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 this day immersed us into the real-life world of Edward Hopper! … Continue reading Edward Hopper: Loneliness & Isolation; We Stepped Into His World

The Nicaraguan border

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, many different types of birds, iguana and other animals. Google … 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 own, talk to people, and make spontaneous decisions about what … Continue reading Costa Rica With Caravan Tours

The Gran Hotel

Gran Hotel, Mexico City

The beautiful Gran Hotel borders Mexico City’s Zócalo (main square). You notice how special his place as soon as you enter the hotel! Built in 1899 in the Art Nouveau style architecture, you’ll notice the grand staircase and the eye-catching caged elevators. To give you a better idea, the famous iron metro entrances in Paris are examples of the Art Nouveau style. The glass ceiling … Continue reading Gran Hotel, Mexico City