Friday, November 20, 2015

Peru Pa'Ti

Just arriving in Lima and my hotel room is not ready I wandered the neighborhood and found this amazing Local Organic coffee house .... Bar.... Shop ....Bakery... one stop food Heaven!
PeruPa Ti
They are curating some of the finessed chocolate and coffee from local sources in Peru which are getting world wide acknowledgment and  acclaim
 Well, I had a fabulous coffee, actually Cacoccino :-)
Made by Maria... I bought 2 cups ...and the second ..she decorated with a ¿pig? ...... It was really cute!!! 

Lima Peru South America What whaaaat

Off for another adventure... So excited to get this new passport and camera to work 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Wednesday, September 9, 2015

African Interview

So excited to be featured on Zoom Vactions blog as Photography contributor 
Take a look

make sure to check out a selection of my photography from the August tour on

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Portraits in NYC

I jokingly commented on my friend/colleague, soft good stylist, Steven's photography skills when he posted a picture of himself on line  for his 62 birthday. 
Well I was fortunate enough that he let me photograph him and we had such a fun afternoon taking images and  catching up!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Mazinyane Pre School

Amazing visit to Mazinyane Pre School 

Saturday, August 15, 2015


Capetown is such a blur of sights and sounds fun experiences
from the Planet Bar at the Mount Nelson Hotel to  the Wine Country Tour and  Stellenbosch and Meerlust Wine Estate Tasting experience and  Lunch at La Petite Ferme Restaurant and visit the village of Franschhoek and then to Cape Peninsula and Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve and dinner at The Test Kitchen and not to forget visit to the top of Table Mountain

Friday, August 14, 2015

Lunch with Chef Latiefa Larney

Such a highlight having a traditional Cape Malay meal prepared for us by the Amazing private chef  Latiefa
Cape Malay cuisine is such a flavorful  taste of the history of South Africa, using spices on the trade routes from India and the east with local  seasonal ingredients available in South Africa.
 She made me a complete vegetarian meal!!!! Unbelievably Delicious!!!

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens South Africa

Some of the rare and beautiful colors and textures from my visit... and remember this is winter.
 The Botanical Gardens are considered one of the most important horticultural spaces in the
world as it is home to an extremely rare collection of flora.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Grootbos Caves tour to a Spectacular Sunset

 I had been so interested in the "future tour" we had to race to see the ancient caves with artifacts dating back 8000 years. It was a hike but the timing could not have been more perfect. The sun blasted out from a cloudy day and gave me the most spectacular sunset at the ocean

Sustainability Grootbos

I was able to take part in the "future tour" of  Grootbos. It explained a program run by the hotel in environmental sustainability for the hotel and local township. I learned that a majority of the food and plant life in and around the hotel was grown at a local farm...all possible waste from the garden was composted...seed saving...farming  and there was a training program to teach the locals in these processes, with classes available in hospitality service all leading to jobs within the respectful industries  

After the farm we were privalaged to visit the township... where I learned of "Smilie" roasted..smoked goats head.... Thank you but Im a vegetarian 

Horseback Grootbos

Beautiful morning exploring the landscape of Grootbos on Horseback.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Forest Lodge at Grootbos

After arriving from the blue train we made out way along the coast 2hr east of Cape-town to Grootbos and the Forest Lodge. It was an unbelievably beautiful and serene location.
I was overcast most of the day there ...and I was constantly reminded by locals that it typical winter weather. I found it so calming and the colors to be so lush and peaceful.
The food was sensational and presented so beautifully.. many vegetarian options but I could not resist photographing the ostrich burger, spectacular presentation.
We were fortunate to be invited to a private  candle light dinner in the wine cellar.... I had some fun with our servers.

At the end of the day the sun would break for the most awe-inspiring sunsets

Landscapes of South Africa from Blue Train

Again with the extremes...... and South Africa/Africa is Huge! 
It so much bigger and diverse than I imagined