Native American Arts at Wyoming’s Buffalo Bill Center of the West

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After suggestion by many, I visited the famous museum in Cody, Wyoming known as the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. It is actually five different museums and far too extensive to absorb in a single day. Instead of skimming over everything I spent my day there focused on learning about Buffalo Bill and the Plains Indians. The Plains Indian Museum doesn't just showcase historic artifacts, but tells the personal stories that go Read More

Magical Morning After the Storm in Venice, Italy

This morning made me glad I braved the crowds and came to Venice. I hope you do, too.

Overnight storms had been passing through Venice for days, and one early morning I felt it pull me out of bed. From my window the clouded sky was a gorgeous mix of yellow, pink, blue and purple! I dashed outside, the clouds moving so fast that around every corner was different light. At Piazza San Marco I met a handful of friendly photographers capturing images of the anchored gondolas. We could all agree that on mornings Read More

The Best Travel Show We Didnt Know Existed

travel show Mekong River with Sue Perkins

I watch a lot of travel shows. What can I say, it's one of my favorite things to do on Saturday mornings when I'm not traveling. My local public television network KCET has just aired what is probably the best travel show I've ever seen. It caught my eye because of the host—it's Sue Perkins, host from The Great British Bake Off!! Say whaaaaat?? It aired on BBC Two a couple of years ago and I'm not sure it ever aired in the US Read More

King Kamehameha Day Floral Parade on Kauai

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A brightly-colored royal Hawaiian court, princesses in elegant gowns, and horses decorated in elaborate floral arrangements. It's the floral parade in honor of King Kamehameha Day, a public holiday in the state of Hawaii. If you're lucky, your Hawaii vacation might fall on this day and you'll get a chance to see a really special cultural tradition of the islands. Expect to see Hawaiian pageantry at its finest. The holiday Read More

Monthly Subscription Box from Japan: Kizuna Box

Kizuna Box from Japan

Being a traveler fascinated by Japanese art and culture I wanted to try out the subscription service called Kizuna Box from Japan. Each month they send your choice of a Lifestyle or Snack Box, everything 100% made in Japan. The coolest aspect is that each box is created around a cultural or seasonal theme. I think that's a fun idea to share in another culture without leaving your home. My friends at the travel website Read More

Thailand’s Best Underrated Places to Visit

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Visiting Thailand for the first time was both exciting and totally out of my comfort zone. I sat on the airplane with my Lonely Planet guide book in hand and reminded myself that I spent months planning this solo adventure and had nothing to worry about. It turned out I was right. Many who visit Thailand make their base in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or Koh Phi Phi, but my wanderlust led me elsewhere. My quest for an Read More

Antique Market in Florence’s Oltrarno Neighborhood

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I've written before about the wonderful neighborhood that is Oltrarno in Florence, Italy, and I'm convinced that spending time here is the one of the best ways to experience the city. The town square that is named for the church which towers over it, Santo Spirito, is home to a daily market selling fresh food and common household items. But it's their monthly market that is most special, and some say it may be the best antique Read More

Fragrant Orange Groves in Redlands, California

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Tales of fragrant citrus orchards have drawn me to citrus towns around the world such as Sorrento, Italy and Mallorca, Spain but it was in my home state of California that the city of Redlands delivered on the promise. Did you know that the city of Redlands was once the hub of the largest orange-producing region in the world with over 15,000 acres of citrus groves? Upon stepping out of my car in 'Early Redlands Historic Read More

Don’t Stress When Planning Tuscany

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From the wild and rustic Chianti region to the manicured cypress trees of Val D'Orcia, there are a great many options when wine tasting on the Tuscan countryside. Over 25,000 wineries in fact. One winery I visited was not the best nor did I particularly care for the wine, but the scenery and ambience were iconically Tuscan and unforgettable. There's an important travel tip in there... let me show you. Recently I met several Read More

Sweet Pea Gardens Will Brighten Your Day

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Light and delicate, sweet pea flowers (Lathyrus odoratus) were discovered in the 17th century by Italian monk Father Francis Cupani who was traveling through the Sicilian countryside. Sweet pea flowers' pronounced yet delicate fragrance means that they are excellent for perfuming a room, and are often prettiest when placed in a simple mason jar. If you had any wonder of their scent, just think of honey sometimes with a dash of Read More