wanders, looks and news

  • minnesota meander

    Good-ol Minnesota, the backyard of the US. A destination long on my to-do list in late summer or early fall. When the comfortably warm days turn to comfortably cool evenings.
  • sicilian summer

    Having visited both now I confirmed what I had long suspected, hoped, and dreamed. A modest approach to visiting Italy, void of highly pretentious moods and wildly priced eating and hotels.
  • thailand yin & yang

    Thailand. There is nothing easy about it, the approval process is a week of solid homework, the flight is a grueling 22hrs
  • porto a diary entry

    Upon landing, as with any Euro travel, it began with a heightened state of dreaminess. No doubt equal parts both from a 10hr flight and the eagerness of a much-anticipated visit. A dreaminess nonetheless and one that lingers in the memory long after.
  • san pancho pleasure

    There is few destinations that elicit a drifter spirit quite like Mexico; for Americans at least. From age-old story telling, to music and films it...
  • greece at last

    Greece...what a place, everything I'd hoped for and so, so much more. But this would not have been truly imagined at a single location. And most ce...
  • los alamos wine trail

    Lets be honest, anywhere that has to do with wine can typically be a bit pretentious and less down-to-earth than you'd expect from the artisan spir...
  • scottsdale scooch

    Its long been known as a college town and for baseball training. But the truth is, Scottsdale, old town that is, is like a funky Southwest Palm Springs. As opposed to a Hollywood influence, Southwest is the prevalent influence both traditionally and modernly throughout the towns art, architecture, ambiance and mood. Not to mention some great food and hikes to burn it off. 
  • clearwater beach discoverd

    Between the pool, the softest beach sand ever, like flour, you'll enjoy great pull up seafood lunch and drinks at Beach Fire Grill and dinner sunset at Frenchy's. Your days will read much like the friendly and easy going nature of an Adam Sandler vacation movie. With all the mix of characters included.
  • new orleans fall stroll

    Aww New Orleans. A hugely miss represented pleasure from my perspective. Yes you can visit and easily find your way into drunken debauchery. But the place has some great approaches for visits otherwise. Particularly for a weekend visit during the fall for perfect weather and Covids crowd reduction effect. Thus allowing for a calm and enjoyed stroll through the Big Easy's preferred stops.
  • a day in la

    Head back downtown to a room at one of downtown's newest hotels: Hotel Figueroa. A unbeatable value, with on-point styling and one-of-few hotels with a functioning pool, bar and restaurant in downtown. A true oasis in the concrete jungle of Downtown LA.
  • puerto vallarta old town adventure

    I had been to PV several times before but this time I felt like I did it right. First, you have to stay in Old Town, you have to. You really miss the charm of PV without. And just popping-in-and-out from the hotel zone doesn't provide what your looking for. You need to walk through the vibrant neighborhood after dinner, at one of many great restaurants, on the way back to your hotel. And you defiantly need to wake up there early, grab a fresh cup and walk the charm.