THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, WASHINGTON D.C.

THE NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL, WASHINGTON D.C., April 10-15, 2018 (All photos are by the author. Click on them to enlarge and read the captions). Washington DC is always a delight for travelers, but so much more so during the annual cherry-blossom festival. The problem is knowing when to book your hotel and flight, less of…

LOS ANGELES: A CULTURAL & CULINARY WEEKEND, Nov. 8-12, 2017

(All photos by the author except those of the Farmers Market. Click on a photo to enlarge and read the caption, then scroll through a photo series using your forward arrow). What with budget cuts and earthquake recovery, cultural life in Cuernavaca had gotten rather meager.  It wasn’t the monotony of one beautiful day after…

DAMAGED BUT UNDAUNTED,  MORELOS BECKONS TOURISTS, October 3, 2017­­­

On September 19, 2017, an earthquake struck Mexico causing severe to moderate damage in Mexico City and the states of Puebla and Morelos. The estimated 7.1 Richter-scale quake damaged about 150 thousand homes, some completely destroyed. Government sources confirm 366 lives lost, including 225 in the capital and 74 in Morelos.   Mexican first responders, the army,…

THE DALE CHIHULY EXHIBIT AT THE NEW YORK BOTANICAL GARDEN

The New York Botanical Garden is a treasure by itself, but adding the brilliant jewels created by glass sculptor Dale Chihuly makes the shine even brighter. His colorful and impressive works decorate the garden and especially the conservatory, where they nestle among the greenery or float in ponds, competing with mother nature. The exhibit closes…