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

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

The Romance of the Amalfi Coast, Italy

It’s hard to resist at least a short visit to Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Positano, Ravello and the town of Amalfi are all popular and breathtaking. If you can, avoid the summer months (spring and fall are a bit less crowded). A driver is recommended–you can relax and enjoy the views along the coast and leave … Read moreThe Romance of the Amalfi Coast, Italy

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 morePerspectives on South Africa