Postcards from a solo adventure traveler…
When Sir Bernard Ashley purchased Villa Crawford in 1991, the 80-year old once grand Italianate mansion at the eastern edge of Charlottesville, Virginia, his vision was to restore it into a world-class property where guests would feel at home in a private English country manor. And Keswick Hall was born.
Imagine a gracious historic small town set against the serene rolling hills of Central Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains, home to a thriving artist community and a vibrant cultural life. Welcome to Charlottesville!
This is my first game drive at Motswari Private Game Reserve. We are driving into a tangle of bush so dense I can’t imagine how we are going to get through it, much less see anything of note. Yet we are tracking a leopard…
Mvuu is an environmentally-friendly wilderness lodge located on a lagoon of the Shire River and the only property inside the Liwonde National Park, the premier game viewing destination in Malawi. Its population of elephants is especially dense along the river.
I came to Metz, the historic capital of Lorraine, to visit its innovative new modern arts Pompidou Center. What I discovered was a city of beautifully preserved architectural and artistic treasures spanning two millennia of European history.
It’s an hour’s boat ride to Mumbo Island, a tumble of granitic rock topped by lush miombo woodland located ten kilometers off shore in the heart of the Lake Malawi National park. As we draw near, tiny reed and thatch chalets barely distinguishable from the tangle of trees begin to materialize…
Today we visit Meteora, one of the largest Orthodox monastic complexes in Greece, built from the fourteenth to sixteenth century on gigantic sandstone pillars towering over the Thessaly Plain. Of the original 24 monasteries, only six remain and are still home to small religious communities.
Hard to imagine but the landscape keeps getting more dramatic as we zigzag up and down the dirt roads of the Agrafa, deep in the Evrytania region toward Lake Kremaston, the largest artificial lake in Greece.
It’s Day Two of my Tripology off-road adventure through the mountains of Central Greece. The morning sun is dissipating the last of the early mist as we meander down a country road toward the sea. I marvel at the serenity of the bucolic setting, until Nikos Manolis, our lead driver leads us onto a narrow gravel road.
Even before I ever set foot in the country I knew of its myriad islands and endless coastline. Add a plethora of archeological treasures in various stages of restoration, bountiful dinners of taverna fare and soulful rebetika music. I felt I had Greece covered.
Hard to imagine that any corner of Tuscany could ever escape attention of tourists. But the Casentino Valley, a rural area wedged into the foothills of the Appenine Mountains a mere 50 kilometers east of Florence has managed to remain mainly ignored by visitors.
Today I take to the back roads of Tuscany toward the Val d’Orcia. The region abounds with medieval hill towns with their own important cultural heritage. Among them Siena and her Piazza del Campo, one of the greatest medieval squares in Europe.
I was barely in my teens when travel became a driving force in my life. Now as a travel writer and photographer, I have visited over 45 countries in some of the most photogenic corners of the planet, taking tens of thousands of pictures along the way. With my work, I thrive to capture the natural and cultural uniqueness of each area I visit. Get to know me better…