House Tours and Overnights in Mansions

Mount Vernon, Giraffe Manor, La Posta Vecchia, and Hampton Court Perhaps it’s inherent, this intrigue for touring old homes; an uncontrollable urge related to millenniums of domestic servitude. Then again, it could be fantasy thrill seeking-the home I never had with the White Knight I never knew. Possibly, a historical interest? Whatever; women love to…


National Wine Centre of Australia

National Wine Centre of Australia Vacation; Very few things on Earth can distract from my love of travel, but good wine is a good reason to cheat. And cheat I must do-occasionally-just to keep up with the newest generation of whipper-snappers who, I swear, have been weaned on Chardonnay. In my day, Mad Dog 20/20…


National Wonders: Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas

Winner of National Geographic Traveler’s Essay Contest “Place of a Lifetime”  By night, the moat wall is a stargazing platform. No pesky street lamps, no car lights; no lights whatsoever to distract from shooting stars that fall into the Gulf of Mexico. Welcome to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park. Only a sky this…


Amazon Adventures: Birth of an Eco-Tour

Racing through Amazon treetops in a dugout canoe, I can only equate this ride to a fox hunt because, well, I’ve never before been on a monkey hunt. Ediberto handles his handmade watercraft with the precision and balance of a jockey straddling a Thoroughbred. Even with me as a dead-weight observer in the “backseat,” the…


Kangaroo Island, Australia (Seadragons, Rock Docks, and Nature)

En route to the sea dragon’s den I get sidetracked: A rare Australia sea lioness cozies up to my facemask. She’s more than twice my weight. If she chooses to use those razor-sharp teeth, my nose would be barely more than a snack. Lying belly up on the floor of an Indian Ocean cove with…


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