About Bonnie

Springtime Italy sizzles with wild flowers and Easter celebrations.
Sicily for Easter
Two countries now on private view in the Balkans
Romania and Bulgaria

Dark and light coexist in the dream world of this San Marino illustrator
Nicoletta Ceccoli
This Italian illustrator seamlessly blends contemporary life with Renaissance motifs
Marco Ventura
In Milan, identical twins sisters share a passion for illustration
Anna + Elena Balbusso

Solas Awards 2011: Gold for Funny Travel Story Category
Day Use Only
Solas Awards 2010: Bronze for Travel and Shopping
Traveling Companions
Solas Awards 2009: Silver for Travel and Shopping Category

In the San Francisco Chronicle and sfgate.com
“Tourist Italian? No, thank you.”
A twelve-part adventure in fluency at italian.about.com
Learning To Speak Italian in Italy

30 Days in Italy and
The Best Travel Writing 2007
Only Fish
The Best Women’s Travel Writing 2006
Turquoise Dreams
Townsend 11 E-Book Series
Townsend 11

2014 Travel Guide to California
Spin and Margie's Hideaway

KQED Radio Perspectives
Giving Made Simple


The Apocalypse

My very short story The Apocalypse has been chosen by the editors of 100wordstory.org.

Travel Guide to CaliforniaNEW EDITION

2014 Travel Guide to California

The newest edition of the 2014 Travel Guide to California is now available in print and online—with features about our breathtaking parks, hidden beaches, magnificent mountains, and surprising cities. Everything visitors need to plan a dream vacation. 2014 Travel Guide to California

Images from Romania and Bulgaria


Romania and Bulgaria: On Private View in the Balkans

Our group milled around outside a building that appeared to be a stone farmhouse, waiting to go in. When I finally stepped through the low door and my eyes adjusted to the light, hundreds of red-winged angels and gold-haloed saints danced across the ceiling and walls of the Nativity Church at Arbanasi. An hour later I reemerged into the sun and knew my last-minute decision to join a tour to Romania and Bulgaria had been the right one.

I’ve long been fascinated by these once forbidden lands behind the Iron Curtain, the east west crossroads with painted churches, gypsies, and post-communist struggles, but I knew very little beyond my curiosity. I discovered the two Balkan neighbors are like rival siblings competing to impress the world with their riches—sixteen UNESCO World Heritage Sites between them, treasure-filled monasteries, world-class music festivals, good beer and wine—and even Dracula, if you can find him. And thanks to Europe’s current difficulties, visitors have the countries to themselves. Read on.