• Elephant in South Luangwa National Park

    Walking Safari: Day One

    We walked single-file out of the Camp Tena Tena just after dawn on a Sunday morning. There were six of us. In the lead, Chris carried the rifle, followed by Braston our guide. I came next, then my daughter, Catherine, my sister Carolyn, and finally Bishod, guide in training. To walk the savannah, down, up and over empty oxbow lakes, and then step into the cool shade of a grove of ebony -- it's like that. You feel Africa close. [...]
  • Male Leopard in South Luangwa National Park.

    Our African Safari in Zambia

    So, you want to go on safari in Africa. But where? To say that the continent is vast is a gross understatement. Africa holds more than 20 percent of the Earth’s total [...]
  • Mount Timpanagos shot from the Sundance Lift

    Redford’s Sundance

    At the Crossroads of Art and Nature My stay at the Sundance Resort in late September was full of crisp fall air and leaves turning golden yellow, orange, and red. What a [...]
  • Royal Clipper near Soufriere, St. Lucia

    Onboard the Royal Clipper

    I sailed for two weeks on the Royal Clipper to the Windward and the Grenadine Islands. I boarded the ship in Barbados, only scheduled for a single week. Then I fell in love [...]

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  • On December 5, 2017, The Esquire Tavern celebrated their 85th birthday AND the 85th anniversary of the END OF PROHIBITION! What a great night! Here's my review of one of the best bars on the San Antonio Riverwalk. [...]
  • Christmas in Florence!

    December 10, 2017 // 4 Comments

    Buon Natale! If you're dreaming of a festive Christmas vacation, Florence fills the bill beautifully. A digital Christmas card to all of my readers [...]
  • Postcards from New Orleans

    December 5, 2017 // 6 Comments

    A gallery of images from New Orleans. [...]
  • Sunrise on Ft. Lauderdale Beach. Photograph, Ann Fisher.

    Weekend in Fort Lauderdale: A Great Getaway

    November 24, 2017 // 10 Comments

    We all need a break from work and the status quo -- and a chance to walk on the beach, to clear our minds, to connect with ourselves. If you're looking for a relaxing beach getaway, then Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, might be your perfect ticket. [...]
  • Hemingway six toed cat

    Cats, Key West, and Ernest Hemingway

    November 13, 2017 // 8 Comments

    Fred Astaire, Winston Churchill, Lauren Bacall, and Howard Hughes pop out from basement grates, stroll through shrubs, and pose for guests visiting a certain Spanish Colonial home in Key West. Who are they? The Hemingway cats, all descended from Ernest's original tomcat, Snowball, who had six-toed paws. [...]
  • Hippo in the Luangwa River Yawns

    Hippo Highways: Day 2 of our Walking Safari

    August 11, 2017 // 27 Comments

    After a light breakfast and some coffee, we left for our second day of walking. Why do three women from Texas love Hippo Highways? Because in Africa, even flat isn't flat! [...]
  • St. Louis Cathedral in early morning fog.

    If you want cheap, mass produced Mardi Gras masks or just another t-shirt, walk one block down Bourbon Street in either direction, and you’ll be set. On the other hand, if you are looking for the best souvenirs in New Orleans – you want something truly special to remember your visit, here are some things that will make you think about the Crescent City every time you see them.[…]



  • Irish whiskey in a waterford glass

    Loving Irish Whiskey

    October 13, 2017 // 13 Comments

    How much do you know about Irish whiskey? If it's not much, that's not surprising, since the industry has come back from what some termed 'the edge of extinction' on the international market. [...]


  • Wind Surf cruise ship, windsurf sailing ship
    Private yachts flock to the smaller British Virgin Islands and St. Barth's. There's a reason for this: they are home to some of the most beautiful beaches and water in the Caribbean. Floating in crystalline water and watching the clouds pass overhead is deeply relaxing. I've just returned from St. Martin and a week-long cruise on Windstar's Wind Surf on their Yachtsman's Caribbean itinerary. It was perfect. [...]

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  • We all face the same dilemma. We want to bring more stuff than we want to carry. Short of a magical bag, we need a plan: How to use a capsule travel wardrobe to pack two weeks of clothes in a carry on. [...]

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  • Sunrise, Atlantic Ocean. Photograph, Ann Fisher.

    The Year of Last Holidays

    April 17, 2017 // 31 Comments

    If you were dying, but still felt healthy now, what would you do with the time you had left? This question is the premise for two films entitled Last Holiday. In 2016, I lived the plot line. [...]