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 […]

The Things I Carry . . .

Posted: Tuesday, February 4, 2014 | Category: Travel Tips


 . . . with apologies to Tim O’Brien. His book, The Things They Carried, is one of my top five books of all time and has absolutely nothing to do with what I’m about to write.   It’s trip planning season again. At least that’s what all my travel blog colleagues are writing about in […]


Posted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 | Category: Travel Tips


Second Sunday Chowder & Lectures at Salem’s Oldest House Ed. note: I’m crossing over right now, folks, from my job as travel writer to my job as Executive Director of the Pickering Foundation in Salem, Massachusetts. I’m so pleased about the lunch and lecture series that we’ve put together for the Winter 2014 season, that […]

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 […]

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 […]

Umbria: Save the Date!!!

Posted: Wednesday, June 5, 2013 | Category: Travel Tips


  Umbria: Food, Wine & Words  Eat, drink and find your voice in the “green heart of Italy”  May 30 – June 7, 2014   Join acclaimed travel writer and blogger Linda Dini Jenkins for a week-long adventure under the glorious skies of one of Italy’s most beautiful regions. This adventure is limited to eight […]

Parla italiano? You already know more than you think!

Posted: Thursday, May 30, 2013 | Category: Travel Tips


Twin words are the most valuable and overlooked gift in language acquisition. — Susan Elizabeth Nus   I love the sound of Italian. As I child, I could listen to my father and grandfather talk to each other for hours and never get bored. Sometimes, with the help of hand gestures, arm movements that took […]

La Bella Musica: Italy’s Music Scene

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2013 | Category: Travel Tips


I think music in itself is healing. It’s an explosive expression of humanity. It’s something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we’re from, everyone loves music. — Billy Joel   Purtroppo, I will not be going to Italy this year. Regrettable, indeed.  I’ve been away two years in a row now, and I’m […]

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 […]

Return to Ravenna

Posted: Thursday, January 24, 2013 | Category: Travel Tips, Travel Writing


 Adieu! Adieu! yon silver lamp, the moon,     Which turns our midnight into perfect noon,     Doth surely light thy towers, guarding well     Where Dante sleeps, where Byron loved to dwell. —   Oscar Wilde, Ravenna   There are only a few places in Italy that Tim and I have gone back to. Major airport […]