Five Steps to Combat Jet Lag When Arriving in Auckland New Zealand

The perfect remedy for jet lag experienced on arrival to Auckland, New Zealand involves following five simple steps. Step 1: Take a nonstop flight to Auckland arriving early morning, and head straight to the ferry to Waiheke Island.  You might have the ferry to yourself. Step 2: Check into a boutique hotel that captures the … Read more

Puglia & Basilicata: “New” Destinations in “Old” Italy

It’s time to update your Italy bucket list to include Puglia (particularly the towns of Lecce, Ostuni, Alberobello and Polignano a Mare) and the town of Matera in the region of Basilicata (Matera is a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its historical center called “Sassi”). Puglia is in southern Italy on the Adriatic Coast, … Read more

Perspectives on South Africa

A recent visit to South Africa had some eerie similarities to favorite haunts in Northern California: Stunning, fog-draped city by the bay (Cape Town vs. San Francisco) Vibrant waterfront (Victoria & Albert vs. Fisherman’s Wharf & Ghirardelli); Former island prison and museum that are now popular tourist attractions (Robben Island/Apartheid Museum vs. Alcatraz); Internationally recognized … Read more