Lima Layover: Cercado de Lima

by Chris on January 16, 2011

Things to do in Lima, Peru: Cercado de Lima. Lima’s historic center, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Cerado de Lima

Everything I read in mainstream guidebooks about Lima, Peru’s capital city, made it sound like a place you should leave as soon as possible. Dirty, unsafe, chaotic, polluted. Definitely not a city to linger. Which is why I was so surprised by how much I enjoyed my 18 hour layover in the city last week. Maybe […]


2011 Calendar of Travel Photos – Free!

by Chris on January 1, 2011

Free for readers: our downloadable free 2011 calendar with photos taken from our trips.
2011 calendar

Got your calendar for 2011 yet No? (Hey, it takes me weeks before I can remember to change the year on checks). Why not jump-start your 2011 travel dreams with a free  2011 calendar of photos taken from my travels around the world? The free 2011 calendar is part of a change that you’ll see […]


2010 Travels: Best Surprise

by Chris on December 29, 2010

Best travel surprise of 2010? The diversity of Israel as a vacation and holiday destination.
Israel, Jerusalem, Dome of the Rock

Out of a travel schedule that included two sailing cruises in the Caribbean, two trips to Europe, one long weekend in Mexico, and time exploring cool new regions in the U.S. (Hocking Hills, I’m looking at you!), I’ll always remember 2010 as the year when I first went to the Middle East – and fell […]


The best meal of my 2010 travels? The tasting menu at Guy Savoy, the chef’s Michelin-starred restaurant in Paris.
travels, Guy Savoy, Michelin restaurant, black truffle artichoke soup with truffle butter brioche

As far as gastronomy goes, I’m not sure I’ll ever top the sumptuous multi-course tasting meal I experienced in March at Guy Savoy, the celebrated chef’s three-star Michelin restaurant in Paris. Sponsored by the journey planner ViaMichelin, the dinner brought together several well-known travel writers, including Peter Greenberg, travel editor of CBS News, and NPR […]


Stuck in the NYC blizzard? Some tips for rebooking when snow disrupts your travel.
Blizzard, NYC

Watching the blizzards overcome the East Coast this holiday season reminds me of last year’s winter, when my husband spent more than 2 hours on the phone with US Air trying to rebook his flight from Florida back to Washington DC after snow ruined his travel. So I feel for reader Dan, who wrote: “Blizzard […]


Looking for a portable speaker system so you can blast music on your next trip? We test the Franklin Roadie Amp’d Portable Speaker System.
Franklin Roadie portable speaker system

By Don Faust, Contributing Writer I’m a sucker for gadgets.  So when the  Franklin Explorer Roadie portable speaker system arrived at our house, I begged to try it. I unpacked the system to find what appeared to be a solid speaker with a nice brushed-silver finish and simple, well thought-out controls.  But you never know. […]


Some of my favorite moments in Miami were spent exploring street graffiti art in Wynwood and stores in the city’s Design District.
Miami, Rainbow City by FriendsWIthYou, Miami Design District, Art Basel Miami 2010

It’s hard to tear yourself away from South Beach, especially the weather is nice and the beach is calling. But I found that some of the city’s most exciting art developments are happening on the other side of Biscayne Bay, in the Design District and gritty Wynwood, Miami’s latest hot neighborhood. When my cab dropped me […]


Berlin: Third Reich sites

by Chris on December 1, 2010

A Berlin Nazi tour of places associated with the Third Reich and Hitler in Berlin, including the site of Hitler’s bunker, Nazi architecture on Wilhelmstrasse and Daniel Libeskind’s Jewish Museum
Brandenberg Gate, Third Reich tour, Berlin, Germany

Here’s the thing: As much as I enjoyed our recent trip to Berlin, I’m not sure I’d rank it as a top romantic destination. There’s just too much depressing recent history. Sure, we could have concentrated on the city’s modern art and design scene, opting to spend our time at the city’s clubs and restaurants. […]


What to do in Leipzig? Lots. With an outstanding new Bach museum, a Porsche plant, and (best for us) a strong connection to Faust, there’s more to this former East German city than you’d imagine.
Leipzig, Germany

I didn’t expect too much from Leipzig when we arrived for the second portion of the SATW convention. After all, Dresden had been such a delight – and we had very little time to see it all. And while Leipzig has some cool historic buildings, such as the Altes Rathaus (town hall) above, they are […]


Updated Travel Links/Trip Planner Page

by Chris on October 28, 2010

Updated Travel Links/Trip Planner Page

In the past two weeks, I’ve spent some time updating my Travel Links/trip planner section of this website. I originally put the page together because people would often ask what services and resources I used to plan my trips. By putting them in one place, I hope that y’all get some use out of them. […]

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