Travel Notes: Bonaventure Cemetery

Bonaventure means good fortune and this cemetery is one of the most visited places in Savannah.  Located on what was originally a plantation, it ranks among the most beautiful cemeteries in the country.  Old growth oak trees covered in Spanish moss, Victorian grave markers, and gothic sculptures all contribute to its haunting beauty. This place was made famous by the 1994 novel Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt and in the movie directed by Clint Eastwood based on the book.  The Bird Girl statue which appears on the cover photograph of the book was…

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Travel Notes: Savannah, GA

“There are vaster and wealthier cities, but for architectural simplicity, for an indescribable charm about its streets and buildings, its parks and squares, there is but one Savannah.”  – Timothy Harley, a minister who visited Savannah late in the nineteenth century. It seems that I have been forever fascinated by the Low Country since my first sight of big oak trees splendidly draped in gray-green Spanish moss in hot and sultry Jekyll Island many summers ago.  This fascination led me to Charleston and now, Savannah.  I am enamored!  This place is beautiful, romantic, genteel, laid-back, and mysterious all at once.…

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Travel Notes: Charleston, SC

The stars aligned and I finally found my way to Charleston, SC. This city has been on the top spot of my must visit places for a couple of years now and when it finally happened, it did not disappoint. Arriving late in the day, I was glad to have chosen The Grand Bohemian Hotel. Colorful, laid back, whimsical, stylish and unexpected, the aesthetics of this place appealed to me in a big way.     The hotel was a short block away from historic King Street where you can shop at familiar top brands or unique boutiques. Charleston…

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Travel Notes: Boston, MA

I did a day trip to Boston last week and had a couple of hours after my meetings to explore the Freedom Trail before catching my flight back home. The Freedom Trail is a 2.5-mile-long path through downtown Boston that winds between Boston Common to the Bunker Hill Monument in Charlestown.  It passes by 16 locations significant to the history of the country: Boston Common, Massachusetts State House, Park Street Church, Granary Burying Ground, King’s Chapel and King’s Chapel Burying Ground, Boston Latin School Site/ Benjamin Franklin Statue, Old Corner Bookstore, Old South Meeting House, Old State House, Boston…

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Travel Notes: New York, NY

New York is said to be the most photographed city and for good reason. Regardless of how often I am here, there is always something new to see. When seen through the eyes of my young child, even the most familiar becomes special all over again. Brooklyn Bridge Statue of Liberty Top of the Rock New York Stock Exchange Flat Iron District One World Trade Center  

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When Pope Francis Came to Philadelphia

Philadelphia was graced by the visit of Pope Francis this past weekend. Although I did not get a chance to see him in person, watching and listening to him in the comfort of my home moved me nonetheless. I appreciated his gentleness, kindness, and humility. Philadelphia was in a rare form as well. Despite the influx of visitors from all over the world (unless you were in the heart of the scheduled events) the city has never been as quiet, still, and peaceful as it was during the Pope’s visit. The streets were open only to pedestrians and cyclists.…

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Philly Cheesesteak

Philadelphia is getting ready for Pope Francis’ visit next week. Banners, murals, and “special deals” (there was a cheeky sign “Look Dope for the Pope” in front of the salon I go to today) commemorating the Pope’s visit are everywhere. For non-Philly residents coming to the city for this monumental event, I found this article from the June/July issue of AFAR Magazine about one of the things this city is known for — cheesesteak.

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Travel Notes: Big Sur to Napa Valley

Hello friends! We are back on the East Coast – tired, a bit jet lagged, but happy to be home. We went away with an idea that we wanted to drive the Pacific Coast Highway but kept the rest of the itinerary loose. The end result was just the right mix of relaxation, exploration, and amazing time spent with family and friends. Here are some of the highlights in pictures: Santana Row   Santa Cruz   Big Sur   Carmel By The Sea   Monterey   Muir Woods Napa Valley    

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