I arrived in the rain to Bulgaria's capital of Sofia and to be honest, drab was my first impression but not just because of the dreary overcast. The skyline I saw as we skirted the city was of a Soviet influenced gray and I thought of stereotypical communist austerity and uniformity.
Once downtown, walking the damp streets in a light drizzle, I was surprised by the splashes of color and vibrancy. I had drawn my conclusion too quickly!
In the historic old town, a yellow brick road glistened with puddles and the rooftops of green and gold of cathedrals and mosques colored the dusk. Though there was an old world atmosphere, there was an unmistakable energy in the air.
Old monastery, outside Sofia
Sofia is not drab by any means and though not all dressed in spring finery quite yet, it will be.
Driving through the surrounding mountains and villages today, the unexpected again caught me unaware more than once. Storks nesting high on crumbling chimneys, majesty surrounding as snow covered peaks, and the gardens everywhere in spring preparations. I am told that even the simplest yards burst forth in vibrancy.
I was so excited to go to India for two reasons. I had never been and I have dear friends, the Simons, local missionaries and native Indians, that live there.Among their many responsibilities, they manage an orphanage, housing, at the present, 5 girls from the ages of 5 to 17 years.
With the help of some other friends, we showered these girls with gifts. There is nothing more rewarding than giving!
After a travel conference in Cochin, I started a 5 day bike tour in the state of Kerala. Read More
The first time we visited Stratford-Upon-Avon and the Cotswolds, many years ago, we toured via rental car. This time, we booked a Shakespeare’s Country bike tour. We soon discovered that bicycling was by far the best way to tour this beautiful region of England. We saw more sights and enjoyed the leisurely pace. Read More
Feeling tired of traveling alone, I was looking for something different to do around the world when suddenly to my pleasant surprise, I found Tripsite's wonderful bike tours.I chose the Prague to Dresden Bike Tour following the Elbe river.
I arrived in Prague the day before the tour started and when I arrived at the hotel the saw the first surprise! At the reception, there was a folder with all the tour information left by the guides. Read More