Old and New Architectural Influences in Lisbon

Now that we've covered Lisbon's gritty yet glamorous side, let's turn our attention to the city's unique mix of old and new design influences. Perhaps the most visual representation of this is the range of architectural styles used on many of the city's most noteworthy buildings. Lisbon is a rather [...]

Bohemian Trails Gets Cultural in Québec

My visit to Québec City was a long time coming. Every summer of my childhood consisted of a two week trip to Massachusetts, Maine and New Hampshire to spend time with family. As a kid I didn’t realize just how close Québec and Canada in general was geographically. But even in the past two years as a travel writer, I had never made it to Canada for whatever reason. All that changed this past weeke[...]

Sunset Photography: The End to a Perfect Day

Some of my best travel memories are captured in these five photos. I love a good sunset, as I'm sure we all do and photography is one of my favorite ways to freeze a moment in time.Watching the Sun Not Set in Sodankylä, FinlandThis time last year I was leaving Finland and heading to Germany after a fun-filled press trip with talented bloggers from all over the world. In fact, I was the onl[...]

Photo Essay: Locals at Play

It's been awhile since I did a photo essay so I decided to do a little round-up of some of my favorite photos of the past year. The theme is: Locals at Play and the ones I picked are of locals who game me a glimpse into their local culture.Rising Star in Punta Cana, Dominican RepublicThis little girl, who for the life of me I cannot remember her name, absolutely adored being in front of th[...]

My Crash Course: The Indy 500

Leave it to me to completely overlook the world's largest single-day sporting event when planning a trip to Indy. After meeting Visit Indy crew a few months back in New York, I was eager to test out their newly created Cultural Trail. When I picked Memorial Day Weekend to visit, I was also able to experience the Indy 500 - and wow, what an experience it was!In case you need a crash course on t[...]

Highlights from San Antonio

San Antonio was a long time coming. After meeting with the CVB last year at a Texas Tourism event, I was intrigued by the city's early Luminaria festival. At that point, the festival had already taken place for that year but I remained hopeful that I'd be able to make it in 2013 - and voila! I did.Proving me right, San Antonio was everything I hoped for and more. The Texas city is truly a uniq[...]

Soaking in the San Fran Sunshine

While this title may confuse my local San Francisco readers, compared to New York, the California weather felt refreshingly warm. My last trip to the Bay Area was just last August when I explored scenic San Mateo County and Silicon Valley but I haven't been to the downtown San Francisco in almost three years.My favorite thing about re-visiting a city is that I don't feel the pressure to see an[...]

Fashion Week from the Front Row

If there was one thing I remember pondering during my very first New York Fashion Week it was "wow, I wonder what it feels like to sit front row". Well, fast-forward just a few years and here I am, sitting in the front row end of runway eagerly waiting for the Ivana Helsinki runway show to begin.Actually, in all honesty this wasn't my first time sitting front row at fashion week but it was my [...]