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Memories of Capri, Italy

Marina Beach

This morning I read in the New York Times about NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio's current holiday to Capri, Italy. I thought it was amusing that even on vacation, he maintains his "every man" public persona by staying at a modest hotel at Ana Capri-- not even on the main glamorous island of Capri itself. He and his family eat at simple restaurants, and they took the (gasp!) public ferry from Naples. In contrast, the reporter writes about Cameron Diaz, … [Read more...]

The World Cup Is Over…What’s Next For Brazil?


The short answer? The 2016 Summer Olympics. The 2014 World Cup has come to a close, and the consensus is in. After many months of doubt, dismay, and apprehension around the world that Brazil would not be able to handle it-- the World Cup for the country has been a success, some visitors say the best they have ever experienced. Things ran smoothly, tourists were happy, the complaints were minimal, as were the expected protests. Brazil proved … [Read more...]

The Original Wanderer – Madeline in New York


This past 4th of July weekend, the New-York Historical Society opened Madeline in New York, an exhibit of the work of Ludwig Bemelmans, the author and illustrator of of the beloved Madeline children's books that were written from 1939 - 1961. Madeline was one storybook character who captured my attention as a little girl. She was from New York City, Gramercy Park to be exact, and attended an all-girls Catholic boarding school in Paris, France. … [Read more...]

Cherry Blossom Season in Washington DC


This past weekend Lulu and I took Amtrak's Acela train from New York to Washington, DC in time for the peak of their Cherry Blossom Season. The Cherry Blossom Festival is an annual event, and apparently Washington was the most crowded it has ever been for the celebrations. We avoided the usual parades and festivities to take the time to enjoy DC on a leisurely level, but making it just to SEE the trees was an event in itself. It was a walk to the … [Read more...]

Beautiful Ruins in Bacolod City


There is a special place outside of the city of Bacolod in Talisay City, Negros Occidental, Philippines. It's the shell of an old mansion from the early 20th century, built on a former sugar plantation over 1000 acres (440 hectares) large. The touching story behind the mansion is that it was built by a sugar baron in memory of his beloved wife, who died in an accident while pregnant with their 11th child (who also died with her.) With 10 kids … [Read more...]