London: insider finds in my most visited city

I spend at least one weekend each month in/around London so this post will offer both things to see if it’s your first time in the city and more local spots as well as some weekend/day trips & getaways. First things first, Sightseeing Start at Buckingham Palace (home of the queen) then start walking towardsContinue reading “London: insider finds in my most visited city”

Costa Blanca, Valencia, Spain

Day Trips from Alicante The city of Alicante itself has a lot to offer but you’d be missing out if you didn’t wander a little further along the coast. These are some of the best destinations – all easy to see in one day.  Altea Altea is about an hour and a half from AlicanteContinue reading “Costa Blanca, Valencia, Spain”

Alicante, Spain (like a local)

This year I’m living in Alicante, Spain. The foodie in me invites the foodie in you to explore my current home: the coastal city of Alicante, Valencia, Spain. Here’s a curated list of my favorite spots (and more). Alicante Finds Best spots to Brunch: Sip & wonder and Mish Mish take the cake (and serveContinue reading “Alicante, Spain (like a local)”

Winter Wanders in Prague, Czechia

Prague is probably my top recommendation for anyone’s first glimpse of Europe. Its beauty is on par with Paris and Florence but it still lends a sense of discovery since the tourists haven’t yet covered every corner (expect more in the Christmas market season/summer). Statues you’d usually find in museums can be found in everyContinue reading “Winter Wanders in Prague, Czechia”

Albania | Berat Yoga Retreat

I traveled to Albania to attend my friend Arta’s yoga retreat. The retreat took place in Berat but there is no airport there so I flew into the Tirana airport the night before and intended to take a bus to Berat from there. Upon arrival I learned that: A) there is no tourist information deskContinue reading “Albania | Berat Yoga Retreat”

Ski the Dolomites (Italy)

It’s my third winter in Europe and finally time to explore some nearby skiing. This weekend we opted for the Dolomites in Trentino, N. Italy. A 2.5 hour drive from BGY airport, Vale di Sole and Madonna di Campiglio did not disappoint! We stayed at a very cute and cozy Jägerhaus B&B in the villageContinue reading “Ski the Dolomites (Italy)”

Paris in Three days

Paris night one started at FORMATICUS cheese bar around the corner from our Airbnb in Batignolles with the most delicious variety of goat, cow and sheep’s milk cheeses for dinner street side. Next we climbed to the top of the Arc de Triomphe around 9:45 to catch the end of the sunset and see theContinue reading “Paris in Three days”

Portugal: Porto and Lisbon (+Sintra)

Oporto is an old beauty. She’s a cozy and colorful refuge from the gray skies above. Her river has helped bless the world with sweet Douro valley wines for centuries. Sure, she’s a little rough around the edges but that gives her character! I fell fast. My father and I traveled to Porto just after ChristmasContinue reading “Portugal: Porto and Lisbon (+Sintra)”

Barcelona: a Weekend Update

New favorite neighborhood: Gracia. The Born and Gotic/Gothic are cool to visit but I prefer the hipster/local vibes in Gracia. I may also enjoy the name 😉 I had great food at Nabucco Tiramisu and Veg World India and bought handmade shoes and clothing from Les Chausseurs. I stayed at Sant Jordi Hostel – Gracia. HighlyContinue reading “Barcelona: a Weekend Update”

New York, NY: Best of Brooklyn and Beyond

On a long weekend in NYC… In Brooklyn: We stayed at the beautiful (and very hip) Box House Hotel in Brooklyn (Greenpoint). Near there, favorites included: Jungle Cafe (vegan, beet burger & hibiscus iced tea was wonderful), Sweetleaf coffee shop (try the ‘rocketfuel’ cold brew w chicory and maple and all of the baked goods getContinue reading “New York, NY: Best of Brooklyn and Beyond”

Cancun y Tulum, Mexico

5 days in Riviera Maya Night 1: To get from airport into town take the ADO bus (see agent right when you leave customs) which costs 72 pesos to the Cancun station. From here take Uber $5-10 (illegal? Proceed with caution) Dinner at Navíos: seafood & margaritas (see photo below) we liked the tiny (crab?) quesadillas & coconutContinue reading “Cancun y Tulum, Mexico”