Julie L. Kessler

There are plenty of things to do at home during shelter-in-place, including relaxing. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Viral musings: Dealing with cabin fever in the days of COVID-19

A few helpful tips for enduring these unusual times

There are plenty of things to do at home during shelter-in-place, including relaxing. (Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rock formations line turquoise waters along the beautiful four-mile Bondi to Coggee Walk. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three perfect days in sensational Sydney

Clean, walkable city is both friendly and diverse

Rock formations line turquoise waters along the beautiful four-mile Bondi to Coggee Walk. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Along the Yarra River, Melbourne’s CBD is lit up by moon and man. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Four days in magnificent Melbourne

City boasts great dining, diversity, natural wonders, and more

Along the Yarra River, Melbourne’s CBD is lit up by moon and man. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Michelin-starred Hawker Chan’s stall is in Chinatown Complex. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three sensational days in Singapore

Dining experiences abound in charming city-state

Michelin-starred Hawker Chan’s stall is in Chinatown Complex. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Worshippers purify themselves at Ubud’s Tirta Empul Hindu Temple holy springs baths.(Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Travel: Sailing from Singapore to Sydney in luxury

Commencing in Singapore, over 18 days, the Silversea Silver Muse made two stops in Indonesia and five in Australia

Worshippers purify themselves at Ubud’s Tirta Empul Hindu Temple holy springs baths.(Julie Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Grand Velas Los Cabos, and its pools, are enticing from above. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Carpe diem in San Jose del Cabo

Close-by holiday hot spot in Mexico has something for everyone

Grand Velas Los Cabos, and its pools, are enticing from above. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Travelpro Elite 21-inch Expandable Carry-On Spinner

Holiday gift ideas for the traveler in your life

These items may add comfort, save time or relieve stress

Travelpro Elite 21-inch Expandable Carry-On Spinner
An islet near Rangiroa has the perfect beach. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Beyond the bungalow

French Polynesia’s lesser-known Rangiroa, Huahine and Tetiaroa are beautiful isles

An islet near Rangiroa has the perfect beach. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Tarang Arora of Amrapali Jewelry House stands near a section of tribal jewelry displays. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The joy of jewelry in Jaipur

World gemstone capital offers dazzling delights

Tarang Arora of Amrapali Jewelry House stands near a section of tribal jewelry displays. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Our river cruise offered an up-close look at village life on the banks of the Ganges. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Gallivanting on the Ganges

A cruise along India’s sacred river a fascinating West Bengal adventure

Our river cruise offered an up-close look at village life on the banks of the Ganges. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A polar bear on the move is a sight to behold. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Birds, belugas and bears, oh my

Manitoba’s Winnipeg and Churchill region offer amazing cultural and sub-arctic wildlife experiences

A polar bear on the move is a sight to behold. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
DAOU Mountain has verdant vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

An American dream realized in Paso Robles: DAOU Vineyards & Winery

Brothers Georges and Daniel Daou’s passion, dedication are absolute

DAOU Mountain has verdant vineyards. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The entryway of The Ojai Ranch House restaurant is Eden-like. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The oasis that is Ojai

Relaxation, recreation, great dining at Ventura retreat

The entryway of The Ojai Ranch House restaurant is Eden-like. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Montreal’s Observation Wheel, Canada’s highest at 180 feet, is located in the city’s Old Port. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three marvelous days in Montreal

Canada’s second largest city offers European flair, plentiful art

Montreal’s Observation Wheel, Canada’s highest at 180 feet, is located in the city’s Old Port. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Historic buildings and lamp posts near modern skyscrapers balance Toronto’s old and new. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three terrific days in Toronto

Melting pot city has historic treasures, great art, architecture and restaurants

Historic buildings and lamp posts near modern skyscrapers balance Toronto’s old and new. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A 2-month-old mountain gorilla infant clutches to her mother’s back. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The unexpected pleasures of Uganda

Seeing mountain gorillas thriving an unforgettable experience

A 2-month-old mountain gorilla infant clutches to her mother’s back. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Kendwa, on the north shore of Zanzibar, boasts magnificent white sand and calm, turquoise waters. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Zealously relaxing in Zanzibar

Unique history, fine beaches make for a great place to rejuvenate

Kendwa, on the north shore of Zanzibar, boasts magnificent white sand and calm, turquoise waters. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rothschild Giraffes amble along Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Travel: Can’t get enough of Kenya

Unforgettable safari offers an experience of a lifetime

Rothschild Giraffes amble along Kenya’s Great Rift Valley. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Rippling pools bordering the Arabian Gulf under the Abu Dhabi Louvre’s dome near the gallery entrance are ethereally reflective. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three days in Abu Dhabi

Largest Emirate offers something for art lovers, adrenaline junkies, foodies

Rippling pools bordering the Arabian Gulf under the Abu Dhabi Louvre’s dome near the gallery entrance are ethereally reflective. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
A cruise down the Amazon offers the opportunity to witness glorious reflective sunsets. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Ambling on the Amazon

Flora, fauna on Peruvian river cruise inspires awe and amazement

A cruise down the Amazon offers the opportunity to witness glorious reflective sunsets. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)