Last summer, my son Gage participated in an exchange program in Düsseldorf, Germany. This was the perfect reason (read: excuse) to make it a family affair and plan a getaway for my husband Chris and me, too. We need to spend as much time with the kid as we can before he heads off to… Read More
I’m not the kind of traveler who heads to a beach at the first sign of frost. I love traveling to cold-weather destinations that let me pack sweaters and boots and scarves. I don’t just mean ski spots, either. Winter is a great time to travel to top tourist destinations. You’ll find less crowds, great… Read More
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
You probably know the most famous romantic places in the world – but if you’re looking for inspiration, popping the question or planning a destination wedding, consider something unexpected. Or do just want to get away to a super romantic place? Here are seven special places you’ll want to add to your list… 1. Lago di Orta,… Read More
It’s Christmas Eve Eve…so instead of our regular Vacation Rental feature, we’ve picked a special inn – this historic bed and breakfast in, of course, Bethlehem… (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that is.) Welcome to the Sayre Mansion, a sprawling brick house completed in 1858. Robert Heysham Sayre was chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He also founded the Fountain Hill Opera… 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
Sometimes you fall in love with light. You think it’s the person or the place you’re falling for, but in fact the light filters through a cloud or slants in through a window a certain way and there’s a subtle shift. Everything seems full of meaning. When I think of places with special light I remember… 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
In honor of Canada Day (and our evolving plan to include the country up north on our Progressive Road Trip), here are three intriguing places going onto my Canadian bucket list. Have you visited any of these? Let me know what I’ve missed, too.
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
Several years ago I had the opportunity to travel through Crimea, the exact region in Ukraine that, as of today, has been taken over by Russian troops. I was leading economic development workshops on building a sustainable tourism industry in underdeveloped Tatar communities.
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.
As you know, I love renting houses, villas, apartments – heck, even barns if they’re stylish and fun – when I travel. Here’s one I haven’t personally rented yet, but I sure am tempted! This charming little home is called a “jewel box for two” on the Boutique Homes website. I’ve become a big fan… Read More
This week’s photo challenge was a good one. I realized I tend to photograph angles, not curves…But here’s my shot. Curves all around (and above), are seen inside the Greek Orthodox church in Capernaum, Israel, located on the Sea of Galilee. Every (curved) surface is gilded, painted and embellished… Curves are also visible in the… Read More
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
Last night, my husband and I had the amazing good fortune (and foresight of planning on our cross-country road trip) to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday at his masterpiece, Fallingwater. The brilliance of our planning is completely overshadowed, not only by the place, but by the shear genius of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in… 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
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
The Daily Post’s Weekly Photo Challenge has inspired me to rummage through my photos for what’s been shot “from above”. Here’s one of my favorites. This is a serene view of a single boat floating on the Sea of Galilee, in Tiberius, as the sun begins to set.
One of the best things about travel are the memories of course, and the photos you keep forever. I love going back over old photos and finding something that speaks to me all over again. This photo reminds me that sometimes a change of perspective changes everything.
If you’re craving the charm, energy and flavors of a French Bistro while visiting Washington, DC you have multiple options. Try the tiny, country-style Lavandou if you’re in the Cleveland Park area (near the National Zoo). You won’t be disappointed – but you might have to wait for a table. Or try the stylish Matisse… Read More
Dawn, over at the blog Lingering Visions, has a thing for windows. Which got me thinking. Evidently I have a thing for windows, too. My sister pointed it out to me when she saw a cool photo my husband took in Venice. It was a photo of me looking out a window, taken from canal… Read More
You can’t always read a smile. In this picture, I’m smiling – but why? Well, the truth is, in this photo, I’ve been caught in the act… I was lucky enough to be a guest, a few years ago, at a reception in the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, Italy. (If you know your… 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
So excited! I got to be a guest blogger today on www.stagetecture.com. Look below for the link to my post about using the art, architecture and culture of your holiday destination (in this case, Italy) as inspiration for updating your home. Thanks Ronique Gibson for featuring me in your blog! Here’s the link: http://stagetecture.com/2013/01/guest-blogger-design-destination-the-colors-of-italy-in-your-interiors/#sthash.LNzGKGMi.dpbs
I love hotels. Especially historic and/or unique hotels. Sometimes I’ll plan a trip just so I can stay at a property I’ve dreamt about, and I’ve been lucky enough to stay in some pretty special places. There’s a quote attributed to Aristotle Onassis that sums it up for me. “Wherever you go, try to stay… Read More
I hope you’re not packing for a trip to Venice this week. It seems that in addition to the US East Coast, Venice is flooding again – the worst in at least two years. Venice is one of my absolute favorite cities and I find the idea of St. Mark’s Square resembling anything like a… Read More
Have you tried Olioboard? My friend Kellie Smith, the interior designer, told me about it. I signed up and created a couple of rooms online, and now I find myself wanting to get up and move virtual furniture around in the middle of the night. (This used to be something I would do in real… Read More
Traveling is about experiences, about being removed from your routine, forced to think differently. I love being somewhere I can’t speak the language, feeling foreign and uncomfortable, knowing I can’t even ask for a loaf of bread in the normal way. And many times, the experience comes in the form of a larger-than-life character you… Read More
For some reason, I woke up this morning thinking about The Shoe Room – a unique hotel room I once booked in Valence, France. The room was in a boutique hotel called Maison de la Pra, a small bed and breakfast in a fairly small town, and frankly, we were not expecting a lot of… Read More
Eleven years ago today I was on a morning train from Washington DC to NYC when news began filtering in on passenger cell phones…supposedly, a plane had hit one of the Twin Towers. Strange. (Maybe the weather? Fog?) I’m running late – I should have left an hour earlier, but I’d decided to sleep in a… 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
Last year, my husband and I traveled to Normandy. He had always wanted to visit the famous WWII beaches where the world’s history was changed forever – and I was happy to accompany him. To be honest, I was contemplating a week or two of great food and style, more than a history lesson. And I… Read More
In the English Lake District, we went for long walks through the woods and fields. To be honest, one of the things I liked most was being able to wear my Tom Joules wellies and jacket. I bought them on a trip to Maine and when I wear them I feel sort of classic and… 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
After the Games, six of us (from England, Switzerland, Germany and the US) traveled to the English Lake District for a week of long walks, boat rides, historic homes and high tea.