Friday, October 24th, 2014

The World’s Sexiest Trailer Park

Is there such a thing as a sexy trailer park?  Oh yes, there is.  I can assure you that the Grand Daddy Hotel Airstream Rooftop Trailer Park has the market cornered. We stayed here for our first night in Cape Town — and it’s probably the most unusual place I’ve ever laid my head for a [...]

Lyon’s Festival of Lights

This past weekend, I got to experience a delightful festival for the first time: Lyon’s Fête des Lumières, or Festival of Lights.  Every year from December 8-11, Lyon’s nights are filled with brilliant light shows that are as technologically savvy as they are artistically scintillating. Despite my lifelong francophilia, I had never heard of this [...]

The Blue Train: Crossing South Africa in Luxury

Of all overland journeys, I’m not sure anything can top my experience in South Africa: riding from Pretoria to Cape Town on the Blue Train. The Blue Train, you see, is a FANCY TRAIN.  The kind of train that requires men to wear jackets and ties and ladies to don elegant eveningwear.  The kind of [...]

Township Life: Meet Alexandra, South Africa

“We have a few options for lunch today,” our guide Robin told us.  “We could eat in the museum cafe.  We could go to a restaurant.  Or — and this is an interesting option — we could eat in Alexandra Township.  I warn you that it’s very basic.  But it’s an experience.” “Definitely use the [...]

Johannesburg: I Guarantee It’s Not What You Think.

Four nights in Johannesburg?   I clicked through my trip itinerary in mild disbelief.  In a country as wild and diverse and incredible as South Africa, did we really have to spend more than one third of our trip in this much-maligned city? Looking back, I don’t blame myself for thinking that way.  There is [...]

The Extraordinary Beauty of Kruger National Park

Think going on an African safari is all about the animals?  Well, by definition, it might be, but seeing the awe-inspiring landscapes is a huge part of it as well! I love photographing landscapes more than anything else, and I couldn’t resist apologetically asking our guides Lee-Anne and JP to stop the vehicle again and [...]

South Africa: More Than I Ever Imagined

I’ve been in South Africa for two weeks, and I am still in disbelief at how much this country has amazed me. Is South Africa what I thought it would be?  It was BETTER. I knew I would enjoy it, but I had no idea I would enjoy it this much.  Here are some of [...]

I Ate Everything in Costa Brava

Shortly after arriving in Spain for the first time back in March, I swiftly declared it one of my favorite food countries (along with Italy, Vietnam, Thailand, and France).  Spanish food is simple and delicious. But in Costa Brava, the food really outdid itself.  You had everything that makes Spanish food great, along with plenty [...]

13 Reasons to Fall in Love with Costa Brava, Spain

Costa Brava may very well be the best kept secret in Spain.  This September, I spent time in this region of Catalonia for the first time ever, and I was blown away by its sheer beauty, the variety of things to do, and its warm hospitality. From beaches to cities, from jamon to tomatoes, Costa [...]

I’m Off to South Africa!

As this post goes live, I will be newly arrived in a country that I have wanted to visit for such a long time: SOUTH AFRICA! I am very happy to be visiting South Africa as one of five travel influencers invited by Visit South Africa.  I got my first email about the trip back [...]