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Wine Tasting in Chile: San Antonio Valley – Part One

Toward the central-west of Chile, set just about halfway between coastal Valparaíso and landlocked Santiago, the emerging San Antonio Valley makes a relaxing, delicious wine tasting side trip from either city. You could certainly take yourselves … [Read More...]


Coming Attractions

The year's soon coming to a close, and I find myself with way more freelance travel writing work than time for creating blog posts. Happily, my present work is fun, but I've been feeling itchy for these electronic pages...and I want to assure you … [Read More...]

One small, ornate corner of Valparaiso's Palacio Astoreca Hotel

Palacio Astoreca Hotel: A Palace in Valparaiso, Chile

The sprawling city of Valparaíso, Chile is undergoing a large-scale renaissance, from its coastal flatlands to its 43 some-odd hilltops. Preservation efforts are peeling back layers of Valpo's faded vintage glory and giving it a sharper, more … [Read More...]


Valparaiso, Chile: The Technicolor City

Ninety minutes northwest of the Santiago Airport and right on the Pacific Ocean, Valparaíso, Chile sprawls up and over 43 hills in a South American version of San Francisco. The entire city is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, slowly being rescued from a … [Read More...]


Images of Montpellier, France

One of my greatest joys in life? Discovering a new place with a dear friend. And should said new place be where said friend makes their home? Double joy, what with the personalized tour guide-ness of it all. For example, there was that time I … [Read More...]


Inn Paradiso: Paradise Found in Paso Robles

You know that feeling when you walk into a room where you'll be staying for the night, and you have an irrepressible urge to hop and down, silently squeal, clap your hands, high-five each other, and use everything in the room as soon as humanly … [Read More...]


Wine Tasting in Paso Robles: Part Two

Continued from A Road Trip to Paso Robles Exploring Downtown Paso Robles  Wine Tasting in Paso Robles: Part One   The number one reason I love going to Paso Robles, a hilly sprawl of countryside halfway between San Francisco and … [Read More...]


Wine Tasting in Paso Robles: Part One

Continued from Exploring Downtown Paso Robles  and A Road Trip to Paso Robles The number one reason I love going to Paso Robles, a hilly sprawl of countryside halfway between San Francisco and L.A.? Wine.  Wine tasting in Paso … [Read More...]