Imerovigli: Finding Absolute Bliss on the Island of Santorini

I have wanted to visit Santorini for what feels like FOR.E.VER (said in booming Sandlot voice for full effect). Last fall, I finally made it happen and, happily, the trip was just as much of a dream as I always hoped it would be. In fact, I might run out of glowing adjectives by the time … More Imerovigli: Finding Absolute Bliss on the Island of Santorini

Athens: A Few Final Postcards from a City of Contradictions

What exactly to say about Athens? In truth, it’s not my favorite city – nor is it, by any means, my least favorite. In parts, it’s a bit rough around the edges and dreary; in other parts, vibrant and colorful. It has magnificent monuments (arguably the most magnificent monuments of all, at least in Europe), amazing … More Athens: A Few Final Postcards from a City of Contradictions

Athens: Exploring the Plaka’s Culinary Backstreets

Upon returning from a trip, I always tend to gravitate toward that country’s cuisine for a while. And perhaps no country’s food has stuck with me quite the way Greek cuisine has; after my first trip in 2008, I became obsessed with all manner of Greek favorites: feta, spanakopita, moussaka, and more. While you can find … More Athens: Exploring the Plaka’s Culinary Backstreets

Seattle: Flowers at Pike Place, a Windy Harbor Cruise, and One Very Gross Gum Wall

Technically speaking, I’ve been “in” Seattle probably sixty times before. You see, I used to have a client out in central Washington, and so each week, I’d fly there, stopping for a layover in Seattle before boarding a tiny plane bound for Wenatchee. Given that, I’d never really seen Seattle. But now, I am happy to … More Seattle: Flowers at Pike Place, a Windy Harbor Cruise, and One Very Gross Gum Wall

Seattle: In Awe at Chihuly Garden and Glass

When my family and I were discussing options for our weekend in Seattle, my cousin mentioned the “glass museum” offhand. Suddenly it clicked for me: Seattle was home to the Chihuly museum, featuring the magnificent, colorful glass sculptures of Dale Chihuly, whose work I have long admired. Of course we had to go there, I said. … More Seattle: In Awe at Chihuly Garden and Glass