Far Horizons

(First of two parts)

In late June of 2014 I, along with two other journalists, participated in a trip through Japan’s Kansai region as a guest of the local tourism board. Our 6-day journey focused on utilizing the very efficient railway system to explore the Kyōto, Kinosaki, Osaka and Nara areas of Kansai. 

Being an aficionado of both Japanese cuisine and many aspects of the culture in general, this adventure was right up my alley.

We were accompanied...


(Part 3 of 3)

The final portion of my June 2014 journey to Central America began with a 6-hour transfer by bus from Copán, Honduras, to Guatemala City, Guatemala, followed by a connecting minibus transfer to the beautiful and highly popular colonial city of Antigua. 

Antigua charms

 Built at 1,500 meters’ elevation in an earthquake-prone zone during the 16th century, Antigua was the seat of the Spanish-colonial government for the Kingdom of Guatemala,...

At the Copán ruins in Honduras, the guide Fidel paused at a well-preserved arena. Photos by Randy Keck

(Part 2 of 3)

El Salvador along with Copán in Honduras are the focus of the second part of my report on a June 2014, 4-country visit to Central America, a journey and itinerary partially hosted for me and operated by longtime ITN advertiser SITA World Tours (Encino, CA; 800/421-5643). 

Upon my morning arrival in San Salvador by air from Managua, Nicaragua, I met my new guide, Suzy, and we immediately began an exploration of the hilly capital city, situated in the Salvador...

Granada’s charming, early-19th-century  Hotel Dario. Photo  by Randy Keck
A look at Nicaragua (first of a 3-part series on Central America)
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(Third of three parts, see part one or part two)

In the final part of this series about my November 2013 visit to Madeira, I will address planning a trip to this enchanting Atlantic isle. In addition to touring choices and accommodation suggestions, I will list some activity options that my wife, Gail, and I were not able to fit into this first visit.


Most of the hotels on Madeira are located in and around Funchal. During our 6-night stay, we had the...

Touring the Portuguese island of Madeira, then focusing on Funchal (2 of 3)