Author: Lesley Ford

Australia Connections

“Souls are waiting for you in Australia.” That was the response from my psychic when, in 1997, I asked him – pleaded with him – to tell me whether I should act on what seemed to be a completely insane…

Back in the Saddle Again

Its confounding to think about the passing of time.  I started this blog back in 2009, initially as a place where I could mostly share what I thought were some screamingly funny travel anecdotes (no judgement, please!) Gradually, I added…

Best Brunch Spots in Europe

Brunch is my favorite meal.  I love the eggs.  The cheeses and charcuterie.  The selection of salads.  The pastries.  The bloody marys.  You name it, I love everything about brunch.  So, I was particularly delighted to find this piece in…

More challenges for traveling to Cuba

Interesting piece from AFAR Magazine detailing more challenges for Americans traveling to Cuba post-embargo.  Bottom line: A.  Don’t believe what you’re hearing about using credit cards or phones in Cuba – its not happening yet; B.  Go with a travel company,…

Musings of Cuba – Volume Two

The importance of setting expectations, whiny travelers and making unlikely connections in the wee hours of the morning There is a hotel in downtown Havana that holds a special place in my heart. It is called the Hotel Sevilla. The history of…

Traveling to Cuba – Post Embargo

Several people have been asking me about going to Cuba now that the embargo is lifted.  Many are considering trips to Cuba, but want to know how best to travel there.  Embargo or no embargo, I strongly recommend going to…

Gratitude in Abundance

16 months ago, I was in bad shape… overcome by fear and sadness as my husband and I decided to move from the U.S. to Australia.  We ponder the question if a tree falls in the woods and no one…

Musings of Cuba – Volume One

As Obama plans to resume government relations with Cuba, I can’t help but remember some of my experiences traveling here, such wonderful memories – funny and sometimes nerve-wracking times spent escorting small groups to this “forbidden” island nation.  I thought it…

Chasing Tilly Divine

How the writer sought one bad ass chick and in so doing, found another. Recently I have felt the inkling of a sea change, leading me to believe that after over a year of living this new life of mine, in…

Sayulita Siren Song

I’ve been singing the praises of Sayulita, Mexico for years now.  There is something simply magical about this sleepy little village – a vibe, an energy, a kindred spirit, that swept me up on sight.  My family and I consider…

B&B Chic in Venice – Settimo Cielo

We just spent four nights at Settimo Cielo and had a wonderful experience here. We had no problem finding it (using the instructions that came with the reservation confirmation email) and came in via train, and then vaporetto to Sant…

Never Never NEVER Travel List

There are certain hard and fast “no-go’s” on my travel list.  As much as I hate to admit it, in some regards, I’m not the happy-go-lucky, carefree traveler I used to be.  Every now and then, this is reinforced to…

Sleek New Riverboats Sail the Amazon

Imagine discovering places only a fortunate few have ever visited,  traveling deep into the mystical Amazon rainforest, exploring the unexplored, while floating in luxury on board your own private five star home. Imagine that – together with impeccable service, adventure…

Do You Have an incurable Case of Wanderlust?

Do you find yourself daydreaming about far-off destinations?  Or looking up airfares to exotic locales, just for the fun of it?  Then you probably have the incurable disease that has affected so many of us – wanderlust.  The folllwing article…

Travel Bucket List Experiences for Auction

I love everything about this idea… According to Travel + Leisure, Gavel&Grand, sister site of online auction house Paddle8, offers auctions of curated experiences and luxury items in support of philanthropic organizations. Most recently, they launched an auction featuring travel…

Networking at 35,000 feet? Hmmm.

Ask anyone in the travel biz, and they’ll shudder with anxiety and pop a preemptive xanax when having to work with Delta Airlines.  Delta’s customer service model is dated and about as effective as their on-time take-off record.  Which is…

L.A. Dodgers Play Team Australia

MLB working double time to bring baseball to Australia. Spent more than $2 million to fly in the perfect baseball turf to convert the cricket pitch to a baseball diamond (diamond surely trumps pitch). Vendors slinging cracker jacks, cokes and…

The End of an Era

As of today – February 28, 2014, our beloved home where we’ve lived for 10 years, has sold.  I am in LA for the weekend to sign the final sale docs and say my last goodbye. I have loved this…