Diana Russler

member for over 6 years

Member Since:
Mar 2012

After 30 years of working for international organizations, which included traveling to all corners of the world, Diana Russler and her husband, Bill Gent, have launched their "second career" pursuing their passions for travel (preferably off the beaten track), adventure, photography and writing. Their work has appeared in Nature Photographer, Magazine of the World Wildlife Fund, Natural Habitat Adventures, International Living, Travel Post Monthly. They have also compiled a book of photographs of "The Atacama Desert, the Driest Place on Earth." They are now working on a book about Rome. 

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Three Ways to Explore Flåm, Norway

Stay in Flåm, Norway, for a few extra days to explore the area by boat, on foot, and by Twizy.

The Flåm Railway or Norway in a Nutshell

Norway’s Tourist Board developed “Norway in a Nutshell,” a series of planned itineraries for visitors to follow.The most popular is the Flåm Railway.

Trabucchi – the Rustic Restaurants of Puglia

Once these centuries-old contraptions were used only for fishing. Today, you are likely to find a rustic restaurant serving up the catch of the day.


Unexpected luxury and adventures abound on a remote Arctic island within sight of the Greenland Ice Cap.

Exploring the Spice Market in Old Delhi

A journey through the old spice market of Old Delhi seldom visited by travelers.

Driving Across the Length and Width of Italy

Adventures on a road-trip from north to south, east to west, across Italy.

Valentine’s Day in Romantic Rome

There are many beautiful places in Italy, but Rome is certainly a top contender as the most romantic. After all, Roma spelled backward is Amor.

Celebrating Carnevale in Venice

Venice during Carnevale is a magical place that provides the perfect backdrop to models who arrive from all over the world.

A Caviar Fix in Missouri – L’Osage Caviar Company

L’Osage Caviar Company produces caviar in the Ozarks, Missouri, from paddlefish that is as good as that from traditional sources.

The Fosse Ardeatine, Rome

A National Monument of Remembrance in Rome dedicated to victims of a massacre in World War II.

Saving Puglia’s Olive Groves One Tree at a Time

Saving the thousand-year-old olive trees in Puglia, Italy, is the mission of the Masseria del Frantoio near Ostuni.

Il Spirito Di Vino Restaurant, Rome

With so many outstanding restaurants in Rome, it is sometimes hard to pick a favorite. The Spirito Di Vino restaurant is one of Rome’s finest.

A Roman Spa in Bormio

The Romans first discovered thermal springs in Bormio 2,000 years ago and created baths around them that still exist today.

The Ends of the Earth, Tusheti, Georgia

Explore two Medieval villages while hiking across the Caucasus Mountains in Tusheti, Georgia

Making Khinkali in Shenako, Georgia

Khinkali is Georgia’s version of a dumpling. We learn how to make it in Shenako, Tusheti in a wooden lean-to over a wood-fired brazier.

Foods of Georgia – Khachapuri

Khachapuri – a pizza-like dish – is the national food of the Republic of Georgia that is served in the largest cities and smallest hamlets.

Exploring Omalo, Georgia

Explore a mountain village, its 50 inhabitants living in the shadow of medieval towers high in the Caucasus Mountains.

The Road to Tusheti, Georgia

A road trip to Tusheti, Georgia is a harrowing drive over the Caucasus Mountains that is not for the faint of heart.

Exploring the Republic of Georgia

Nine facts about the Republic of Georgia detailing what makes it a unique and often-overlooked destination in Europe.

Cruising Peru’s Amazon River

Explore the Amazon River in Peru’s Pacaya-Samiria National Reserve on a luxury cruise on the Delfin 2 riverboat.

Alice Feiring’s For The Love of Wine

A voyage of discovery of winemaking the traditional way as practiced in Republic of Georgia by award-winning journalist Alice Feiring.

Learning Georgian

Georgian is one of the oldest, continuously spoken languages in the world that constitutes its own linguistic group. Learning how to speak a bit of the language before we travel […]

The National Blues Museum, St. Louis

The National Blues Museum is the latest addition to a city the New York Times categorizes as a “must see” for 2016

Winston Churchill and Fulton, Missouri

Why is the National Churchill Museum in Fulton, Missouri instead of England? Read on.

Salume Beddu

Salume Beddu’s salamis have been called the best in America by Forbes Magazine. Be sure to stop by if you are in St. Louis.

Libreria Acqua Alta, Venice

Every city has its treasured book shop. In Venice it is Libreria Acqua Alta (High Water Bookstore), on the edge of a canal.

The Masks of Venice

The making and wearing of masks is an ancient tradition in Venice.

Arbæjarsafn – Iceland’s Open Air Museum

In Iceland, to preserve the past in the face of modernization, old buildings are collected and turned into an open air museum.

Iceland’s þingvellir National Park

See where two tectonic plates meet, constantly changing the landscape of this austere world of rocks and water.

Iceland’s Great Geyser

Our word for “Geyser” comes from the Icelandic “Geysir,” site of the country’s most famous spout shooting hot water and steam into the air.

Gullfoss — Iceland’s Most Powerful Waterfall

If Iceland’s most powerful waterfall – Gullfoss – is still flowing today, it is in great part due to the determination of a local woman, Sigríður Tómasdóttir.

Craving a Croissant in St. Louis

To find the flakiest, crispest, melt in your mouth croissant in St. Louis, stop into Patisserie Chouquette, the masterpiece of Chef Simone Faure.

A Parisian Food Safari

To find out how Parisian cooks turn out such delicious food, we spend time with Chef Alisa Morov on a Parisian Food Safari.

Le Chateaubriand, Paris

Try the “Tramp Cuisine” created by Basque chef, Inaki Aizpitarte, at one of hottest restaurants in Paris — Le Chateaubriand.

The Canal St. Martin, Paris

Ride a canal boat on the Canal St. Martin from Place de la Bastille through a charming Parisian neighborhood to Basin de la Villette.

Hawaii’s Painted Church

On the flanks of Mauna Loa volcano stands Hawaii’s own Sistine Chapel, its interior covered with paintings of the Old and New Testaments.

The Village Time Forgot — Elsah, Illinois

Tucked into a wooded ravine between two sets of cliffs along the Mississippi River, the village of Elsah, Illinois is sometimes referred to as the “town that time forgot.”

The Polar Bears of Hudson Bay

A photography expedition to Churchill, Canada to photograph the polar bears. The article appears in The Winged Sandals travel blog.

Photographing the Moai of Easter Island

From the moment you land on Rapa Nui/Easter Island, the iconic, mysterious stone statues, the moai, staring vacantly towards the heavens, enchant you.

Stanley Sojourn, Falkland Islands

One in a series of articles on the Falkland Islands. Articles appeared in The Winged Sandals Travel Blog.

Communing with King Penguins at Volunteer Point, Falkland Islands

One in a series of articles on the Falkland Islands, appearing in The Winged Sandals Travel blog.

Bleaker Island, Falkland Islands

More than any place on the Falkland Islands, Bleaker can only be described as “windswept.”

Sea Lion Island, Falkland Islands

One in a series of articles on the Falkland Islands appearing in The Winged Sandals Travel blog

Weddell Island, Falkland Islands

Weddell Island is the largest offshore island in the Falklands Group, home to penguins, Patagonian foxes, horses and a reindeer.

Saunders Island, The Neck and Rookery

An island in the Falklands Island archipelago, home to thousands of birds and wildlife and a handful of humans. Come visit The Neck and Rookery.

Carcass Island, Falkland Islands

Carcass Island is home to Vast colonies of penguins and other wildlife including elephant seals, birds of prey and songbirds.

Pebble Island, Falkland Islands

Pebble Island, one of the places that we visited during an extensive photographic expedition around the Falkland Islands

Exploring the Falkland Islands

Exploring some of the 700+ islands of the Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.

Mt Hood and the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon

One of a series of articles written during a drive across the United States, appearing in The Winged Sandals.

Sea Stacks and Prawns, Bandon, Oregon

One in a series of articles written during a drive across the US, appearing in The Winged Sandals travel blog.

Exploring Napa Valley’s Wineries

Napa’s wineries are fun to explore. This article was written during a month-long stay, appearing in The Winged Sandals travel blog

Castello di Amorosa, Napa’s Castle Winery

An Italian medieval castle in Napa! Part of a series of articles written during a month long stay, appearing in The Winged Sandals travel blog.

Buried Cadillacs and Steakhouses in Amarillo, Texas

One of a series of articles written following a cross country drive, appearing in The Winged Sandals travel blog.

St Juliot Church, Boscastle, Cornwall

Series of articles written during a trip to Cornwall, England, appearing in The Winged Sandals travel blog.

Sanibel’s Mad Hatter Restaurant

Review of the Mad Hatter Restaurant appearing in The Winged Sandals Travel Blog

Discovering the Murals of San Francisco’s Mission District

Article about the mural art form in San Francisco appearing in The Winged Sandals travel blog