total eclipse of the sun

When your friend, who you swear was James Bond in an earlier life and his equally fabulous wife and daughter invite you to hop on their plane and go see the eclipse it is pretty hard to say no. So, I didn’t.

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calanoa amazonas

Seems gap years are absolutely not for hanging out with your mother. So I was particularly pleased when Jack agreed to spend two weeks of his surprisingly action packed year traveling with me. We met in Bogota. Then we headed 1000 km south to the small town of Leticia right where Brazil, Peru and Colombia…

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julie in wonderland

Magic does exist. I found it in the woods of Eigensinn Farms last Sunday when I was invited to Michael Stadtlander’s PineSpiel Project. I thought it was just lunch, albeit a 12-course lunch. It was so much more. Yes there was pine. And food… fabulous, creative and unbelievably delicious food including the best duck I’ve…

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great to be peter

When Peter the Great visited Versailles he thought, “I want one”. I’ve always thought the same thing.   An upside of being Tsar is that you actually can have one. When Peter returned from his 1717 stay in France, he began expanding on the small, for a tsar, island complex he called Peterhof, determined to have…

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lama temple

I have discovered what Buddhists have apparently known for centuries… size does matter. On a freezing morning in my first February, with guidebook in hand, I visited the Lama Temple.  I hoped to find respite from the biting Beijing winter and bustling crowds that fear no weather. I knew from my guidebook that the temple…

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