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Inspiration Tag

Spring is by far the most enticing time in Washington, DC. People wearily come out of their homes, tentatively shed their winter jackets and begin to marvel at the changing seasons. The famous cherry blossoms, a gift from the people of Japan in 1912, surround the tidal basin and create

Queenstown. How fitting is it that New Zealand's adventure capital is also one of the most pristine, most simply beautiful cities in their country? Well worth a stop on any South Island trip, take the gondola high up to the scenic overlook, spend the afternoon reading in the Queenstown

Milford Track. The 3 day, 33 mile hike in New Zealand's majestic Fiorland is the lushest, greenest environment I've ever seen. The hike is often otherworldly- like a background imported directly out of the movie Avatar. It's a botanic wonderland filled with draping moss, ferns, crookedly ancient trees, bubbling brooks,

Early morning at Milford Sound. On this particular morning, the sun was out. It was early enough that the dozens of tour operators coming from Queenstown hadn't yet set sail on the water, and all was still. I was lucky to capture this reflection, to have this private encounter with

This week, I'm keeping it in the family. The Snapshot of the Week is generously provided by JoAnn Ricchiuti, my mother with a keen eye for beautiful places. Always with a camera in hand, I learned everything I know about photography from her. Sunrise, my favorite time of the day!

January 11, 2001. I coughed in the ancient Italian cathedral. Loudly. It was the kind of cough that goes on and on; the persistent itch you can't get rid of and if you try you just end up making it worse. Inside San Miniato’s stone walls, my coughs echoed throughout the

 I took this photo last week, on a late afternoon walk on the Palm Beach lake trail into West Palm Beach, Florida. This Giant Kapok Tree was planted in 1887 and is a landmark to walkers-by and boaters alike, and I was taken by its delicate silhouette against the urban

 Somewhere along the winding roads of Tuscany, this photo was taken. I was on the back of a speeding vespa with one hand held firmly around the waist of an Italian boy and the other furiously snapping away, trying to get the perfect shot that represented the countryside in summer.After

With so much of the US under a blanket of snow I couldn't resist...     Somewhere on the Beagle Channel, all the way down at the southernmost tip of South America, are an outcropping of little islands filled with seals. On this day towards the end of October, snow

Everyone knows that adventure sports are all the rage in New Zealand. But sometimes, life is best lived at a slower pace. Kayaking to Hahei's spectacular Cathedral Cove on the Coromandel Peninsula is the perfect balance of both.***To contribute to the "Snapshot of the Week" feature, please review the submission

It's tough having perma-wanderlust. Regardless of whether I'm freshly back from some amazing adventure or completely desperate for anything remotely resembling a three day weekend, I can't stop looking ahead to where I'm going next. So, with this inherent wanderlust I am constantly saying "oh, I'd love to go there" about