Sunday, December 21st, 2014

Life on an Agriturismo in Southern Tuscany

It’s been a day and a half since I left Tuscany and returned to London.  Since then, I’ve been deeply missing the beauty of the Tuscan countryside, the warmth and friendship that radiated from our agriturismo, and more than anything, the glorious food and wine that defined this trip, from beginning to end. This trip [...]

For the longest time, I thought that I just didn’t like New York.  It just seemed so gray, so drab, so…boring.  And generic.  What was it that got people excited about New York, again? For years, that’s what I thought.  Then on a trip a few years ago, it suddenly hit me — all of [...]

Off to Southern Tuscany with G Adventures

In the past two years, I’ve watched the travel industry shift toward a new style of travel — local travel, slow travel, the kind of travel where you experience a single destination deeply rather than several destinations superficially. This travel takes many forms: renting an apartment instead of staying in a hotel.  Couchsurfing and meeting [...]

Ask Kate: How Do You Get By Without Speaking English?

When you’re a native English speaker, the world is your oyster.  But what happens when people can’t speak your language? Hi Kate, Seeing that you’ve been to so many places, and obviously don’t know every language how comfortable are you traveling to these places? Do you just learn some of the necessary phrases and words? [...]

My Account of the Attack on the Boston Marathon

Yesterday I went to watch the Boston Marathon.  A few hours later, we were recovering from a devastating attack on our city. My friends, family, and I are fortunate to be uninjured.  We were watching two miles away from the blasts in Copley Square. Boston: Home to the World’s Best Marathon Boston is a lot of [...]

Boston’s North End in Black and White

Big news: after years of filling this blog with my iPhone photos, I’ve upgraded to my first DSLR!  I am now the proud owner of a Nikon D5100 and a Tamron 17-50 lens, the latter a recommendation from my wonderful photographer friend Ed. The camera body retails for $496.95 without the kit lens (I bought it used “like new” [...]

Ask Kate: What’s the Best Way to Travel Around Europe?

With trains, planes, and buses, what’s the best way to travel around Europe?  This week’s Ask Kate examines different forms of public transportation. Hi Kate, I have a couple of questions that no one seems to be able to answer me properly that are doing my head in in the lead up to my European [...]

My Next Adventure: Circling the Globe!

I am thrilled to announce that starting in June, Mario and I are going on a journey around the globe!  And we’re doing it with a purpose: we are telling the stories of people around the world through Mario’s portrait photography project of five years. We are spending a year on the road — just [...]

My list of travel oversights in the US is long and extensive.  Like many people, I’ve kept my travels to the outer corners of the country, with a special emphasis on the northeast and southwest. What about the great big expanse in between?  Specifically, the midwestern states?  Chicago is the shining jewel in its crown, [...]

Père Lachaise Cemetery: Eternal Rest for Brilliant Minds

It took six trips to Paris, but I finally made it to the world’s most visited cemetery: Père Lachaise. What took me so long?  Years ago, I remember hearing that it wasn’t located in the best neighborhood. And like we so often do, I carried that unverified nugget of knowledge in the back of my [...]