Gone swimming! Best places in the world to swim

Gone swimming! Best places in the world to swim

Swimmingly \ adv (1622):  very well; SPLENDIDLY Several recent Guardian articles on wild swimming (Kenwood Ladies Pond, Hampstead Heath, and Wild Swimming in Italy) have me dreaming of water again.  One thing my husband Pat and I can agree on when planning a trip to take together is the opportunity to swim in natural water. We’ll never […]

Circumnavigating Manhattan by boat, rare vistas of NYC

Circumnavigating Manhattan by boat, rare vistas of NYC

Have you seen northern Manhattan from the Harlem River yet? One of the best things I’ve done in New York City is to circumnavigate Manhattan by boat. It’s thrilling yet relaxing to escape traffic and see sides (literally) of Manhattan you’ve never seen before. Manhattan is an island, completely surrounded by water, and there are […]

26.03.2015 · Filled under: Architecture, Legendary Landscapes, New York, United States · Tags: , · 10 Comments »
35 centuries of glass art at Corning Museum of Glass, NY

35 centuries of glass art at Corning Museum of Glass, NY

My fall foliage break was extra-colorful this year as our destination was the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. The four-hour drive from Toronto offered rural vignettes of pumpkin stands, cornfields, crows and Victorian homes decked for Halloween. As night and rain fell, we checked into our hotel and curled up with a […]

16.11.2014 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, United States · Tags: , , · 9 Comments »
Lucy the Elephant, America’s oldest roadside attraction

Lucy the Elephant, America’s oldest roadside attraction

Lonely Planet named the Jersey Shore a Top 10 U.S. destination for 2014. What’s the big attraction? Lucy the Elephant, of course! Located about four miles south of Atlantic City, Lucy the Elephant has stared out to sea since 1881, making her America’s oldest roadside attraction. The six-storey novelty architecture was built by James V. Lafferty, Jr., a […]

10.09.2014 · Filled under: Architecture, United States · Tags: , , · 11 Comments »
1920s Atlantic City: the real ‘Boardwalk Empire’

1920s Atlantic City: the real ‘Boardwalk Empire’

If you’re a fan of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, you’ll know that the character of Nucky Thompson, played by Steve Buscemi, is loosely based on real-life Atlantic City kingpin Enoch ‘Nucky’ Johnson. Treasurer of Atlantic County during Prohibition era, the real Nucky’s empire flourished in the racy, roaring 1920s. On my last visit to Atlantic […]

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to get UNESCO world heritage site status

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater to get UNESCO world heritage site status

The world’s most famous (non-royal) house is being considered for UNESCO world heritage site status, along with ten other buildings by American architect Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959). Perched over a waterfall in Bear Run Creek, Mill Run, Pennsylvania, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater (1936) was famous even before it was finished. Designated a National Historic Landmark in […]

06.07.2014 · Filled under: Architecture, United States · Tags: · 9 Comments »
Art glass inspired by nature in St. Petersburg, Florida

Art glass inspired by nature in St. Petersburg, Florida

Fluid and luminous, art glass seems naturally inspired by ocean waves, sunsets and seashells. St. Petersburg, Florida, is a hotbed of hot glass. Its growing community of glass artists and glass blowing studios offers many opportunities to explore this magical art form. And much of the work is inspired by the area’s natural beauty.   […]

16.02.2013 · Filled under: Art, Destination Guides, Florida, United States · Tags: , , , · 11 Comments »
The delight of Miami’s Art Deco architecture

The delight of Miami’s Art Deco architecture

Surrounded by curving white lines, steel balustrades and porthole-shaped windows, I could easily imagine I’m aboard an ocean liner steaming out to sea.  After all, I’m in Miami, the world’s largest cruise port.  Instead, I’m on the roof-top Spire Bar of The Hotel of South Beach surrounded by the best in Tropical Art Deco. With […]

Oh, Oahu!

Oh, Oahu!

Finally, Hawaii. We’re kicking ourselves for not having gone before. Why didn’t we? Too expensive? Not in April. Too far? Not bad if you fly during the day (jetlag doesn’t seem to happen flying east). With only a week we stayed on O’ahu, wanting the quintessential Hawaiian vacay, headquartered in touristy–and, yes, gorgeous–Waikiki.  The Hawaiian Islands […]