Umbria and its medieval gems

Umbria Discover Umbria’s hidden medieval gems In 1996, a book titled Under the Tuscan Sun recounted how author Frances Mayes purchased and restored an abandoned villa in the Tuscany region of Italy. The best-selling volume helped establish that area as a popular...

Walking through Japan

walking through Japan The traffic-clogged streets, towering skyscrapers and dazzling lighted billboards could be in Times Square, New York – but they aren’t. I’m walking through Japan down an ancient trail that snakes through dense woods, over mountain passes and past rushing...

Traditional Japanese guest houses

Japanese guest houses This “Rooms to Explore” feature focuses upon places throughout the country and the world where I have stayed that became part of the experience of visiting a destination. Places that bring to life the local history, culture and lifestyle in a very meaningful way –...