Thursday, December 18th, 2014

Vintage Valletta: The Least Capital-Like Capital

When you think of capital cities, what comes to mind? Embassies. Bureaucrats. People in suits. Endless meetings. People so protective of their government-oriented careers that they wouldn’t dare rat out an enemy — well, unless they were Frank Underwood. Forget money. Power is the primary currency here. That may be the case in Washington or London or Singapore or Brasilia…but [...]

The UNESCO Hunt: 72-81

   While it’s been more than a year since I made it my goal to visit 101 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, things slowed way down in Asia and North America over the winter. Don’t get me wrong — there are sites in Asia and North America, but it’s not as heavy a concentration as in Europe, [...]

San Blas Bay: A Hidden Beach in Malta

In a country as tiny as Malta, there aren’t many new places to discover. Every geographic nook and cranny is well-documented — and if any two Maltese meet, I guarantee they will have at least have a few friends in common! But if there is such thing as a secret beach in Malta, it’s San Blas Bay [...]

The Miracle Church of Mosta, Malta

If anywhere on the planet is more Catholic than the Vatican, it’s Malta. From giant paintings of the Virgin Mary hanging in Maltese bedrooms to religious festas with saints carried through the street each summer to incredibly ornate churches thanks to generous donations from parishioners each year, Malta is a place where life revolves around the Catholic [...]

Cruising Through Coastal Mississippi

“Downtown Reading. That’s a throwback.” “Is it really?” I asked. I was 21, temping for the summer, and my boss-of-the-week had told me that my own hometown was remarkable. “It’s something special. You don’t see a lot of towns like that anymore.” I hadn’t thought of it that way. Growing up in a Massachusetts town founded in 1644, it’s [...]

Oak Alley Plantation

As soon as I saw photos of Oak Alley Plantation’s grand entrance, I knew I had to come here and photograph it myself. That mansion at the end of all those oak trees. How romantic and southern — it was something straight out of Gone with the Wind! There were other mansions in South Carolina [...]

SOTM Tour: Month Ten of Twelve

It’s almost over. When Mario and I set off on the SOTM Tour, we planned on being away for a year, or maybe a year minus two weeks or so. Well, we have an official end date now: May 9. On that day, we’ll board a flight from Malta to Birmingham, England, a little over [...]

New Orleans’ Garden District

The French Quarter might get all the fame in New Orleans, but at some point, you need a break from the constant music and crowds and good times rolling. The perfect spot? The Garden District. I’ve always loved driving around and looking at beautiful houses, seeing where people live and thinking about the choices the [...]

#SouthUSA: Best of the Trip

My road trip through the American South was one of the best trips I’ve ever taken. It’s also the most exploring I’ve done in the US since I began my full-time travels in 2010. Discovering the South was long overdue and it couldn’t have gone better. The trip began in New Orleans and after a quick [...]

Hong Kong: The Best Experiences

I knew I’d love Hong Kong, but I had no idea I’d be rapturously in love with the city by the end of my time there! Hong Kong is endlessly fascinating — it’s impossible to get bored here. Here are some of my favorite experiences in Hong Kong. Chowing Down on a Hello Hong Kong Food [...]