Oslo, Norway, Scandinavia

Awesome Oslo – part 1

Oslo exudes a modern esthetic all its own.  While it may not have the charm of its Scandinavian counterparts Stockholm and Copenhagen, the Norwegian capital is firmly committed to the 21st century with stunning architecture and a vast underground highway network that makes it a pedestrian friendly city. Aker Brygge is a relatively new neighborhood that is home to numerous restaurants, art galleries and trendy shops. … Continue reading Awesome Oslo – part 1

Mingalaba Myanmar – Part I – Inle Lake

Myanmar is at the top of my “re-visit” list.  The people are extremely friendly, the food is delicious and scenery is beyond compare.  Now is the time to plan a trip to Myanmar as November – March has the best weather (at least for those of us who dislike heat, humidity and monsoons).  There are many wonderful spots, but I highly recommend a night or … Continue reading Mingalaba Myanmar – Part I – Inle Lake

How I Remember

I spent this weekend at the Sun Valley Writers’ Conference. This year’s theme was “How Do We Remember” and featured  Anthony Doerr, Mary Roach, William Dalrymple and a host of other talented authors.  Their presentations over the four days provided great food for thought especially regarding creative process and expression.  During one of the breaks, I went for a short hike over terrain that had … Continue reading How I Remember

Make New Friends

and keep the old! This is the vision behind travelmagnolia. For me, a highlight of travel is meeting and getting to know new people. Another  is sharing my experiences and photos.  I hope new friends will connect with me via this blog and share their travels as well, while the friends I have made near and far will be able to keep track of me, at least virtually! … Continue reading Make New Friends