Very Travel Books

Then my journals began inspiring others, and that inspired me to go to New York and meet with Algonquin Books. The rest is literary history. I was asked to create a series of travel books that would have the same personal charm as my journals, and so began my new career as an author/illustrator.

At first, I created on the spot illustrated travel journals purely for my own enjoyment.

These endearing small books are entertaining cultural guides and irresistible keepsakes even for the armchair traveler.



Very Charleston captures the enduring appeal of the Lowcountry, from downtown to Sullivan’s Island, in watercolors, drawings, historical anecdotes, and fascinating, little-known facts about one of our country’s most unique and charming cities.


From the grand and elegant to the funky and fun, Very New Orleans celebrates the Big Easy in watercolors, drawings, and fascinating little-known facts about one of our country’s most colorful and beloved cities.


Diana Gessler is your tour guide to our nation’s capital city, neighborhood by neighborhood. Vivid watercolors accompany fascinating facts and practical information, as you meander from the grandest historic landmarks to the city’s must-see hidden gems.


There’s much to see in California. A harbor seal lounging on the beach. An old stone winery in Napa. Colorful “painted ladies” marching down the street. Joshua Tree in the spring and a movie mogul catching some rays.


Although this book is out of print, you can still find it on line.