Top Travel Tip: Arlequin Gelati

Top Travel Tip: Arlequin Gelati

Today’s Tip: Arlequin Gelati – Nice, France One could be forgiven for mistaking gelato as a local delicacy in Nice. While there are no Starbucks to be found here, It’s hard to walk a block without passing a gelato spot. I am of the firm belief that Arlequin is the best in town.  Roberto, the proud proprietor of the shop, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Vini Liquori – Lucca, Italy

Top Travel Tip: Vini Liquori – Lucca, Italy

Today’s Tip: Vini Liquori – Lucca, Italy Lucca is a charming little Tuscan town the Englishman and I breezed through a couple of years ago.  We were visiting his parents, who had discovered the quietly beautiful town as an ideal place to study Italian. We only spent two days wandering the old streets, admiring the ancient … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Hotel Bambu Indah

Top Travel Tip: Hotel Bambu Indah

Today’s Tip: Hotel Bambu Indah – Ubud, Bali This place is by far one of the most beautiful and unusual hotels I’ve ever seen.  Located about 15 minutes south east of central Ubud, it is set above the Ayung River over looking sprawling green rice fields. The main building, which houses the massage rooms and … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Dewa

Top Travel Tip: Dewa

Today’s Tip: Dewa – Ubud, Bali This tip is a bit different.  Instead of highlighting a place, I am recommending a person. Anyone will tell you that to get the most out of a trip to Bali, you really need to hire a guide. And Dewa Arsana is the best of the best. With his wide smile, … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Infinity Villa

Top Travel Tip: Infinity Villa

Today’s Tip: Infinity Villa – Ubud, Bali Surrounded on all sides by lush, peaceful rice paddies, Infinity Villa is a small family run operation and they have thought of everything, from an organic breakfast served to your room each morning, to a local cell phone to use during your stay. Within the larger property are … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: Chez Palmyre

Top Travel Tip: Chez Palmyre

Today’s Tip: Chez Palmyre – Nice, France If you only eat at one restaurant in Nice, it should be Chez Palmyre.  This place is the whole package; the atmosphere is perfect, the food is amazing, the service is great and the price is right. The tiny hole in the wall is absolutely adorable, and its … Continue reading

Top Travel Tip: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Top Travel Tip: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers

Today’s Tip: San Francisco Conservatory of Flowers San Francisco is a city with an embarrassment of riches when it comes to natural beauty.  And as if the sparkling San Francisco Bay, the towering redwood and bay trees, and craggy sea cliffs weren’t enough, inside the rambling green miles that make up golden Gate Park are the hauntingly beautiful white glass arches … Continue reading

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