Belle Photo Essays

One of our favorite kinds of travel inspiration is through photography.

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Instagram of the Week: Santa Maria Maggiore, Italy

The #historic town of Santa Maria #Maggiore, #Italy near the border with #Switzerland is located in the #Vigezzo #Valley in the #Piedmont region. The surrounding area is sometimes called the “Valley of the painters." A range of leisure activities, from the #energetic to the #relaxing…

Day One: Sea of Cortez Cruise Moments

Unlike other natural wonders in and around North America, such as Hawaii and Alaska, a cruise on the Sea of Cortez begins as a mystery. Before this trip last week, I'd never read about this sea that lies between mainland Mexico and Baja California, nor…
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2012: An Emotional Year of Travel in Photos

Personally and professionally 2012 has been an extremely challenging year for me. There I said it. On one hand I'm pretty good at hiding behind rosy words and photographs. But over time, eventually something has to give. Without meaning to sound either cryptic or mysterious,…

Friday Photos: Gold and the Grand Place in Brussels

The theme for this week's #FriFotos on Twitter is "gold." I couldn't think of a better time to do a post about Brussels' magnificent Grand Place. Often you hear people bemoan the fact that on the day they visited the Grand Place in Brussels, Belgium,…

Friday Photos: Have a Seat

Imagine my surprise this week when I heard that the theme for this week's #FriFotos on Twitter was "Chairs." And here I thought I was the only crazy travel person who came home from each trip with lots of photographs of them! Lourmarin, Provence, outside…