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Dubrovnik walls

After a long history of being a Communist regime, war with Serbia, and reconstruction, Croatia has become a hot destination, and it definitely deserves its moment in the spotlight.

Halema'uma'u Crater, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Pausing at an intersection on foot, I look left and then right, contemplating my next step down Alii Drive, the main street that passes through the ocean-front village town Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. A bearded man in a Harley-Davidson shirt takes notice. 

“Anywhere you go is okay,” he says knowingly.

airline travel 1950s

A year ago, a surge of headlines about the “knee defender,” a $22 device, made the news. When air travelers attach the knee defender to their tray table, the seat in front of them can’t recline. While some view the device as a way to protect personal space, others see it as a misguided way to infringe on other people’s right to recline their seats.   

Uffizi Gallery

Nestled in the hills of Tuscany, Florence, or Firenze, as it’s known to Italians, was the birthplace of the Renaissance. Michelangelo, Leonardo, and Botticelli all lived in Florence, as did literary greats like Dante Alighieri and Giovanni Boccaccio.  

The Colosseum

Known as the eternal city, Rome has withstood invasions, civil wars, and plagues. In modern times, the euro has replaced the lira and technology threatens to rush a culture predicated on “la dolce vita” (the sweet life). Despite that, Rome is a place where remnants of ancient history and the Renaissance peacefully coexist within a very modern, vibrant city.

Vancouver

When you hear the phrase “The Pacific Northwest,” the first thought this part of the world  probably conjures up is rain. But while it does rain a lot in winter, it’s a great vacation destination when the rainy season is over. You’ll enjoy moderate weather, outstanding natural beauty, a laid-back atmosphere, and an incredible variety of cuisines.

Gordes village in Provence, France.

Provence contains a wide range of geography, everything from Alpine mountains to some of the chicest beaches in the world, like Cannes and St. Tropez. 

Jane Durrell onboard the Ryndam ocean liner, 1953.

"Life on board ship is my life, and obviously I was born in Indiana by a fluke,” I wrote in a letter to my parents in 1953, a letter that miraculously came to hand all these years later.  Air travel then was exotic and, at least to me, a little scary.

Writer and traveler Jane Durrell with grandson William in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe is its own place. Walking its inviting streets, you are not likely to think, “Oh, this reminds me of Dayton, Ohio. Or San Francisco. Or Indianapolis.” I was in Santa Fe recently—not for the first time—and found it as individual and pleasurable as on my previous visits.