Postcard from the Victorian rainforest

Did you know that Victoria has a rainforest? Maybe I’m showcasing my geography illiteracy, but I didn’t. Sure, there’s the rainforest up in Queensland (now I’m just trying to sound smart–I didn’t know about that until I arrived in Australia either)–but in Victoria? We’re just a hop, skip and a Tasman Sea away from Antarctica. […]

May 12, 2011 Continue reading…

#9: Journey along the Great Ocean Road

Most people get on Great Ocean Road with one destination in mind: the Twelve Apostles—or, more accurately, the eight crumbling stacks of limestone that remain standing. So my friend Renee and I couldn’t help but laugh to ourselves when we tucked ourselves back into our rental car with chai lattes after fewer than five minutes […]

May 9, 2011 Continue reading…

Paris, Paris: the city I love

Paris envy. I coined the term while working for a Paris food writer in Nice: Rosa Jackson zipped up to the French capital at least once a month to stay current on food and restaurant trends. Whenever she mentioned an upcoming trip or described her latest foodie find, I would moan about missing out. My […]

May 7, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Bondi Beach

While I didn’t lie out at Bondi Beach, it’s still synonymous with Sydney beach culture. However, it’s not always sunshine and bikinis: I caught a dramatic storm brewing over the ocean when I did the Bondi to Coogee coastal walk. The crazy clouds and street art certainly lend a different perspective to this popular beach […]

May 4, 2011 Continue reading…

Is it possible to love travel and routine?

“I travel a lot, I hate having my life disrupted by routine.” –Caskie Stinnet I have a confession: I actually really, really like routine. I like waking up early. I like gym memberships and steady paychecks and having a house key. I like all those things that travelers are supposed to shun, those things that […]

May 3, 2011 Continue reading…

#6: Whine less, drink wine more

I’ve grown up in a wine-friendly family. My grandfather was a wine connoisseur who wrote an annual catalog of recommendations for colleagues, friends and family. My mom and grandma swear by one glass of wine a night—although my mom prefers white and Mimi won’t touch anything but red (and the occasional glass of pink champagne). […]

April 30, 2011 Continue reading…

Postcard from Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road is often billed as the most scenic drive in the world–and it certainly doesn’t disappoint. The route winds alongside crushing waves, white sand beaches and quaint seaside towns with jaunts through dense, greener-than-green rainforest and rolling hillsides dotted with cows and crops.I had a brief foray into driving on the left […]

April 28, 2011 Continue reading…