Articles by David J. Latt

5 Wonderful and Fun Destinations in Japan’s Heartland Shoryudo Region

5 Wonderful and Fun Destinations in Japan’s Heartland Shoryudo Region

Walking on a mountain trail well-worn by centuries of pilgrims. Saying a prayer in front of a shrine first built two thousand years ago.

In Hamamatsu, Japan’s Heartland – A Castle, a Tea Service, a Great Meal and a Hot Bath

In Hamamatsu, Japan’s Heartland – A Castle, a Tea Service, a Great Meal and a Hot Bath

This is a great time to visit Japan. In advance of the Rugby World Cup in 2019 and the Tokyo Olympics in 2020, bilingual English and Japanese signs have sprouted at transportation hubs.

Nagoya - A Great Adventure Awaits in Japan's Heartland

Nagoya - A Great Adventure Awaits in Japan's Heartland

As we rushed to board the Shinkansen (the “bullet train”), I remembered to buy a bento box lunch at a take-away stand in the train station.

Eat Like a Local on a Culinary Adventure with Bold Food in Singapore and Penang

Eat Like a Local on a Culinary Adventure with Bold Food in Singapore and Penang

On a Bold Food tour, we explored Singapore and Penang, Malaysia to learn about the culture, history and food of the region.

San Francisco's Culinary Delights

San Francisco's Culinary Delights

San Francisco has always been known as one of America’s great restaurant cities. In the race for Michelin stars, the Bay Area gives New York city a run for its money.

A Couple's Paradise on Turtle Island Fiji – Privacy, Romance and Private Beaches

A Couple's Paradise on Turtle Island Fiji – Privacy, Romance and Private Beaches

We settled into our seats on the overnight flight from Los Angeles to Fiji’s Nadi International Airport. It didn’t take long to fall asleep. We woke to have a meal, watch a movie and start our novels. Before we knew it, it was time to land.

In California's San Jose Two Amazing Restaurants, a Vineyard with a View and Casual Hangouts

In California's San Jose Two Amazing Restaurants, a Vineyard with a View and Casual Hangouts

I headed south from San Jose, using my GPS to travel into the hills above Cupertino and the Silicon Valley. After twenty minutes of switchback roads that carried me through thick stands of dusty pine trees and across sunbaked hills, I arrived at my destination.

Oakland's Exciting East Bay Culinary Scene

Oakland's Exciting East Bay Culinary Scene

One of the most popular destinations in California, the San Francisco Bay Area has it all. Great culture, great cities, great wine and great restaurants.

A Resort Getaway at Hotel Eden Roc Ascona on Switzerland's Lake Maggiore

A Resort Getaway at Hotel Eden Roc Ascona on Switzerland's Lake Maggiore

My last moment at the Hotel Eden Roc Ascona was exactly where I began my stay, standing on the balcony of my room. Both days were identical. The sun was shining. I had a clear view of Lake Maggione and Monte Gambarogno.

Leisurely Pleasures and Beautiful Food in Kochi on Japan's Shikoku Island

Leisurely Pleasures and Beautiful Food in Kochi on Japan's Shikoku Island

My visits to Japan always focused on Tokyo, that massively energetic, noisy, wonderful mega-city. And, yet, here I was a 90-minute flight south from Tokyo on Shikoku Island, standing on the Godai-san Observation Deck (Godai-san Tenbodai), looking down on the city of Kochi.

Mallorca's La Residencia Embraces the Past with Luxury and Art

Mallorca's La Residencia Embraces the Past with Luxury and Art

La Residencia was my getaway destination on Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands off Spain’s eastern coast.

Dancing and Sushi by the Sea on Japan's Shikoku Island

Dancing and Sushi by the Sea on Japan's Shikoku Island

I didn't know what to say. The master of ceremonies pointed at me. He was dressed in a brightly colored red and white Japanese folk costume. He wanted volunteers to join his Awa No Kaze dancers on the stage.

Man's Best Friend Gets His Due at Japan's Hodosan Shrine

Man's Best Friend Gets His Due at Japan's Hodosan Shrine

Shrines and temples are at the heart of Japanese culture. Some are in cities like the majestic Meiji Shrine in busy Tokyo or the 1,600 Buddhist and 400 Shinto shrines in quiet Kyoto. Others are tucked away in forests on distant mountain tops.

Park Hyatt Mallorca, the Newest All-Season Resort in Spain's Balearic Islands

Park Hyatt Mallorca, the Newest All-Season Resort in Spain's Balearic Islands

Before I left for Mallorca, all I knew about the island was that it was off Spain's Mediterranean coast. And that it was the largest of the four Balearic Islands that are popular destinations because of the beaches, beautiful landscape and warm weather.

Switzerland's Hotel Splendide Royal, Lake Lugano and 1,000 Long Stemmed Roses

Switzerland's Hotel Splendide Royal, Lake Lugano and 1,000 Long Stemmed Roses

Palm trees, bright skies, bruschetta, burrata, pear tarts, cannoli and espresso on a hotel terrace facing a lake. Italy, right? Sure, but that also describes Switzerland in the southern region known as Ticino.