The Art of Slow Living

In the hustle and bustle of US life, we often forget the beauty of small town living. Do not dispair, however, because there is an international network of small cities called Cittaslow. Which is open to towns with a population … Continued

The Blues of Guatemala

The breath-taking blues of the sky, mountains, and water of Lake Atitlan in Guatemala serve as inspiration for some of the blues used in the native dress of the inhabitants of several of the towns that nestle along the shores … Continued

The Smell of Fresh Bread – Guatemala

Is there anything better than the aroma of bread baking in the oven?  One of our cooks, Carmen bakes bread that makes your mouth water – especially when it is covered with her home-made blackberry preserves.  Breakfasts at our Casa … Continued

The View from our Casa in Lake Atitlan

The view from our Casa in Lake Atitlan in Guatemala is constant but ever-changing based on the light and time of day.  The landscape is calming yet awe inspiring.  The lake was created 65,000 years ago when a massive eruption … Continued

Exploring Instanbul’s Palaces

Day 3: Exploring Instanbul’s Palaces June 12 Two places remained on my list of sites to see again during this visit to Istanbul — Topkapi Palace and the Archeological Museum. I had hoped that the long-awaited renovation of the palace … Continued