Koukos Taverna in Pylos

Just down the street from our one-night accommodation at the Karalis City Hotel in Pylos, Peloponnese we came across a colorful, old-fashioned Taverna called Koukos (Cuckoo). While we didn’t have a chance to dine at Koukos, we enjoyed viewing the owner’s creative use of Venetian colors on the building’s facade, and authentic, as well as,…

Late Spring at Sandy Wool Lake

It was late spring when we last visited Sandy Wool Lake. A hint of green still covered the quickly browning hills. Water reeds stood tall along the water’s edge, an abundance of waterfowl swam and splashed in the lake, and ducklings followed behind their momma. Tucked in amongst the lakeside vegetation were plenty of fishermen…

Are you carrying too much baggage?

For many years I frequently traveled for business. It was a challenge with my travel schedule to get into a regular exercise routine, so I brought gym shoes with me on business trips. I planned to spend an hour in the evenings on the treadmill at my hotel. Trip after trip, I’d pack my gym…

Old-World Doors at Santana Row

Santana Row is a European-style village in the heart of San Jose filled with upscale shops, international dining options, courtyards, fountains, intimate public seating areas, and live music on weekends. It offers an artfully designed oasis in Silicon Valley to socialize and unwind. It’s simply a beautiful place and I like spending time there. The…

Broken

It’s time for another look at Alviso, a historic San Francisco Bay Area town. It’s a small community of about 2000 residents and has a mix of time-worn and well-kept vintage homes, authentic Mexican restaurants, decaying abandoned factories, and long-gone businesses. Silicon Valley development goes on around the town but not much in it. Despite…

Melancholy Blues

These rundown doors have a serious case of the melancholy blues. Tagged with graffiti and covered with flyers, I doubt anyone lives or works there anymore. But, despite the grim appearance, life still goes on around this forgotten place which has now become the stage for a street musician in Athens.

A Fish Story

When it’s raining fish, get out of the water! – Note to Traveler

Nevada City Doors

Nevada City is the governmental center of Nevada County in the State of California. Wait, what? Yup, it’s located in California, not Nevada. Another “Say what?” fact about Nevada City is that it is twinned with Penzance, a seaside town in Cornwall, UK, and the nearby tin and copper mining town of St Just in Penwith, Cornwall, UK. Per Wikipedia, the twinning is a result…

Tranquility

Sedate, calm, tranquil are words that come to mind when I look at this soft pink home in Monemvasia, Greece. The home appears feminine to me with its quiet color, gentle curves, and arched door. I expect to find a sweet cultured woman living inside, with lace curtains hung in the windows, delicate china set…

Serenity

Travel is much easier when you go with the flow.

Mission San Juan Bautista

Located on a low hill overlooking the fertile San Juan Valley, Mission San Juan Bautista sits on a rising crustal block on the Pacific side of the San Andreas Fault. Since it was established in June of 1797, the mission has suffered damage from a variety of earthquakes. Shaking was said to be so severe…

Portal to the San Francisco Bay Trail

A quirky house-shaped structure and doorway frame the entrance to a boardwalk over the Alviso Marina Park salt marsh. The boardwalk leads to the San Francisco Bay Trail and the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge, a favorite location for bird watching, hiking, and bike riding. On this evening visit, the sun’s golden…