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!]

Mar 112015
 
The Best Travel Dresses for Easy, Pretty Glamour: Leota

Ever notice that people treat you better when you’re dressed nicely? As an experiment, what I packed for our week-long Ireland trip was… a suitcase full of cute dresses.

“How,” you may ask, “could you be so irresponsible? Dresses aren’t comfortable, nor are they durable.” Nope! If you say such things, you just haven’t yet been introduced to my favorite new dress brand: Leota.

This fashion revelation came the day I learned that my friend from college, Sarah, had [...Read More!]

Mar 082015
 
The Burren, Ireland's Most Famous Ancient Portal Stones

“Excuse me, I’m looking for the famous rock thingy in the Burren?” I asked the Irish gentleman. “You know, the one with the rocks that are like this, and this, with one like this?” I flailed my hands around, making a tipped square shape. “I think it’s called Hole of Sorrows, or something creepy like that?”

The man shook his head with a smile, and replied with that delightful Irish accent, “Google Maps [...Read More!]

Feb 282015
 
The Cliffs of Moher in Ireland: Drama, and 8 Visiting Tips

Wowza, are the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland ever stunning! That said, we had some major drama while visiting. Read on to avoid our mistakes so that you can savor your visit.

At 10am, we were speeding along the Wild Atlantic Way towards the cliffs, when we heard an odd sound from the back seat. “Bluuuuurg! Blurg-blurg-blurg!” I whipped around in my seat to observe the baby vomiting all over himself and the car.

“Find [...Read More!]

Feb 212015
 
A Perfect First Day of Ireland Travel: Bunratty Castle

I have just returned from a fabulous 7-day road trip through the southwest of Ireland, and I’m so excited to share it with you! My Ireland travel articles (at least fifteen) will chronologically follow our route.

Let’s start from the beginning. Two months ago I had zero plans for February vacation, but knew we had to get away from the insane Boston snow somehow. One day, a friend suggested I try a free [...Read More!]

Feb 172015
 
The Moment in Cuba That Opened Its Secret to Me

This is the last of my four-part series on traveling through Cuba, and in it I will share the shocking moment that revealed the dark side of the country. It all started in the town of Cienfuegos, on the very evening I looked out at the stunning sunset pictured below.

My travel partner, Oliver, and I were staying in a “Casa Particular,” a local Cuban’s home that is permitted by the government to take in travelers. As you can see [...Read More!]

Feb 102015
 
Photos of Boston Under 6 Feet of Record Blizzard Snow

Yipes! Over six feet of snow have blanketed my dear Boston in the past 30 days, demolishing all previous blizzard records. We have now had EIGHT snow days off of school, forcing Boston Public Schools to eliminate two upcoming holidays to reach the allotted 180 school days before July hits. (Oh July… sweet, warm July… The city aches for you.)

Meanwhile, our public transportation system (the “T”) has completely shut down for today as another [...Read More!]

Feb 082015
 
Do These Details of My Havana, Cuba Trip Surprise You?

As the possibility of Cuba opening fully to U.S. travel emerges, I keep thinking about my 2008 trip to that alluring island. Through these photos, let’s explore the surprises I saw in Havana, and what they suggest about Cuba’s future.

First on the list to change if Cuba opens is Havana’s waterfront, pictured above, with a close-up below of one house’s faded glory. “Ah!” a friend exclaimed when she saw these pictures upon my return to the [...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!]

Jan 242015
 
I Traveled to Cuba! Here are the First Gorgeous Photos.

Cuba is one of my favorite places I have ever traveled, but I have never written about my 2008 trip… that is, until now.

You see, for the past 50 years, it has been illegal for Americans to travel to Cuba, except in rare circumstances. Finally, however, it looks as through the travel ban between Cuba and the U.S. will be lifted!

Once I saw the news that relations with Cuba were thawing, I immediately contacted my [...Read More!]