lights show where the wall once divided berlin

when the wall came tumbling down

I am in Berlin to party!  Not in night clubs but in the streets… 30 years ago the wall came tumbling down. “This November 9 is a historic day” announced anchorman Hanns Joachim Friedrich. “The GDR has announced that, starting…

The Grand Bazaar Istanbul

the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

I was born to shop, even when I don’t buy a thing!  The thrill is in the hunt, the journey, the adventure. And no place is more fun than the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. There are over 4000 shops in…

Panarea from the water

why i love panarea

Panarea saved me. My son Hunter had just had open heart and lung surgery. The prognosis was good but there were no assurances he would survive. Corrado said come to Panarea; stay with us. We hopped on a plane to…

dinner at Aqua Pazza. Ponza

put ponza on your list

 Small, inconspicuous Ponza; my perfect island escape  Ok, so not exactly undiscovered. Romans have been coming here for centuries.  But it is way less crowded than nearby Capri and Ischia. And way cheaper. The shopping is not as posh; the…

the famous ferris wheel

visit vienna…11 places to see

Vienna is one of those wonderful places that should be on everyone’s list. It was the capital of the Habsburg Empire for 600 years. This family was not shy about spending or building. The result is one beautiful city filled…

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