Montecito: Upscale Escape in Southern California

Montecito: Upscale Escape in Southern California

Fires, flooding and mudslides haven’t dimmed this jewel of Southern California on the American Riviera. Story and Photos by Jim Thompson (To download PDF of published story, click here: Montecito…

In the Steps of Steinbeck

In the Steps of Steinbeck

“Cannery Row in Monterey in California is a poem, a stink, a grating noise, a quality of light, a tone, a habit, a nostalgia, a dream.” – John Steinbeck, Cannery…

Japan – A Different and Unforgettable Country

Japan – A Different and Unforgettable Country

Impressions from a press trip By Miroslav Navara Japan – it is four main and about 6,800 smaller islands with a coastline of about 30,000 km, which is 1.5 times…

Cleveland Rocks!

Cleveland Rocks!

By Jim Thompson When planning that once-in-a-lifetime vacation, Cleveland, Ohio is probably not the first place that comes to mind. After all, Cleveland!?! Sounds, like quiet nights and soft guitars,…

Going in Style on the Crystal Serenity

Going in Style on the Crystal Serenity

It’s 9:00 a.m. and I hear a knock at the door. No need to get up, I already know it’s the butler coming to serve a breakfast of Eggs Benedict,…

Oregon Tulip Fest Rises to Occasion

Oregon Tulip Fest Rises to Occasion

The 2015 Oregon Wooden Shoe Tulip Fest is a celebration of all things that make Spring a special time of the year. Featuring 40 acres of stunning beauty that includes…


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