Dinner in the Dark, in Berlin

by Natalie on June 18, 2012

Have you ever considered dining in the dark? Guest writer Natalie Pompilio checks out Unsicht, a blind dining experience, in Berlin.
Unsicht Bar in Berlin

By Natalie Pompilio, contributing writer Most people like to see what they’re eating, especially in today’s world of fantastical plate presentation. But that’s not an option at Berlin’s Unsicht-Bar, where diners sit in complete darkness, are served by blind or visually impaired wait staff, and the three or four course meal being presented is largely […]


This week’s Photo Friday: Volterra’s clock tower, made famous by Twilight author Stephenie Meyer.
Volterra Town Hall, Twilight

This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s Photo Friday theme is CLOCKS?TIME. The photo above, of the Town Hall building in the Piazza del Priori in Volterra, Tuscany has a backstory that predates this blog’s existence: In spring 2009, USA TODAY sent me to Italy for a […]


A visit to Peterhof Palace, Peter the Great’s major display of Romanov wealth and power outside St. Petersburg.
Peterhof Palae

This is the final post in my series on things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia. The history of St. Petersburg is intertwined with that of one dominant dynasty, the House of Romanov. The city was founded by Peter the Great, the czar who turned Russia into a force to be reckoned with, and Romanovs were […]


Tops on my art bucket list: Visiting the Hermitage museum in St. Petersburg, home not only to a multitude of masterworks, but the incredibly elaborate Winter Palace where Catherine the Great once lived.
The Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg Russia

This is the third in my series on things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia. As I said in my post on visiting St. Petersburg, a trip to the Hermitage Museum – the second largest in the world, after the Louvre in Paris – has long been on my bucket list. And I’m happy to report […]


Riding the subway might not be a normal tourist activity. But in the St. Petersburg Metro, where stations such as Kirovsky Zavod and Avtovo boast original examples of Stalinist-era art and architecture, you wouldn’t want to miss it.
Avtovo, St. Petersburg Metro, Russia

This is second in my series on things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the most interesting things I saw in my few brief days in Russia were the elaborate St. Petersburg Metro stations, decked out with marble, chandeliers and Soviet-era art. Plans for an underground had been in place in the Soviet Union […]


A look at some things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia, including information on hotels, restaurants, churches, shopping and other sights.
Things to do in St. Petersburg

This is the first in my series on things to do in St. Petersburg, Russia. One of the highlights of my travels last year included three days in St. Petersburg, Russia (known as Leningrad during Soviet times). While I’ve written about the bureaucratic ins and outs of applying for a Russian visa, I haven’t put […]


Photo Friday: The lovely landscape outside Schwandalpweiher, the Swiss home of kneipp.
Swiss Alps

This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s #FriFotos theme is GREEN. There are few countries greener than Switzerland, where it’s hard to get a bad view. This photo was taken in Schwandalpweiher, a small town known as center for Kneipp, a naturopathic remedy that’s based on hydrotherapy. […]


This week’s travel photo: A chocolate sculpture from the famous German chocolate shop, Fassbender & Rausch, in Berlin.
German chocolate sculpture

This is the latest of our weekly travel photo series, inspired by #FriFotos on Twitter. This week’s #FriFotos theme is CHOCOLATE. Don shot this chocolate sculpture of the Brandenburg Gate when we were in Berlin in 2010. We were walking down the Charlottestrasse near our hotel, the Sofitel, when we came across chocolate nirvana. Fassbender […]


Ask Chris: Things to Do in Paris

by Chris on March 7, 2012

Ask Chris: A reader asks for recommendations on things to do in Paris.

This is part of my ongoing  “Ask a travel expert” series. What to do in Paris?  Question: I am writing because I recently won two tickets on Air France to Paris and was wondering if you have any recommendations for what to do with a week in Paris! Eat, see, tour, where to stay on […]


Photo Friday: Love in Paris

by Chris on February 17, 2012

Love in Paris marks this week’s “Special Moments” Photo Friday.
Love in Paris

This week’s #FriFoto topic is “Special Moments.” It seemed a little too Hallmark to put up a shot of Don and I on vacation, so I chose this candid photo I took in Paris in 2010. It was an unusually warm March day, and people apparently felt no shame taking it to the streets. City […]