The Rock-Hewn Churches of Lalibela, Ethiopia

he small town of Lalibela is best known for the 11 monolithic churches that were chiseled out of the basalt bedrock of the region.  In the 12th century, when Muslim conquests put a stop to Christian pilgrimages to the holy land, King Lalibela set out to construct  a “New Jerusalem” in Ethiopia. The churches are …

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Sumba malaria clinic and school outing

In the late 80’s Claude and Petra Graves arrived on the island of Sumba, fell in love with it, and started making plans to build an eco-friendly resort. As a part of the plan the Graves’ started the Sumba Foundation; the foundation’s mission was to help improve the lives of the local residents. In 2012 Christopher …

Aspen, Colorado

I grew up in Colorado and definitely miss it at times.  I recently paid a visit to a client who lives in Aspen and had a chance to enjoy a couple of days hiking and just enjoying the amazing scenery...

Cannes, France

Cannes... great city! Most people associate it with luxury hotels, opulent boutiques, impressive yachts and the "rich and famous".  All these things exist in Cannes -- but it is also a city filled with culture, history, art, and wonderful back alley markets and cafes. Life in Cannes is a little slower and people take their leisure time …

Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto was once the imperial capital of Japan; today it's a bustling city filled with the perfect mixture of industry and culture.  Located in a valley surrounded by three mountains, Kyoto's climate ranges from cold snowy winters to stiflingly hot and humid summers.  Kyoto is known for its numerous temples and shrines (1600 Buddhist temples, …