Years ago when I lived in an apartment near a local donut shop, every morning I would awaken to the smell of fresh donuts being made. I’d get up, hop on my bike and ride over for a fresh bear claw or a good old glazed donut – the best I’d ever had. Of course, [...]
Rising from the sun-drenched tropical savanna of northwest Costa Rica, the tidy, Spanish Colonial town of Liberia has become a top tourist destination in recent years, despite its decidedly non-touristy (by Costa Rican standards, at any rate) demeanor. Lovely Guanacaste, Costa Rica The capital of Guanacaste Province and an important agricultural center, Liberia is home [...]
When I get off the plane on trips to Washington D.C. and see the nation’s capital on the drive from Reagan airport a sense of patriotism comes over me. Yes, a bit strange, even surprising from a person who lives in the liberal/radical bubble of San Francisco. I know I am crazy, but I love [...]
Yes I have written about Chicago before, but seriously now, there is no better city to visit in the summer than sweet home Chicago. So it is humid on some days. So Michigan Avenue is crowded with people. So getting a bleacher seat for a Cubbie game can be a small fortune. Chicago is by [...]
A little over a month ago I had the pleasure of taking Friday off and flying down to Los Angeles for a long weekend. My close friend Darcy moved back there from San Francisco for graduate school last fall. She is originally from the San Fernando Valley and is an LA native. To be honest, I have never been a huge fan of Los Angeles, but the last few times I have ventured down south I have been happily surprised by the experience.
Amber Fort outside Jaipur Last month I took a quick trip to India. I, like most sensible travelers, realize that India is a huge country, with billions of people, a complex and amazing culture and tons to see. So naturally I thought that, when I go to India, I should go for awhile, at least [...]
Editor’s Note: This is the first in a series of posts from Jeff Gates, the New Media Lead Producer for the Smithsonian American Art Museum and Managing Editor for its blog, Eye Level. Jeff is on a family vacation, which sounded like a great excuse to publish his trials and tribulations from the road. You [...]
Editor’s Note: This is part of Viator’s ongoing series of posts about the 2007 Rugby World Cup. Ian has been tipping his favorite teams in Pools A & B and Pools C & D, and will report on matches live from France later this year. It’s also not too late to book your tours and [...]
When I was little, my dad went to Europe for work and brought me back an apron from Portugal. Forget the jokes about ‘all I got was this lousy apron’, I loved that thing so much. It was pink and embroidered with typical colourful Portuguese flowers and motifs and a map of Portugal. It made me dream of going there one day… Decades later I finally got there. And it was fantastic. I only had a few days so just went to Lisbon and, honestly, I could spend ages there.
In the last century Paris drew writers like moths to a flame. Ernest Hemingway fictionalised just about everybody he knew in 1920s Paris in the pages of A Moveable Feast. George Orwell published an entire book’s worth of anecdotes in Down and Out in Paris and London. And you can read about Paul Auster’s “starving [...]