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!]

Sep 272015
And Our Favorite Travel Destination of the Year Is...

As a travel blogger, it is joy to encounter a destination that I can recommend wholeheartedly. I call a place like this an “Easy Win Destination” because it’s not only easy to get to, but guarantees awesome sights, food, and happiness. This year I traveled near and far, but of all those places I saw, the award for #1 spot I’d suggest you go to is…

…Quebec City, Canada! There are googobs of reasons why our family [...Read More!]

Sep 132015
I LOVE the Corning Museum of Glass in Finger Lakes, NY

I have a new favorite museum, and it’s not a traditional one. The Corning Museum of Glass in the Finger Lakes region of New York is the largest display of glass art in the world, smacking you in the face with over 3,500 years of pieces you never thought possible from such a taken-for-granted material. Come with me as we explore the treasures this building holds!

Did you know that the Corning [...Read More!]

Sep 052015
Quebec City's Amazing Market for Fresh, Local Foods

Our first introduction to Marche du Vieux-Port was cruel. We’d just arrived in Quebec City from Mont Tremblant, and struck up a conversation with a gentleman staying at our hotel. “You must not miss that market across the street,” the man said in his musical French accent. “They have the best blue cheese I’ve had in my life.” He went on for about ten minutes about this life-changing blue cheese.

So, why was this mean? [...Read More!]

Aug 282015
The Spice Market in Istanbul Gives an Unexpected Gift

Confession: We bullied our Istanbul tour guide into adding the Spice Bazaar to our packed Turkey itinerary. “Come ON,” our travel blogger pack cajoled. “We’re right here anyway, and it’s one of the most famous sights in Istanbul! We’ll make it worth your while… We’ll buy you a Turkish Delight! Or three?”

With that, our guide grinned and led us into the 350-year-old building.

It was key to have a guide in the bustle of the [...Read More!]

Aug 142015
The Crazy Birds of Prey Show in Mont Tremblant, Quebec

High atop a mountain in Quebec, Canada called Mont Tremblant, a dramatic “Birds of Prey” show awaits you. Colin, little Devi, and I arrived in the delightful town of Mont Tremblant after a drive of less than two hours from Montreal, and headed straight for the birds. Squawk, squawk!

Few shows have such a luscious backdrop. The Laurentian Mountains are a soothing undulation of green and blue, and we settled onto the benches with [...Read More!]