Photographing Greek isles

The Baltimore Sun

The Greek islands of Santorini, Anafi and Thirasia are the setting for the June 14-20 "In Search of the Real Greece" photo workshop directed by San Francisco photographers Glenn and Rose Steiner. Geared to a variety of abilities, from intermediate-to-advanced beginner up to semi-professional, the week focuses on such topics as the advantages of shooting in the RAW format and learning how to conceptualize a photograph. The fee of $2,200 covers accommodations, transportation among the three islands, critiques, lectures and "continental brunches." Transportation between home and Santorini is additional, as are most meals. Camera equipment is BYO. (415-643-6733; greekisland

For active twosomes, the "Maxim Bungalows Adventure Package" opens the Dominican Republic to exploration by pedal, by paddle and foot. Included are a guided hike, a tropical mountain-biking expedition and a river-rafting jaunt that moves from serene waters to significant rapids. The package also comes with four nights' accommodation, a $250 spa credit and airport transfers. Prices start at $1,699 per couple through June 30. Airfare and hotel taxes are additional. Maxim Bungalows resort is at Cofresi Beach, on the north shore. (866-970-3364;

Sea Kayak Adventures offers summer kayaking getaways based at God's Pocket Resort, a wilderness lodge perched on a tiny island just north of British Columbia's Vancouver Island. Though such trips are slated for late June through early August, a July 7-11 itinerary is designed for families with teens, putting parents or grandparents and teens ages 13-17 out on the water each day in search of whales, sea lions and seals. The fee of $1,699 includes accommodations, meals, kayaking gear, guides and boat shuttle to the resort from Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. Teens receive a 10 percent discount. Tax is additional, as is transportation between home and Port Hardy. No kayaking experience is required, but all participants should be physically fit. (800-616-1943;

Established in 1845, the French Lick Springs Hotel in southern Indiana first captivated visitors with its curative mineral water. Today the 443-room hotel makes use of those same famous waters in its spa. It also offers golf, tennis, bowling, riding, swimming and Vegas-style casino games. Among the hotel's packages is the "Family Fun Package," a one-night stay for two adults and two kids with pizza, bowling and buffet breakfast, for $259 Sunday-Thursday; $419 Friday-Saturday. Rates are valid June-August, with tax and resort fee additional. (888-694-4332;

Margaret Backenheimer wrote this for the Chicago Tribune.

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