Sailing the British Virgin Islands

As a photographer, every working day is a hustle, and I work nearly 7 days a week, every week. During the season, it gets especially crazy and I’m thankful for the little family time I can squirrel away. I’m eternally grateful for time with my family, especially when we vacation together. Like vacations prior, we went sailing together. We returned to the British Virgin Islands, a great place for beginning captains and crew to learn the lines. While I grew up sailing, it’s not a difficult skill to acquire. Once the lessons are learned, they pay immediate dividends. Read More ›

Adventures in Chiang Mai

Our time in Thailand can really be broken into three phases – city living, relaxing (and eating) in the sand, and adventures (and more eating) in Chiang Mai. We put a respectable number of miles in during our first few days in Bangkok, wandering until our feet hurt and we needed to fill our bodies with curry. After hopping a short flight to the south we spent the next week in Patong Beach relaxing and reading and exploring the surrounding areas of Phuket. When we grew tired of ocean swims we grabbed our bag and flew north to the famed Chiang Mai where we rounded out the majority of our trip. It was here that we rode elephants, cuddled with tigers, and explored Buddhist temples. All the while eating as much coconut ice cream, mango anything, and curry everything that we could find. Read More ›

Milan & Lake Como

I had the unique opportunity to return to Italy with my husband; I had once studied in Florence as a painting major, and to be able to go back to Italy and visit Milan was unexpected and truly a dream come true. Since this was a work trip for my husband and I was his tag-a-long, it was just me, my camera and wherever I decided the map would take me for the day. I spent two days footing it through Milan, finding my way through Parco Sempione and then stumbling upon the Sforza Castle at sunset. I also strolled the streets of the Fashion District, shopped in the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele, and of course, visited the Duomo. (I remember as an Art History student, we always called it “Milan’s Drip Castle”… and once standing in front of its Gothic spires you can see why.) A huge highlight of the trip was dinner at Antico Ristorante Boeuce. It just so happened to be truffle season, and I couldn’t resist the splurge. It may have been the most exquisite flavor I have ever experienced, and something I will not soon forget. Read More ›

World’s Most Beautiful Thermal Baths

There may be absolutely nothing better than soaking in one of these incredible natural thermal baths or hot springs. Winter, spring, summer, or fall, the warm waters soothe your body and your soul. From the remote locale of southwest Bolivia to the famous (and worth the hype!) Blue Lagoon, here are 10 of the world’s most beautiful thermal baths! Read More ›

The Heart of Provence

This summer we traveled through the breathtaking countryside of the South of France and deep into the heart of Provence. After landing in Marseille we decided to make the short drive to Aix-en-Provence to stay the night before starting our journey.  We chose to stay at the Provencal Bastide Le Clos des Frères Gris run by the Lecomte family just outside of the center of Aix-en-Provence. The property was very unassuming at first but we were so pleasantly surprised after pulling off the dirt road to find iron gates opening to the family farm. The property was quintessential Provencal complete with almond and olive trees. I immediately knew we had found something wonderful. Read More ›