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28 Aug

Meditations #91

Meet the beauty of tea. The Way of Tea is an active meditation, a practice that has evolved over time from a relaxed gathering into the carefully...

27 Aug

The Treasures of Dominican Republic’s Northern Coast

  DR’s south coast has always been the go to beach with its Caribbean waters, golf courses, all inclusive resorts and, indeed, some...

18 Jul

La Vida Portugues

  Just returned from a family trip to Portugal, a destination that surprised me with its lack of pretension, its keen sense of aesthetics...

25 Jun

Meditation #90

Her name is Mabel, from the Latin, Amabilis, meaning loving, lovable, beautiful. Mabel is an orphan –  loving, lovable and beautiful. 100...

14 Jun

Guntu: The Floating Ryokan

  Guntu is the name for the little blue crabs that snag in the fishermen’s nets, crabs that are not valued for their meat –...

7 Jun

John Derian Goes West

John Derian is a treasure.  It’s not that there aren’t many with talent and vision because there are,  the world over.  But Derian...

12 May

Provence: A Timeless Region

Provence in the Spring and Fall are magical times. Before the tourists arrive in full force, it still moves at its own pace.  I have been visiting...

27 Apr

Les Sources de Caudalie

A family-owned 5* inn, Les Sources de Caudalie, is located just outside of Bordeaux among the in the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte....

26 Apr

Meditations #89

We can travel through art — deep into the landscape of a Renaissance master, gracefully along the curve of a calligrapher’s hand,...

31 Mar

Meditations #88

Africa is much more than a geographical expression. What binds this ancient continent’s vastly disparate peoples is a world view rooted in...

23 Feb

Meditations #87

There may be a creeping sameness to the world, but just beneath the monotony lie cultures painted with their own colors and styles. In each...

22 Dec

Meditations #86

There are places, just as there are hosts, who receive you just as you are, asking nothing more than an inquiring mind and a gentle spirit. Bring...

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