My father inspired me to travel when he took the family to Europe for an entire summer when I was eight years old. Although I didn’t fully appreciate Paris or the Louvre Museum and its treasure trove of art, I knew the Eiffel Tower was a wonder to behold and the Bateau Mouche on the Seine was a spectacular river ride,  a far cry from the muddy Monongahela River in Pennsylvania.

When I graduated from Pennsylvania State University my intention was to travel to Europe for the summer again. I stayed three-and-a-half years. I lived in Paris and Rome and traveled extensively in France, Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Belgium, Italy and Israel.

Since that time I’ve continued my travels which now include Mexico, the Yucatan, the Caribbean, West Africa, Tahiti, Fiji, New Zealand, Australia and China. Traveling is a large part of my life. If I haven’t been somewhere, I’m willing to go since it will open new vistas and satiate my curiosity. As long as I’m able, I will travel.

I now live in Delray Beach, Florida near the ocean I love and the constant sunshine that keeps me smiling. My travel companion is my husband Claude who appreciates travel as much as I do.

Writing about travel does not mean it will be about specific tourist attractions unless I have a special nugget to convey. It will be why something became special to me and how I might have learned something new from the act of traveling. Traveling is a better way to understand other cultures and ways of life, but it’s imperative to keep an open mind and heart. I hope you take away something that may inspire you to walk out your front door and travel.