Lakes of the Eastern Sierra

Lakes of the Eastern Sierra

About seven hours, give or take, from the Pacific Coast by road is a California that’s as far removed from palm-lined boulevards and beautiful beaches as the proverbial chalk from cheese. A California where craggy snow-capped peaks hobnob with the sky, stands of slender aspen whisper in the wind, and frisky little creeks tumble over […]

Lerici and Portovenere: Two Ligurian Coastal Beauties You Must Visit!

Lerici and Portovenere: Two Ligurian Coastal Beauties You Must Visit!

While the internationally renowned Cinque Terre are spectacular places to visit on the Ligurian coast of Italy, they can be overrun with tourists. So much so, that stepping onto a carriage in the train that runs between the villages can make a can of sardines seem like a McMansion. When we visited the Cinque Terre, […]

‘Fall’-ing in Love with Lake Tahoe!

‘Fall’-ing in Love with Lake Tahoe!

We’ve visited Lake Tahoe, the Sierra Nevada alpine lake that straddles the borders of California and Nevada, many times in the summer, but recently we visited it in early fall. I found Lake Tahoe to be beautiful in the fall, with colorful foliage and bright sunny weather, albeit with cool temperatures. Lake Tahoe is really, […]

Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra: Why You Must Do This California Road Trip!

Fall Colors in the Eastern Sierra: Why You Must Do This California Road Trip!

Having experienced fall in all its glory in New England, I was not expecting to be much impressed by the aspens, willows and cottonwoods native to the Eastern Sierra. But a week spent driving down California SR395 from South Lake Tahoe to Bishop in the fall changed my mind in a hurry. Read on to […]

My Five Favorite Instagram-Worthy Spots in Santa Barbara!

My Five Favorite Instagram-Worthy Spots in Santa Barbara!

A stunning California beach town wedged between the Santa Ynez mountains and the Pacific Ocean, Santa Barbara has no dearth of Instagram-worthy photo sites. Its historic dusty-pink Mission and the colorful tiled Spanish steps at Paseo Nuevo are gorgeous. From mountain roads offering jaw-dropping views to waterfront locations perfect for fiery sunsets, you’ll find yourself […]

The Doorways of Orvieto: A Photo Essay

The Doorways of Orvieto: A Photo Essay

In every place I have been to in Europe, I have been fascinated by the doorways and the door knockers. They are so gorgeous! The doors themselves are rich with architectural details, and, more often than not, they have beautiful stone frames and metal grills at the top of the arches. One rainy afternoon, as […]