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…

Anzac spirit, unity and biscuits

Australia and New Zealand often tend to be lumped together in the upper hemisphere’s mind: those two beautiful countries down under that rarely make the world news. They don’t start wars, they don’t have massive protests or reforms; basically, they don’t get into trouble. I woke up bright and early on Anzac Day to attend […]

April 26, 2011 Continue reading…

Share the Tongariro love

Today’s photo was contributed by Simon of Ozawapi. Considered one of the best day treks in the world, the Tongariro Crossing lives up to its reputation. It’s an outstanding hike across dramatic volcanoes on New Zealand’s North Island. Peter Jackson picked this place to shoot the Lord of the Rings movies. We chose it to get great […]

April 23, 2011 Continue reading…