Exploring the Magic at Rancho La Puerta

Within hours of arriving at Rancho La Puerta in Tecate, Mexico, I was circling the word “exploring” and declaring it my intention for the week. Sitting in a workshop called Setting Your Ranch Intention: Tips for a Magical Week, I was expecting tips like, “Stay hydrated!” or “Try Gyrokenesis!” Instead, Jill, the warm and engaging facilitator, worked us through a series of questions that centered around our reasons for coming to one of the premiere wellness spots in North America, this venerable spa with soul that I had heard about for years. Jill wanted us to identify our goals for the week in terms of … Read more…

Paris in the Spring: Art, History, Walking Tours and Memories

Last spring, my son Colin and I went to Paris– he for the first time; me for the first time in over 25 years. (How did that happen, Life?) We spent five days there, exploring some Parisian classics and some new neighborhoods. I was doing some research for a novel I’ve written set in Paris (Publication date, TBD. But it’s coming out, people, I promise). Colin was finishing up a semester abroad in Greece & Italy and was a willing companion on my book research as long as it didn’t involve getting up too early. Has Paris changed in the last … Read more…

Fab New Old Stuff: Our Tour of Imperial & Renaissance Rome plus Pompeii

My son Colin and I are back from our European Odyssey  —  a 10-day trip to Rome and Paris. Colin was brimming with confidence and knowledge after a term studying abroad in Greece and Florence. And I was happy to be back in these beautiful cities after 25 years. Traveling with a college kid is different (Early morning start times are not too popular; Pizza in Rome counts as a gourmet meal.) but we found a rhythm and shared interests for a fantastic five days in Rome. We focused our sightseeing on Imperial and Renaissance Rome with a day trip to Pompeii. … Read more…

The Rome List: What I’m Packing, Watching, Reading & Planning for my Trip

I’m off to Rome! (And Paris, but let’s tackle Rome first…) I haven’t been to Rome in almost 30 years, when I was post-college and pre-real job. I had a few things going for me at the time– a pretty good handle on conversational Italian, a previous visit a few years earlier, a degree in Classics and a Blue Guide and fantastic cardio conditioning after a year of skiing and waitressing. But pretty much no money, no game plan and a suitcase full of all the wrong clothes.  This time, I’ll be traveling with my 20 year-old son Colin who … Read more…