Why Travel Now

Aug 2016

Lately, I must admit that a dark cloud had come over my thought process. All the bad news and divisive rhetoric I was hearing put a heavy weight on my shoulders. I felt paralyzed when I sat down to write; why does sharing what I’m posting on Green With Renvy even matter amongst all this negativity? With everything  going on in the world and more importantly in our country, why is it more important then ever to travel now?

Why travel now aerial of Alaska

AdventureSmith Exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage

Aug 2016

The screech of a hawk is a distinctive and unusual sound for the suburbs of Boston. All week, several of the birds have been flying circles around the tall cedar tree outside my workspace. I feel sure their cry was foreshadowing the call of the raven, the revered bird of the Tlingit. In a few days I will leave to explore the wilds of Alaska, and the raven is just one of the many animals I might encounter.  Salmon and kayaks and glaciers-OH MY! When I heard I would be traveling with AdventureSmith  exploring Alaska’s Inside Passage I could barely contain my excitement about reaching this bucket list destination. The company is an award winning, small ship cruising expert and this particular itinerary is brand new for their clients. It is exciting to know I will be one of the first to experience the route and share that adventure with all of you.

AdventureSmith exploring Alaska's Inside Passage

ArmChair Travel and Weekly Finds

Aug 2016

Can anyone else raise a hand and say they are glad the weekend is here? Phew, it’s been a crazy week and I’m glad the nightly news is off my schedule for a while. It’s positively exhausting being an American these days. Too much emotional energy. So here’s a bit of armchair travel and weekly finds to take your mind to another place, at least for a short while.

link roundup in armchair travel
  • Have you heard of Stellar? It’s a pretty sweet story making application that harks back to before Instagram got all commercial on us. You can travel anywhere on it, and find terrific journeys told by talented storyteller and photographers. Here’s one from Greece with love.
  • In case you missed it, I shared a great cooking hack for grilling littleneck clams. Once you try it, you’ll never look back.
  • Richard Bangs talks about why he’s taking a group to Burma despite objections of the treatment of the minorities in the country. Controversial hotspots don’t stand in the way. I was feeling pretty simpatico with him as I worked on a post about why it’s so important to Travel Now.
  • I’m not really getting the whole Pokeman craze, but this is an interesting read about how people are falling in love with their own cities.
  • Documentary photographer Edward Thompson shows us a different view with infrared film and WOW!
  • Patagonia examines our broken food chain in this short documentary Unbroken Ground  from TreeHugger.
  • Loved being a part of Irene Levine’s post on  using Repurposed Buildings and converting them into hotels around the world.
  • And now for a little pretty-I love everything Green Kitchen Stories manages to creatively come up with. Turning sunflower seeds into tuna-that is a new one for me and I can’t wait to give it a try.

Have a wonderful weekend my friends, enjoy the armchair travel and I’ll see you again soon!

Grilled Clams on Meatless Monday

Aug 2016

Our family getaway retreat on Nantucket is called Clamalot. We’ve been clamming for as long as I can remember. It was an activity we learned in the bay at Fire Island at the time most kids learn to ride a bike. Are you yearning to taste the summer season? Try some grilled clams.

Grilled clams to taste the season of summer.

Recently, we’ve been trying to pass the torch for opening the raw bivalves, a task easier said then done. Although I’m starting to get the hang of it, I recently discovered what can only be called a clam hack: grilled clams. I might never look back.

Sanctuary at Sant Pere del Bosc-Costa Brava

Jul 2016

Lloret de Mar in Costa Brava is well known for its beautiful coastline, and along the water is where most visitors choose to stay. I would however, recommend venturing off the beaten path and staying at least a night ( preferably 2 or 3) in one of the areas most scenic hotels. In a unique environment, up a long dusty road dotted with hikers carrying walking sticks, you will find sanctuary at Sant Pere del Bosc.

Sant Pere del Bosc Hotel and Spa in Lloret de Mar, Spain

The hotel and spa are located in an restored and renovated monastary and your stay here will be a luxurious one. Historically, the property has gone through many transformations. Situated 5 km from the town center of Lloret de Mar, the estate originally belonged to a fisherman’s guild and was tied to the fishing tradition of Costa Brava. Dating back to the 10th century, the property contains a small chapel called Sant Pere Salu. Members of the Benedictine order inhabited the monastery until 1694, when it was set afire by French invaders. The monks were thereafter incorporated into Sant Pere de Galligans and the monastery was closed.