Learnin’ Creole in Antigua
May19

Learnin’ Creole in Antigua

Island Arrival I touch down at a modern airport that began life as a dusty WWII airstrip. The sole immigration officer present carefully looks over my paperwork, but waves me through with a full toothed smile and a few words in a thick local island dialect – “ya mon – have a good time “! It’s my introduction to Antiguan Creole – and after a third go-round I finally understand him. British –...

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Spring Bloom in the Desert
Apr10

Spring Bloom
in the Desert

Desert in “Superbloom”. Subtle – the word best describing this. I grew up in SoCal and trust me, even a subtle “Superbloom” is a rare and noteworthy sight. The same rains that soaked San Diego, make that all of California, gave Anza-Borrego Desert State Park nearly twice its average yearly rainfall this winter. All this led to an explosion of color. Although this year’s display is now beyond its peak, I ventured...

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The Provincetown Welcome
Feb24

The Provincetown Welcome

A Welcoming B&B in Provincetown Excellent times benefited Cape Cod in the early 19th century, and by the late 1800’s Provincetown was the richest port in Massachusetts. Huge incomes were made by hardy men harvesting whales and salting the abundant codfish from which the peninsula got its name. However, fishing brought more than affluence to Provincetown. Early on it brought the employment of Azorean’s to crew fishing...

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Radio.Garden
Jan07

Radio.Garden

I was 12 years old, in early days of analog FM broadcasts, when I bought my first component radio. Many nights were spent tuning in different stations, getting different viewpoints. My favorite: KPPC, broadcasting from high above the Los Angeles basin. Billing itself counterculture and playing long full album-side non-conformist tracks, it was “underground” music. Those were different days, or so I thought, until a friend sent me a...

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Arriving at Land’s End –  A Road Trip to Provincetown
Dec02

Arriving at Land’s End –
A Road Trip to Provincetown

A unique destination, discovered by Vikings and home to descendants of Pilgrims, Provincetown has long been a safe harbor for Portuguese fishermen, American artists and bohemian freethinkers. Known today simply as P’town, it continues to attract those seeking the outdoor, artistic and outside-the-box lifestyles. The Map Embedded above is the intersection between a story and earth orbiting satellites, an interactive Google Map Mashup....

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Walking Montepulciano
Aug19

Walking Montepulciano

“Hear, all ye drinkers! Give ear, and give faith, to our edict divine – Montepulciano’s the King of all Wine!” Bacchus in Tuscany – Francisco Redi, 1685 Using the Map Embedded in this post is an intersection between a story and space age satellites, an interactive Google Mashup Map of Montepulciano. In addition to the map’s standard scaling and scrolling abilities, mashups populate it with...

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Cañon del Colca – The Seed Scatterers of Peru
Aug05

Cañon del Colca – The Seed Scatterers of Peru

Ancient cultures all revere the night skies and many myths revolve around the heavens. One of the oldest in the Andes, and one involving a star cluster generating myths in cultures around the globe, concerns the Pleiades. Cañon del Colca I leave Arequipa early on a modern 16 seat Mercedes-Benz bus bound for the headwaters of the Cañon del Colca. This is the giant gorge cut into the Andes Mountains by the Rio de Colca – a physical...

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Le Crete Senesi  – The Italian Road Trip
Jul10

Le Crete Senesi –
The Italian Road Trip

In his classic road movie La Strada, Anthony Quinn finds adventure driving Italian roads. In Tuscany I found this adventure too… Le Crete Map Driving Le Crete The starting point for the trip begins in Siena, my home base for jet lag recovery and stocking up on road trip supplies. I’m set to leave this UNESCO World Heritage city behind and plunge south into the countryside, at times traveling on roads built over Etruscan...

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Flipping Off the Intensity Switch
May05

Flipping Off the Intensity Switch

On my first visit into New York City I instantly fell in love. I’d always blown through JFK with the quick connection, hurriedly moving on to other destinations. This time my itinerary gave me a full day and night layover so I caught the train into the crowded canyons of Manhattan — it’s actually very simple — to experience first-hand the things that make the material life full. The entertainment, nightlife, sights,...

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Driving into Tuscan/Umbrian Culture
Mar24

Driving into Tuscan/Umbrian Culture

Tuscany and Umbria In all of Italy, Tuscany and Umbria are tops in my book. Friends who’ve visited all tell me they love it and although I normally don’t follow the herd, I have to admit I love it too. To me, Toscana and Umbro epitomize the Italy that travelers’ dream about – with all the intact medieval architecture and towering cyprus-lined lanes, plus wine and the flavors of delectable food. As with any trip time is limited,...

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