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A CUP OF JO: 16 Surprising Things about Parenting in China
If you haven't been to Oakland recently or ever, now is the time to go...and eat! It's the most exciting place to eat in the Bay Area lately.
When it came time to choose a college, Philadelphia native Jeremy Albelda traded in those northern winters for endless summer in Miami Beach. The city hooked him, hard, and he’s been a proud resident ever since. Though Jeremy’s gig as a travel blogger means he spends a lot of time abroad, the MIA always finds a way to reel him back. Here are some of his favorite things about the coastal gem he calls home.
Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in L.A. - would be fun to check off all of these!
40 Vintage Photos of Brooklyn's Streetscape In The 1970s
Pico Iyer's Santa Barbara - one of my favorite travel writers reveals what he loves about Santa Barbara
Great Trips: Sailing China's Three Gorges - China’s bucolic side will feel at once familiar and foreign. Want to step into a landscape painting? Sail through the Three Gorges region on the Yangtze River, famous for its recently constructed dam, the largest on Earth.
China's Wild West - Shangri-La - “Welcome to the Wild West of China,” my guide said as we touched down in Lijiang after a 4-hour ﬂight from Shanghai. Though I didn’t yet spot any cowboy boots, I was indeed far west in the Yunnan province, at the foothills of the Himalaya; bordered by Laos, Vietnam, and Burma.
The Best of the West Village - The West Village is a labyrinth of shady brownstone-lined streets, hidden gardens, corner shops, and a mix of sophisticated culinary temples and casual downhome joints. Here are some of my favorite spots!
Road Trip Through Israel - Discovering Israel's countryside is equally as important as exploring its big cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The political and religious events that have occurred in this fabled land have reverberated around the world for thousands of years.
Buenos Aires needs an exclamation point next to its name! I recently spent a full week in the South American capital and left wanting more. The wide boulevards, green parks, French-inspired architecture, late-night dancing, custom leather shops, and delectable dishes combined to deliver an exhilarating travel adventure.
When you travel to England, you may fall in love with any number of things, like afternoon tea or cozy cottages. But after a recent visit to the Isle of Wight, which lies four miles off the coast of Hampshire, I am a proud hovercraft enthusiast. Here are a few other things you might not know about this unique place.
Unexpected Delight: The Isle of Wight - Well worth a visit if you're in England, I loved arriving in the Isle of Wight via a 10-minute hovercraft ride from Portsmouth. Queen Victoria's Osborne House is a highlight!
What Parisians Line Up For - I loved this post on a favorite blog, Olive Oil & Lemons. Dina talks about what she saw local Parisians lining up for on a recent trip to Paris - "Poilane gets a line up, as do Eric Kaiser bakeries, Pain Sucré in the Marais and Ble Sucré in the 12th."
I’m not a huge fan of the concept of a honeymoon; there’s just so much pressure to make it a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Andy and I are lucky to have jobs that allow us to travel, but we were feeling over-scheduled and looking for a direct, easy flight. And what could be better than Paris in the fall? Here are my tips for a no-pressure, all-passion trip to celebrate taking the next step with your significant other.
How to Elope to Paris