Julie L. Kessler

The Star Clipper’s Royal Clipper sails off the coast of St. Lucia. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)

Sailing away on the Star Clippers’ Royal Clipper ship

An interlude from the urban metropolis. Check. Warm, clear waters on balmy…

The Star Clipper’s Royal Clipper sails off the coast of St. Lucia. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)
The east facing guesthouse on the grounds of the Taj Mahal is striking at sunrise. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)

India’s Golden Triangle: From Delhi to Jaipur

Traveling in India can often be a tumultuous dance of noise, color…

The east facing guesthouse on the grounds of the Taj Mahal is striking at sunrise. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)
Royal marching bands proceed toward Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)

London at the Centenary

There is always a good reason to visit London. While the weather…

Royal marching bands proceed toward Westminster Abbey on Armistice Day. (Courtesy Julie L. Kessler)
The walking path along Vancouver’s Coal Harbour waterfront is beautiful in the fall. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three perfect days in Vancouver

Amid the Coast Mountain range and the Pacific, Vancouver is heralded as…

The walking path along Vancouver’s Coal Harbour waterfront is beautiful in the fall. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The view of central Lisbon from one of the city’s many hilltops is spectacular. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Three lovely days in Lisbon

Portugal in general and Lisbon in particular remains an excellent urban value…

The view of central Lisbon from one of the city’s many hilltops is spectacular. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
The view from the room on Fiji's Tokoriki Island Resort is stunning. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Fabulous Fiji: Where warm welcomes never cease

When one thinks of Fiji, one imagines beautiful South Pacific islands, resplendent,…

The view from the room on Fiji's Tokoriki Island Resort is stunning. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Anuradhapura’s third century Jetavanarama Dogoba, once the world’s third tallest building. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The resounding rebirth of Sri Lanka

This mango-shaped island nation has become South Asia’s symbol of rebirth, going…

Anuradhapura’s third century Jetavanarama Dogoba, once the world’s third tallest building. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
One of Inle Lake’s many lone fisherman balancing with a long pole on his narrow boat as he maneuvers his net. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

The ins and outs of Burma’s Inle Lake

Burma’s eastern Shan state is home to more than 35 of the…

One of Inle Lake’s many lone fisherman balancing with a long pole on his narrow boat as he maneuvers his net. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)
Conical hatted farmers toil in fields just a few minutes from the Irrawaddy’s edge. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)

Rediscovering The Road to Mandalay: Cruising the Irrawaddy River

Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham and George Orwell wrote extensively of Burma’s colonial…

Conical hatted farmers toil in fields just a few minutes from the Irrawaddy’s edge. (Julie L. Kessler/Special to S.F. Examiner)