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I love a good door

I love a good door

No matter where I am in the world, i am always drawn to doorways.  From brightly painted ones surround by tropical pants in Brazil, to gothic relics in ancient Italian fortresses, to rusting wrought iron in Lebanon, I love them all. The older, and more derelict the better in my book:

Top Travel Tip: Three Pools – Marion, Oregon

Top Travel Tip: Three Pools – Marion, Oregon

Today’s Tip: Three Pools – Willamette National Forest, Oregon Three pools is a collection of gorgeous swimming holes in the Opal Creek Wilderness area in Marion county Oregon about 90 miles south east of Portland. From Portland, getting there takes about two hours by car, but the crystaline pools of brilliant, blue green water are … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica

Top Travel Tip: A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica

Today’s Tip: Restaurant A. Rotta – Algajola, Corsica Restaurant A. Rotta is understated, casual, and welcoming with outrageously beautiful views just like the Ile de Beaute itself. All the way at the far end of Algajola’s powdery white sand beach there is a no frills sign alerting passers by of something called “Snack A. Rotta” Truth be told, it … Continue reading

Bastia’s beautiful signs

Bastia’s beautiful signs

The Englishman and I are planning a trip to Corsica this summer, and I have been getting excited thinking about another visit to what has become one of my absolute favorite places in the world. On our first trip to the gorgeous French island a couple of years ago, we spent a few of days … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Sidi Bou Said

Top Travel Tip: Sidi Bou Said

Sidi Bou Said – Nice, France This seemingly ordinary storefront in one of Nice’s grittier neighborhoods is a diamond in the rough.  Save for the delicate blue and green Middle Eastern tiles around the door frame, this place blends in with the discount clothing and light bulb shops around it , but the humble doorway … Continue reading

3 months of travel in 3 minutes

3 months of travel in 3 minutes

Last year I was lucky enough to spend three whole months traveling.  I nearly made it all the way around the world from Europe, to the Middle East, through the US and around South East Asia. I saw some wonderful places, met fascinating people, and got to celebrate a few milestones with good friends. I … Continue reading

Inside Ramallah’s pita bread factory

Inside Ramallah’s pita bread factory

I am fascinated by what makes a city tick.  Every place has its own pace and style and I always want to go behind the scenes and see how things work. While out walking one day in Ramallah in the occupied Palestinian territories, I came across a store front that housed an ancient looking machine … Continue reading

Don’t forget to look up

Don’t forget to look up

After living somewhere for a while, even a place as beautiful as the south of France, its easy to start to takes things for granted. I’ve been in Nice long enough now to finally have my own little routines and rituals but along with the comfort of knowing a place, I realized I was starting to … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: La Brioche Beirut, Lebanon

Top Travel Tip: La Brioche Beirut, Lebanon

Todays tip: La Brioche, Yafet Street Hamra This little French Patisserie is amazing.  The small storefront is smack dab in the middle of the chaotic Hamra neighborhood of Beirut.  It sits across the street from a grocery store and next to a hotel and it seems out of place packed in with all of the … Continue reading

The French Honor System?

The French Honor System?

Since arriving in France, I have been riding the trains, trams and busses with abandon.  I love good public transportation, and Nice has it in spades.  But shortly after getting here I started to wonder if anyone was ever going to ask to see my ticket, and if not, why did anyone bother to buy … Continue reading

Les Étourneaux de Nice

Les Étourneaux de Nice

It’s Christmas in Nice and the French Rivera doesn’t do things on a small scale.  The decorations are in place and there are so many lights twinkling here every night it feels like the sun never sets. But the most impressive spectacle I’ve seen so far, are Les Étorneaux – or the Starlings – that fly … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Portland Farmer’s Market

Top Travel Tip: Portland Farmer’s Market

Today’s Tip: Portland, Oregon Farmer’s Market Portland has become a bastion of the farm-to-table phenomenon in the US and it’s many farmer’s markets are nothing short of fabulous. There are more than ten farmer’s markets scattered throughout in the Portland metropolitan area, all of which connect local farmers to consumers and have an abundance of farm … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Sakana

Top Travel Tip: Sakana

Today’s Tip: Sakana, DC Sakana is a tiny Japanese restaurant in Dupont Circle.  It also happens to be my favorite restaurant in DC. The space is small but not cramped and the sushi is good.  The best thing about this place though, is the cozy, friendly atmosphere.  It’s as close as I came to having … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Dumbarton Oaks Washington, DC

Top Travel Tip: Dumbarton Oaks Washington, DC

Today’s Tip: Dumbarton Oaks – Washington, DC Dumbarton Oaks in stately Georgetown, is home to a research library, museum, and gorgeous sprawling landscaped grounds and gardens.  The center belongs to Harvard University and was created by Mildred and Robert woods Bliss, collectors and patrons of arts and humanities.  They purchased the property in 1801 and … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Mograbi, Tel Aviv

Top Travel Tip: Mograbi, Tel Aviv

Today’s Travel Tip: Mograbi, Tel Aviv This is cool little retro shop is at 33 Allenby Street in Tel Aviv. Avi, the owner has an eclectic collection of vintage clothing, house wares, and interesting objects, and he can help you find what you are looking for. The shop is bursting with stuff, from vintage Israeli … Continue reading