Friday, June 12, 2015

Putting the Rialto Market into Context

Never had I seen such a sprawling fresh-food market. Stands of local produce surrounded us, the scent of fresh fish and saltwater filled the air, and people were moving in every which way, doing their daily grocery shopping. This wasn't Whole Foods or an all-natural grocery store, though--this was Venice's renowned Rialto Market.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A VIP in the Isle of Capri

The Isle of Capri. Popularized by art, literature, and music, this island is easily one of Italy's most beautiful--and most glamorous--areas. I was dying to get there during my time in Rome, but the logistics totally overwhelmed me. Luckily, with their VIP Capri tourCity Wonders lifted that stress from my shoulders.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Rome Wasn't Seen in a Day

Rome wasn't built in a day, but it wasn't seen in a day, either. At least I didn't see it in a day.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Discover Boating (on the Bosphorous)

When I booked my ticket to Istanbul last December, my friends were full of suggestions about what to see and do--get a hammam treatment, visit Topkapi Palace, shop at the Grand Bazaar, etc. But there was one tip that stood out from the rest--taking a boat cruise along the Bosphorous River.

Friday, May 8, 2015

A Family Affair: Hostal Ribas in Lloret de Mar

In the seaside town of Lloret de Mar in Catalunya, Spain, a family-run hotel is hard to come by. Lloret de Mar used to be full of family-run boutique lodging, but corporate greed took over, leaving the streets lined with chain hotels and neon signs. Luckily, that family-owned charm still exists in Lloret de Mar, and you can find it at Hostal Ribas. During our stay, Bethany and I sat down with Miquel Ribas to discuss his family, the hotel's history and vision, and even some botany (but more on that later), and now we're here to tell you all about it.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Returning to Morocco: My Thoughts on the Maghreb

No two experiences are ever the same. The first visit anywhere may mold one's conceptions about the destination, but the second one is where the details emerge. And this was no different when I returned to Morocco.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

A Vegetarian's Guide to Moroccan Food

As someone who's been a vegetarian my entire life, sometimes it's hard to find local fare that I can eat when traveling. Morocco is notorious for its meat dishes, but I was still able to get a taste (er...many dishes worth) of their cuisine. Whether or not you eat meat, here's a guide to Morocco's best vegetarian dishes.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Gateway to Europe: Tangier, Morocco

It took us nine hours to arrive in Tangier from Marrakech. But it wasn't nearly as bad as you think.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A Day at the Ouzoud Waterfalls

The day after we got back to Marrakech from our desert camping tour, Kerridwen, Zaira, Arturo, and I set off again. This time, we visited the Ouzoud Waterfalls.