Would You Live In A Haunted House?

The New York State Ghostbuster Law We drove to Nyack to see the house on the right at the dead end street overlooking the Hudson River. It’s haunted. In 1991, a couple in contract to buy it, suddenly wanted their down payment returned when they learned the house had ghosts. They had to take the… Continue reading Would You Live In A Haunted House?

Saugerties Lighthouse: This Hotel Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Imagined!

Saugerties Lighthouse (built in 1869) to signal ships on the river that the town’s harbor was here. It’s now a hotel. Before going sightseeing in town, check if the high tide will prevent you from returning to your hotel. On my Instagram post (further below), one person couldn’t believe the hotel would let you be… Continue reading Saugerties Lighthouse: This Hotel Is Like Nothing You’ve Ever Imagined!

The House By The Railroad, Or, Feelings Of Loneliness & Isolation

Edward Hopper is a painter I discovered when I moved to the United States. His paintings are full of lonely scenes, even when there are people together, and somehow your imagination always fills in the story. You probably have seen this one above. A late-night restaurant filled with lonely people. (Image is available to publish… Continue reading The House By The Railroad, Or, Feelings Of Loneliness & Isolation

Tartines: Delicious, Healthy, Simple to Prepare

I had never even heard of a tartine before being seated in the restaurant Le Pain Quotidien last July. The restaurant had been highly recommended by two Insta-friends: Claudia, who visited one in Mexico City and Preethi, who visited one in Madrid. Preethi told us we could go to a right here in New York… Continue reading Tartines: Delicious, Healthy, Simple to Prepare

Fun Day for Wine Lovers: Concha Y Toro Vineyard in Chile

The moment you begin researching your trip to Chile, you’ll come across different tours of the Concha Y Toro vineyard. This cloudy, cold July day did not look like a great day to tour fields of grapes, but they say a glass of wine warms the heart on days like these. We bundled up and got in the… Continue reading Fun Day for Wine Lovers: Concha Y Toro Vineyard in Chile

Costa Rica With Caravan Tours, part 2

The Nicaraguan border

Rio Frío Cruise to Nicaragua, War and... Relaxation It was early in the morning and we were headed to Los Chiles, a border town close to Nicaragua where we boarded a river boat on the Rio Frío (the Cold River). Rolando pointed out howler monkeys and spider monkeys in the trees, caiman in the river,… Continue reading Costa Rica With Caravan Tours, part 2

Costa Rica With Caravan Tours

When I showed Dan the small Caravan Tours ad in Real Simple magazine, he immediately began reading dozens of glowing Trip Advisor reviews and, within the hour, we began our way through the booking process for our Costa Rica tour vacation. This would be our first group tour since we like to explore on our… Continue reading Costa Rica With Caravan Tours