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Only a 25 minute ferry ride from Malta, Gozo has a feel that is even more relaxed than the island nation’s friendly main island. My apartment in Xlendi, with its idyllic, sweeping views of Xlendi bay, proved to be a perfect place to base myself for a stay in Gozo. In fact, it was a [...]
“Boutique” and “budget” are rarely used to describe the same hotel, yet my travel companion and I managed to find one in Buenos Aires. We were a little dubious upon hearing the name, but were pleasantly surprised upon our arrival. The Pop Hotel in the San Telmo district of Buenos Aires is a treat for [...]
In recent years, the hospitality industry has been growing in an interesting fashion. The style of large, resort type hotels may be slowly becoming passé. The new wave of accommodation has come in the form of boutique hotels. These properties are much more intimate than most traditional hotels and this intimacy can have its benefits. [...]
Traveling north from Broome in Western Australia, you’ll find the Beagle Bay Aboriginal Community, one of three Aboriginal communities on the Dampier Peninsula. Beagle Bay is home to the Sacred Heart Church and its glimmering pearl shell altar. The interior of the well known church in Beagle Bay is decorated with mother of pearl, cowries [...]
From its colorful markets and bougainvillea-covered walls to its pastel colored colonial buildings, Guatemala is arguably one of the most colorful countries in the world. One of the first things I noticed upon arriving in Guatemala, were the intensely hued buses. Known as “chicken buses,” these old, retired American school buses arrive in Guatemala in [...]
While it may no longer be the premier entertainment district it once was in the years leading up to World War II, Asakusa, part of Tokyo’s downtown Taito district, still has plenty of lively activity. Today, Asakusa is best known as home to the Senso-ji Temple. The ancient temple, Tokyo’s oldest and one of its [...]
The unique I&I Bar is a great little place to soak up the positive vibrations and chill out on a hammock or swing with a cocktail. One section has swings hanging from the ceiling and it’s connected by a hanging rope bridge to another section.
One of my favorite places in Boston to visit and recommend to visitors is the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Housed in a stunning 15th century Venetian style palace, the museum provides an unusual backdrop for the viewing of art. Located in the Back Bay Fens, not far from the Museum of Fine Arts, Fenway Park [...]
One of our favorite areas in Wellington, New Zealand is the Cuba Street District. Once the route of the Wellington trams, the middle section of the street was closed to traffic after the removal of the rails in 1969 and is now one of the busiest areas in Wellington. This is a cool neighborhood full [...]
Sapa is an astonishingly picturesque village near the Chinese border in northwest Vietnam. An old French hill station nestled among the Hoang Lien Son Mountains, Sapa is one of the most scenic mountain locations in Vietnam. Often referred to as the “Tonkinese Alps” or the “Alps of the North Sea,” the Hoang Lien Mountain Range [...]
Known for its bohemian charm and historic appeal, the quaint and funky Buenos Aires barrio of San Telmo is full of energy every day. However, on Sundays, it truly comes to life. Every Sunday from 10 am to 5 pm, the Plaza Dorrego is home to the San Telmo Antiques Fair. To call this an [...]
If you’re looking for an outdoor winter experience that’s out of the ordinary, try a Canadian dog sled adventure. A truly unique outdoor winter activity, dog sledding is Canada’s traditional and oldest mode of winter transportation. Most people find the feeling of commanding their own dog sled team along trails through pristine valleys and over mountain ridges to be very inspirational. A truly Canadian activity in every way, dog sledding is a fun and interesting way to enjoy winter landscapes and is also a pretty good physical workout.