How did you get interested in travel?
An aptitude test at the time of my divorce directed me to a career in travel.
Favorite city or country? why?
Italy because the Italian people are so warm and friendly. The Italian government actually gave me an escorted private seven-day trip to Tuscany.
Best or most interesting travel experience
Taking a group down the Amazon River
Ever met anyone famous?
I traveled in Italy with Kathy McCabe, who writes and publishes the “Dream of Italy” newsletter and now has a PBS series with the same title.
Likes: Reading (five books a week), theater, jazz
Loathes: opinionated people, snakes, extreme heat
Favorite food: homemade pasta
Favorite restaurant: Ristorante Belvedere in Cinque Terre
Something interesting that people might not guess about you
I was raised with Sam Elliott. My stepfather was the fish and game supervisor in Sacramento; Elliott was his boss’s son. We fished, trapped and roamed the countryside together.
A place that you could visit over and over again and not get bored? why?
Hawaii, the Big Island: after 40 years of exploring I still always experience something new, and this island holds the mystery of the ancient kahunas.
The most unforgettable view you’ve ever seen
Sunset in Rome from il Vittoriano
A place you’ve never visited but really hope to get to