Albany As a State of Mind

Ray Charles Plaza - Albany, GA

Ask a New Yorker, and he’ll tell you that Albany is the state capital, a city of immigrants best known for its pubs and politics. Head west, and you might get a different answer. Nearly half the states that make up the USA lay claim to a place they call “Albany,” and more are found … Read more

Seahorse Sailing and Snorkeling In The Bahamas

Catamarans - Bahamas

Even though one could easily spend the entirety of a weeklong cruise exploring all that Royal Caribbean has to offer aboard the Oasis of the Seas, it would be a shame to miss out on the shore excursions. The Eastern Caribbean itinerary includes stops in the Bahamas, St. Thomas, and St. Maarten that are long … Read more

A Day Trip to Old Sturbridge Village

My family loves day trips.  We get a chance to break out of routine, escape for the day and usually recharge our batteries. Over Veteran’s Day weekend we took a day trip to Old Sturbridge Village  in Massachusetts.  OSV is a living history museum comprised of over 50 buildings from the period of 1790 through … Read more

Beware the Monkey Temple

Got a monkey on his back at the Monkey Temple in Jaipur, India

Hanuman, the popular monkey deity in Hindu religion, can be found in statues and carvings at temples and shrines throughout India. But that’s not where Galwar Bagh, the Hindu pilgrimage site near Jaipur, India got its name. No, the origins of the site’s nickname comes from a less spiritual source. Real monkeys – both Rhesus … Read more

The Art of Henna

henna art application

Mehndi, the ancient henna art of intricate yet temporary tattoos, is popular with girls in America. Found at theme parks such as Disney’s Epcot, girls choose stencil designs that are drawn freehand with a dark brown paste that later washes off, leaving an orange tattoo. The process is simple, but the results vary by artist. … Read more