Sights and Sojourns

At the Crossroads, a Clue

At the Crossroads, a Clue

It was 2:00 a.m., Abu Dhabi time. The airport was deserted. A man with beautiful blue-black skin and thick curly hair beckoned to her on the other side of the glass as he waved some documents. Annabel hesitated but approached upon noticing the familiar hotel logo on the documents.  She was exhausted from the long […]

Black Forests and Pink Dreams

Black Forests and Pink Dreams

Black Forest; the words conjured an image of a slice of velvety dark chocolate and soft, creamy icing topped by a perfect single cherry.  A delicate plate patterned with blue Iris flowers and silver leaves cradled this tempting mental image.  I could almost smell the coffee aroma of swirling smoke coming from the matching blue […]

Silent Souvenir

Silent Souvenir

The first time I saw Tiananmen Square, it was teeming with humanity, a giant tapestry of color in shimmering waves of motion.  Small patches of gray floor were visible in areas, but the brightly-hued jackets of tourists fidgeting with cameras and umbrellas dominated the landscape.  From the distance, it was postcard pretty.  The bright blue […]