Nov 032014
 
Adventures in Dogcations

This year, we were able to get away for a few days for our anniversary. I’ve been wanting to go up North to a dog friendly environment and hike some headlands and river trails. Last year I was too sick to even sit at my computer and this year, though I’m still on plenty of drugs […]

Jun 072013
 
In the Fur

For those 3 readers not following the other 3 readers who follow us on Facebook, here’s a little piece of news: Mr. Wild Dingo and I got to meet some very famous Internet celebrities, in the FUR! Last week, we met up with Norwood and his bean along with Jack, Moo and their hu-mom. What […]

Nov 122012
 
We're So Over that Rainbow

“Something tells me we’re not in Switzerland anymore, Princess.” “Really? What clued you in Sherlock?” WARNING: Educational post to follow. Read at your own risk. Now that we’re so over that rainbow and back to reality,  I want to share what we’ve learned from our experiences in preparing for a long overseas flight with dogs.

Sep 062012
 
The Zen of Controlled Chaos

It wasn’t at all as I expected, Monet’s House and Garden in Giverny. I envisioned a quiet estate, square or round in shape, with a long driveway that would lead to the front. I imagined it unconnected from the noisy, harried world. Instead, it was located in a busy village, where motorists pass right through the middle of the two […]

Apr 192012
 
Probation

Dog lovers generally like or love Loki when they first meet him. They’re fooled by his charm.  Even Bernard, our kennel keeper, had a mile-wide smile the first day he met him. “He’s well-trained,” he said. But that was before he chose to live with the whacka-cracker while we vacation.  The last time we picked up the dogs after […]

Apr 102012
 
Shen Zen

“It is better to do nothing, than to be busy doing nothing.” I’ve had this knot in my stomach all week knowing I’d have to leave the cracker and the criminal at Bernard’s doggie spa and camp this week. Bernard was fairly exhausted by Loki’s crackery on the last stay. There are so many great […]

Mar 262012
 
Eye Candy

When we travel, Mr. Wild Dingo focuses on history and ancient sites. I focus on landscape, culture, city vibe, pretty things and cuisine. So other than my gluttonous indulgence in Italian cuisine, I had only one other mission going to Venice: glass. And lots of it.

Mar 232012
 
Criminal Sighs

Our hotel was just a 1-minute walk from the Bridge of Sighs. The enclosed bridge with the two square windows connects the prisons to the interrogation room in Doge’s Palace, which by the way was much more stunning than I anticipated. A local legend says that lovers will be granted everlasting love and bliss if […]

Mar 222012
 
A Taste of Venice

Maybe I’m biased, but Italian food is hands down, the best cuisine in the world. Most often it’s simply prepared but can be as equally elegant as French cuisine. In Italian cuisine,  flavors are raw, original and not subverted. While French cuisine is complex, flavor can sometimes be hidden or overtaken. Italian food on the other hand, never […]

Mar 062012
 
A Lesson in Luggage Gastronomy

Not long after Mr. Wild Dingo and I moved to Switzerland, we found a perfect pizza joint close to our house. By definition, this joint was homey, rustic, with plenty of miss-matching furniture, packed with locals and a friendly service staff. It even had home delivery and take out services. It seemed like the perfect solution for a […]

Mar 012012
 
Random Scenes Around Crete

 The Venetian Fort overlooking Chania’s outer harbor. Chania, Crete’s Venetian quarter, was the perfect place to stay. For centuries this tiny harbor port area has been fought over and controlled by Minoans, Mycaneans, Romans, Byzantinnes, Ventians, Genoese, Turks and Egyptians.  

Feb 292012
 
Knosos Knockers

“Bulls and boobies,” said Mr. Wild Dingo as we left Knosos, “that pretty much sums up Minoan society.” Well, sorta. There were plenty of other symbols around Knosos.

Feb 282012
 
Minoan Spirals

The first thing you notice about Cretan culture is the impact of spiral design on both ancient Minoan and modern-day art.