Rumi Magic

Although Rumi lived way back in the 13th century, his teachings have had a universal appeal, spreading across national borders and ethnic discords. Muslim communities across Central and South Asia have embraced his spiritual legacy for over seven centuries. Today his inspirational poems can be appreciated in many languages. And thanks to American scholar and…

Alpine Gold

Buried deep within the famous mountain ranges of the Austrian Alps lies a precious commodity. White gold. This mineral rich mountain salt has been the main income source for eons, generating a flourishing mining history dating back 7,000 years. At the center of it all sits the fairytale lake community Hallstatt. www.hallstatt.net/home-en-US/ A Unesco World Heritage site, its flower…

The Green Heart of Europe

Vienna… an experience for all your senses. www.vienna.info. According to the World Economic Forum, Austria’s imperial capital sprawling along the famous Blue Danube River has been named the “City with the highest quality of life.” And strolling through the manicured city parks, down pompous avenues, and past baroque facades, this quality of life pulsating in the green…

Horse Haven

It all started with Aubrey and Bo. Two gorgeous trail horses. When Aubrey showed up as Christmas gift outside Tami Marler’s ranch home, and she in turn surprised her husband with Bo, the couple didn’t have the slightest inkling about the bumpy ride ahead. After moving into a cozy country home on the outskirts of Coweta,…

The Manhattan Project

Heading north out of Santa Fe, curving around a rugged canyon, the unusual town of Los Alamos beckons after a scenic 33-mile drive. http://www.visitlosalamos.org. Tucked away in the Jemez Mountains of Northern New Mexico, this sprawling community once housed Pueblo Indians and the Los Alamos Ranch School until the early 1940’s. Today, the world renowned…

Sky on Fire

Have you ever dropped everything to step out into the stunning aftermath of a thunderstorm? When the scenery prompted you to take a twirl in the moisture-tinged air?The last time I did, the clouds and blue banner of sky had transformed into a ferocious twirl of ominous shades, spewing across the horizon like a dragon. As…

2014 in Review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 3,500 times in 2014. If it were a cable car, it would take about 58 trips to carry that many people. Click here to see the…

Soon On The Road Again

Hello to all of you out there who have been following my travel. I will soon be on the road again, this time taking you to some spectacular sights within the USA. However, I have started a second blog, californiacruizin.wordpress.com which will be featuring my road trips around California. I can’t wait to share my…