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…

A Fish Story

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

Serenity

Travel is much easier when you go with the flow.

By the Sea

Nothing lifts my spirits more than a lazy afternoon on a beach chair watching the sun’s reflection on a calm blue sea. If I could live anywhere, there is no other place I’d rather be than by the sea. To quote Jacques Yves Cousteau, “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its…

Street Details: Los Gatos

Today, a selection of street details that caught my eye in Los Gatos, California. I was drawn to the patina of aged wood and painted corrugated metal siding on the backside of a shop called Natural Creations. Plants growing on the inside of the shop peeked through cracks in the structure. A toy dog was humorously…

The Sweet Taste of Satisfaction

While I’m not Greek, I’m a lucky gal married to a Greek, and love all things Greek, especially Greek food. It’s an annual tradition for us to celebrate my birthday with a classic Greek meal of grilled lamb chops with baklava for dessert. Ah, the sweet taste of satisfaction when I bite into a juicy,…

My Loves

One of the hardest parts of travel is leaving our sweet dog Buddy behind. While I know he is in good hands while we’re away; he’s my baby. As far as Buddy is concerned, he doesn’t mind; he’s having fun at doggy Disneyland, playing with his friends all day.   Inspiration: Beloved.  

Variations on a Street Scene

According to photography experts, the best time of day to take outdoor photos is during the golden hour. The golden hour is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset where daylight is redder and softer than when the sun is higher in the sky. Not a morning person, many of my images are unfortunately taken…

Local Color

Have you ever noticed the signature colors of your local area or other places you’ve seen around the world? For much of my life, I went about my daily routine rather blind to the colors and details of my surroundings. It only seemed when I traveled someplace new that I noticed the vibrancy and character…

A Little Red Wheelbarrow in Nafplio

An aspect of travel I most enjoy is to discover subtle often missed details that contribute to the unique character of a city or a landscape scene. With a camera in hand, I’m more aware of my surroundings and actively look for ways to capture ordinary scenes in a different way than the usual tourist’s…

Café Culture in Greece

The traditional Café in Greece known as a Kafenion began as a place where men-only spent leisure time with friends drinking coffee or a glass of ouzo or raki depending on the time of day.  In Greece today, while you will still find local men spending time in old-style Kafenia,  you will also find an abundance of…

Small Plane, Rain, and Dense Gray Clouds Make for Bumpy Travel

I’ve been itching to post photos of a flight from Bradley Airport to Newark Airport on our way back home to San Francisco during the Thanksgiving Holiday. Not the best weather for air travel but certainly not the worst. I wasn’t looking forward to the bumpy ride in the small commuter jet. Despite the gloom, the…

Wish our dog fit under an airplane seat

What’s up with the rule that only dogs that fit under an airplane seat can travel in coach with their human parents? While our sweet dog, Buddy, meets the weight criterion for most airlines, we learned he’s a little too tall to comfortably fit in a regulation size pet carrier. I sure wish he fit under…

A Recipe for a Good Travel Companion

I have found that there ain’t no surer way to find out whether you like people or hate them than to travel with them. – Mark Twain   Combine equal parts of compatible personalities, common interests, similar budgets, reasonable expectations, and good communication to create a winning recipe for a good travel companion. Mix well….

Tavernas, Cafés, and More

We should look for someone to eat and drink with before looking for something to eat and drink. – Epicurus Wondering where to eat and drink in Greece? Let me assure you; you will find an abundance of unique eateries to enjoy a meal or sip a cup of coffee. Greeks love to socialize with…

Traditional Greek Salads

Horiatiki ~ Marouli ~ Lahano ~ Dakos ~ Roka The aroma of vine-ripe tomatoes and dried oregano in a fresh Horiatiki salad bring back fond memories of my husband’s mother, Amalia. Amalia loved to spend hours every day in her pantry-sized kitchen making traditional homemade foods for her family. Everyone knew to leave the kitchen when…

Feeling Your Best When Traveling

You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy, or fake.  -Unknown   Do you find yourself eating fast food when traveling? Eating healthy is a challenge when away from home. Stress, lack of healthy choices, and an irrational fear of starvation make burritos and cheeseburgers look divine. Fast-food restaurants line airport terminals….

ευχαριστώ and Other Helpful Greek Words

The most important expression a traveler can learn before visiting a foreign country is “Thank You.” The Greek word for thank you is ευχαριστώ (ef-hairy-stow). If you learn only one Greek word, learn how to say ‘ef-hairy-stow.’ Your thoughtfulness will be greatly appreciated. Does the saying, “It’s all Greek to me,” pop into your head…

Are You a Traveler or a Tourist?

The traveler sees what he sees. The tourist sees what he has come to see. -G.K. Chesterton   Whether you consider yourself a traveler who likes to explore or a tourist who prefers a well-planned trip, each of us has a unique travel style. Many of us are a blend of both styles. The key…