36 posts by ellenoffner@comcast.net

South Africa

"During my long walk to freedom, I had the rare privilege to visit Londolozi.  There I saw people of all races living in harmony amidst the beauty that Mother Nature offers. Londolozi represents a model of the dream I cherish for the future of nature preservation in our country."   Nelson Mandela  Our trip to South Africa started in Capetown, where we visited Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned, continued on the Garden Route with stops in Franschoek, De Rust, and ... Continue Reading


Our itinerary included: Lisbon Sintra, Tivoli Palacio de Seteais Évora, Convento do Espinheiro There are great museums in Lisbon, including the  Calouste Gulbenkian (see photo above) located near Praça de Espanha, with one of the finest art collections in Europe,  and the Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, in the city’s Santos district, Portugal’s national gallery with the largest collection of Portuguese paintings in the country. The Museu Nacional do Azulejo is dedicated to ... Continue Reading


NORTHERN ITALY 2014 Florence (Tuscany), Emilia-Romagna (Ravenna & Bologna), Lombardy (Milan), March 2014 Florence, home of friends near the Arno River, walking distance to the Ponte Vecchio; the Historic Center of Florence is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Favorite restaurant: Buca Lapi (reservations a must, we had eaten here during our first trip to Italy in 1966 and the food and ambience were marvelous both times) Favorite family-owned jewelry shop, Ore Due (short walk from the ... Continue Reading


Berkshire County in western Massachusetts draws travelers from around the world with its many varied attractions: The Appalachian Trail and many other great hiking options; Tanglewood, the summer home of the renowned Boston Symphony Orchestra; The world-famous summer dance festival at Jacobs Pillow in Becket on Jacobs Ladder Road, with its outdoor Inside/Out outdoor stage for performances by students and fledgling dance companies; Shakespeare & Company in Lenox; ... Continue Reading


In 2001, we traveled to Morocco with another couple, and were enthralled with the beauty, the exotic culture, the markets, the exquisite lodgings, and the enticing cuisine. We travelled to: Marrakesh The Medina of Marrakesh is a UNESCO World Heritage Site Essaouira The Medina of Essaouira is a UNESCO World Heritage Site The High Atlas Mountains Marrakesh is enchanting with its lively square, labyrinthine market, inviting riads, and luxurious hotels.  We stayed at ... Continue Reading


We traveled to Guatemala in 1999 for a meeting of the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Western Hemisphere Region, Board of Directors, on which I had the honor of serving.  The meeting was held in Antigua, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Antigua is an exquisite colonial city with a beautiful square, charming hotels, terrific restaurants, shops, and crafts markets, and several excellent language schools where people come from far and wide for Spanish immersion classes.  The IPPF ... Continue Reading