Wherever you go, go with all your heart. -Confucius


Welcome to Note to Traveler

Note to Traveler is for the traveler who likes to avoid crowds, who loves exploring lesser-known places, and seeks to find calm and beauty in this often fast-paced world.

You will find travel photos and short notes & stories about my special places in the world:

  • New England – where I grew up
  • Northern California – where I live now
  • Greece – where I vacation every summer with my husband

Now and then I post about travel to other places or share my thoughts about travel in general.

Whether you like to travel near or far or prefer to explore places around the world from your armchair, I hope to inspire you to look more closely at the amazing world around you every day. If you like what you read, or like the photographs you see here at Note to Traveler, that will make sharing my travels with you all worthwhile.


About Me

I started exploring the woods behind my childhood home when I was eight years old, back when it was safe to be a free-range kid. When my mother made me take piano lessons, I hid out in the woods until the piano teacher left and my mother finally gave up and let me quit. All I wanted to do was be outside and explore the world, and I’ve been doing so ever since.

I’ve traveled across the country with my parents, five siblings, and a dog, all crammed into a nine-passenger Chevy station wagon and celebrated many family reunions on the East and West Coasts and in the Midwest. For a decade, my job required more than 50% travel across the states. Airplanes and hotel rooms became my second home. I loved it.

My travels expanded to Greece when I met my husband, Yanni. He was born and raised in Athens. We met in Connecticut, got married in Athens, and now live in the San Francisco Bay Area of California. Family means everything to us, so, for now, our travels take us to see family and friends in New England and Greece. Once we retire, look out world, here we come.

My wish is for you to travel as often as possible, near or far, and experience the pure joy of discovering new places.

Happy travels,



Balancing on my tricycle 2

Be brave, try new things, explore!



Updated 1/5/2018

Note to Traveler was created on May 12, 2016. Photographs contained within this blog were taken by me unless otherwise noted.

9 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi Donna, I also live in the bay area and love travel and photography. Your site and photos are lovely! I had a wonderful water experience last week on Elkhorn Slough. Have you been there? Photos are posted on my site. I hope you will pay a visit.

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    1. Hi Susan, Thank you for stopping by my site. It’s great to meet another Bay Area blogger. I haven’t been to Elkhorn Slough and will definitely pay your site a visit. Have a great weekend.


  2. Hi Donna, it is a pleasure to meet you via wordpress. You have a wonderful blog with some exceptionally beautiful pictures from Greece.
    Thanks for visiting my blog and appreciating it.

    Liked by 1 person

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