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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)
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)