I share your passion for travel. I also believe travel gives you the best gift in life…memories.

Allow me to tell you about a few of my favorite places. More will follow in months to come.

John Muir was right. Entering Yosemite Valley is like entering a temple. Spectacular granite formations line the walls as crystal clear streams and peaceful meadows carpet the floor. Add decorations of jaw-dropping waterfalls, ancient giant sequoias, and a few bears…you have the makings of Nature’s temple.

Burano, an island in the northern Venetian Lagoon, has been referred to as one of the most colorful places on earth as well as one of the top 10 most colorful cities in the world. Approaching Burano from Venice, it’s easy to see why. Brightly colored houses, all of them, pop against the green waters of the channels. At first glance, their narrow streets and impossibly bright colors appear almost tropical. One more look and you feel like you’ve just stepped into a postcard view, as small boats line both sides of the canals and the bright colors rise above.

Hearst Castle:
Citizen Kane, the movie, and the hilltop structure known as The Enchanted Hill in San Simeon, California have much in common. The first is supposedly based on the life of American newspaper magnate, William Randolph Hearst and has been labeled the greatest film ever made. However, Hearst prohibited mention of the film in any of his newspapers.

Given the proximity to US major cities, one might think Montreal wouldn’t be that much different than others in the Northeast. They would be wrong.

Everything from the architecture, language, cuisine, and culture, Montreal certainly distinguishes itself as a bustling French influenced city. On first glance, high rise buildings might fill the sky but look closer to see the Victorian brownstones at their feet or the stately neo-gothic churches that sit quietly next door.

Hidden in the valley of the surrounding hills, Baumholder might be hard to find on some maps and even harder, if not impossible, to find in guide books. Located in the west central part of Germany, explore for a day and take some day trips. Take a day trip to a wine fest in one of the nearby towns. Abundant with vineyards, towns along the river valleys of the Rhine, Mosel, Nahe and Saar Rivers celebrate the fall grape harvest with fun, wine tasting and street food.

It sounds like a cliché but there really is something magical about Paris. Memories will stay with you forever in this City of Light with its wide boulevards, chic boutiques, upscale shopping, wonderful food, and world class art galleries.
I like to stay near the Eiffel Tower…it lights up at night and the whole city takes on that special, magical look. Paris is made for walking, eating, and living. Make sure your walking shoes are broken in. If you don’t want to stand out as an American tourist…leave the tennis shoes at home!

Referred to as the “City of Canals”, Venice is made up of six ancient administrative districts called sestieri. Built on a patchwork of more than 100 low lying islands in the middle of a swampy lagoon, all areas of Venice begged to be explored. Also, with over 400 bridges crossing those canals, Venice is sometimes called “The City of Bridges.” While many of those bridges are functional and fairly non-descript, several do warrant a special look. The Bridge of Sighs, or Ponte dei Sospiri, is a footbridge connecting the Doge’s Palace with the prison. Prisoners on their way to their cells or the executioner glimpsed their last look at the city while crossing this bridge. Take a stroll over the Rialto Bridge, the main pedestrian crossing over the Grand Canal.

Remember, Travels and Escapes is more than just traveling…it’s a way of life.