So San Francisco

You awaken to the cable car sounds below. The mist lifts and the sun finds your face among the tall buildings. The Ferry Building is alive outside with its weekend marketplace. Your senses sing praise to the offered bits of peaches and pluots, tomatoes, peppers, mushrooms, pickled vegetables, salmon, pastry, honey, lavender, sea salt and … More So San Francisco

Kali̱méra, Rodos

  This morning’s arrival into port was heralded by a light show with bells in Rhodes, Greece. The sun was appropriately brilliant on this “island of the sun.”  Our guide identified Kalithea (meaning “the best view”) and Lindos, our destination, as where “The Guns of Navarone” was filmed in 1962. Dropped off on a hill above the … More Kali̱méra, Rodos

Desert Senses

A cottontail crossed my path today, a fluffy blur from the corner of my eye.  Jumping chollas seem to take chase. The Sonoran desert is yet more alive after unseasonable rainstorms. Jumbled pillars invite creatures to perch on top. Brilliant blue to twenty shades of gray skies are luminous. After the cloudburst, all is pristine. … More Desert Senses

A Slice of Athens

In the 12 day eastern Mediterranean cruise, the days and wine flow.  Among wonders of the world we are moved and incredulous. The ancient ruins unfold before visitors from all corners of the globe. In Athens, our port time was satisfying on all accounts. The ship docked early. The day was a sunny 70 degrees. … More A Slice of Athens

Genoa and the Sea

Genoa is pleasing in its architecture, history, and people. The Ligurian Sea is an intimate presence one savors in the everyday. We rejoice the rooftop terrace of our B&B and particularly, the generous hosts, Gian Pietro and Gabriella, who suggest a plan to see their city on foot. Genoa lays claim to Cristoforo Colombo, plus a … More Genoa and the Sea