So you’re traveling in Asia and wondering what to do in Kyoto, Japan… My advice? Settle into this beautiful and historic Japanese city for a few days. Mr. H and I just returned from Japan, and Kyoto was the highlight of our entire Asian trip. The people are warm and friendly. The food is diverse… Read More
One of the hippest areas of Milan is the Navigli, located around the city’s two canals and lined with a bewildering number of cafes, bars, shops, galleries, pizzerias, gelaterias, book stores and music shops. There are also souvenir vendors, musicians, street art, boat rides, regular flea markets and depending on the time of day, crowds of… Read More
I’ve been in Venice for a week and loved every quirky, cold, (sometimes sunny), delicious minute of it. I’ve loved it so much, I’ve not taken time to write about my trip! What? I’m a travel blogger – this is not supposed to happen! I have been taking photos – so here’s a quick update… Read More
A while back, I ended up in Barcelona on the same weekend as the Festival La Merce. Before that trip, I’d never even heard of this September event. My husband was traveling on business and I decided to tag along… One day while Mr. H was out making deals, I took a taxi to Plaza Catalunya,… Read More
September is the perfect time of year to visit Seattle. The summer crowds have faded away. The weather is still mild and – at least for this area – somewhat dry. Hotels start offering their off-season prices around this time, too. So what is there to do in Seattle in September? So, so much.
Mr. H recently had business near Charleston, South Carolina and I went along because – well, you know – any excuse for a road trip! The business part of the trip ended on a Thursday, so we decided to take a long weekend exploring Charleston and the surrounding areas. Even on a road trip I love a… Read More
Sunny Southern California is always nice. But this October things are really popping. If you’re thinking about traveling and are wondering where you should go next, here are three reason to be in Los Angeles in October of 2015. 1. Dracula at the Ace Hotel This Halloween, Hollywood’s most alluring bloodsucker gets a new soundtrack…. Read More
I’m excited to join fellow blogger Fiona Ryan and others in the A-Z Guidebook Travel Linkup. This inaugural week, the letter is (obviously) “A”. So let’s begin: A is for the Ace Hotel, one of my all time favorite places to stay, due to the property’s hippie chic vibe and the dry, bright desert heat of Palm… Read More
The shop’s colorful facade got my attention as we drove past, and despite a tight schedule I managed to persuade my husband to turn the car around, drop me across the street and set up a meeting time for later in the day. It was the right thing to do! Villa Maroc is bright, colorful and… Read More
Ok, so Lebron has made his big decision and he’s going back home to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Going home is always a good thing, and evidently Cleveland, Ohio is kind of known for that. The city even has an ongoing campaign inviting former residents to “boomerang” back, and it seems to work. A poll from… Read More
Frankly, we chose Row NYC because of the price and proximity to the Jacob Javits Convention Center. We were in the city for Surtex. Normally, I don’t want to stay in Times Square area, since it is so touristy and there are all sorts of doe-eyed folks just off the bus mingling with hawkers on… Read More
While visiting friends in Winter Park, Florida last weekend, I was treated to brunch at Hamilton’s Kitchen. Hamilton’s is located inside The Alfond Inn, a new boutique property that may be the world’s first non-profit hotel. The lobby of the inn is bright and open, filled with contemporary art and modern Moorish influences. Hamilton’s opens… Read More
Continuing with the Cityscapes theme, as suggested by Passion Passports this week, I remember some of my favorite images from London, Paris, Jerusalem and elsewhere. This time, rather than taking shots from the passenger side of a rental car, I got more ‘personal’.
Today I’m having fun with Passion Passport’s photo challenge on Cityscapes. I love snapping a pic of a skyline or downtown street scene as my husband drives through a busy city. (And to be honest, he lives for big city driving. He loves the challenge and intensity of it. And since he’s good at it… Read More
In sidewalk cafes, twenty-somethings speak Russian, Italian, English, French and Hebrew. The women are wearing skinny jeans, body-skimming tops and big sunglasses. The men are fit and stylish. I’m moving with the crowd, navigating around gym moms with strollers and brunch parties waiting for a table.
This is one of my favorite photos – I just wish I’d been shooting at a higher resolution at the time. This is a kitchen shot of the chef and his assistants at Otel Variete in Florence, Italy. The only thing it really foreshadowed was a fantastic dinner of regional Italian food, in large quantities…and… Read More
I love today’s prompt from Wordpress entitled “Mirrored”. Here are two recent iPhone pix from our progressive road trip. One taken on a gray day in Philadelphia, the other on a bright day in Manhattan. I’ve always been fascinated by reflections. Oh, and cities!
We loved the Rittenhouse from the moment we arrived – so much so that we changed our plans and stayed for two extra nights. That’s the beauty of a planned (but not overly planned) road trip!
Our planned 12-month progressive road trip is going well. We’re on our second leg of the trip, the 21st day (with a five week break in the middle to catch up on real life). We’ve visited eight states and the District of Columbia, so far. Along the way, we’ve planned some great moments, like a… Read More
Have time for a weekend trip to Philadelphia this summer? We just visited, as part of our progressive road trip – and since we were able to spend five days, I finally feel that I’m starting to know the city. Philly is full of things to do. Of course, you might need the photo op at… Read More
For this week’s photo challenge, “In the Background”, I pulled this photo taken in Milan two years ago. I loved this in the moment, and I still like it. I love the movement of the woman in the foreground, the screaming man on the ad panel in the background, and the reflection of the bicyclist… Read More
You can’t recreate Venice – and why would you want to, unless you’re a Vegas tycoon who knows a good thing when he sees it? But with some quiet time and a roving eye, you can absorb the layered details that make Venice so unique. Many of those details can easily translate into design ideas… Read More
Staying in someone else’s well-appointed flat is slightly voyeuristic. And somewhat freeing, too. Choose a vacation rental and for a night or a week, you can live like someone else – an antiques dealer, a party girl, a musician, a banker. You’ll eat in his kitchen, buy groceries at her local market and explore the… Read More
I love hotels. But sometimes I particularly like renting an apartment or house – even the occasional grand villa for a special occasion. When I rent a home, small or otherwise, I have a completely different experience than I do when I stay in a traditional hotel. I’m picky about what I rent, of course…. Read More
Gaudy is an interesting word. I think of it as a riot of color or pattern, and I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing. On the other hand, I would never want to be called it! When Ailsa over at “Where’s My Backpack” threw down the gaudy gauntlet in her weekly travel theme challenge,… Read More
He picked me up near the Giardini on a damp, gray day in Venice. I’d been enjoying the artwork at La Biennale without the crowds, as it was the end of the season and starting to get cold. The rain had sent a handful of visitors scurrying back to their pensiones, but I’d waited it… Read More
I just spent some time in Atlanta, Georgia again this weekend. This time it was for the awesome Scott’s Antiques Market that happens monthly at a convention-type facility just south of the city. A few truths I can tell you about Atlanta: 1) there will undoubtedly be awful traffic; 2) the Atlanta airport is top… Read More
My friend Gaezie just took a quickie trip to Barcelona. I think she got a packaged deal. She stayed at Hotel Arts. I’ve never stayed there, but I did enjoy a lovely evening at their rooftop restaurant, Arola a few months ago. This place has a cool, quirky vibe. Three friends and I enjoyed the… Read More
While we were in London this time, we were able to get tickets for “War Horse” at the New London Theatre. What a production! In the first couple of seconds, you think, “…puppets? can I really watch a show full of puppets…?” Then after a few moments, the horses become as real as the humans… Read More