California Design, 1930 – 1965: Living in a Modern Way

Posted: Tuesday, April 1, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


Dean’s California  — wild, sweaty, important, the land of lonely and exiled and eccentric lovers come to forgather like birds, and the land where everybody somehow looked like broken-down, handsome, decadent movie actors. — Jack Kerouac   I went to California last Wednesday, in something of a time warp. A delightful time warp spanning the […]

Why Not Paris?

Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


A walk about Paris will provide lessons in history, beauty, and in the point of Life. — Thomas Jefferson   It may surprise people who know me, and who know how much I adore Italy and how frankly miserable I am when I’m not in Italy, that my very favorite city is not on the […]

Mohonk (and More) on the Hudson

Posted: Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


I have an unusual relationship with the Hudson River Valley. As an adult living in New York City in the 1970s and ‘80s, the Hudson River formed the ever-present Western border of Manhattan. But even as a child living in the outskirts of New York City, the Hudson was still a presence. When life handed […]

Umbria 2014: Food, Wine and Words — Andiamo!

Posted: Thursday, November 14, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories


It’s Finally Here! Umbria: Food, Wine and Words Eat, drink and find your voice in the green heart of Italy May 23 – May 31 or May 30 – June 7, 2014 Join acclaimed travel writer and blogger Linda Dini Jenkins (that’s me!) for a week-long adventure under the glorious skies of one of Italy’s […]

A Dalmatian Guest Post — and the World’s Most Interesting Man

Posted: Tuesday, October 15, 2013 | Category: GUEST POSTS, Travel Stories


Ed. note: I’ve known Diane for almost 20 years. When she and her husband, Kevin, announced they were going to Croatia for their summer vacation (with the kid) this year, they got a lot of baffled looks…   “Why did you pick Croatia?” some people asked. “What’s so special about Croatia?” others wanted to know. […]

Settlin’ In

Posted: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories


We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. — T. S. Eliot   We’ve been away. But as the mornings are getting chillier and the afternoons shorter, Tim and I are starting to settle in to […]

Salem for People Who Eat

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips


People who love to eat are always the best people. — Julia Child   The City of Salem, Massachusetts has an abundance of treasures: The House of the Seven Gables, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Athenaeum, Phillips House, Ropes Garden, the Maritime National Historic Site, and (dare I say?) the Pickering House. Well, now you can […]

Return of the Jenkii

Posted: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories


  Yoda: No more training do you require. Already know you, that which you need.   Tim and Linda: Then we are the Jenkii?   Yoda: No. Not yet. One thing remains. I-95. You must confront I-95. Then, only then, Jenkii will you be. And confront it you will.   We painted in the rain. […]

Muggle in Paradise

Posted: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Tips, Travel Writing


Happiness can be found even in the darkest of times, when one only remembers to turn on the light. — Professor Albus Dumbledore I am a muggle in love. Since the first Harry Potter book landed on our shores in 1999, I have been hopelessly in love with the world of Hogwarts and the boy […]

Unraveling in Thread City

Posted: Monday, December 31, 2012 | Category: Travel Stories, Travel Writing


It’s inevitable. You move to a new state and you’ve got a laundry list of things to do: change your address with the Post Office, contract for new utilities, make decisions about phone, TV and internet service, order or renew newspapers and magazines . . . and then the most dreaded task of all. The […]