Summer In New England – Rediscovering Maine

There is nowhere more wonderful to visit than New England in the summer. I must admit, however, that I’m a bit biased having grown up in Maine. Sean and I had the opportunity to head to New England recently to visit family. We tried to look at the place with fresh eyes and walked away with … Read more

Taco Tour of Playa Del Carmen

Chiliaquiles in Playa Del Camen

After three months in South America, where we had delicious but for the most part non-spicy food, we arrived in Mexico — land of Picante! We decided to scribble out our totally biased, no-holds-barred commets of the joints where we gorged on tacos and tostadas. There’s a lot more than just Mexican food in Playa del … Read more

Playa Del Carmen Side Trips – Yes You Should!

Tulum Ruins

When we arrived in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, we found plenty of things that we expected, and even more that we didn’t — in the best possible way. What we expected:  White sandy beach, check. Warm blue water, it’s here. Also, cheap tacos, lots of people watching, and a huge array of shops and restaurants … Read more

Playa Del Carmen’s Gourmet Market DAC

Playa Del Carmen DAC Market

Whether you are a foodie, run on smoothies or find happiness in a well made burrito, you will find a friend in DAC Market.  Playa Del Carmen’s neighborhood market has what you crave. We learned about DAC from our Chef friend, Coty who runs CoCo’s Cooking School.  (The other benefit of taking a cooking class when … Read more

5 Reasons to Visit Cartagena, Colombia

Cartagena Ceviche

#1: Beaches. Cartagena sits in northern Colombia directly on the Caribbean Ocean, and the main tourist and hotel area is virtually surrounded by the ocean. There are long stretches of beach with protected, jettied swimming areas. While the sand isn’t bright white and the water isn’t the characteristic light blue that that you see in many … Read more

Soaring Above Medellin – A Paragliding Adventure

Medellin Paragliding

Medellin, Colombia generally isn’t known as an adrenaline sports haven (unless you count taking the public bus on busy streets), but there is one thrill-seeking activity that can’t be missed: paragliding. If you’re not familiar, paragliding is similar to skydiving, but instead of jumping out of a plane, you utilize the updraft off a mountainside … Read more

Parque El Salado – Medellin Off The Beaten Track

Parque El Salado Medellin

Parque Ecoturistico El Salado is a lesser known park in Medellin, Colombia — so much so that during our day trip there we only saw a handful of other people wandering around.  With what we found when we got there it was hard to figure out why. The park isn’t difficult to get to.  Take the … Read more

A Day in Medellin Colombia

Medellin Cable Cars

Here’s a short-list of things to do in Medellin, Colombia.  You could accomplish the whole list in day if you apply yourself.  Better yet take a few days and enjoy your time here.  There is plenty to savor in this city with a fascinating past and a bright future. Take a free walking tour. This … Read more

Medellin Colombia Botanical Gardens

Medellin Colombia Botanical Gardens

The Medellin Botanical Gardens (Jardin Botanico Medellin) are an island of calm in the midst of the city.  Visitors can stroll around the 40 acre park free of charge.  There are a few restaurants on the grounds, or you can opt to purchase or bring a picnic and sip on a bottle of wine while soaking … Read more

Medellin, Colombia Side Trip – Guatapé

Guatape Town

Guatapé is a not-to-be-missed day trip from Medellin. The quaint town is a cheerfully colored sleepy destination that is popular with Colombians looking for a break for the crowded city. Your first encounter when nearing Guatapé is the star attraction to the area: La Piedra Del Peñol (the rock of Guatapé) .  An enormous rock that … Read more