Oct 252014
 
Dogs in Costume?! The Cutest Fashion Show in Boston.

WOW. I just spent the afternoon at the eleventh annual Dog Fashion Show and Costume Parade in Boston, sporting an ear-to-ear grin, and snapping photos of the cutest costumed models imaginable.

Can you believe that this event has been going on for ELEVEN years, and I just learned about it? It takes place in Boston’s hip Jamaica Plain neighborhood, and proceeds from the small entry fee support a local shelter. Just observing like I did is free, [...Read More!]

Oct 212014
 
The 600th Article I've Published on This Travel Blog!

This is the 600th article I have written and published on Around the World “L” Travel Blog! To celebrate, I will do two things I love in this article: First, sharing photos of my favorite city in the world, Boston, in all its autumn beauty. Second, answering questions that readers have submitted. Enjoy!

Q1: What were you doing for your 500th, 400th, 300th, 200th, and 100th, and 1st articles? 

A1: Click and see! For [...Read More!]

Oct 122014
 
How to Travel With a Baby: 11 Tips to Make it Easy!

People keep asking, “What tips do you have for travel with a baby?” ever since we got back from our Puerto Rico adventure and a subsequent two-week U.S. road trip.

I’d been replying with long emails and extended phone conversations, when it suddenly occurred to me: Why not compile all the advice into one super-useful article on how to transport, feed, pack for, and entertain a baby while away from home? Here it is, chums. From now [...Read More!]

Oct 052014
 
Visiting Niagara Falls, NY in Half an Hour with a Baby

“WHOA!” I yelled to my husband as we zipped down the highway from Boston to Ohio to visit family. “Do you realize that we’re just a few miles away from Niagara Falls?!”

“Yup,” said Colin. “You’ve never seen it before?”

“No, I’ve never seen it!” I replied breathlessly. “We HAVE to go, even if we only have half an hour before we need to get back on the road.”

Colin nodded as he took the exit [...Read More!]

Sep 302014
 
See Boston By a Fun Harbor Cruise... With Brunch!

Take to the water, fellow Boston lovers! As summer wanes, I bring you one last gasp of it: images from a sun-kissed “Brunch Cruise” with Boston Harbor Cruises. When the warm weather returns, these boats are a must for spying Boston from a whole different angle.

There were many cruise options to choose from for our family outing, but I selected the brunch boat because… there was food involved. Lots of food over the [...Read More!]

Sep 152014
 
Where to Stay in San Juan, Puerto Rico with Kids or Baby

“Is vacation with a baby just like being at home, but harder?” a fellow new mother asked me this week.

“No!” I responded with passion. “It’s still vacation, just different! With a little planning and some wise choices, I promise you will be able to achieve relaxation and fun.”

The key to actually feeling like you’re on vacation while traveling with a baby, we found during our Puerto Rico travels, is to start with [...Read More!]

Aug 142014
 
I Got a Professional Fashion Makeover in Boston!

“You’ve got to tell me how your professional fashion makeover went!” friends demanded since they learned I’d booked a company called Stilista Boston to save my ailing style.

“I mean, what did the fashion consultant do?” they pried. “Did she make fun of your clown-like shoes? Did she throw that hideous orange shirt out the window? Did she burn that ragged brown cardigan?” (Sheesh — clearly I wasn’t the only one who knew I needed some fashion resuscitation.)

Given how great my [...Read More!]

Jul 252014
 
The Famous, Beautiful Forts of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

“Of course, you’ve GOT to see the forts in Old San Juan,” anyone will tell you when you ask what to do during travel through Puerto Rico. But why, exactly, are these forts so famous and popular?

The background you must understand is that Puerto Rico was incredibly important, geopolitically. The island was a vital strategic base from the 16th through 18th century as Spain battled with other European powers for colonial control of the region. Whoever held Puerto Rico controlled the [...Read More!]

Jul 162014
 
What an Amazing Oceanfront Hotel View, Puerto Rico!

I’ve always gazed up-up-upwards at the high-rise hotels dotting fashionable oceanfronts of the world, wondering, “What is it like to look down at this beach from such heights?” Happily, I just got the chance to see for myself during travel through San Juan, Puerto Rico.

When the receptionist at the San Juan Marriott told us our room was on the 19th floor, I became giddy with excitement. My first bird’s-eye view room ever! The [...Read More!]

Jul 112014
 
Must-See Colorful Buildings of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

Old San Juan, Puerto Rico is a delight. Wander the centuries-old blue cobblestone streets, gaping at the brilliantly colored historic buildings. Did you know, however, that this treasure was nearly DESTROYED?

Old San Juan was settled by the Spanish in the early 1500s, and the conquistador, Ponce de Leon and his subsequent offspring lived in the city for centuries. By the late 1940s, however, Old San Juan had become decrepit, unsightly, and dangerous. Politicians called [...Read More!]