Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Christmas in Bavaria in 25 Photos

This year I achieved a long-held travel dream: visiting Christmas markets in Germany. It’s crazy that I haven’t done this until now! I remember visiting my first German Christmas market, albeit in another country — it was during my semester in Florence in 2004. The market was set up a two-minute walk from my apartment […]

Rocking Out at Cologne Music Festival

When New Year’s 2014 rolled around, I didn’t think I would be visiting Germany at all this year. How wrong I was! By August, I had visited Leipzig, Wilhelmshaven, Bremen, Hamburg, Lübeck, Berlin, Potsdam, and finally Cologne and Brühl. With the exception of Berlin, they were all new destinations for me. Cologne closed out my summer of […]

Coming Home to the Carpino Folk Festival

August is a sacred month to Italians. It’s tradition to take the whole month off — unless you work in, say, the hospitality industry, as someone needs to serve copious scoops of gelato to the ridiculously good-looking, speedo-clad Italians who use this time off as a reason to flock to the seaside. But there’s more to […]

Kuhmo Chamber Music Festival: Sweet Notes in a Warm Finnish Summer

If summer has a perfect sweet spot, it can be found in Finland. Forget the gray, rainy, temperamental weather of London, Paris, Limerick, and Cologne, the days that could easily have appeared during any other month of the year. Forget the sweltering days of Dubrovnik and Ljubljana, where going outside was akin to hurling yourself into a […]

Ana Desetnica: Ljubljana’s Incredible Street Theatre Celebration

I’m spending this summer visiting quirky and unusual festivals throughout Europe. My first festival trip took me to Ireland and Limerick, City of Culture. My second took me to a very different destination and a country I had yearned to visit for years: Slovenia. Allow me to introduce you to Ana Desetnica, the street theatre festival […]

This Summer: Quirky Festival-Hopping in Europe!

I’m finally able to reveal it to you all — my big summer plans involve festival-hopping all over Europe! Must Love Festivals Must Love Festivals is a campaign highlighting quirky, unusual, lesser-known festivals in Europe. You won’t see us running with bulls, throwing tomatoes, or hitting up the festivals that get all the attention. Instead, you’ll see a […]

Mardi Gras: Magic, Music, and Mayhem in New Orleans

New Orleans enchanted me from the moment I arrived. This was my first stop on the #SouthUSA road trip and my first real stop in the South. I knew I would love it, and right away, I was fascinated by the musical city before me. After arriving late the night before, I set out in […]

Celebrating the Festa of St. George in Qormi, Malta

While the world revels in excitement over the birth of Prince George, I thought I’d share photos of another George: St. George, venerated dragon-slayer and one of the patron saints of Qormi, Malta. Each summer, Malta explodes with festas — celebrations of the patron saints of each town. Each town has its own festa, or […]

On a Skye High in Scotland

The Isle of Skye has long held a place in my imagination.  Off the west coast, it’s been known as one of the most beautiful places in all of Scotland.  It’s home to countless legends.  My cousin, who adores Scotland, even dreams of getting married on Skye! So you can understand that I had high […]

Hogmanay: Bringing in the New Year in Edinburgh

Looking back over the years, my New Year’s celebrations have been mostly low-key, largely unexceptional.  Oh, I’ve had some good ones — my Bangkok New Year’s was so much fun, and I’ve had a few memorable nights in Boston — but most of the time the night hasn’t lived up to the hype.  It’s hard […]