Discovering Myanmar — Pagodas, temples, and monasteries

The exotic world of Buddhism, markets, and tourism I was 3,000 feet high, floating in a hot air balloon over a vast plain dotted with massive and magnificent centuries-old Buddhist pagodas, temples and monasteries. This was but one of many fascinating activities and...

Zimbali Retreats, Negril, Jamaica

At Zimbali Retreats, the tall, lean man who goes by the name of Fire scrambled around among the foliage surrounding the very — very! — modest wooden lean-to which serves as his home. After collecting several herbs and spices, he seasoned the simple, nourishing meal...

Hawaii’s Big Island — a continent of activities

The Big Island means big adventure and plenty of activities Some vacationers soak up sun on Hawaii’s Big Island beaches with white, black and even green sand. Nearby, skiers speed down snow-covered slopes of a dormant volcano. Other people check out a surreal...

Road trips — to each their own

Roads trips are a great way to discover a region When dreaming of the perfect road trip, some drivers plan a route along one of the highest roads in the world. Others steer through a much lower setting which hugs an ocean coastline at sea level. Then there are...

Sicily — Food, Nature, and Archaeology

Sicily is a wonderful blend of the modern and ancient worlds “You can steal my money, but not my food.”  “If lunch or dinner doesn’t have at least five courses, it’s just a snack.”  “If you want things to go exactly as planned, don’t come here.” These words, spoken by...