Julie L. Kessler
lawyer traveler writer


Weekend Escape to wine-loving Paso Robles

Jun. 29, 2017

My Weekend Escape piece on Paso Robles appeared in today's edition of The LA Times. If you love wine, you'll love Paso Robles. 

tagged: Paso Robles, Allegretto Hotel, Daou Vineyards, Caldera Cuvée

Cruising the Cape

Jun. 4, 2017

My article "Cruising the Cape" on South Africa and Mozambique appears on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  South Africa is steeped in history, is a naturalist, foodie and cultural delight and Cape Town has some of the world's finest restaurants and wines. And Mozambique boasts some wonderful architecture and fabulous beaches. Start packing!

tagged: Silversea, Cape Town, South Africa, Mozambique

A slice of history in Silicon Valley

May 20, 2017

My article on San Jose's Japantown appeared in the Sunday edition of The Asia Times. 

tagged: Silicon Valley, Japantown, Executive Order 9066,

Heaven in Fiji

May 20, 2017

My article on travel in beautiful Fiji appears in today's edition of The Asia Times. Bula, bula!!!!

tagged: Fiji, Nadi, Yasawa Island,

Gross National Happiness in the Kingdom of Bhutan

Apr. 30, 2017

My article on traveling in Bhutan appeared in yesterday's edition of The Asia Times. Such a tiny, interesting country in the Himalayas from which we in the west have much to learn.

tagged: Gross National Happiness, Bhutan, South Asia, Tiger's Nest, Thimphu,

A look into the Kingdom of Bhutan's Supreme Court

Apr. 25, 2017

In today's edition of The Asia Times is my article covering my interview earlier this month with Bhutan's Supreme Court Chief Justice, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuck. Our meeting in his chambers in Bhutan's capital of Thimphu was lengthy as CJ Wangchuck was generous both with his time and his spirit. And from the small world chronicles, I learned shortly before our meeting that CJ Wangchuck received his LLM degree from my alma mater, George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. A small world indeed. 

tagged: Bhutan, Constitutional monarchy, Chief Justice Lyponpo Tshering Wangchuck, Buddhism,

Now in Sweden

Apr. 24, 2017

My book, Fifty-Fifty: The Clarity of Hindsight is now being marketed in Sweden. Glad läsning!!!!

Fabulous Fiji

Apr. 2, 2017

My front page article "Welcomes never cease on Fiji" appears on the front page of today's travel section of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Fiji is truly a magical place. Get there if you can, you'll love it. Bula, Bula!!! And nevermind the smudge when you read the article as coffee has its way of getting everywhere!!!

tagged: Fiji, Yasawa,

Off to the Kingdom of Bhutan

Mar. 21, 2017

Heading out shortly to the Kingdom of Bhutan to interview Bhutan Supreme Court Chief Justice Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk which story will appear in The Asia Times. After the interview was scheduled and I was reading CJ Wangchuk's  CV, I learned that he received his LLM degree from my alma mater, George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. A very, very small world indeed. 


I will also have the pleasure of meeting "Married to Bhutan" author, Linda Leaming, a Nashville, TN native, resident in Bhutan, and yes married to Bhutan. For non-fiction lovers, whether jet setters or armchair travelers, "Married to Bhutan" is an wonderful read, as is Leaming's second book, "A Field Guide to Happiness."


While in Bhutan, known for its "Gross National Happiness" quotient, a concept written into its Constitution, I will also be writing travel stories which will appear in various media outlets. Stay tuned.

tagged: Bhutan, Lyonpo Tshering Wangchuk, Linda Leaming, Married to Bhutan,

South America

Mar. 13, 2017

I'm back from a lovely two week adventure to Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Newspaper articles to follow.

Staycation Getaways

Feb. 26, 2017

My article on Staycation Getaways in Hawaii appeared on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. It covers tennis and golf heaven at The Mauna Kea on the Big Island, an Uncruise Adventure from the Big Island to Molokai, and the iconic Kahala Hotel on Oahu. Aloha.

tagged: Mauna Kea Hotel, Uncruise, Kahala Hotel

The not-so-new world disorder

Feb. 2, 2017

My article on Trump's immigration ban appeared as a feature story in today's edition of The Asia Times. These are frightening times indeed. 


Click on the link for the full article.

tagged: immigration, Trump, refugees, politics,

Cruising the Rhone River

Jan. 15, 2017

My article "Cruising the Rhone River" appeared on the front page of today's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Sunday Travel Section. Commencing in Lyon and ending in Avignon, seeing this lovely part of France on Viking's Buri longboat river cruising was a delight. A final night at the Sofitel Marseille with its gtreat views and scrumptious food made it  a perfect France experience.  

tagged: Rhone River, Viking Buri, Sofitel Marseille,

South Africa, Mozambique and Dubai

Jan. 12, 2017

Onward shortly to South Africa, Mozambique and Dubai on several assignments. Looking forward to writing about some new adventures. Newspaper articles to follow.

A parlay with Papua New Guinea Supreme Court justice Ambeng Kandakasi

Jan. 6, 2017

My article on the chance encounter with Papua New Guinea Supreme Court justice Ambeng Kandakasi in the remote Tari  region of PNG appeared in today's edition of The Asia Times. It was initally heart stopping, but ultimately very interesting. The link to the full article is below.

tagged: Papua New Guinea, Ambeng Kandakasi, Exxon-Mobil LNG, Tari Gap, Huli Wigmen, Karawari River,

Being a royal in Paris

Dec. 20, 2016

My article "A Royal Challenge" on eating and sleeping royally in the City of Light appeared this past Sunday on the front page of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser's Travel Section. The full article link is below.


Bon Apetite et Bonne Nuit!

tagged: Paris, Shangri-La Paris, Paris Perfect, Restaurant Le George, Restaurant La Bauhinia,

Testament of the Solomon Islands

Nov. 25, 2016

My interview with Solomon Islands High Court Chief Justice, Sir Albert R. Palmer, entitled "Testament of the Solomon Islands" appeared in yesterday's edition of The Asia Times.  The full article can be viewed on the link below.

tagged: Solomon Islands, Solomon Islands High Court, Chief Justice Sir Albert Palmer, Guadalcanal Campaign, Andrew Nori, Malaitan Eagle Forces, RAMSI, FFA

Secrets of the Solomon Islands

Nov. 21, 2016

My article "Secrets of the Solomon Islands" appeared on the front page of yesterday's edition of The Honolulu Star-Advertiser. With the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor coming up on December 7, 2016 and the 100th anniversary of JFK's birth in a few months, it was a particularly poignant time to be in the Solomons. A memorable experience in a truly memorable place.


A full PDF version of the article is attached.

tagged: Solomon Islands, Lt. John F. Kennedy, P-T 109, WWII, Pacific theater, Tavanipupu, Western Provinces, Vilu WWII Museum, Guadalcanal, Bonegi Beach 1, Bonegi Beach 2, Kinugawa Maru, Hirokawa Maru,

Seven days later

Nov. 16, 2016

My article on the aftermath of the election entitled "Seven days later" appeared in today's edition of The Asia Times. No doubt will be a wild ride. Hang on. Maybe for dear life. 

tagged: 2016 election, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Glass ceiling, Donald J. Trump,

Adventure travel in Papua New Guinea

Nov. 14, 2016

Here is my Papua New Guinea article which appeared in yesterday's L.A. Times, Sunday Travel Section. It's like no place you've ever been before. Bon voyage.

tagged: Papua New Guinea, Huli Wigmen, Tari Basin, Karawari River, Mighty Sepik,