10 Unforgettable Vietnam Experiences

During a two-month trip through Southeast Asia, I traveled through Vietnam from north to south.  After spending a few days in Hanoi with a backpacker tour group that I had been traveling with for two weeks in Thailand and Laos, I organized the itinerary for the remainder of the trip on my own, arranging desired activities and attractions. I consumed both print and internet resources … Continue reading 10 Unforgettable Vietnam Experiences

Exploring Columbia after Fort Jackson Graduation Day

Since my last blog post, my husband Del re-enlisted in the Army.  He is a veteran of both the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Unfortunately, because he had been out for more than six years, he had to do Basic Combat Training all over again.  He trained at Fort Jackson, located in Columbia, South Carolina for ten weeks.  After such a long time apart, I finally … Continue reading Exploring Columbia after Fort Jackson Graduation Day

Campania Adventure Day 5: Ravello and Amalfi

We left Positano by high-speed ferry boat, which whisked us to Amalfi in about 20 minutes.  After arriving in Amalfi, the son of our Airbnb host in Ravello, located us near the ferry docks and drove us up a winding road to our lodgings for the next two nights, an old paper mill in mountainous area between Atrani and Ravello.  The walls of the building were … Continue reading Campania Adventure Day 5: Ravello and Amalfi

Campania Adventure Day 3-4: Positano

We arrived in the spectacular seaside town of Positano in the evening after a fun-filled day trip to Capri.  Be forewarned! Getting around Positano is quite a challenge.  If you arrive by boat, luggage porters are needed to take your bags up to your hotel.  Our hotel, the Hotel Royal Positano , was situated a decent distance up the hillside.  The porters told us that it was impossible … Continue reading Campania Adventure Day 3-4: Positano

Campania Adventure Day 2: Capri

The day after our visit to Vesuvius and Pompeii, we turned our attention to Capri, which has charmed visitors ever since Roman Emperors discovered artifacts of an even more ancient people and constructed temples and villas on the island’s limestone cliffs. Through the centuries, Capri has attracted writers and artists, the rich and famous, and  daytrippers from Naples and the Amalfi Coast.  We decided to explore … Continue reading Campania Adventure Day 2: Capri

Campania Adventure Day 1: Vesuvius and Pompeii

Ever since my third grade teacher, a proud descendant of Italian immigrants, told me the story of Pompeii and its destruction by the volcanic eruption of Mount Vesuvius, I always wanted to see the ruins myself. Before taking this recent trip to Southern Italy, I had  been to Italy twice, but always wished I had made it further south than Rome to see this legendary … Continue reading Campania Adventure Day 1: Vesuvius and Pompeii