Valle de Bravo

There couldn’t be a more picturesque setting for a wedding than this utterly charming lakeside community skirting the scenic shores of Lake Avándaro.  www.lakelubbers.com/lake-avandaro-1121/ This quaint colonial town in the pine-covered mountains of central Mexico was my destination last weekend to celebrate my friend’s son’s nuptials. After overnighting in Mexico City, we headed out of its…

Venice of the North

Saint Petersburg. www.lonelyplanet.com/russia/st-petersburg Russia’s second largest city and a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1990, this splendid showcase of Russian glory, founded in 1703, was the brainchild of Tsar Peter the Great. www.historylearningsite.co.uk/peter-the-great/ A mega tourist draw and the prime destination on our Baltic Sea Cruise http://www.cruisecritic.com, we dropped anchor in this gem of a city. Formerly knows…

Christiane Von Linz

Dear Travelsonataincmajor Followers, I am thrilled to announce the launch of my new website, christianevonlinz.com. Featuring a brand new look, this website offers tons of information and is easy to browse around. From now on I will post my travel stories here, so stay tuned for news by signing up on the bottom of the site….

Google What?

A long, long time ago, long before the idea of a world wide web and the Google search engine was conceived, a sleepy hamlet along the Iron Curtain, as the Austrian and Czechoslovakian border was called back then, bore the cute, funny name Guglwald, Googlewood.  I was quite lucky to get to know Guglwald in…

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…

Octogenarian Passion

Meet a very unusual woman. Miss Erna Haselgruber, octogenarian and artist who stumbled on her ultimate passion late in life. It all began one dreary Austrian fall day when, out of the blue, inspiration struck. 69-years young back then, something compelled Erna to buy a paintbrush, art supplies, and enroll in an art class. What…

Alamo City

The stifling heat couldn’t stop my adventurous self, trading my air-conditioned hotel room for a stroll along the famous River Walk right in the historic heart of downtown San Antonio. http://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com. The call from the river below my window was just too strong. Heading downstairs and out the cool lobby, I stepped up to the…

Daring Streaks, Eye-Popping Curves

Famed Canyon Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. visitcanyonroad.com. There’s a new kid on the block in this artsy town nestled in the Sangre de Cristo foothills of Northern New Mexico. santafe.org. Visual artist Christopher H. Martin, http://www.christophermartingallery.com. A self-taught Florida native, Chris, as he prefers to be called, recently opened the door to his new gallery putting Santa Fe…