For the love of lotus, Inle Lake, Myanmar

I recently returned from Inle Lake, Myanmar, where my husband and I stayed at Myanmar Treasure Resort. Rooms at the resort sit on stilts above the lake, lotus flowers abound, daily opening and closing, following the movement of the sun. When we first crossed the walkway from the lake shore to the resort, I thought…

Shwedagon Paya – Yangon, Myanmar, March 2019

Today I visited Shwedagon Paya, one of Buddhism’s most sacred sites. “Legend has it that there’s been a stupa on Singuttara Hill for 2600 years…” Lonely Planet, Myanmar (Burma). Part of my morning ritual (at home and abroad) is pulling two cards from Kayce S. Hughlett  soulstrolling inspiration deck  – adding focus to my day. Prior…

Fifteen minutes, crossing the threshold – Bangalore, India, March 2019

“A SoulStroller enters each day with curiosity and openness, willing to let the world fall in.” Kayce S. Hughlett, SoulStroller: experiencing the weight, wings and whispers of the world. Exiting the doors of the WelcomHotel, Bengalaru, this morning, I took note of what I heard, saw and smelled within fifteen minutes of walking outside: a…

Curiosity and Wonder – Belleville, Paris, February, 2019

“Boulangerie, fromagerie, poissoneries, laverie” yet another sing song melody in my head as I soulstroll the streets of Belleville, Paris, 19th arr.  Practicing the days intention: “step forward with both feet planted in …curiosity and wonder.” Danielle Doby, I am her tribe. Architecture and street art. Mural on the side of a building with a…

February Paris Sunshine, 2019

Sunlight particles reflect off the cream building, changing its hue to light pink. Blue skies, classic La Tour Eiffel, shared humanity embracing sunshine warmth on the banks of the Seine. Grateful for rare warm, sunlight February days in Paris. C’est le mieux. Note to self: Embrace beauty. Have a sense of humor. Live in the…

Narbonne, Carcassone, Cassoulet, and Vineyards: France – October, 2018

“Let’s stroll by the seaside, take a walk by the seaside, soak up sun by the seaside, sip espresso by the seaside.” This has a delightful melody in my head; which, unfortunately, dear reader, you are unable to hear. Invitation: next time you stroll by the seaside, see which version you create 🙂 Dimanche, Sunday,…

Occitanie, South West France, October, 2018

“may my heart always be open to little birds who are the secrets of living.”  E.E. Cummings I awoke to the sound of chattering birds, roosters greeting the morning, and a gentle breeze blowing the curtains. Hotel Riberach in Bélesta was ‘home’ for 3 nights. The hotel, restaurant and cave (winery) have a snail as their…

Hydra, Greece, October 2018

What is it about the sea that makes my heart happy? I am here now. My soulstrolling friend, Kayce Stevens Hughlett, and I, said ‘yes’ to a writers retreat on Hydra, one of the Saronic Islands, located in the Aegean Sea. Aboard the Flying Dolphin from Piraeus we pulled 2 cards from the soulstrolling inspiration…

Athens, Greece, October 2018

Here’s the thing about renting spaces I haven’t stayed:  hopeful it’s as beautiful as the photos, curious – really, it has this view? Airbnb studio, Acropolis View Awe, gratitude, ‘this is my life!’ voiced and heart filled responses. After returning the rental car outside Athens airport (transported by a kind and at the quoted price driver…

“Kalimera” Nafplio, Galaxidi, Delphi, Eleusis – October, 2018

“Kalimera,” Welcome.  Kayce Stevens Hughlett and I had begun our soulstrolling Greece adventure. After meeting at the Athens airport, we drove our Nissan Micro to the beautiful seaport town of Nafplio, near the north end of the Argolic Gulf, in the Peloponnese region. Kyveli Suites was our ‘home’ for the night (thanks to Vanessa Sage for the recommendation). After…

“Do I turn, or not turn?” Istria, Croatia

For a week in May, 2018, my adventurous, SoulStrolling friend, Kayce S. Hughlett and I hiked from one hilltop town to the next in Istria, Croatia. It was filled with new adventures, laughter, thundershowers, mud elevated shoes, copious amounts of food, shots of espresso, abundant hospitality, stunning landscapes and conversations with animals. The chickens say hello…