Europe

The best of Turkey, via Instagram

Turkey was just about everything I could have asked for in a birthday trip: full of adventures, but also plenty of relaxation. There was the once-in-a-lifetime hot-air balloon ride at sunrise and seeing the most stunning architecture that has stood the test of history, but also plenty of wandering through side streets, basking in sunshine […]

June 13, 2014 Continue reading…

Passion Passport Twitter Chat: Road Trips!

Interesting fact about me: I hate driving, but I love a road trip. I grew up in California–that automobile utopia–and have spent a significant amount of my life in traffic and a hefty amount of money on gas, maintenance and car insurance. One of my favorite things about living in New York City is that […]

May 14, 2014 Continue reading…

Postcard from Reykjavik

The first thing that struck me about Reykjavik was just how little it felt like a national capital. Within hours of being there, we easily knew the layout of the city: the main pedestrian thoroughfare marked by neon bicycles, the large pond dotted with seagulls, the sturdy houses accented with colorful shutters.  Granted, Reykjavik’s population […]

August 15, 2013 Continue reading…

The best places to swim in Iceland

When I saw that the high temperature for our trip to Iceland would be around 50 degrees, I expected to spend most of my time in layers and a woolen beanie–not a bathing suit. I was as surprised as anyone when I realized on our last day there that we had gone swimming seven times […]

August 13, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Ring Road

It’s fairly easy to navigate Iceland: there’s one road that loops around the entire country. Commonly known as the Ring Road, Highway 1 is roughly 830 miles of two lanes through glaciers and rolling hills, next to beaches and waterfalls. As we drove across from Reykjavik to Hofn on the ultimate Iceland road trip, I made […]

August 1, 2013 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Golden Circle

For many visitors to Iceland, the Golden Circle is their ultimate road trip: the popular loop features a waterfall, a geysir and a national park, all within a day’s driving of Reykjavik. Although we had seen dozens of waterfalls and a constant flow of stunning scenery on our Ring Road journey to Hofn, Aly and […]

July 18, 2013 Continue reading…

The guide to traditional Reykjavik

As much as I loved the hipster side of Reykjavik, the city isn’t all beanies and beards (although it’s certainly all Instagram-able). While it’s merely a town by international standards with a population of 120,000 (the same size as the suburb I grew up in), the Icelandic capital is delightfully quaint and surprisingly cosmopolitan. Dotted […]

July 16, 2013 Continue reading…