At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

At the literal end-of-the-road on Kauai HI

By Eileen Ogintz We’re nearly at the end of the road—literally. The Hanalei Colony Resort on Kauai’s pristine North Shore is past the quirky town of Hanalei with its mix of surf shops, shave ice stands, galleries and restaurants like Bar Arcuda that require...
Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my daughter

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro with my daughter

Originally posted Nov 1, 2010 By Eileen Ogintz It’s well below freezing, and the air is so thin that we have to stop every few steps to breathe. I’ve never been more tired. Childbirth was easier. We haven’t showered in days. Our clothes are filthy, and this is...
TIME TO GO FISHING AGAIN – to a great resort in Canada

TIME TO GO FISHING AGAIN – to a great resort in Canada

Trooper sizes up Lady Evelyn Lake Originally posted April 18, 2011  By Andy Yemma  Hard to believe after one of the snowiest winters I’ve ever experienced, but summer is coming.  And that means fishing.  When our kids were little and we lived in...
The Chick Flies the Coop

The Chick Flies the Coop

Ballymaloe House In Ireland Originally posted May 27, 2010 By Eileen Ogintz “This is going to be the first time truly putting my travel skills from growing up to the test but I know it is just the beginning,” my youngest daughter Mel wrote in the “thank you” note she...
A real pasta machine: in the charming village of Grazie

A real pasta machine: in the charming village of Grazie

Pasta machine at work in Grazie Italy Original post from 2014 By Eileen Ogintz Mantova, Italy (Day Six) — “Come look at our pasta maker,” says Danieela Bellintani who with her husband Fernando own the charming small restaurant La Locanda de le Grazie in the...
Skiing in Austria

Skiing in Austria

Mel and Eileen in Austria Originally posted Oct 11, 2009 By Eileen OgintzTribune Media Services I’ve never seen such wide open slopes — no trees, no houses, just field after field of newly fallen snow. And I’ve never seen my 18-year-old daughter Mel,...
Taking the kids to ski country in summer

Taking the kids to ski country in summer

By Eileen Ogintz Tribune Content Agency Chat up a local in Ski Country and they will tell you they came for the winter and ended up staying for the summer. That would include my daughter Mel, who went to Crested Butte, Colorado, for a season after college and nearly...
Bon Bini from Curacao, a gem in the Southern Caribbean

Bon Bini from Curacao, a gem in the Southern Caribbean

By Eileen Ogintz Bon Bini means welcome in Papiamentu, language of Curacao, a gem of an island with 150,000 people in the Southern Caribbean. Papiamentu emerged as the local language spoken everywhere in this area — from African languages, Spanish, Dutch,...
The Big Apple is back!

The Big Apple is back!

By Eileen Ogintz Shops and restaurants are packed again in New York City. So are museums like the American Museum of Natural History with the new Discover the World of Sharks exhibit (love the touchless interactives!) and the renewed Northwest Coast Hall showcasing...