Americas · Culture · Entertainment · Food · Travel Philosophy · USA

Disneyland: On the Corner of Main Street and Memory Lane

Once upon a time, in a faraway land called Anaheim, I went to Disneyland five days a week for two years– I’m not saying that I worked there, but one might say that I was a “good friend” of Pocahontas…and an original one at that. ‘Twas a magical place, and even after a full day… Continue reading Disneyland: On the Corner of Main Street and Memory Lane

Adventure · Art · Culture · Europe · Food · Italy · Music · Religion · Tourist · transportation · Travel Philosophy · Travel Tips & Skills

How to Find Great Values in Venice

Centuries-old former palaces crackle and peel away in the thick, briny air. Bottom floors of old merchants’ warehouses sit empty and still cling half-heartedly to their romantic patina of a time long past, slowly but beautifully decaying under the Venetian heat, humidity, and rising waters. As I glide down the canal on a slow vaporetto,… Continue reading How to Find Great Values in Venice

Culture · Food · Travel Philosophy · Travel Tips & Skills

Best of Europe: Tasting the Best of the Marais

Many travelers pride themselves on “discovering” up-and-coming, locals-only, or unsung places. Finding these gems, you feel like you’re in a secret club: the I Know Something You Don’t Know Club. But the pride is short-lived. What good’s a secret if you can’t tell anyone? So I share these places with fellow travelers, hoping they’ll have… Continue reading Best of Europe: Tasting the Best of the Marais

Adventure · Europe · Food · Hiking · The Great Outdoors

Best of Europe: Scenes from a Swiss Adventure

For 21 days, Rick and I are tour members on one of his own tours: the Best of Europe. We’re trying to combine vacation with quality control and research. And it’s going great! Join us as we traipse from the Netherlands to Germany, Austria to Italy, and Switzerland to France with a terrific tour guide and… Continue reading Best of Europe: Scenes from a Swiss Adventure

Adventure · Europe · Food · Italy · The Great Outdoors · Travel Philosophy · Travel Tips & Skills

Best of Europe: The Cinque Terre

For 21 days, Rick and I are tour members on one of his own tours: the Best of Europe. We’re trying to combine vacation with quality control and research. And it’s going great! Join us as we traipse from the Netherlands to Germany, Austria to Italy, and Switzerland to France with a terrific tour guide and… Continue reading Best of Europe: The Cinque Terre

Adventure · Architecture · Art · Culture · Europe · Food · History · Italy · The Great Outdoors · Tourist · Travel Philosophy · Travel Tips & Skills

The Best of Europe: Florence

For 21 days, Rick and I are tour members on one of his own tours: the Best of Europe. We’re trying to combine vacation with quality control and research. And it’s going great! Join us as we traipse from the Netherlands to Germany, Austria to Italy, and Switzerland to France with a terrific tour guide and… Continue reading The Best of Europe: Florence

Americas · Food · Tourist · Travel Philosophy · Travel Tips & Skills · USA

New York, NY Part 4: Good Eats

What’s your relationship with food? For some, food is a question of sustenance–keep it simple as long as it satisfies your hunger and the need for energy. For others, being a foodie is a badge they wear with a boy scout’s pride, having earned their status in countless restaurants and paying what amounts to the… Continue reading New York, NY Part 4: Good Eats