May 062016
A Tale of Four Regions: Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna

It shouldn’t be surprising that art, literature, and music are essential aspects of northern Italy. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty, dramatic history, and deep cultural traditions, it’s easy to understand why writers, artists, and musicians have been enamored of and inspired by various locations in the four regions of Italy we visited on our latest trip — Piedmont, Lombardy, Veneto, and Emilia-Romagna.

Jan 092013
An Angel and Street Art in Munich

On a walk in Munich to the Isar River and Friedensengel monument at Maximilian Park (Maximiliansanlagen), I had just crossed the Luitpold Bridge, and was looking for a way to safely cross busy Prinzregentenstrasse. Then I noticed the pedestrian tunnel under the street. What I found was more than an underground walkway. It was a showcase of street art.

May 262011
Cool Place in a Hot Town: Arizona Falls

While visiting family in Arizona, my sister took me to a very unusual place in Phoenix that I hadn’t seen on previous trips. She and her husband came across it unexpectedly while out for a bike ride one day. I’m guessing that most travelers and a large percentage of residents don’t know about this interesting site either.