Bob and Janice Kollar's Blog (37)

The Winsome Wine Country of Paso Robles, California

The city of Paso Robles is located in San Luis Obispo County in central California.  It's famous for the 200-plus wineries covering over 40,000 acres of planted…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on February 15, 2019 at 1:09pm — No Comments

The Street Food of Sayulita on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit


The unpretentious pueblo known as Sayulita is located on the Riviera Nayarit in Mexico and has a magnetic personality that keeps drawing us back.  This beach town is just north of Puerto Vallarta, but as we've noted before, it’s a world removed from…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on December 2, 2017 at 11:27am — No Comments

Creating Cuisine in Sayulita on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit

What is it about Sayulita on the Mexico's Riviera…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on September 18, 2017 at 2:46am — No Comments

Good Vibrations in Sayulita on Mexico's Riviera Nayarit

We heard about a sleepy little fishing village just north of Puerto Vallarta from friends who had visited the area and found this relatively hidden gem of a vacation destination, situated on a prime section of sandy beachfront with a long, gentle surf break of warm, clear water.…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on August 30, 2017 at 6:42am — No Comments

Enjoying Cajun Hospitality in New Iberia, Louisiana


New Orleans has the well-known reputation of party town central and an amazing assortment of fine dining establishments all wrapped up in a boisterous and lively bundle... think Mardi Gras festivities as standard fare concluding with gusto on the weekend.

But there really is a lot more to…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on May 15, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

A Mystical Journey on a River in a Cave on the Yucatan Peninsula


During a recent visit to Playa del Carmen on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, we became fascinated by the Mayan Culture and their spiritual history.  In addition to the dozens of ancient pyramid-temple ruins that are spread throughout the area, there are also numerous revered underworld caves to explore.

The Rio Secreto ( was a highly recommended tour company that specializes in a…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on March 30, 2017 at 7:06am — No Comments

The “Painted Stone” : Celestún on Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula



On a recent visit to Mérida, the capital city of Yucatan State, we opted for a side trip to the Reserva de la Biosfera Ria Celestun (Celestun Biosphere Reserve).

This protected, coastal wetland reserve and wildlife refuge encompasses over 147,000 acres and showcases their hugh flocks of vibrant pink Caribbean flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber). The flamingo nesting area was one thing, but pink was not the only…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on March 11, 2017 at 5:02pm — No Comments

Los Dos Cooking School in Merida, Mexico; Remembering Chef David Sterling

In pursuit of the holy grail of Yucatecan Mexican cuisine we selected the renowned “Los Dos” cooking school, created by the famous chef David Sterling, which is located in Merida, the capital of Yucatan state. We were not disappointed.

Merida Orientation

In the course of booking the class we developed a rapport with David and he proved to be a remarkable source of information about his beloved…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on January 25, 2017 at 1:56pm — No Comments

The Lost Tradition of Sending a Postcard


Once upon a time, maybe only ten years ago, sending a postcard from Italy (for example) was a well thought out undertaking designed to share your experiences and to mischievously remind your friends and family that you were “here” and they were “there”.

It was a time-tested ritual that has unfortunately gone out of fashion due to the advances in technology.

Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

In the “Old Days” the postcard…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on January 7, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Visiting Another Side of Mexico: the Yucatan Peninsula

There is Mexico and there is the Mexican state of Yucatan. The former gets a lot of negative (and often unfair) press and the latter hardly gets mentioned (unlike the resorts of next-door state Quintana Roo, Cancun and the Riviera Maya).  Being inquisitive slow-travelers who prefer the “unusual,” we did a lot of research and discovered the essence of a…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on November 28, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Two Ways to Explore Walled Medieval Lucca in Tuscany, Italy

Lucca is a captivating walled medieval city located in Tuscany, one of Italy’s most visited regions.  The exploration of a destination city can be either measured in hours or in days - day tripper versus slow traveler. And we encourage the latter whenever possible… so stop and smell the pizza!

The Day Tripper’s View of Lucca…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on October 16, 2016 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Road Trip's End: Road Weary & Homesick in Stuttgart



Our “ultimate European road trip” terminated in Stuttgart, Germany where we dropped off our once brand-new Macan S, which we named Max, at the Porsche factory for its shipment home. 

After being on the road for almost 30 days driving through Germany, Austria, Italy, and Switzerland,…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on September 9, 2016 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Grounded in Konstanz, Germany

Our “ultimate European road trip” started in Stuttgart, Germany after we picked up our brand-new Porsche Macan S from the factory, now heads back north to Stuttgart as we conclude our extended vacation.  Our…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on July 28, 2016 at 6:26pm — No Comments

To Konstanz, Germany - Both Under & Over the Alps



Our “ultimate European road trip,” started in Suttgart, Germanyafter we picked up our brand-new…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on June 20, 2016 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Exquisite Lake Lugano, the 'Little Lake in the Middle'

Our recent “ultimate European road trip” now heads north through Italy's lake country, stopping at Lake Lugano, between Garda and Maggiore. About two thirds of this lake's shoreline is in Switzerland and about one third in Italy, resulting in a blending of their respective cultures which creates a unique as well as charming…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on May 29, 2016 at 11:00am — No Comments

Excursion's on Italy’s Coast: Cinque Terre, Liguria




The Cinque Terre ("Five Lands") is a quintet of hillside villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola and Riomaggiore, part of the Cinque Terre National Park and with the distinction of being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

One of Italy’s most beautiful and colorful collection of picture perfect villages embedded in the cliffs overlooking the…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on April 30, 2016 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Excursions on Italy's Liguria Coast: Marble Capital Carrara


We established our base camp in Sestri Levante and settled into an eight-night vacation rental in the center of town.  On previous trips to this area we saw the white mountains surrounding the village of Carrara and made a note to someday add it to one of our itineraries… today was the day! 

Tunnels and Caves in the Hills of Carrara, Italy

The drive from Sestri was less than two…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on April 10, 2016 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Ultimate European Road Trip, Part 10: Sestri Levante & Liguria, Italy



Our Porsche Macan road trip started in Stuttgart continues from the Lake Garda area in the north of Italy to the west coast and the Italian Riviera.…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on March 21, 2016 at 7:07am — No Comments

A Ferry Ride Back in Time to the Roman Villa Ruins on Lake Garda, Italy


The “Rapid” Ferry

When we planned this vacation, Lake Garda's Simio Peninsula, Sirmione, and its Roman villa ruins became a magnet, and we scheduled a day trip back into history to visit an ancient vacation site of extremely wealthy Roman citizens.

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles - But We Choose the Ferry System…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on February 24, 2016 at 9:31am — No Comments

On Lake Garda, the Poet & the Dictator Who Shaped the Destiny of Italy


Villa of Gabriele D’Annunzio

A Surprise Discovery in Gardone Rivera

We selected the town of Gardone Rivera, on the shores of Lake Garda, because of its proximity to the Sirmione Peninsula and the archaeological site of well preserved Roman ruins.

We usually plan some “open…


Added by Bob and Janice Kollar on January 29, 2016 at 12:02pm — No Comments

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