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!]

Jul 282015
 
Montreal Family Travel: The Best Park, Art, and Festivals

People have been yelling at me about my first “Montreal with Kids” article, furious that their yearning to visit the city is now unbearable. Well, watch out, because the advice in this second Montreal family travel installment is even more alluring.

As with the first article, here I shall lay out a great family itinerary you can do over one or two days in Montreal. Do keep in mind that the city is [...Read More!]

Jul 022015
 
Irish Breakfast and a Luxury Hotel Near Ashford Castle

When traveling in Ireland, you must decide: How many days in a row can you eat a full Irish breakfast without popping? This traditional, delicious feast consists of the following: Sausage, bacon “rashers,” black and white pudding (pork, oats, and pork blood for black), fried tomato, potatoes, and eggs, all cooked in butter and graced with a heap of Irish soda bread, tea, and orange juice. Wow!

As a proud glutton, I ate a full Irish breakfast [...Read More!]

Jun 162015
 
Limerick, Ireland: We Didn't Expect How Great It Is!

Our time in Limerick was infuriating. Why? During our Ireland road trip, we only allotted one day to tour the city, and I ached the whole time for more time to explore! The city has SO much more to offer than we realized, from arts, to nightlife, to historic castles. Let’s take a peek at lovely Limerick, shall we?

One of the most beloved tourist attractions in Limerick is King John’s Castle, which towers above [...Read More!]

May 312015
 
Why an Ireland Travel Plan Should Include Westport

Ireland has countless cute towns, so the fact that Westport in County Mayo was voted the best place to live in the entire country in 2012 holds major clout. Besides being deliciously livable, Westport is also an excellent place to visit, given its wide variety of historic, natural, and doggone charming attractions.

To begin to understand why people adore Westport, one must first look at the geography. Westport is nestled between mountains and an ocean inlet, providing [...Read More!]

May 192015
 
A Fun Weekend Getaway with Family in Mystic, CT

Even before we arrived, my family knew that Mystic, Connecticut was the right mini-vacation spot because of the way people spoke of it. “I used to love going to Mystic as a child,” person after person sighed when we told them of our upcoming trip. “It’s such a charming little place!” Mystic has many fans, and we soon learned why.

Mystic is a New England seaport village with just 4,205 inhabitants and 3.4 square miles. In fact, it is not an actual [...Read More!]

May 172015
 
This Ireland Castle Hotel Made Us Smile and Laugh

I have never stayed anywhere that has as much character as Abbeyglen Castle Hotel in County Galway, Ireland. What a hoot that hotel is! It was a highlight of our Ireland road trip, and its colors and cast of characters would fit perfectly into a Wes Anderson movie.

Want an illustration of how well the hotel pairs luxury with quirk? As the well-dressed porter ushered us into the lobby, what should we see [...Read More!]

Apr 302015
 
A Great Dinner in Mystic, CT, in Yummy, Funny Photos

What was the best part of our first ever visit to Mystic, Connecticut? The dinner you’re about to see. How good was it? Colin and I spent the entire meal arm wrestling with our baby for every last morsel!

The restaurant in question is called Harbour House, and is part of the Inn at Mystic: a hotel with some of the best water views in town. Allow me to lead you through our culinary adventure…

“You [...Read More!]

Mar 172015
 
How Smart Is This Boutique Hotel in Galway, Ireland?

“You could sleep at a hotel right in Galway City,” explained my Ireland informant when my husband and I were planning our week-long Ireland trip, “OR, you could stay in the cute town of Barna, just a few minutes outside of Galway City, at one of the most famous foodie hotels in Ireland.”

“Famous food?” I panted. “I’m in! What’s the name of this hotel you speak of?”

It turned out that the spot was called The Twelve [...Read More!]

Feb 022015
 
My Cuba Travels: The Most Beautiful, Little-Known Town

If you only picture Cuba’s beaches, Havana, and old fashioned cars when envisioning your travels through the forbidden island, you’re missing a stunner. I, too, didn’t know about the town which became my favorite during my 2008 Cuba trip, until my travel partner steered me there. I hope I can lure you to its beauty, too!

“Viñales?” I asked my Cuba travel buddy, Oliver. “What’s so special about that place? I’ve never even heard of it.” [...Read More!]