Brussels’ fabulous Atomium

Brussels’ fabulous Atomium

It was immense fun to visit the Atomium in Brussels, Belgium, one of Europe’s top landmarks and icon of mid-century design. Gleaming under beautiful Belgian skies, the Atomium is both symbol of Brussels and the space age. Constructed as centerpiece of the 1958 World Exhibition, the Atomium’s mid-century architecture expresses the optimism and confidence of […]

05.08.2013 · Filled under: Architecture, Belgium, Europe · Tags: , · 11 Comments »
Life lessons from the Papas: Hemingway Days, Key West

Life lessons from the Papas: Hemingway Days, Key West

It’s a sea of red berets outside Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Florida, headquarters of the Ernest Hemingway Look-Alike Society and their annual running of the bulls. A bwip-wip from a motorcycle escort parts the crowd and, to the tune of Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy), the fist-pumping Papas roll out. Earlier that day, […]

29.07.2012 · Filled under: Festivals & Events, Florida · Tags: , , , · 6 Comments »
Cherry blossoms in Toronto

Cherry blossoms in Toronto

Of all the beautiful things that grow better with age, the magnificent Somei-Yoshino cherry trees in Toronto’s High Park are some of the best. The donation of blossoming cherry trees, or sakura, has been a project of the Japanese Consulate in Toronto for years. With the support of private donors, the consulate’s Sakura Project has planted […]

02.04.2012 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events · Tags: , , · 9 Comments »
Are you a right-brained traveler?

Are you a right-brained traveler?

I didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about being lefthanded while growing up. Raised in a house full of righthanders, I simply adapted to  unfriendly can openers and blister-causing scissors and got on with life. Life as a lefty, though, meant drawing a certain amount of flack. And flack is fuel for stubborn individualism. For […]

20.02.2012 · Filled under: Art, Lefthandedness, Myths & Legends · Tags: , · 4 Comments »
On a carousel in North Tonawanda, New York

On a carousel in North Tonawanda, New York

“Sure!” she replied and pointed to one of the larger and wilder-looking outer horses.  “Climb onto Big Billy there.” The crazed-looking stallion creaked as I swung my leg over his saddle and I instantly regretted the second beef on weck—a Buffalo area specialty—I’d polished off at lunch. But no time to reconsider.  The attendant hit […]

16.01.2012 · Filled under: Art, New York · Tags: , , · 4 Comments »
Toronto Christmas Market magic

Toronto Christmas Market magic

Toronto’s historic Distillery District glows each December with the lights and flavours of a European-style Christmas Market.  From traditional German sausage and schnitzel to Canadian favorites like pure maple taffy and poutine, there’s lots to munch on as you stroll the Distillery District’s frosty brick lanes. The atmosphere is even more convivial as the Market’s liquor […]

11.12.2011 · Filled under: Canada, Festivals & Events, Toronto · Tags: , · 5 Comments »
Luminato Festival: first the happy faces

Luminato Festival: first the happy faces

I didn’t have time to catch much of Luminato 2010 in Toronto other than the Wish Come True Festival presented by FriendsWithYou, a Miami-based visual arts collective.  Queen’s Park looked as though a giant box of toys had been spilled: bouncy mushrooms you could crawl inside, smiling lollipops and totem-pole peppermint sticks, super-sized beach balls […]

21.06.2010 · Filled under: Art, Festivals & Events · Tags: · No Comments »
Atlantic City, End of Season

Atlantic City, End of Season

Atlantic City, end of season. Walked miles on the shore with the gulls, watched the still-out-there surfers, munched salt-water taffy, then wandered back along the Boardwalk. Believe it or not, AC’s a great place to commune with nature and get some exercise. I’ve always found this old resort town very atmospheric and never more so […]

13.11.2009 · Filled under: Destination Guides · Tags: , , · No Comments »
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