Category: DON’T MISS

  • LISBON | FADO AT TASCO DO JAIME DA GRAÇA

    LISBON | FADO AT TASCO DO JAIME DA GRAÇA

    In Lisbon there are scores of fado music shows, pretty much everywhere you look — but if you know anything about me, you’ll understand that the last thing I wanted to see was a show for tourists. So I found Tasco do Jaime da Graça. It’s now one of my Top Ten Travel Experiences. What’s…

  • LISBON | PASTÉIS DE NATA

    LISBON | PASTÉIS DE NATA

    When in Lisbon, one must eat pastéis de nata. It’s a two bite tartlet filled with creamy custard, and I dare you to eat only one.

  • LISBON | IGREJA DE SÃO DOMINGOS

    LISBON | IGREJA DE SÃO DOMINGOS

    When I walked into Igreja de Sāo Domingos, my intent was to gaze at the dazzling period details, examine the venerable statuary and artwork, take some pictures, light a candle, and be on my way. I certainly did not expect to be moved to tears. The cavernous sanctuary was ravaged—pillars charred, walls scorched, stone floor…

  • LISBON | RUA AUGUSTA ARCH

    LISBON | RUA AUGUSTA ARCH

    As arches go, it’s quite impressive—but the real reason it’s on my Lisbon top ten list is for the breathtaking 360° panoramic view from the top.

  • IRELAND | Ballilogue

    IRELAND | Ballilogue

    A quiet lane winds through meadows of Queen Anne’s lace and tall grass, arriving at a graceful iron gate that leads to one of the most charming places I’ve ever stayed. In County Kilkenny, near the pretty little village of Inistioge, the location of Ballilogue is perfect for exploring the Southeast counties of Ireland…if you can…

  • DUBAI | Armani Hotel

    DUBAI | Armani Hotel

    Oh yes I did. I used my travel blogger status to score a press rate in the crème de la crème of hotels in Dubai. The one and only hotel that resides in the world’s highest tower, the Burj Khalifa. The height of luxury from one of the world’s most celebrated fashion designers. Oh yeah,…

  • Learn a Language | Earworms Learning

    Learn a Language | Earworms Learning

    No it’s not a parasite…this “rapid learning” language program really works. With the use of rhythm, music, and repetition, the words are literally burned into your brain. (What person-of-a-certain-age doesn’t remember “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir” from the song?)

  • BANGKOK | Baipai Thai Cooking School

    BANGKOK | Baipai Thai Cooking School

    When in Thailand…learn to cook Thai food! And if you’re going to learn to cook in Thailand, do it at Baipai Thai Cooking School, like I did. Baipai Thai Cooking School is an oasis of serenity in the middle of boisterous, bustling Bangkok. Just see for yourself…

  • BANGKOK | Chatuchak Weekend Market | How-to

    BANGKOK | Chatuchak Weekend Market | How-to

    The Chatuchak Weekend Market can bring you to your knees.  We’re talking thirty-five acres, split into twenty-seven sections of eight thousand stalls.

  • LOS ANGELES | Come to Mama

    LOS ANGELES | Come to Mama

    There’s a new star in Hollywood and her name is Mama.  Mama Shelter, that is. As a designer, slash, travel blogger, I like to think that I have my finger on the pulse of, well, design and travel.  Imagine my delight when I discovered that I would be in Los Angeles just when the ultra-cool…