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 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!]

Oct 102016
 
Ephesus: Astounding Ancient Greek and Roman Ruins

Some of the best ancient Greek and Roman ruins aren’t in Greece or Rome at all. The Greco-Roman empire stretched across Europe, over western Asia, and into northern Africa, so I shouldn’t have been so surprised to arrive in western Turkey and learn that one of the region’s top tourist attractions is Ephesus: the site of a vast city dating back over 2,000 years.

There is a reason that tourists from around the world flock to Ephesus. Touring the [...Read More!]

Sep 252016
 
Jamaica Pond: Boston's Best Place Tourists Don't Know

Tourists flock to Boston from around the world, yet almost none of them know about one of our city’s most beautiful spots to visit: Jamaica Pond. I must let you in on the secret, as Boston is my favorite city ever, and seeing photos of this pond may just spur you to book your ticket here!

Jamaica Pond is located in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood of Boston, just a few stops from any Copley Square hotel [...Read More!]

Sep 142016
 
The Best Reclining Umbrella Stroller for Travel and Home

“A light umbrella stroller with a reclining seat?!” I exclaimed to my husband, Colin, as I read the UPPAbaby G-LUXE description online. “I want it! This way we could stay out on the town during nap time instead of always having to go back mid-day. No more Nap Jail!”

“Isn’t our four year old hand-me-down stroller just fine?” Colin replied skeptically. “Sure, it’s about to fall apart and it doesn’t recline, but who needs one of [...Read More!]

Sep 042016
 
Rockport, MA: A Seaside Getaway One Hour From Boston

Looking for a perfect short trip from Boston that feels a world away? Zip north just one hour, and the seaside haven of Rockport, Massachusetts shall embrace you with its salt air charm and fresh lobster.

As a lifelong Bostonian, I’ve happily visited Rockport every summer, and recommend it far and wide. My favorite thing to do in the town is a combination of wandering and eating. Below, feast your eyes upon the lobster roll [...Read More!]