Feb 102017
 
The Most Beautiful Free Tourist Attraction in the World?

Before arriving in the UAE, I saw a photo of the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque in Abu Dhabi and gasped, “That’s the most beautiful building I’ve ever seen! How much does it cost to enter?” Turns out: FREE.

When I landed in Abu Dhabi, I was 5 months pregnant and moving slowly, but headed directly for the Grand Mosque. Ahh! like the Taj Mahal, the Sheikh Zayed Mosque is one of those places that exceeds [...Read More!]

Jan 242017
 
2 Great Places Near Amherst, MA to Visit With Kids

Just two hours west of Boston and three hours north of New York City, the town of Amherst, Massachusetts snuggles amid rolling hills. Are you seeking a getaway destination that’s yummy for kids and adults alike? Read on, because this region brims with delights… and donuts.

Destination 1: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is amazing. It turns out that several high-profile children’s book illustrators have lived in Western Massachusetts, including Eric Carle, the creator of the beloved text, The [...Read More!]

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 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 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 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!]

Jun 202016
 
Where to Stay in Provincetown, MA With a Family or Dog

“Drat!” I growled as the ferry pulled away from Provincetown, MA, chugging baby and me back to Boston. “I forgot to photograph the cookies!”

When choosing where to stay in famed P-Town, Cape Cod, knowing that there is a plate of fresh-baked cookies in the central living room of a hotel all day is a key factor, and our bed and breakfast had ’em. These cookies were going to be front and center in this article… [...Read More!]

May 062016
 
The 3 BILLION Dollar Hotel: Emirates Palace, Abu Dhabi

Prepare to be amazed as we take a tour of the second most expensive hotel built in the world: Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, which cost a whopping THREE BILLION dollars to construct. So why in the world did I put article in the “Budget Travel Secrets” category?

Here’s why this 5-star luxury hotel still makes it into my Budget Travel category: It is absolutely FREE to walk through and photograph the [...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!]

Jan 022016
 
The Surprising Truth About the Best Food in Dubai

One of the best parts of traveling is tasting the local food, but there is a surprising catch to eating in Dubai: Over 75% of the population of the United Arab Emirates is foreign, meaning that it is far easier to find U.S. and European restaurants like The Cheesecake Factory and Coldstone Creamery than Emirati cuisine!

Luckily, during my travels in Dubai, wise hosts guided me to the top Emirati restaurant in the city — a [...Read More!]