Posts by stiv69

Old Belem to Seaside Sesimbra

Posted in Blog, Portugal, Wine | Comments Off on Old Belem to Seaside Sesimbra

Old Belem to Seaside Sesimbra

Our tour of Azeitao and Arrabida began with the arrival of our guide, Vitor Martins in his midnight blue Mercedes. Lisbon is a welcoming city, but the personable Vitor, who speaks four languages and is an expert driver, takes you to the next level. He knows Lisbon, its history, its neighborhoods and its surroundings. Vitor suggested an optional first stop at Lisbon’s most renown coffee house, ‘Pasteis de Belem‘ — known for their delicious custard tartlets sprinkled with cinnamon and sugar. We agreed, of course. This establishment has been in continuous operation and...

Read More

Sicily Travel – Hotel Bel Soggiorno, Taormina

Posted in Media | Comments Off on Sicily Travel – Hotel Bel Soggiorno, Taormina

Sicily Travel – Hotel Bel Soggiorno, Taormina

Read More

Sicily Travel – Greek Theater, Syracuse

Posted in Media | Comments Off on Sicily Travel – Greek Theater, Syracuse

Sicily Travel – Greek Theater, Syracuse

Read More

Sicily Travel – Ceramics, Taormina

Posted in Media | Comments Off on Sicily Travel – Ceramics, Taormina

Sicily Travel – Ceramics, Taormina

Read More

Sicily Travel – Syracuse boat harbor

Posted in Media | Comments Off on Sicily Travel – Syracuse boat harbor

Sicily Travel – Syracuse boat harbor

Read More

Sicily Travel — a Sicilian Idyll

Posted in Blog, Europe, Featured, Italy, Portfolio, Sicily, Wine | Comments Off on Sicily Travel — a Sicilian Idyll

Sicily Travel — a Sicilian Idyll

Winter in Italy and Sicily in 2012 was called the Grand Gelé, or the Big Freeze. One of the coldest winters in modern Italian history – the canals in Venice froze – didn’t deter our Sicily travel plans. One advantage of traveling in Winter — you have the attractions all to yourself. These images are impressions of our road trip circumnavigating the largest island in the Mediterranean Sea — Sicily. Taormina—tourist delight Perched atop a lofty hill overlooking the Ionian Sea is the lovely town of Taormina, the first stop on our Sicily itinerary. Mt. Etna … on the road to Siracusa After...

Read More

Taking the High Road

Posted in Travel Nostalgia | Comments Off on Taking the High Road

We love the art of old travel posters and ads. They remind us of a bygone era when travel was presented as elegant, stylish and adventurous. You’ll find examples of this unique art throughout my website. Let them remind you of the days before the TSA, completely full flights, add-on fees, and — well, you get the picture.  

Read More

Amazing Vietnam!

Posted in Asia, Blog, Featured, Portfolio | Comments Off on Amazing Vietnam!

Amazing Vietnam!

A ten-day exploration of Vietnam As an American who remembers well the war in Vietnam, to be a tourist in Vietnam means to revisit the war on some level. Vietnam will always be the place where a terrible war was fought and millions of people, including more than 58,000 Americans suffered and died. But Vietnam is a country with a long history that preceded those dark years, and with the march of time, and the growth of its booming Asian economy, Vietnam has become a fascinating and wonderful travel destination. The country is experiencing a rebirth, and the pace of its changes are truly...

Read More

Incredible India

Posted in Blog, Featured, India, Portfolio | Comments Off on Incredible India

Incredible India

To quote UCLA Professor Stanley Wolpert in the opening paragraph to his masterful work, India, “India is at once the oldest and most sorrowful as well as the happiest and most beautiful civilization on earth.” I confess, I am hopelessly enchanted and ensnared by the wonderful mystery that is India. I feel compelled to visit India again to continue my personal discovery of this fascinating, ancient, visually splendid, surprising and deeply affecting destination. I promise that anyone with the desire and the opportunity to travel to India will be rewarded with an unforgettable host of...

Read More

A Trip Through Provence et le Cote d’Azur

Posted in Blog, Europe, Featured, France, Portfolio | Comments Off on A Trip Through Provence et le Cote d’Azur

A Trip Through Provence et le Cote d’Azur

A ten-day exploration of the charms of the French Riviera and the grandeur of a Rhone River cruise. The following is a detailed report that follows our trip itinerary and includes traveler’s notes on the places we visited, impressions of our river cruise and hotels, meals and wines we enjoyed, notes on some hotels and excursions we made either with a group or on our own. Part 1: Nice, Eze, Aix-en-Provence, Arles Days 1-2 PARIS CONNECTION. Our 10-½ hour flight from San Francisco is not too painful, until we arrive Charles deGaulle airport, which is undergoing major renovation. Unfortunately...

Read More