Speaking of Travel

Shopping for Ceramics

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net Italy is a wonderful place to shop for ceramics. The combination of earth, water and fire used to make ceramics has been a tradition in this country dating back to its earliest times. The term ceramics comes from the Greek and refers to anything made of clay. Majolica refers to enameled, decorated ceramics, usually ... Read More »

Antiquities of Campania

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net Italy is comprised of 20 administrative districts known as regions, one of which is Campania, located in the south west along the Mediterranean Sea and the location of some noteworthy ancient sites. Above Campania’s capital, Naples, looms Mt. Vesuvius, the volcano that helped preserve two of its three major antiquities, Pompeii and Herculaneum (Ercolano). ... Read More »

Just a three hour cruise away…

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net We have been to Key West before and we have also taken the Key West Express passenger ferry before; it was my birthday and we thought it would be fun to go to Key West for lunch! It was fun but we both agreed that we should have made plans to stay over for ... Read More »

Learning another Language

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net When we visit a country in which a language other than English is spoken, I always try to acquire some knowledge of that language. For me, it is part of the fun of learning about that country and its culture. It aids in communication when traveling, shows a respect for another culture, and it’s ... Read More »

On the Road from Santa Fe

With Santa Fe as a base, there are some interesting, easy day trips that feature the varied sites and terrain that are New Mexico. WIthin just an hour or so drive are wide open vistas, artisan communities, religious and historic locales, alpine escapes, scientific enclaves, inspirational settings, cowboy ghost towns and hippie/motorcycle culture haunts. The most popular day or overnight ... Read More »

Back Again in our own Backyard

The unique ecology that is Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is located about 45 minutes from Marco Island. It is a linear swamp forest of about 80,000 acres, which translates to approximately 20 miles long and 5 miles wide. Although it is a part of the state park system, it is actually a state nature preserve and thus, more highly ... Read More »

Native American Heritage of Santa Fe

Native American heritage is an integral part of the culture of New Mexico. Earliest evidence of habitation dates to 25000BC; around 10000BC the Clovis-Paleo hunter gatherers roamed the areas. Anasazi cliff dwellers, the ancient ancestors of the Pueblo people, were here as early as the 12th century BC, although their culture thrived in the years 500BC. With the ascendency of ... Read More »

The Rich Texture of Santa Fe

Situated at 7,000 feet above sea level in the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, the southern range of the Rockies, Santa Fe has a mild climate with an annual rainfall of 14 inches and snowfall of 32 inches. Visiting this capital of New Mexico, three aspects impressed me immediately; the architecture, the art, and the richly textured history ... Read More »

Caveat Emptor

When we travel and are going to be in a location for at least a week, we prefer renting an apartment, condo, or small house. Why? Certainly not for an opportunity to cook. I don’t cook at home, why would I cook on vacation? It is convenient, though, to have a refrigerator for beverages and snacks, as well as a ... Read More »

Far from the Crowds on the Amalfi Coast

By Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net The dramatic landscape of the Amalfi Coast draws throngs of tourists. In fact, during the busiest time of the year, tour buses are only allowed to travel one way on the narrow, twisting main road. The better known towns of Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, and even smaller Ravello become invaded by tour groups during the day. If one ... Read More »

Along the Amalfi Coast…

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net The most popular destinations for tourists visiting the Amalfi Coast in southern Italy are the towns of Amalfi, Positano, Sorrento, and Ravello. The many shops and restaurants in Amalfi reflect its popularity as a stop for tour buses and cruise lines. Shops feature ceramic products, leather goods, jewelry, everything lemon including soaps and candies, and, ... Read More »

Room with a View… the Amalfi Coast

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net On the Amalfi Coast, Atrani, the second smallest commune in Italy, is just a blink of an eye bus ride from the much touristed town that gives the area its name; in many ways it is a world away and it is where we choose to rent an apartment for a couple of weeks. It ... Read More »

Ah! Tuscany

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net The abundant art in the cities. The countryside dotted with dark green cyprus trees and golden fields. The vineyards. There are so many wonderful places to visit in Tuscany, it is difficult to know where to begin when writing about this region of Italy. Within the 10 provinces of Tuscany, there are the tourist draws ... Read More »

Christmas Magic at Disney World

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@gmail.com  Christmastime is magical for the child in all of us at Walt Disney World in Orlando. The crowds can be massive, but visiting early in the season helps avoid the mayhem and many hotels within the resort have special offers the first part of December. First, a few statistics about the holiday decorations at Disney ... Read More »

Gifts for the traveler

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com  This time of year, in anticipation of the holidays, I usually write a column recommending gifts for the traveler. This year, I am going to highlight some of those items I like when traveling, as well as mention some popular and new travel items on the market. For easily traversing the airport, I use a ... Read More »

Tuscany’s second city

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com  While Florence is the big city draw in Tuscany, its ancient rival, Siena, is a favorite of ours. Florence has the art; Siena the charm. Once as great and strong as Florence and fierce adversaries, the Black Death in the 1300’s destroyed a third of the population of Siena and caused irreparable economic harm. In ... Read More »

Quiet moments in Firenze

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com Firenze, or Florence, Italy is a beautiful city full of impressive art and churches that are works of art. It is a Renaissance city that invites a lot of walking and some of the most uneven cobblestone I have ever traversed. There is a long list of “must see” items….the Duomo, the Uffizzi, Piazza Signoria, ... Read More »

Seasons of smoke

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL  Vickie Kelber  vickieonmarco@gmail.com  Summer and early fall in Park City, Utah were marred by countless days of smoke filling the atmosphere, obscuring the normally bluebird skies and bright foliage. Fortunately, it was all smoke and not too much fire. There were two nearby small fires, one caused possibly by sparks from a truck traveling down the highway and ... Read More »

The City Built By Religion

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net Visiting Salt Lake City, the capital of Utah, one can’t help but be touched by the influence of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints (LDS), commonly called Mormons. Although the area was inhabited early by Native Americans and later the property of Mexico, the city was founded by LDS pioneers led by ... Read More »

The Art of Eating in Italy

SPEAKING OF TRAVEL Vickie Kelber vickieonmarco@comcast.net One of the joys of traveling is the opportunity to sample the cuisine of a country or region as well as the culture and rituals surrounding it. In Italy, that joy is manifold. We learned quickly that eating a meal can be an event there. In small towns, and even for some in large cities, ... Read More »