TAMIL NADU PART 2: TRAINS & TEMPLES

Before we arrived in Chennai, we dotted all around Tamil Nadu, the Southeastern state of India. I had traveled here with my father as a teenager, and the place stuck with me. Five years ago, right after we were married, Dave and I spent about 6 months all over the Southwest states of Karnataka, Goa, Kerala and Maharastra -- so this was new for us. It was a jam packed 10 days, a different city, temple and train ride almost every day. Exhilarating and Exhausting.

TAMIL NADU PART 1: CHENNAI

For our last few days in Southern India, we stayed in Chennai. Some guide books claim this city as merely a stopover to the next destination, I beg to differ! There is fabulous shopping, relaxed temples and classical music and dance seemingly around every corner. It's hectic yes, but super friendly.

5 SECRETS OF BETTER TRAVEL PHOTOS

Having a camera and being a photographer is the traveler's golden ticket.

It's your excuse to be curious, ask questions and get involved in a local place.

When you're a photographer, it's your job to seek out the authentic, the juice, the real life of a new locale. It's the best job on earth, and even if you're not a professional, you can play one on your next trip (this is how every photographer got their start, guaranteed).

Here are the secrets of better travel photos to help get started on creating dynamic, riveting, pin worthy travel pics!

PHOTO WORKSHOP IN CINQUE TERRE THIS SUMMER WITH ITALIAN FIX!!


HI Dolls! I'm traveling in Bali right now -- after being in India for a few weeks and next up: Thailand. I'm interrupting this current journey to share some great news: Bianca of ITALIAN FIX and I are teaming up for the third year in a row on a photography workshop and tour in Cinque Terre, Italy! Read on for the juicy details.

DAVINCI WINE // BLUEBERRY HAND PIES

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I love mixing high with low, fancy with rustic, refined with rough -- that's what led me to thinking about pairing a beautiful glass of DaVinci Chianti with a humble, homemade hand pie, full of jam, fresh end-of-season blueberries and a splash of the wine too, all enclosed in an easy, puff pastry crust. Salute!