Jan 252016
 
The Most Beautiful Art Exhibit in the World: Chihuly Glass

Is there a word to describe nostalgia for something you’ll never see again? A beloved house that’s been sold. A favorite store that’s closed forever. A one-time-only art exhibit that’s since been disassembled and scattered around the world…

This “I’ll never see it again! Nooo!” nostalgia was my feeling about the Chihuly glass art exhibit that I fell in love with in 2011 during its temporary showing at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. I knew [...Read More!]

Jan 172016
 
Your Travel Wish List Needs This Magic Cotton Castle

Once you realize that a magical mountain known as the “Cotton Castle” exists somewhere in the world, it becomes hard not to add it to your travel wish list. It wasn’t until my travels in Turkey that I realized such a sight exists. It is called Pamukkale, and is one of the coolest places I’ve ever seen.

Pamukkale is a blindingly white mountain that looks like it’s made of ice, cotton, powdered sugar, [...Read More!]

Jan 102016
 
Quebec City, Canada: Flowers, Frontenac, Food, and Fun

It’s freezing rain in Boston right now, and I’m seized with an urge to write a new article about the best place our family traveled last year: Quebec City, Canada during the summer! In this article, I’ve compiled 31 of my most beautiful photos from Old Quebec for your escapist pleasure.

Quebec City is a destination that epitomizes the word “charming.” It is worth at least three days of unstructured wandering and restaurant-hopping through its cobblestoned streets, should [...Read More!]

Dec 152015
 
Have You Heard of This Astounding NYC Church Building?

How had I never before heard of the massive New York City church nicknamed Saint John the Unfinished??? As a Bostonian, I travel to New York several times a year, and tend to get arrogant, assuming I know most of the major sights.

How foolish I felt — a tiny ant on the floor of the biggest church I’ve seen in my life — wondering how I’d missed this mammoth edifice in my [...Read More!]

Nov 292015
 
Make Your Own Glass Project in Corning, New York!

Glass beads! Frames! Sculptures! Cups! Ornaments! Your crafty little hands can create a glass masterpiece of your own if you pop on over to the Corning Museum of Glass in the Finger Lakes region of New York State. Though I admit to having been terrified of the roaring fire and molten glass before starting, the guidance of my glassmaking mentor made it possible for me to craft a gorgeous glass flower in [...Read More!]

Nov 182015
 
What Would YOU Buy at This Great Turkish Arts Market?

During my travels in Turkey this year, I fell in love with the country’s rainbow-vibrant markets. Walk with me now as we explore the beautiful outdoor shopping street in Sirince, Turkey, which is just a few minutes from the famed ancient ruins of Ephesus, near the west coast of the country.

Sirince itself is a delightfully picturesque hillside town that brings to mind lush green villages in Italy. The town was first settled in the 15th century, [...Read More!]

Nov 082015
 
Cuddling Live Penguins in Dubai?! I Promise This is Real!

“Why aren’t you kissing the penguin?” asked the trainer. “Go on, put your lips on the penguin’s head!” I drew closer, puckering my lips, but hovering a centimeter from the downy feathers.

“Are you scared?” asked the trainer.

“I’m pregnant!” I replied. “I know pregnant women aren’t supposed to eat raw fish, and smooching a penguin seems a similar concept.”

“Oh, ok,” the man agreed. “No need to kiss, then. Just cuddle.”

I obliged, stroking the soft [...Read More!]

Oct 182015
 
The Secret About Old Sturbridge Village, Massachusetts

This week, our family finally made it to Old Sturbridge Village in central Massachusetts after years of saying we would go. What we encountered took me by surprise!

I admit — I had low expectations for the “largest living museum in New England” which recreates life in the early 1800s. OSV began in 1946, so I pictured hokey actors and boredom in all forms. How wrong I was!

The three hours we had scheduled [...Read More!]

Oct 102015
 
Giant Birds Landing on Your Hand to Eat Mice in Ireland

Did I get your attention with that title? Other contenders included “Falconry in County Mayo” and “My Favorite Activity During Ireland Travel,” but both lack the heart-thumping drama necessary. The simple truth is that one of the top things I’d recommend you do on a visit to Ireland is have a terrifying bird of prey land on your hand to eat dead mice. Yum!

The spot we chose for this madness was Ireland’s School [...Read More!]

Oct 042015
 
Fabulous Food in the Fresh Air of the Finger Lakes, NY

If you’re traveling through the Finger Lakes region of New York State, it’s only logical to use your fingers to shove delicious food into your mouth while gazing out at lakes, right?

During our family’s week in the Finger Lakes, I was secretly pregnant, and thus so ravenous that I took as many photos of the food we ate as the majestic canyons at Watkins Glen State Park. The good news about this [...Read More!]