Delicious Week in Bologna, Italy’s Culinary Hub

bologna portico

Hi friends! I'm home from a week-long stay in Bologna which I found to be low-key, easy to wander on foot, and satisfying in the fullest sense of the word. Bologna seemed like the obvious choice as a base for myself after wrapping a photography assignment in Italy and here is why; Bologna is the capital of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region which is where bolognese ragu sauce, prosciutto di Parma, parmesan cheese, and aged balsamic Read More

Beautiful Day Trip to Verona, Italy

Adige River of Verona Italy

Verona, perhaps one of the prettiest of Italian cities, makes for a very nice day trip from Bologna. Arriving at the Verona Porta Nuova station via comfortable high speed train, visitors still have a full day to explore even after the hour and twenty-minute train ride. With my 50mm lens firmly in place, I set off to see what this city has to offer. Verona, at first glance, feels modern, classy and clean with it's Read More

Majestic Bison Herd in Los Angeles

bison at morning light Hart Ranch

I am beyond grateful for the opportunity to photograph this protected herd of American bison in Los Angeles, which you may be surprised to learn is open to the public. Though most of the bison in this particular herd are smaller than those in Yellowstone National Park, there is no doubt about their majestic stature. It was just nuts to have the largest of the herd stare at me from five feet away and then slowly walk right by Read More

Morning Stroll to Italian Fishing Port in Sorrento


Surprises can be a beautiful thing. That is what the coastal town of Sorrento, Italy became to me when I visited enroute to the Amalfi coast. You see, Sorrento's town center is located atop coastal cliffs and this one morning I wandered down a cobblestone path until eventually arriving at the Port of Marina Grande. I was charmed by this special spot and it's atmosphere of a forgotten world. I had the company of fishermen Read More

Exotic Orchids in Quito Botanic Garden, Ecuador

orange spider orchids

My recent visit to the Galapagos Islands allowed for a couple of free days in Ecuador's Capital city, Quito, which proved to be an adventure in itself. Not to tarnish the idea of what was otherwise an interesting historic colonial city, safety for a single white female with a nice camera quickly became my biggest concern, culminating with some guy trying to steal my phone—he didn't succeed because luckily I was bigger than Read More

Galapagos Highlights: Mosquera Island

marina iguana tongue

Much to my thrill, I've recently returned from Ecuador where I had the opportunity to photograph a Galapagos Wildlife Adventure Cruise. I screeched when heard I would be going because the Galapagos archipelago (21 islands in total) is considered one of the most famous destinations in the world for wildlife viewing, with a variety of plant and animal species that exist nowhere else on Earth. With an itinerary covering the Read More

Where to Stay in Bangkok

where to stay in Bangkok Thailand

Are you looking for a hotel in Bangkok but find yourself swimming in options? I have good news! There are some beautiful hotels for a fraction of what they would cost in most countries, and they are safe and centrally located. While I typically prefer boutique-style hotels with local charm, Bangkok is filled with unique circumstances and for me that boils down to where would I feel most safe and comfortable. Having visited Read More

Florence’s Historic Oltrarno Neighborhood, Away from the Crowds

fruit baskets Florence market

What I like sharing most on this travel blog is authentic travel experiences and it's something I really work hard to bring to you. The thing is, when you or I visit someplace far from home we want to feel what it's like to live there, smell the smells, drink the wines, hear the music and really try to appreciate what is so unique about each place... I know that's how I prefer to travel. Florence, Italy often gets a bad rap Read More

Vermont Farming: Fresh Maple Butter

Vermont_pig farm

Perfectly ripe local blueberries alongside a piece of warm toast with fresh maple butter on it... yumm! That's my breakfast today and it definitely sets the stage for a proper Vermont visit. It is a dream come true for Marisa Mauro, the woman behind Vermont's Ploughgate Creamery whom I had the pleasure of meeting. Marisa has a knack for crafting flavors that people love, a skill bourne from her decade-long career in artisan Read More

Reflections of Venice


Artistic expression has always inspired me, and the new digital eBook Reflections of Venice, Art and Beauty in the Water by David C Phillips is a recent example. David is a longtime friend and professional photographer, and his new book takes you with him on his quest to capture a unique view of Venice, Italy deep within it's reflections. It seems appropriate to share it here with my friends who enjoy seeing a unique view of Read More