Absent-minded Vacations

Eileen Bailey normally works out of her left lobe: She number-crunches for a national concern headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona. There, she always has her ducks in a row; her feet on the ground; her mind on practical matters. Of course, the organization is standard operating procedure at home, where routine usually reigns supreme. Now, vacation…


National Wine Centre of Australia

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 was as exotic as Shiraz or…


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 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 I: From Monkey Hunt to pink dolphins, watch out for the poison darts

From Monkey Hunt to pink dolphins, watch out for the poison darts 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…


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