Travel Notes: Virginia and Washington, DC

Source:   Last week, I was in Virginia and DC for an overnight trip that included a lunch event at Dogfish Head Alehouse in Fairfax, VA followed by a guided tour of the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, VA. This Dulles aerospace extension of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in DC is immense and displays historic air and space crafts such as the Enola Gay (Boeing B-29 Superfortress that dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan), the Space Shuttle Discovery, Air France Concorde, and Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird. After the aerospace tour, I had another… View Post

Travel Notes: Vizcaya & Wynwood Walls, Miami, FL

It has been a beautiful Spring season so far in Philadelphia with just the right temperature, plenty of gentle sunshine, and bright blue skies. The city is especially pretty this time of year with cherry blossoms and other flowering trees in full glory. Every weekend – every day in fact – has been a gift filled with outdoor activities and family time. I was in Miami early last week where the sun was bright and the humidity high. I got plenty of much needed vitamin (D) sunshine, for sure. Despite the hot and humid climate, I went about exploring… View Post

Travel Notes: Inner Harbor in Baltimore, MD

I’m not a spontaneous person and deciding to go for an overnight trip in the middle of the work week to a city two hours away – yes, I know, in the whole scheme of things, two hours is nothing – was out of character. It was a beautiful Spring day when we visited the Inner Harbor in Baltimore, Maryland. We leisurely walked around, feasted on crab cakes, and visited the National Aquarium. It was such a precious family time and well worth the spontaneity.         View Post

Philly: Washington Avenue Green

There’s still a slight chill in the air but the days are definitely longer. The outdoors was calling so we went for a walk on Washington Avenue Green. It’s nice to be next to the water, tucked away from the zipping cars on Delaware Avenue, with views of the city and the ships. It’s definitely an urban scene with a promise of becoming a green oasis for walkers, joggers, and runners. In addition to the restoration work to make Washington Avenue Green a place for people to enjoy the waterfront, it is also the site of a historical study… View Post

Travel Notes: New Orleans, LA

“In the spring of 1988, I returned to New Orleans, and as soon as I smelled the air, I knew I was home. It was rich, almost sweet, like the scent of jasmine and roses around our old courtyard. I walked the streets, savoring that long lost perfume.” ― Anne Rice, Interview with the Vampire I was in New Orleans years ago to run a conference attended by 600 + people at one of the large hotels on Canal Street. It was my first time in the Big Easy and I remember looking with awe as the plane descended… View Post

Travel Notes: For The Love of Butterflies in Valle de Bravo, Mexico

BUTTERFLIES are loved and have a very special place in our hearts and home … This time last year, we went on a meaningful journey to a town named Valle de Bravo which is 90 miles southwest of Mexico City. Inspired by the breathtaking imagery in the movie “Flight of the Butterflies” we set out to see the monarch butterfly reserve at Piedra Herrada Sanctuary. As many as 60 million to one billion (the numbers have dwindled in recent years) monarch butterflies migrate a distance of 2,500 miles each year from eastern Canada to the forests of western central… View Post