Things to do in Chicago this Weekend in the Bustling Loop

It’s amazing how a little adjustment of routine can refresh your entire view on your home town. Towards the end of January, as the winter sets in and the glittering distractions of the holiday [...]


Tropics in the Tundra at Garfield Park Conservatory in Chicago

It’s an early, bone rattling winter in Chicago – already more than 20 degrees below average, and it’s only December! Coupled with the darkest week of the year (hey Solstice!), we needed a [...]


Searching for the best hidden places to visit in Italy

Etruscan villas, Roman palazzi, Renaissance castles and even coastal campgrounds all prove one thing: those Italians sure love their vacations! We’ve been exploring the hidden corners of this [...]

Travel to Cuba facts for U.S. Citizens Visiting for the First Time

Cuba is a fascinating country – tantalizingly close, but out of reach for American vacationers for so long, its carried an air of mystery and adventure for decades. As trade and travel [...]


24 Hours in Havana Cuba while on a Cruise in the Caribbean

Havana is a complex city that continues to reveal itself year after year. Founded in 1515, it’s replete with Renaissance, Baroque, Neo Classical and Art Deco architecture, reflecting its wealth [...]


Watercolor Travel Journal – Keeping memories alive long after the trip

“I never travel without my diary. One should always have something sensational to read in the train.” — Oscar Wilde I was 19 years old when I first read that line, already two years into my [...]


Day Trips from Florence: Off the Beaten Path in Italy

Tuscany has been inhabited for millennia, farmed and occupied and traversed, it’s a well worn yet endlessly enchanting landscape. It is named for an ancient, mysterious civilization, traces of [...]


How to survive traveling with friends and stay friends

We were two friends that had met well before children were an option – before marriage was even on the horizon, in fact. Over the years, our situations changed – Keryn now has a [...]