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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!

 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

When planning a trip do you secretly yearn for exotic locales but always seem to end up on the same old vacation? This summer, don’t spend another week sprawled out on the beach. With a proliferation of options and the recent unveiling of National Geographic Adventures, there’s never been a

 Photo credit: serge de garcia With freezing temperatures and the weekly snowstorm dropping inches upon inches of snow, what’s a bored, depressed New Yorker to do? Thanks to the Openhouse Gallery and their “Park Here” exhibition, they can go to the park and get a glimpse of spring.Actually, it’s

2010 turned out to be an incredibly liberating travel year for me. With a brief stint of unemployment came a robust time of opportunity, full of adventures and exciting destinations. Here are my top 10 places that I visited in the past 12 months… 10. Taupo,New Zealand Taupo itself isn’t the most

I can officially say that I hiked the bottom of the Grand Canyon. BACKGROUND After 13 months of planning, countless "prep" hikes, two flights and a 4 hour drive, we finally arrived to the Bright Angel trail head on the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. I have to say that when

The quest to accomplish my top 55 Places begins! At 9:00 am on October 1st, 2009, the phone lines for Phantom Ranch Cabins in the Grand Canyon opened, ready to begin accepting NEXT October's reservations. I had heard that getting a coveted spot was incredibly competitive and intense, so Mom, Dad

THIS BLOG IS RE-POSTED FROM A TRAVEL CHANNEL STAFF CONTEST... WE WERE ASKED WHICH WORLD BEACH WE'D MOST WANTED TO BE STRANDED, AND THIS WAS MY RESPONSE! On which world beach would you most like to be stranded? I consider myself a bit of a “beach enthusiast,” and I’ve been lucky to

After 4 nights in beautiful Santa Monica, I got up really early on my birthday, Thursday February 12th, to head to Anaheim. With only one day in Disneyland, I wanted to get there as early as possible to see as much as I could with the little time I had.It's

I've been working in TV nearly 7 years, and have never made it to southern California for work. I've worked with a lot of LA-based production companies, dealt with the time difference for conference calls and had to listen to them gloat about the nice weather during the winter, but

After 8 hours, 450 miles, and 15 Cracker Barrels, I’m finally home after a great New Years Eve trip to the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee. I’ve never been down to this part of the US before, and while I admit there was some culture shock (11 rows of bibles in the

Another couple of days have gone by, and I'm long overdue for an update! Things are still going great- can you believe the week is half over?? Monday night and Tuesday, we stuck pretty close to home. With a couple notables.After blogging on Monday night, I rushed upstairs for our