Guest Post by Peter Klika Ask About the Culture When traveling, I try to ask questions about the local culture: What is a typical wedding ceremony like? What special dishes are prepared during local holidays? These type of questions are more likely to be appreciated than the more mundane (but totally legitimate) questions like: "Where's… Continue reading Ask, Wave, Knock and Doors Will Be Opened
By Mary Kay Seales Yes, I know. Young Monks in the Temple. The perfect name for a band, right? Better than Snarky Puppy, if you ask me. Or Smashing Pumpkins. But this is not a band, and these are actual young monks on their way to a temple, the Meenaskshi Temple in Madurai, South India,… Continue reading Young Monks in the Temple
By Mary Kay Seales This blog is dedicated to traveling "with your heart and soul open," and I can think of no better example of doing so than this beautiful incident that occurred on the Camino de Santiago in Spain to fellow world traveler, Peter Klika. Just as a reminder, the Camino de Santiago is… Continue reading The Camino Does That to People
Guest Post by Peter Klika "The "Peregrinos" (pilgrims) come from all over the globe. Some walk for religious reasons, some for self reflection, and some for the challenge. It's not important why you walk, only that you keep your heart and eyes open all the way." I'm on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, a… Continue reading Camino de Santiago: Walking the Pilgrim Trail
By Mary Kay Seales It just dawned on me today, as I was lying on the beach in Nice in the south of France that many of the tourists walking along the Promenade, just above the beach, and most surely the young American males among them, were probably "scanning for boobs." It's true that on… Continue reading Hats Off to Liberté
By Mary Kay Seales I'm back in one of my favorite places on earth, the dreamy blue Côte d'Azur in southern France. It's summer and the tourist season is in full swing. The beaches are packed, and the little narrow streets in the ancient cities along the coast are alive with people sitting at outdoor cafes, sipping… Continue reading The French Riviera: It really is all it’s cracked up to be!
By Mary Kay Seales (previously published in France Today, June 29, 2016) Do you love travelling to France, but shy away from the French Riviera because you think it’s all glitz and glamour? Most people I talk to have the same reaction: Don’t I have to be a movie star or a millionaire to vacation… Continue reading Three Days on the French Riviera Without Breaking the Bank