Category: Adventuring

Will Iceland Be Too Cold for You?

Don't let the weather deter you; dress appropriately when visiting Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Dark Days and Snow Still Lure Tourists   Opting to visit Iceland on a whim, in December when the days are dark and cold, I fret that maybe the weather will be so miserable I won’t have a good time.…

The Things We Do to Coffee Beans

A Visit to a Costa Rican Coffee Farm With limited time for leisure activities on a business trip to Costa Rica, I skip the beach and head, for part of my day, to a coffee farm. Why? Because I like…

Should You Just Stay Home?

When world events seem so alarming, should you just stay home? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

What to Do When Feeling Threatened by World Events On days when the news seems to be reporting that the world is crumbling, that our own personal peacefulness could possibly be at risk, when certain acts of violence, random or…

Born on the Fourth of July . . .

Statue of Nathaniel Hawthorne in Salem, Mass. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Nathaniel Hawthorne, author of The Scarlet Letter and The House of the Seven Gables, was born on July 4, 1804, in Salem, Mass. —Lori Tripoli ~Advertisement~   ~Advertisement~ Planning a trip to Salem, Mass.? You might like these posts: Bonus History…

Should You Take the Kids to Murano?

Windows beckon in Murano, but should travelers with children enter glass shops? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Do Youthful Adventurers and Glass Really Mix? The first time I make my way to Murano, the Youthful Adventurer, around 13 at the time, marvels at our vaporetto ride across the Venetian Lagoon and then fidgets as we visit glass…

Benjamin Franklin for Any Age

A statue of U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in the National Postal Museum in Washington, D.C. Photo credit: L. Tripoli

Finding a Founding Father at the National Postal Museum U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin offers something of interest to just about everyone. The younger set tends to be drawn to his kite-flying exploits, elders might explore his history with bifocals,…

Dust, Chariots, Spas, Pompeii

A bath in Pompeii. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

A Visit to the City Buried by a Volcano The first time I go to Pompeii, the journey is work: a missed train from Salerno to Pompei, followed by a train that surely must be the local rather than anything…

The Mystery of Volcanoes

The blue-green hue at the edge of the Poas Volcano in Costa Rica. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

The Lure of Hot Lava Living in New York State, as I do, I haven’t historically had to worry much about volcanoes and the possibility that they might at some point obstruct my way, or worse. The first time I…

Le Penseur Two Ways

Street art in New York City's Little Italy: A version of Auguste Rodin's Le Penseur with a contemporary twist Photo credit: M. Ciaardini

In New York or Paris, Rodin’s Sculpture Charms What sculpture might be as well-known as the Statue of Liberty? Could it be Auguste Rodin’s Le Penseur (The Thinker), accessible at the Musée Rodin in Paris and, with a contemporary twist…