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September Events: Barcelona’s Festival of Giants

September 4, 2015 • By

A while back, I ended up in Barcelona on the same weekend as the Festival La Merce.  Before that trip, I’d never even heard of this September event.  My husband was traveling on business and I decided to tag along…

One day while Mr. H was out making deals,  I took a taxi to Plaza Catalunya, because I wanted to visit (and spend money at!) Barcelona’s famous department store El Corte Inglés.  A few blocks from the plaza, a huge crowd had gathered and the streets were closed.  The taxi driver said I’d have to walk the rest of the way – and explained that the store was probably closed. At first I was disappointed.

Then I realized that something BIG was about to happen!  And by big, I do mean gigantic.

Festival of the Giants in Barcelona

Festival of the Giants in Barcelona


City, Destinations, Events, Experiences

3 Fabulous Reasons to Be in Los Angeles this October

August 7, 2015 • By

Sunny Southern California is always nice. But this October things are really popping. If you’re thinking about traveling and are wondering where you should go next, here are three reason to be in Los Angeles in October of 2015.

1. Dracula at the Ace Hotel

This Halloween, Hollywood’s most alluring bloodsucker gets a new soundtrack. The original 1931 screen version of Bram Stoker’s Dracula was made when limited sound technology existed, so no musical score was ever composed and there were very few sound effects.

Dracula at Ace Hotel is presented by the LA Opera and features Phillip Glass and Kronos Quartet

Dracula at Ace Hotel is presented by the LA Opera and features Phillip Glass and Kronos Quartet

Legendary composer Philip Glass wrote a new film score in 1998. His music blows the cobwebs off this horror classic and adds depth to the emotional layers of the story.READ MORE

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Happy Canada Day – 3 Heritage Sites to Visit Now

July 1, 2014 • By

In honor of Canada Day (and our evolving plan to include the country up north on our Progressive Road Trip), here are three intriguing places going onto my Canadian bucket list.  Have you visited any of these?  Let me know what I’ve missed, too.READ MORE

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Traveling Couple Accidently Discovers Rockin’ Good Time in Pittsburgh

June 10, 2013 • By

Our planned 12-month progressive road trip is going well.  We’re on our second leg of the trip, the 21st day (with a five week break in the middle to catch up on real life). We’ve visited eight states and the District of Columbia, so far. Along the way, we’ve planned some great moments, like a couple of special hotels, a Broadway show, and an opera at Fallingwater. We’ve been to myriad art museums – and today we’ll visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio.

But on the weekend, we accidentally discovered the Pittsburgh Jazz Festival.

The Warhol, Pittsburgh

The Warhol, Pittsburgh

We went to Pittsburgh specifically for The Warhol, which is a great, 6-story tribute to Pop Art (and has a fab gift shop where we left some cash). We bought Warhol t-shirts and dishes and a Chelsea Girls laptop case, as well as some gifts which shall, at this point, remain unnamed. Then, as we drove off for a quick tour of downtown Pittsburgh — we heard it.

The Pittsburgh Jazz Festival is only in its third year, and will probably continue to grow. But the talent on the three stages was awesome! The photo below was taken from a parking deck above one of the stages, and it was great seeing so many people out enjoying the sun, the music and the downtown restaurants and food trucks.

Wonder what we’ll discover today?


Art & Design, Country, Destinations, Events, Experiences, Interiors, Road

Shining Brow: My Evening with Frank Lloyd Wright

June 9, 2013 • By
Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater

Last night, my husband and I had the amazing good fortune (and foresight of planning on our cross-country road trip) to celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright’s birthday at his masterpiece, Fallingwater. The brilliance of our planning is completely overshadowed, not only by the place, but by the shear genius of the Opera Theater of Pittsburgh in producing an opera about Mr. Wright, and staging it at Fallingwater, on the day of his birthday!


Art & Design, Characters, City, Destinations, Events, Experiences, Interiors

Find Deals (& Friends) at Scott’s Antique Market in Atlanta

February 10, 2013 • By

I just spent some time in Atlanta, Georgia again this weekend.  This time it was for the awesome Scott’s Antiques Market that happens monthly at a convention-type facility just south of the city.  A few truths I can tell you about Atlanta:  1) there will undoubtedly be awful traffic;  2) the Atlanta airport is top notch and one of my favorites anywhere, and 3) you will always meet great people!