Feb 252017
 
Boston Public Market: Local Food and Fun! See 21 Pics...

This article is designed to make you feel good. Whether or not you are planning to visit the Boston Public Market — our city’s fantastic new indoor market for local foods, flowers, and crafts — or whether you just want a visual tour that will leave you drooling and swooning, you’ve come to the right place.

When Boston Public Market opened in 2015, revitalizing a cavernous space in downtown Boston that had been empty for [...Read More!]

Feb 102017
 
The Most Beautiful Free Tourist Attraction in the World?

Before arriving in the UAE, I saw a photo of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and gasped, “That’s the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen! How much does it cost to enter?” Turns out: FREE.

When I landed in Abu Dhabi, I was 5 months pregnant and moving slowly, but headed directly for the Grand Mosque. Ahh! like the Taj Mahal, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of those places that exceeds [...Read More!]

Jan 242017
 
2 Great Places Near Amherst, MA to Visit With Kids

Just two hours west of Boston and three hours north of New York City, the town of Amherst, Massachusetts snuggles amid rolling hills. Are you seeking a getaway destination that’s yummy for kids and adults alike? Read on, because this region brims with delights… and donuts.

Destination 1: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is amazing. It turns out that several high-profile children’s book illustrators have lived in Western Massachusetts, including Eric Carle, the creator of the beloved text, The [...Read More!]

Jan 142017
 
Northampton, MA: Ideal Weekend Getaway from Boston

Fun weekend getaways within two hours from Boston have become my new passion, since having two kids under 4 years old makes a simple trip out the front door of our house seem like a complex rocket expedition. How thrilled am I, therefore, to finally discover Northampton and its surrounding goodies in Hampshire County, Massachusetts!

What makes Northampton — just a two hour drive from Boston — such an ideal spot for a weekend getaway, particularly [...Read More!]

Dec 312016
 
Which Articles and Photos Earned Most Love and Why?

Why do some articles do well, and others flop? Each year, I delight in the geekery of analyzing this site’s stats, gleaning trends and tips for moving forward in online castle building. Pawing through the half a million pageviews this year for Around the World “L” let’s dive into the specifics of what did best in 2016 and why, illustrated by my most popular Instagram photos of the year.

Most popular articles of the 34 I wrote this [...Read More!]
Dec 152016
 
How to Do Group Work Without Disaster: A Funny Video!

What does a cupcake have to do with group work? Well, a red velvet cupcake combines several surprisingly different elements (cream cheese frosting, fluffy cake, and red food coloring) to make one luscious dessert. Similarly, great group collaboration unites the diverse skills and characteristics of each group member to produce a fabulous project… together!

(Ok, that analogy may just have been an excuse to post my cupcake photo, but the point is still valid.)

Anyhoo, since the 7th grade [...Read More!]

Dec 092016
 
This Block Island, RI Lighthouse Will Make Your Jaw Drop

If you swoon for curves and color of splendid old architecture, enter the Southeast Lighthouse of Block Island, RI. Built in 1874, this 150-year-old Rhode Island building beckons you with textures to take your breath away. Join me now as we open the door and climb that historic spiral staircase!

Did you know that this 2,000-ton lighthouse was picked up and moved in 1993 so it wouldn’t fall into the ocean? The Southeast Lighthouse sits on cliffs called [...Read More!]

Nov 202016
 
Autumn in Boston's Arboretum is a Must-See Attraction

Ever heard of “Forest Bathing?” Maybe you’ve done it already without realizing! Known as Shinrin-Yoku in Japan (where the practice is wildly popular), Forest Bathing is the act of wandering the woods to lift your spirits. In other words, it’s nature therapy. Want to know the perfect place and time to do that in Boston, Massachusetts? The epically beautiful Arnold Arboretum during autumn!

The Arboretum is a treasure. In fact, the park was North America’s first public arboretum, [...Read More!]

Nov 052016
 
You Won't Believe the Architecture and Art of the UAE

My favorite country in the world for architecture is the United Arab Emirates. “Just let your creativity go wild!” seems to be the message given to UAE designers of buildings and decor, and boy, do they ever!

During the 9 days I traveled in Dubai and Abu Dhabi (yes, this was the solo trip I took while 5 months pregnant), I spent most of my days blissfully gaping at the architecture, snapping hundreds of photos. [...Read More!]

Oct 232016
 
Boston's Biggest Public Park Has Something for Everyone

Boston’s largest public park is rarely known by visitors, so allow me to let you in on the secret: Franklin Park is a 527-acre green-space with something for everyone… including a zoo, a golf course, monthly events, majestic ruins, and fifteen miles of walking paths!

The park was designed by Fredrick Law Olmsted in the 1880s as the final piece of Boston’s Emerald Necklace park system — a ribbon of green encompassing other gems like Jamaica Pond and the [...Read More!]