Savannah morning walk

I have always thought that taking a tour of any city, that we have come to visit and get to know better, is a good idea. Learning a little history and a lay of the land sets us up for the rest of the stay. The Savannah Visitor’s Center is right off the highway on…

Seattle’s Chinatown

I spent a few years living in the Orient, so whenever I have the chance to reconnect to familiar Chinese sounds, smells and architecture I make a point of reserving an afternoon to tour. Not all Chinatowns are created equally, and that would be true for Seattle’s. I crave the hustle and bustle of people…

Can Fabulous St. Maarten Become Mundane?

I guess I shouldn’t complain, we are retired so we have no time pressure to move on. Spending time in St. Maarten is really not a punishment even if I sometimes view it as such. We have lived here for several years but I haven’t written much about this lovely Caribbean island.  It has become so…

The Bucket, St. Barths

I lament the changes that have taken place in the America’s Cup, originally organized as a two out of three race between two yachts clubs who each entered single hull sailing vessels between 20 to 27 meters. The speed of these fabulous boats increased dramatically in 2010, when the rules changed, allowing multihulls to compete. Soon,…

Quick passage to St. Barth

After cruising the Caribbean for five years, I would say that there are two kinds of cruisers; the ones who love to sail and can’t stay in one place for too long and then the ones who spend weeks or even months on the same island and really get to know the people and the…

The Quieter Side of Newport

I won’t try to convince you that the best time to go to Newport is in the fall or winter. We loved to visit in the summer. We  moored in the harbor and would take a quick water taxi  directly into town. The price of mooring for the night was cheaper than the cost of…

New England Stonewalls

We have not been to New England in the fall since we sold our Connecticut home in 2011.  When an unexpected problem came up and we had to go back suddenly, I thought, we could make this trip fun. I’ve never thought anywhere can be as beautiful as the Northeast of the US during October…

Kos, Greece

Sailing the southeast islands of Greece and the western coast of Turkey reminds me a bit of sailing the Virgin Islands. The next harbor is only a few hours away. Start your day with coffee in hand and you can be at the next stop for lunch. And during the busy season, you have to…

Symi, Greece

Symi, Greece – From a half mile out of the harbor, the colorful homes that climb the steep hills sparkled in the sun light reflected the warm golden tones of many of the buildings. This island, where every house is known by its name, brings the history of the towns and its people to the…