Iceland in January? Absolutely!

Sun Voyager in Reykjavik, IcelandWe’ve all heard the story: Greenland is really covered in ice, while Iceland is really green, named such by Vikings to ward off potential settlers. Well, that’s a myth—in more ways than one. Iceland truly is icy, at least if you visit in winter. But that’s no reason to avoid this country in colder months, as Nicole and I learned during our stay last year during the dead of January.

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Favorite Photos: Up In the Clouds

Alps cloudsOnce I saw this week’s #FriFotos theme was clouds, I eagerly volunteered to take it on. I’ve been fascinated with clouds – and the sky, stars, moon, etc – since I was a child. There is something very appealing about clouds. They can be wispy, fluffy, lighter than air. Or dark, threatening, and ominous. Here are a few of my favorite cloud pics. Continue reading

Favorite Photos: Foodie Paradise

chocolate dessert in AustriaIf there’s one thing I love as much as travel, it’s food. (Okay, and cocktails. And wine.) So with today’s #FriFotos theme of “treats”, my mind went to one thing and one thing only: all the delicious meals I’ve enjoyed during my trips! From a solo sushi dinner in Las Vegas, to apple strudel in Austria, to a crisp, cold beer at 9 a.m. on the island of Roatan, food and drink make for some wonderful travel memories. Continue reading

Don’t Miss: Iceland’s Golden Circle

When you visit Iceland in January, your options are somewhat limited. Don’t get me wrong: There’s still plenty to do (and everything looks so pretty with a dusting—or more—of snow). But it’s highly recommended that, because of the unpredictability of the weather and the possibility of road closings, visitors don’t rent a car in winter. Fortunately, if you’ve got to take a tour, Iceland is a great place to do it. The tours run frequently, are well organized, and, perhaps best of all, will pick you up and drop you off right at your hotel. Continue reading

Favorite Photos: Bird’s Eye View

This week’s #FriFotos theme is “rooftops”, which turns out to be much more fun than I’d anticipated. Roofs give us perspective: Whether we’re gazing up at them or taking in a near-aerial view of them from the sky, they remind us that we’re really so small compared to the rest of the universe. Here are some of my favorite rooftop shots from my travels. Continue reading

Ocean View

NewburyportGrowing up minutes from the ocean was a gift. I spent summers swimming in frigid Atlantic waters at beaches like Wingaersheek, Nahant, Revere, and York. I can’t imagine living in a landlocked state. In fact, I forget that there are people who have never experienced waves crashing upon the shore, smelled the salty air coming off the water, or heard the hungry cries of seagulls. Even though I live less than a quarter-mile from the beach, ocean views world-wide never fail to impress. Here are a few favorite ocean shots. Continue reading

Seeing Sounds: A Musical Journey

For some, looking at vacation pics instantly take them back to the moment they took the shot – strolling along the Left Bank, hiking Macchu Picchu, or taking in the majestic sights of the Grand Canyon. For me, music is the vehicle. I can hear a song, and instantly be transported somewhere special. Lately I’ve been reflecting on the link between music and travel, and how certain songs can take me someplace exciting. Continue reading