• Photo of the Week: November 23, 2015

    For me, the winding streets of Paris are the ultimate symbol of wanderlust.  Paris’ streets are designed for pedestrians with a penchant for wandering, and I could spend days – no, weeks – just exploring this urban maze.  I’ve talked elsewhere on this blog about how I grew up dreaming of traveling to Paris, so the French capital has long epitomized my global travel dreams. Continue reading

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  • San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf

    San Francisco is one of the United States’ great cities, and Fisherman’s Wharf is one of its classic sights, second only to the Golden Gate Bridge.  When Kevin and I visited San Francisco in February 2015, I didn’t have high expectations for the Wharf.  After all, many heavily touristed areas are kitschy and crowded, and I just don’t have a lot of patience for tacky knick knacks.  Who doesn’t get sick of seeing the same three dollar magnet in every gift shop? Continue reading

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  • London is Where Americans Go To Be Cliche

    Big Ben!  Buckingham Palace!  An old-fashioned phone booth!  I know, I always try and avoid the predictable tourist traps that every city has to offer, but in London, I simply couldn’t resist.  After all, like many Americans, I grew up watching London feature heavily in films and television, and I can’t help but reference the episode of Friends when the gang (sans a very-pregnant Phoebe) travels to London for Ross’s wedding, and Chandler and Joey embark on a laughably touristy romp around the city. Continue reading

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  • What To Pack When Visiting Reykjavik, Iceland

    Visiting Reykjavik ought to be exciting, not stressful – and packing for a city that can see all four seasons in a day can easily leave travelers confused.  I definitely forgot a few necessities on my first visit to Reykjavik, but I quickly learned what a traveler needs – and doesn’t need – when navigating Iceland.  When traveling overseas, it’s important not to over-pack…you all know who you are.  Here, I break it down to the bare essentials, and I’ve compiled a handy infographic for folks who have questions about what to pack when visiting Reykjavik. Continue reading

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  • The Kid That Wouldn’t Move at Neuschwanstein Castle

    I’ve written at length about my experience visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, the royal residence tucked away in the Bavarian Alps that comes straight out of a fairy tale.  We arrived after more than one hiccup and disappointment, and we decided to tour the grounds on foot with the limited time we had left in the day.

    This self-guided tour, of course, included taking plenty of pictures, many of which you can find in my full-length piece.   Continue reading

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  • Basilica Cistern: Exploring Istanbul’s Underground

    Like many large cities, Istanbul has a hidden history beneath its well-worn, ancient streets.  Istanbul’s below-ground features numerous cisterns, which supplied the city with water throughout its long and varied existence.  Tourists interested in this slice of Istanbul’s past can visit many of the cisterns, which are open to the public.  The Basilica Cistern is hardly an off-the-beaten-path gem; rather, it’s one of Istanbul’s prime attractions and often tops the city’s “must-see” lists.  While I felt the price was steep for a sight that can be thoroughly explored in twenty minutes, the Basilica Cistern is also incredibly unique and unlike anything else I’ve seen in my travels. Continue reading

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  • Photo of the Week: November 16, 2015

    I’m writing this post from the great West Coast city of Seattle, so I thought this week’s photo ought to reflect my location.  I snapped this shot of the Space Needle in November 2014, the first time I ever visited Kevin’s home state.  While we didn’t go up the Space Needle (it’s wicked expensive, y’all) we strolled around its base and it occurred to me that I’d never seen a photo of Seattle’s most famous structure from below.  It’s a little odd-looking, isn’t it?  It would almost be impossible to identify without my commentary. Continue reading

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