Outdoors

Postcard from Central Park

Whenever I feel a bit overwhelmed by the city’s unstoppable pace and sheer number of people, places and things–like millions of other New Yorkers–I head to Central Park. It’s an 1.317-square-mile oasis of relaxation and recreation: grassy fields, running paths, lakes filled with rowboats and ducks. I’ve visited Central Park in summer, fall and winter: […]

February 21, 2013 Continue reading…

My favorite views in Nice

As the weather gets chillier and I go longer and longer without a proper pain au chocolat, I really start to miss Nice. Even though I realize I’d never want to live there full-time–which has more to do with the endless red tape of French bureaucracy and vast cultural difference–I still miss the vibrant colors […]

November 23, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Fort Tryon Park

Sometimes the best thing about living in a city is having a quick and easy nature escape: a place with plenty of greenery, fresh air and open skies to counteract the sensation of being stifled by concrete and skyscrapers. There are plenty of parks located in central Manhattan and Brooklyn: Central Park, Bryant Park and […]

October 25, 2012 Continue reading…

Expectations and the Grand Canyon

I’m starting to learn that life is all about expectations. Expect a lot, and invariably be disappointed. Have no expectations, and anything remotely good will seem infinitely better. It’s particularly true in travel, and it’s one of the reasons why I actually do very little research before traveling. I book my accommodation, maybe ask for […]

August 13, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from Plitvice Lakes

Plitvice Lakes is one of those places where you hope you’re not going to be underwhelmed: so many people recommend it and so many absolutely amazing photos exist. Luckily, the Croatian national park is just as stunning in real life as you would hope. The water is impossibly clear, ranging from turquoise to azure to […]

June 21, 2012 Continue reading…

Postcard from the Promenade Plantée

The first color that comes to mind when I think of Paris: neutral. Is that even a color? I think of gray skies, beige buildings, cream shutters, brown cobblestones. The nuances of gray skies in Paris can be astounding, from dark and foreboding to pale and misty. And then I wandered up on abandoned Vincennes […]

June 14, 2012 Continue reading…

Railay: Thai paradise for outdoor adventurers

After the “backpacker heaven” of Phi-Phi and the sleazy unruliness of Phuket, the yet-to-be-completely-exploited vibe of Railay was much appreciated. It’s an early-to-rise town, with many rock climbers scrambling up the limestone by 8 a.m. and then napping on the beach as sun blazes overhead. With only footpaths to get around the island, most people […]

March 9, 2012 Continue reading…