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Where is Machu Picchu? Somewhere in South America, right? I’ll admit Machu Picchu’s exact location was a bit fuzzy to me before we visited last month. This world famous Inca city is located in Peru in the Cusco Region nestled among gigantic mountains...read more
The intriguing history and beautiful traditions of Kyoto, the cultural capital of Japan, stretch back over 12 centuries, but how does a first-time visitor choose which to see among the Kyoto's 1,600 Buddhist temples and 400 Shinto shrines? April Orcutt describes her...read more
To get the true feeling of traditional Japanese culture... as it’s evolved over the centuries stay in a small inn called a ryokan. The key word that goes with “ryokan” is “service.” I certainly received the best and most personal hotel service I’ve ever had in two...read more
My family and I always learn so much on a trip, especially if we have a good guide. On our recent Peru trip, Ernesto, our very-well educated, and friendly guide, gave us A crash course in Pre-Columbian History and Andean cultures. Story telling makes history come...read more
Machu Picchu has been at the top of our "Bucket List" for years. Last August my daughter and I finally made that dream come true with the help of Disney Adventures. Did you know that Disney has launched land tours on six continents? We joined the Peru trip, which...read more
When we traveled on a family vacation to Yellowstone and onward to Cody, Wyoming we spotted bear along the road, caught fish in lakes, hiked, and attended our first Western Rodeo with riders, ropers, bull riders and bronc busters from all over the country. We...read more
Learning to shed extra baggage is a mother’s dilemma. My career involves frequent travel and often for extended periods, making me vulnerable to self-doubt and guilt. I questioned about my role as a parent. Was I a good mother? A good enough mother? Was my...read more
I drive across the bridge several times a week and never tire of its moods, magnificence and changing faces. Here are some of the best viewing spots. Those listed below are all free and open to the public. Note for out-of-towners: San Francisco can be very windy,...read more
The America’s Cup Races in San Francisco Bay. Explore its Maritime Past and Kayak, Sail, Rocket Boat, or Cruise in the Bay.
Ever since majestic clipper ships transported hordes of gold-seeking “49ers” to her shores, San Francisco has been a legendary port-of-call. From rousing sea chanteys to historical walking tours, the tale of San Francisco's coming-of-age is most eloquently told in...read more
My family and I couldn’t wait to vacation in Southern Thailand where the weather is almost always sunny and deliciously warm. The ocean is calm and clear. That’s where my husband, two daughters and I joined many other North Americans, Europeans and Australians. We had...read more
Travel is, or can be, as much an inward as an outward experience, and mine proved to involve an important inner dimension. Cut off from all of my support systems, I was tested in some rather wild situations. I learned a great deal about myself – how to be alone, how...read more
You may know San Francisco for its famous Golden Gate Bridge, world class performing arts and museums, and cuisine, but don’t forget that you can play golf too. Here are some examples of how far a day – and night – in San Francisco can take you. Don’t miss the Back 9...read more