Located along the coast of Southern California, approximately 30 miles west of the Los Angeles city limits, Oxnard is fast becoming a popular destination for people who enjoy California beach vacations.   A Brief History of Oxnard Inhabited first by the Chumash Indians, the region was later claimed for Spain by the Portuguese explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo. During the mission period, the, Read More

Many people think the North American Desert region is this arid land where nothing grows. A landscape dominated by sand and rocks. Moreover, the mere thought of walking through the desert creates visions of sun-bleached bones and ill-fated travelers struggling to survive under the merciless sun.  But in reality this desert hides a lot of nice surprises. It can be stunningly, Read More

  The discovery of gold and silver completely changed the face of California in the second half of the 19th century. Thousands of people lured by the promise of riches began heading west in order “see the elephant,” as the Gold Rush was often called.  Little towns began sprouting around the gold and silver mines like mushrooms. One of, Read More

Balboa Island is a small artificial island in the middle of Newport Harbor, some 40 miles south of Hollywood. The island is connected to the mainland by a short two-lane bridge and a privately operated fleet of three ferryboats (Balboa Island Ferry) which provide access across the harbor to the Balboa Peninsula. Spending a day on Balboa Island was, Read More

Lake Tahoe’s only island has been called many names over the years, including Coquette, Baranoff, Dead Man’s, the Hermit and Emerald Isle. The island lies within Emerald Bay, on the California side of the lake and is currently known as Fannette Island. There are many stories associated with this island and one of them, Read More

Few people can resist visiting the Loire Valley, the epitome of picture-perfect castles. The region was much loved by many of the French Kings and noblemen who competed to build ever more elaborate and luxurious chateaux. And just when you thought you’ve seen the best in the Loire Valley, here comes another beautiful castle to take, Read More

If it wasn’t for the glorious and world renowned Neuschwanstein  just a stone-throw away, the Hohenschwangau Castle might have never achieved its fame. Schloss Hohenschwangau, as the Germans call it, is best known as the childhood home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was built by King Maximilian II, Ludwig’s father, on the ruins of the Fortress Schwanstein.   The, Read More

It is easy to fall in love with Florence. The city’s great history, magical gardens and abundance of art will steal your heart right away. If I didn’t write too much about our trip to Florence it is for a good reason. Between the great Italian food that I was chasing every day and my niece’s wedding, Read More

  Visitors of Florence have always been attracted to the colorful neighborhood of San Lorenzo. Its open-air market packed with stalls selling crafts, leather goods and souvenir T-shirts is always fun to browse. But more attractive than the outdoor market of San Lorenzo is the bustling indoor Mercato Centrale (the Central Market), just adjacent to the souvenir shops. Here you will find decadent pickled olives,, Read More