Mar 042014
 
Can You Believe the Size of This Hole in the Ground?

In the romantic Indian state of Rajasthan, in the dusty village of Abhaneri, there lies a massive hole in the ground. To be specific, this hole is called Chand Baori, and is one of the largest ancient step-wells in the world, plummeting down 100 feet to slurp water from the earth for the thirsty local population.

The well is around 1,200 years old (wowza!), constructed in 800 C.E. by King Chandra of the [...Read More!]

Sep 152013
 
Photo Essay: Is India's Amber Palace Your Dream Home?

It’s weird looking at photos from a few months ago, before I became pregnant… I look so bite-sized tiny! But the fact remains that I have waterfalls more photos taken during our wonderful India teacher tour from earlier this year, and you shall have these pictures, even if it takes another year for me publish them all.

What we have here are the final photos from our tour of the Amer Fort, also [...Read More!]

Sep 012013
 
YUM! An Italian Food Market Tour of Boston's North End

I expected luscious Italian food in my mouth during the Boston North End Italian market tour I just returned from, but I didn’t realize I would also learn shocking facts about my own kitchen and city.

Our tour group of a dozen folks from around the country assembled at 10am just past the Haymarket T station. Before us opened the (hungry) mouth of the North End: Boston’s “Little Italy,” a famed commercial neighborhood [...Read More!]

Jun 012013
 
Lovely Glass Architecture of Downtown Toronto, Canada

Hello from Toronto, Canada, where I am rocking out my third annual TBEX Travel Blogging Conference with 1,300 of my favorite writers and travel companies from around the world!

Yesterday I had the privilege of going on an architecture photo walk thanks to See Toronto Now, and what a feast for the eyes it was! For those who know the building I deemed #1 sexiest architecture in Boston, you may already have gleaned that [...Read More!]

May 272013
 
Mansions of Newport, Rhode Island: Great or Upsetting?

How should the super-rich use their money? Touring the famous mansions of Newport, Rhode Island, recently, half of me screamed, “You people spent your money on THIS?! Think of the world problems you could have solved with all that loot!” But my other half shyly whispered, “Sure, but it’s awesome that this sight exists. My eyes are happy!”

Tourists aren’t allowed to take photos inside the Newport mansions, but the innards are [...Read More!]

Apr 282013
 
The Tallest Brick Minaret in the World: Qutb Minar, India

Did you know that in 2006, more tourists visited Qutb Minar than the Taj Mahal? Though lesser-known to foreign tourists, Qutb Minar contains the tallest brick minaret in the world, and wields a hypnotic power, particularly on a misty Delhi day like the one when our India teacher tour visited.

Qutb Minar reaches 239 feet towards the sky, and was completed in 1368 AD. It is part of the multi-building Qutb Complex, with ancient buildings [...Read More!]

Apr 082013
 
Loving India's Little Taj Mahal: Humayun's Tomb

I have a new favorite building! When our India tour leader declared that we were headed for the “Little Taj Mahal” in Delhi, it was clear we were in for something astounding. However, not one of us was prepared for the caramel-colored confection that soon burst into sight.

Behold, stunning Humayun’s Tomb!

Humayun’s Tomb was completed in 1572 C.E. and was commissioned by Bega Begum, the first wife of Mughal Emperor Humayun to [...Read More!]

Mar 162013
 
Unexpected International Flair in Newport, Rhode Island

When you think “Rhode Island,” do you think “international flair?” Well, I didn’t either… until our recent Newport trip brought the worldly elements of the city into glorious focus! Leap along with me to see.

Newport is famous for its unbelievably opulent cliff-side mansions. One of our favorites was Marble House, pictured above, which is a 50-room mansion built by the Vanderbilt family in 1892 that features 500,000 cubic feet of marble. [...Read More!]

Feb 242013
 
Are the Best Sights of India in Old Delhi? Look Here.

You’ve likely heard of New Delhi, India, but what about OLD Delhi? Our India teacher tour spent part of our second day touring Old Delhi. By the first minute, we’d breathlessly declared, “Old Delhi has the best sights in India so far!” Check out these photos to see why.

But first, what exactly is “Old Delhi?” Old Delhi, originally called Shahjahanabad, was formally walled in by Mughal emperor Shah Jahan starting in [...Read More!]

Feb 092013
 
We Spent Christmas at the Largest Mosque in India!

I am a half Jewish, half Christian gal who spent Christmas at the largest Islamic mosque in India. And it was beautiful!

Though I love gathering with family during the winter holidays in America, I’ve never been obsessed with gifts. How freeing, then, to spend December 25 in a country where just 2.3% of the population is Christian, and holiday consumerism isn’t ubiquitous!

T’was the morning of Christmas and the second day of [...Read More!]