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GRANADA, NICARAGUA

Tuesday February 21, 2017

I love color when we travel. For anyone who has seen my Instagram feed, exotic places dripping with reds, purples, blues and yellows are where I’m happiest. So as I was planning this trip to Nicaragua, it was no surprise that Granada was at the top of my “must” list. The colonial gem was a maze of cooridors adorned in colorful facades with no rhyme or reason to their color schemes – a green market, next to an orange restaurant, next to a blue shop, next to a pink home. And these rainbow arteries weaved all through the city center, a colorful little dreamland …

OMETEPE, NICARAGUA

Sunday February 12, 2017

It had been a few years since I was last in Central America, and recently I found myself with the itch for a return visit. We’d traveled through Belize and Honduras previously, where I was swept away by colonial towns, vibrant markets, ancient ruins, pristine dive sites and delicious cuisine. On both trips, we adventured our way through the mainland before heading east to visit offshore islands in the Caribbean. I was desperate to go back. Nicaragua was next on my hit list and once again I wanted to start on the mainland, and then end things with island vibes surrounded by Caribbean blues. Obsessed with my plan to ditch the California cold for tropical heat in the middle of winter, I booked a roundtrip ticket down to Managua …

PORTOFINO, ITALY

Sunday January 22, 2017

Portofino, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Portofino, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Portofino, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Portofino, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

Portofino, Italy www.bucketlistbums.com

My love affair with Portofino started the moment we pulled into the darling coastal village. A colorful gem on the Italian Riviera, the place looked too picturesque to be real. Our first morning in town, I wanted to pinch myself as we walked down to the vibrant waterfront and found ourselves surrounded by pastel storefronts, cobbled squares, seafood restaurants and the sparkling Liguria Sea. It was like stepping into a perfect European postcard …