In Greek mythology, Hermes, son of Zeus, is not only the protector and patron of travelers but also the messenger of the gods. Hermes wears magical winged sandals, given to him by his father, that let him travel anywhere merely by visualizing where he wants to go.

Lucky Hermes! There is nothing as exciting as traveling, freeing your mind from the day-to-day doldrums, exploring different places and cultures, eating unique foods and meeting interesting people.

Come with us as we explore new places …. revisit old favorites … seek to understand mysterious sites … open windows to distant places or those just down the street… unlock the doors to new experiences …. hear the sounds of laughter … and fly away on imaginary winged sandals.

Perhaps one day winged sandals will allow us to explore this magnificent, magical planet. In the meantime, may these pages stimulate your curiosity and awaken your spirits!


Bill Gent and Diana Russler
Diana Russler and
Bill Gent

After more than 30 years of working for national and international organizations, including the United Nations, we are now free to pursue our twin passions of photography and travel. During our professional careers, we lived and worked throughout the world in developing and developed countries. Now marching to our own beat, we have the time to immerse ourselves much more fully in the amazing diversity of life and its people, often exploring places that are off-the-beaten-track.

Our purpose in writing is to share our experiences, impressions, thoughts, and ideas in the hope that we are not just informing but also perhaps stimulating your curiosity and interest in travel and adventure.  The world may be shrinking, but our horizons can still be expanded.

In addition to what appears here, Nature Photographer Magazine, International Living, Travel Post Monthly, FWT Magazine and other magazines have published our articles, while various books and magazines as well as on calendars and brochures have featured our photographs. They are available at www.allegriaphotos.com.

Please feel free to contact us at allegriaphotos@gmail.com.

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