When someone mentions Cusco do you think of an ancient Incan city nestled high in the mountains of Peru?
Or do you think of The Emperor's New...Read More
Nicole and I woke up last Thursday in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. We'd stayed four nights at the Sanderling Resort in the town of Duck. Great place, especially if you can get the shoulder season rate.
The day before....Read More
Nicole and I get excited about seeing bookstores. It's been one of the constants of our cross country road trip.
Prior to arriving in each new city, Nicole does oodles of internet research to make sure we don't skip anything fun. FOMO! New York Times Travel Section articles, blogs like...Read More
For regular readers, you've probably noticed a lot of Arizona hiking posts lately. I can't help it. I love hiking in the desert.
A I write this from a coffee shop in Austin, Texas, I'm still thinking back smiling at the myriad hikes I did recently while staying with family in North Scottsdale. The area is a local base for...Read More
When Nicole and I started planning our United States road trip, Carlsbad Caverns National Park loomed large in my mind. I have always admired people who are National Parks types of people, driving a van around and taking advantage of America's greatest outdoor assets...Read More
A full scale Prada store sits alone in the scrub land thirty-seven miles outside of Marfa, Texas. It's not a real store, it's an art installation. You can't go inside but you can look in the windows at the real products Prada donated. Stars like Beyonce post pictures on their Instagram...Read More
We were having dinner with our friends in Barcelona four months into our travels when Sarah asked me, "So did you grow a beard when you started travelling?"
"No, honestly, I've tried not to be a travel cliche...Read More
Lots of miles. Lots and lots of miles. We started driving long distances in France approximately six months ago. Nicole and I together in our rented red little Fiat 500. We loved that car. Absorbed by the French countryside, we drove from Paris to...Read More
When hiking in northern Scottsdale, the Pinnacle Peak trail is unquestionably the place to see and be seen. Conveniently located just off of Alma School Road, the trail is usually crowded with tourists, outdoorsy locals clad in the latest hiking gear, and trail runners wearing next to nothing and hollering for others to step aside as they zoom by...Read More
Heading northeast from Phoenix to Santa Fe, the road signs to the Petrified Forest National Park are not promising. From the Interstate, it looks like scrub land. But a mere mile off the road, the land opens up into an otherworldly kaleidoscope landscape of desert reds, browns, and oranges.We figured the best way to express the Park's beauty was through the photos Nicole took along the way....Read More
Read any list of the best hiking trails near Phoenix, Arizona and Tom's Thumb, nestled within the McDowell Mountains of North Scottsdale, will be included.
Who is Tom? Why his thumb?
Finding the answer required more...Read More
After months of touring the various wine regions of France, Nicole and I spent last week attending a wedding in the countryside of our adopted home state of New York. We also used this as an opportunity to mix up our activities. So instead of wine tours, we visited...Read More
A tip for anyone visiting wineries in France or anywhere else: The people in the tasting rooms, whether the winemaker or anyone else, don't want to talk exclusively about their wines.
One potential topic of conversation is other wineries you have visited or are planning to visit. People in the wine trade, like anyone else, love to talk about their neighbors!...Read More