Athens: Atop the Awe-Inspiring Acropolis

In undergrad, I majored in history, and the first two history classes I ever took were about Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome. Perhaps that’s why, then, I feel a particular twinge of awe when I stand inside Rome’s Colosseum or atop Athens’s Acropolis. I am a complete history dork, and experiencing the places that are the cradle … More Athens: Atop the Awe-Inspiring Acropolis

New York: Seeing Forever at One World Observatory

I’m always chasing great views and, in New York, some of the very best ones can be found at One World Observatory. Located atop One World Trade Center (the main building of the rebuilt World Trade Center complex), One World Observatory’s slogan is “See Forever” – and when you’re that high up, you almost feel … More New York: Seeing Forever at One World Observatory

Toronto: What to Eat, from Margaritas to Maple Bacon and More

When I first started traveling, my trips usually centered around sightseeing; I had to make sure to check off every major museum and monument each time I visited a new city. Over time, of course, I evolved, and so too did my traveling style. Now, while I’ll pop into museums as my mood dictates, my … More Toronto: What to Eat, from Margaritas to Maple Bacon and More

Toronto: From Platforms to Snow Boots at the Bata Shoe Museum

One of my family’s favorite inside jokes is how, on road trips when we were kids, my mom always wound up steering us to the most random, weird museums. The Jello Museum? The Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum? The Lucille Ball Museum? Check, check, and check. I guess we really do become our parents, though, because … More Toronto: From Platforms to Snow Boots at the Bata Shoe Museum

Versailles: In Which the Crushing Crowds Finally Break My Spirit

I have visited Versailles a couple times before – once in late September; another time in November. And while both times were quite busy (the September visit especially so), I had never quite experienced the true Versailles crush until my visit last April. Or, if I had experienced the crush, it hadn’t bothered me quite so … More Versailles: In Which the Crushing Crowds Finally Break My Spirit