not think about the

2017-08-13T11:02:33+00:00

The Top 5 Things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia

Take a drive down memory lane…for the top 5 things to do in Amarillo, Texas for Nostalgia. There’s more to do in Amarillo Texas than you would have imagined. I should know… I am from the area, but when I went back and did a lot of “top 10 things to do” within a few days, it certainly brought it all back into perspective. The

2017-07-23T21:43:30+00:00

A Tiny Island in the Middle of Rome: Tiber Island, Italy

I watched out the large rectangular window and the massive television screen blaring Italian on the wall at the same time. Glancing back and forth, I could see where each frame of the movie had been filmed. The main actor would walk into the door that I had just walked through and then up the stairs to the very room I was standing in. However,

2017-07-11T16:52:24+00:00

Les Baux, France and the Carrieres de Lumieres

Entering the old stone quarry, I had no idea what to expect. The guide from the luxury Viking River Cruise ship only said to bring a sweater, as it can get cold inside (and he wanted to surprise us!). Little did I know it would be one of the highlights of my southern France tour onboard the Viking River Cruise. The entrance was through the

2017-07-10T16:57:43+00:00

Exploring Hong Kong

Exploring Hong Kong, Where to start?  I absolutely loved Hong Kong and recommend it as a very interesting place to visit.  We ended up staying at the W Hong Kong. It could not have been easier to get there from the airport and it has a great view from the Kowloon side.  The MTR and Airport Express can get you there in minutes, and if you

2017-07-10T23:40:46+00:00

The Ranch at Rock Creek – A Slice of Heaven

In hindsight, I probably shouldn’t be spending three nights at The Ranch at Rock Creek, located off the Pintler Veteran’s Memorial Scenic Highway 1 in southwest Montana.  Don’t get me wrong, being treated like the most important person to ever walk through their front door and being delightfully pampered is out of this world.   Problem is, I don’t want to leave.  Not now.  Not ever!

2017-07-23T21:44:21+00:00

A Night at Hacienda San Antonio El Puente, Cuernavaca, Mexico

For years, I have been enamored with Spanish architecture of colonial origins, from Mérida and Oaxaca City to Guanajuato, Puebla, and Cuernavaca, Mexico. Back the day, it was called "New Spain" during the colonial era of Mexico in the 16th to 19th centuries. Mexico has more sites on the UNESCO World Heritage list than any other country in the Americas with its 29 sites, many of

2017-07-11T16:23:51+00:00

The Power of Travel Seen Through the Eyes of a Travel Company

Most days I write about my travel experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly… But mostly I write about the wonderful travel experiences that I feel and see through my rose-colored glasses. I am grateful for the travel experiences that I have had around the globe and a recent invite by Trafalgar Tours, a global travel company, made me realize what goes into making

2017-07-10T23:39:46+00:00

Chicken on the Run Near Lake Charles, Louisiana

Mardi Gras is the love of life. It is the harmonic convergence of our food, our music, our creativity, our eccentricity, our neighborhoods, and our joy of living. All at once. - Chris Rose To really understand what a Chicken Run is, you must understand the cultural significance of the above statement. Zydeco music was playing by a live band in the back of a parade-like

2017-07-23T21:44:55+00:00

King Cakes Origin and Recipes

  King Cakes Origin and Recipes I recently was on a trip to Lake Charles, Lousiana for Mardi Gras where I encountered the making of a King Cake! "A what, I asked?" Being from the South, you would think I would have heard of all the desserts out there but never had I heard those words before. There are some words related to food that we eat knowing

2017-07-23T21:45:32+00:00

A Bluebird Day at Yellowstone National Park

I had never heard of the expression, "a bluebird day", but ended up hearing it several times on my recent trip to Yellowstone Country, Montana. I guess bluebirds come out when the sun is shining, even if there is snow on the ground from the night or days before.  Regardless, it was was a gorgeous day! Animals of Yellowstone National Park On one hand, it seems

2017-07-23T21:46:08+00:00

Venice – Behind the Mask

I’m a collector of masks. On display in my home are over 30 masks carefully carted back as my treasures from visits to faraway lands. So naturally, heading to Venice, I was keen on picking up a few Venice masks to add to my collection. I timed my visit to be there during the last three days of the Carnival of Venice so as to

2017-07-23T12:40:12+00:00

Foods of Louisiana You Must Try

Louisiana is known for many things: music, culture, but most importantly, cuisine! The foods from Louisiana are often on the spicier side and known all around the world as "Cajun Cuisine". The history of recipes and foods of Louisiana is an interesting one. There are influences from France, Spain, Africa, and India. However, there are parts of Louisiana that offer a more soul food-like experience. Where

2017-07-24T10:19:38+00:00

A Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park in Montana

A Road Trip to Yellowstone National Park in Montana On a cool February morning, I landed in Bozeman, Montana ready for the “Big Skies” and “Open Roads” known worldwide as the gateway to Yellowstone National Park. I was ready to take a road trip to Yellowstone National Park in Montana and itching to see the waterfalls, bison, and a few geysers that are legendary fixtures

2017-07-23T21:54:09+00:00

Authentic Italian Recipes for the Soul

Authenticity in food is a very fluid concept, especially when looking for authentic food from a specific country. Authentic Italian food to the baker on the corner in Tuscany could be different to the pastry chef down the street, much less the difference in different regions of Italy. In fact, the same recipe can taste different from chef to chef and all of them will

2017-08-01T17:59:22+00:00

Carnival of Venice

Photo by Donnie Sexton Hands down, the most spectacular event I’ve ever witnessed has to be the Carnival of Venice. I didn’t rent a costume or pay to attend any of the masquerade balls, but I had the time of my life wandering this historical city and being utterly bedazzled by the continual parade of costumed people there to celebrate. Photo by

2017-07-23T12:41:04+00:00

Myanmar’s Water Dwellers of Inle Lake

Myanmar Burma Travelers to Myanmar are there to explore the thousands of pagodas and temples that characterize this country (formerly known as Burma).  That’s a given.  But not to be missed is the surreal watery world of Inle Lake, famous for its natural beauty, glassy waters, and inhabited by Inthas, the native lake-dwellers known as the Myanmar' Water Dwellers of Inle Lake. Photo by

2017-07-11T15:56:52+00:00

Highlights of a Danube River Christmas Markets Cruise

Visions of sugar plums danced in my head the first time I even heard the words "Christmas Markets".  I didn’t even know they existed until one day reading a travel blog and I came across an article about someone gliding down the Rhine River in Europe with stops along the way to visit different Christmas Markets in Germany, France, and Switzerland. Come along with me

2017-07-10T23:49:28+00:00

Mystical Myanmar

"I'm going without expectations."- Donnie Sexton Photo by Donnie Sexton Myanmar Pagoda Photo That was my mantra when I stepped off the plane in Yangon, Myanmar.  To be honest, I had googled a few images from this Southeast Asia destination to get a sense of what kind of photos I could come home with since I was traveling with a group of photographers

2017-07-11T15:57:45+00:00

Holland America Experience – MS Westerdam

I recently returned from my first Holland America experience - a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. I was so impressed with the service of the staff and crew that I received from this group of highly trained workers! After multiple inquiries, I soon found out why from the Captain Mark Rowden of the MS Westerdam. Holland America Experience Holland America uses many of its mandates

2017-05-16T18:21:59+00:00

Living it up at the Hotel California

  “Ain't it funny, rumors fly, And I know you heard about me.” - Taylor Swift Have you heard? I’ve been living it up at the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico… with “mirrors on the ceiling” and “the pink champagne on ice”… I was dangling my feet in the refreshingly cold swimming pool of the Hotel California in Baja Mexico on a hot, late-fall

2017-07-04T16:06:05+00:00
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