Delhi Prologue

New Years Eve in Delhi:   It is already 11:50 when I leave my friend Sue at her hotel and get into my Uber car for the ride back to… Read more »

Galapagos Part II

It is difficult to describe the beauty of the beach we just left at Cerro Brujo on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos archipelago:  the softest white sand and the… Read more »

Galapagos Part I

Every day is a wonder of natural beauty on this tour around the eastern islands of the Galapagos on our luxury ship, La Pinta.  With only 14 passengers on board… Read more »

Quito Encore

I have a day to myself in Quito before I join my tour group and I decide to spend it walking around the old part of town.  One of the things… Read more »


It is 6:30 am as my plane rises over the northern hills of Quito heading south toward the old city of Cuenca.   In this country of perpetual 12-hour days,… Read more »

Train to the Clouds – Day 3

This morning our Black Monster steam locomotive cuts a narrow swath through an idyllic landscape.  We clatter along through rich agricultural land, rectangles and strips of land growing various produce,… Read more »