Edward Hopper: Loneliness & Isolation; We Stepped Into His World

Edward Hopper’s paintings are full of lonely scenes, even when there are people together, and somehow your imagination always fills in the story. He didn’t paint what he saw, though; we discovered that he painted his trademark theme, Edward Hopper: loneliness and isolation, no matter what he was looking at. Our lust for adventure thisContinue reading “Edward Hopper: Loneliness & Isolation; We Stepped Into His World”

A Day In Colonia del Sacramento Immerses You In Old-World Charm, Big History

In as little as a day in Colonia del Sacramento, you can immerse yourself in a town that hasn’t changed much for centuries, ever since the Portuguese founded it in 1680. They were hoping to push Brazil’s borders to the edge of Argentina. But Colonia del Sacramento is in Uruguay, not Brazil. The Portuguese andContinue reading “A Day In Colonia del Sacramento Immerses You In Old-World Charm, Big History”

Was Evita As Great/Terrible As Everyone Says?

I’m here in Buenos Aires, trying to understand if Evita was good or bad, if Evita’s achievements deserve praise or not. The only thing people agree about is that Evita changed Argentina forever. Evita’s Achievements! Her Side Of The Story Did Evita’s Past Motivate Her? The Real Evita: Hear, See, Experience That Balcony Speech! Evita’sContinue reading “Was Evita As Great/Terrible As Everyone Says?”

The Origins Of Tango: Photo Essay

Argentinians and Uruguayans are always arguing over the origin of tango. Paula (@museodeltango) gave us a private tour of Montevideo’s tango museum to clear up this 100-year-old feud. Where Was Tango Created? In 2009, UNESCO cited the origin of tango as the Plata River Basin, the area between Montevideo and Buenos Aires. Tango Goes ToContinue reading “The Origins Of Tango: Photo Essay”

A Romantic Getaway With A Warning Label

Saugerties Lighthouse-turned-hotel is a romantic getaway, depending on your notion of romance. Once the tide rises, there’s no turning back. The tide washes out the path to the hotel. You are there for the night. You’ll be lucky to have a bar or two of cell signal. What could be more romantic?! There are twoContinue reading “A Romantic Getaway With A Warning Label”

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 theContinue reading “Fun Day for Wine Lovers: Concha Y Toro Vineyard in Chile”

Costa Rica With Caravan Tours, part 2

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 ourContinue reading “Costa Rica With Caravan Tours”