THE WORLD IS FULL OF WONDER.

Every experience is unique to the beholder. Use my experiences as a traveler to forge your own adventures. Beyond the tourist highlights featured in a guidebook is a traveler who wants to be among the locals, eat the food, try to speak in a foreign tongue—really experience the culture.

Each story is a pebble in my journey. What does yours look like? Each pebble finds its place among the mosaic—each unique, yet with common elements. Similarly, we often find among our vast and varied lives and cultures more commonalities than differences. Where will you go?

Find your mosaic of pebbles. Discover and appreciate the wonder of our shared planet.

Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.

Ibn Battuta

Streamlining Our Life: Less Things Means More Experiences

A Personal Journey—How downsizing upgraded our lives and revealed what’s really important to us, in this moment. It may seem counterintuitive, particularly for an architectural designer amid a pandemic, to sell our house and move into an apartment. But that’s exactly what we did. We let go of the “American dream.” As homeowners for the…

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Vatican City - museum courtyard

Travel Guide: Vatican City

The world’s smallest country is also home to the Pope. However, not only Catholics make their pilgrimage to the Vatican, but people from around the world come in droves. Vatican City is a city-state politically separate from, but geographically surrounded by the city of Rome. The Vatican’s 3 main attractions Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, and…

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Travel Guide: How Florence Inspires a Higher Standard and ‘Slow Tourism’

Stunning architecture and sculpted masterpieces, natural regional food and wine—Florence is sure to delight your perspective alongside your tastebuds. No wonder it’s such a popular destination. You really can’t help but fall in love with Florence. Italian Pride and Passion: Learn about Italian quality. Florentine Beauty Abounds: Discover the hot spots. A New Look Beyond…

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Florence, Italy: Currently Closed. Our Recent Visit Affirmed the Need for Sustainable Tourism.

Today the jewelry and souvenir shops lining the Ponte Vecchio—in medieval stalls once occupied by tanners, farmers, and butchers—are closed until further notice. For several weeks now, response to the Coronavirus global pandemic has shut down many businesses throughout the world deemed non-essential. Tourist destinations have been the most vulnerable to the virus, and Italy…

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