Author: Noreen L. Kompanik

Noreen L. Kompanik is a registered nurse and freelance writer and photographer based in San Diego, California. Fortunate to have lived overseas as a Naval Officer’s wife, she has traveled extensively and her many Italian and other European adventures have sparked her passion for cooking and wine tasting.A member of the International Travel Writers and Photographers Association, Noreen is a frequent contributor to several online and print publications. She shares her latest adventures, photos, and published stories on her What’s In Your Suitcase? Facebook page. Her stories reflect her love for travel, history, adventure and family.

Malecon of La Paz

Journey to La Paz: Magical Paradise in Baja Mexico

Once upon a time famous author John Steinbeck fell in love with a magnificent relaxed breezy Baja Mexican seaside port

Winery and Mountain Views in Temecula California

Play Among the Vineyards: Three Perfect Days in Temecula

Galileo once said “Wine is sunshine held together by water.” And in the town of Temecula, they have plenty of

Outside Scoma's on the Wharf San Francisco

48 Hours in San Francisco: Cable Cars, Crooked Streets and Culinary Treasures

Herb Caen, San Francisco journalist once said “One day if I go to heaven… I’ll look around and say ‘It

Historic Gaslamp Quarter

Dobson’s Bar and Restaurant: Historic San Diego Gaslamp Show Stopper

Randall Robinson once said “People need their history like they need air and food.” Surround food by history and somehow

Old Wagon in Julian California

Gold Mines, Apples and the Old West: The Julian Way

Carl Sagan once said “If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first invent the universe.”

Marina at Bali Hai on Shelter Island

Finding the Spirit of Aloha on San Diego’s Shelter Island

Sometimes we need that weekend getaway where we don’t have to drive or fly far, where we can discover a

Marina Cay

Exploring the British Virgin Islands – Four Islands, One Spectacular Day

Exploring the British Virgin Islands by Boat Part of a Caribbean volcanic archipelago, the British Virgin Islands consist of 50

Louisiana Bistro Favorite New Orleans Restaurants

Beyond the Beignet: Our Favorite New Orleans Restaurants

Traditional New Orleans Cuisine Food is religion in New Orleans. And if you’ve been there, you’ll know why it’s such

Beautiful Lamppost Lighting - Sunset da Mona Lisa

Romance on the Rocks: Cabo’s Captivating Sunset da Mona Lisa

Irresistible Restaurants in Cabo Literally carved into a cliff overlooking the azure waters of Cabo San Lucas and unending stretch

Famous Vancouver Sails at Vancouver Harbor - 48 hours in Vancouver

48 Hours in Vancouver, British Columbia

At first, Vancouver was just supposed to be just our port of embarkation for our long awaited Alaskan cruise. But,