The Anatomy of the Perfect Tour Guide

I’ve had a good number of guides over the years. Most were pretty good, just a few were bad and some stood out as excellent. I have bad news for all of you: you have all been outclassed. Don’t take it too hard. It turns out that the perfect tour guide has almost 50 years[…]

Hiking Sete Cidades – Azores

The geologic rhythms of the earth create some of the most dramatic and breathtaking phenomena in nature. The beautiful lines of the Cycladic pearl, Santorini, are the result of a cataclysmic explosion more than three and a half millennia ago. In Hawaii, Mauna Loa is another place of such sublime beauty, though it has continuously[…]

Pico Vineyards & the Lava Trail – Azores

Upon arriving in the Azores and flying to the island of Pico, the first thing that caught my attention were the “currais.” These semi-circled stone walls built near the ocean to protect the vineyards among the maze of stone walls add a very unique aspect to the island’s landscape. The Lava Trail is a six[…]