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7 Romantic Places You Haven’t Been To Yet

January 29, 2016 • By

You probably know the most famous romantic places in the world – but if you’re looking for inspiration, popping the question or planning a destination wedding, consider something unexpected. Or do just want to get away to a super romantic place? Here are seven special places you’ll want to add to your list…

1. Lago di Orta, Italy

Lago di Orta, Italy

Lago di Orta, Italy



Room at the Inn – Bed and Breakfast in Bethlehem

December 23, 2015 • By

It’s Christmas Eve Eve…so instead of our regular Vacation Rental feature, we’ve picked a special inn – this historic bed and breakfast in, of course, Bethlehem…

(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that is.)

Welcome to the Sayre Mansion, a sprawling brick house completed in 1858.

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Robert Heysham Sayre was chief engineer of the Lehigh Valley Railroad. He also founded the Fountain Hill Opera House and READ MORE

City, Destinations

Milan’s Navigli District

November 17, 2015 • By

One of the hippest areas of Milan is the Navigli, located around the city’s two canals and lined with a bewildering number of cafes, bars, shops, galleries, pizzerias, gelaterias, book stores and music shops. There are also souvenir vendors, musicians, street art, boat rides, regular flea markets and depending on the time of day, crowds of people.

I’ve spent the last several days getting to know Milan’s Navigli District.  I love the walkability and intimacy of it. I can only fall in love with a place if I can get to know it while walking along narrow streets.

The Navigli District, Milan

The Navigli District, Milan

Milan has grand boulevards, monuments, dramatic architecture and world-class museums of course. But this is my favorite part of the city. Here are some of my favorite spots for eating, shopping and exploring in Milan’s Navigli district.READ MORE

Art & Design, City, Destinations

An Update from Venice

October 20, 2015 • By

I’ve been in Venice for a week and loved every quirky, cold, (sometimes sunny), delicious minute of it. I’ve loved it so much, I’ve not taken time to write about my trip!  What? I’m a travel blogger – this is not supposed to happen!

I have been taking photos – so here’s a quick update from Venezia. (I’m really hoping my Italian improves by the end of this trip!)

First of all, if you read regularly you may remember that I started planning this trip months ago and I let you in on my process for picking a vacation rental.  I’m 100% pleased with the apartment I selected.

Here’s what my vacation rental looks like:

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Don’t you love those massive, ancient doors? And the view of READ MORE

Art & Design, Destinations, Interiors

Northern Light: Poetic Places & Spaces of Sweden

September 18, 2015 • By
The Viking Mounds at Uppsalla, Sweden

The Viking Mounds at Uppsalla, Sweden by Georgios Karamanis

Sometimes you fall in love with light. You think it’s the person or the place you’re falling for, but in fact the light filters through a cloud or slants in through a window a certain way and there’s a subtle shift. Everything seems full of meaning.

When I think of places with special light I remember Venice. And London. And Greece. And California. Each one unique.

I haven’t been to Sweden yet, but I’m intrigued by its light.


City, Destinations, Events, Experiences

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