Friday, September 8, 2017


I almost always have the travel bug. Often I've barely finished one trip and I'm already planning another one, which is not quite totally being in the moment. I need to work on that! I have been fortunate to have visited over 40 countries and many islands over the years. Marla and I almost always prefer to travel with just the two of us and book day trips with local guides in areas which are new to us. 

There are times when I would really like to explore new regions such as Central and South America, Central Asia, etc., but call me a bit boring as I usually go back to my favorite countries in Europe and Asia. These are some places on my current travel radar. I'd LOVE to hear where you would like to go! 

I definitely want to visit the Greek Islands. After watching the Durrell's in Corfu on PBS I have added this island to my list. 

The fascinating Greek island of Santorini is a must as well.

Islands are always fascinating to me and Mallorca has been a place I've wanted to visit for a long time. Port de Soller has my name on it! There is a 100-year-old train which travels the scenic countryside from Soller to Palma.

Palma is the largest city and is beautifully situated by the ocean. We will be visiting shortly as I am doing a bike tour on the island.

The Andalusia region in the south of Spain intrigues me. This is Cordoba's Alhambra Palace.

The Alcazar Castle in Seville looks fabulous. The area was under Moorish rule from the 8th to the 15th centuries and the architectural influences definitely reflect this.

This is the Plaza de Espana in Seville.

Yosemite beckons me as we only spent a few hours there one day when we were dating. I would like to stay a few days and soak in the amazing grandeur of the place. I would pick the classic Majestic Hotel for our stay.

 Cap Ferrat on the French Riviera is on my must go list. Over the years we have loved Cannes, Villefranche sur Mer, and Eze. St. Jean Cap Ferrat has been a magnet for famous actors and artists for decades. I want to hike on the coastal path passing incredible gardens and estates and swim on Paloma Beach, named after Paloma Picasso as the famous artist loved the area.

We loved Corsica. Its neighbor to the south, Sardinia, is a place I've wanted to visit. An island famous for great beaches and superb wine pretty much says it all for me. (Costa Smeralda above)

This is Arustas Beach in Oristano Sardinia.

Edinburgh Scotland is a must! My great grandfather, Captain William Brown was born in Scotland. My nephew Steve and his wife Karen live there and I am sure will be fabulous guides!

Last year I did a bicycle tour of the Italian Lakes. One of our guides told me if I liked Lago Maggiore and Lake Como then I would love the lake where she lives, Lake Garda. I'm ready!

Our daughter Lisa and her family stayed near Orvieto in Umbria this year and loved it. I've traveled by bike in Umbria in the past and loved its very special charms. Orvieto is on my travel map. Umbrian wines don't receive as much attention as their famous neighbor, Tuscany, but they are wonderful!

Norcia, perched high on this Umbrian hillside, looks like a must visit.

Marla and I have watched the Italian mystery series, Detective Montalbano, for years and love some of the picturesque Sicilian towns where it was filmed. Ragusa is on my list for sure! We love Sicily and the Baroque Villages in the Southeast are a brand new area for us. If you love foreign mystery shows with subtitles, you can find them at the MHZ subscription network on a streaming device such as Roku, etc.

The Amalfi Coast is always on my very top favorite list. Hotel Santa Caterina outside Amalfi was built in 1904 with famous luminaries in film and the arts ensconcing there for over a century. It is crazy expensive but I would stay for two nights and just luxuriate looking at the amazing sea. This might take some serious selling to convince Marla!

I found a possible hook to convince Marla this was a worthy place to stay. The Hotel Santa Caterina has dancing to live music by the water on Tuesday nights. They have a glass elevator from the hotel high on the cliff. 

We have been watching another Italian mystery series, Murders At Barlume, which was filmed on the Tuscan island of Elba. I do have a thing for Italian islands! This is a beautiful and tiny island further south in the Bay of Naples, Procida.  

We would both love to take a museum trip in Washington, DC. Nothing but fabulous museums!  I don't believe they have a "Museum of Political Demagoguery, Selfish Self-Interest, & Incompetence" as of yet. I think it could be a huge hit!

Image credit: Voglioviverecosi, Starrtreks, efood tours, Italy Magazine, Kayak, Wiki Commons, Naturanda,, City Fam, Bruno Mechi, Miles and Miles, Letitwine, Expedia, Travel Sense, CN Travel

1 comment :

  1. H Dick! We have caught the bug ourselves! After a trip to Europe where we visited Northern Wales (loved it!) London, Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, Annecy in the French Alps, Venice, Florence, Cinque Terra, Orvieto and Rome, I wanted to keep going! We live in California and have seen a good portion of it and the West Coast from Vancouver Canada down to Cabo San Lucas. We are in the midst of planning a trip to Spain (Barcelona, Madrid, Segovia, Granada, Ronda, Tarifa....then over to Tangier Morocco, Chechauen, then back to Seville and some of the Andalusian Hilltop towns, then to Lisbon and Northern Portugal. It sounds a bit ambitious, but we are researching everything now and never stay less than two nights in any one place. So excited to get going! I would love to explore Ireland, Scotland and more of Northern Europe and many places in Asia including India, Thailand, Japan, China.....I could go on and on!