Tag: travel

Staying in San Juan Now

Staying in San Juan: The lobby of boutique hotel La Terraza de San Juan. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

One Good Place to Stay in Post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Having scheduled a Caribbean cruise departing from San Juan for Thanksgiving week 2017, we thoughtfully built in a day before and after in San Juan for a little bit of…

A DFW Stayover

The Bashful Adventurer in DFW: Layover options at DFW: rough it in the lounge, be price conscious offsite, or enjoy the convenience of a hotel onsite. Here, the view from a room at the Grand Hyatt Dallas Fort Worth, located at DFW Terminal D. Photo credit: L. Tripoli.

A Layover at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport Turns Out Well   A last-minute business trip taking me from New York to the Pacific Coast of Mexico means that I have an unwieldly layover at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, of the…

Visiting Vegas Now

The iconic marquees of the Las Vegas Strip and throughout the Las Vegas Valley are displaying a message of strength, unity, and gratitude in support of the destination. The digital signs on hotels and attractions included an image of the Las Vegas Strip and the words, “We’ve been there for you during the good times. Thank you for being there for us now. #VegasStrong.” The tribute started Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and was scheduled to run for the next 24 hours. Photo credit: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Helping a City Overcome a Tragedy with Tourist Dollars I love Las Vegas for a thousand campy reasons—the lights, the glitz, the music of the Sex and the City slot machine. I love the show girls posing for photos on…

Ireland in a Week

Sheep graze outside Ross Errilly Friary, located between Cong and Galway, Ireland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Make a Plan and Get to the Must-Sees Long a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to traveling, I am a bit overwhelmed trying to put together an itinerary for a week-long stay in Ireland. So many castles, bluffs, beer tours. Sifting…

Galway Getaway

The Trapper's Inn in Galway, Ireland serves as the perfect retreat for a Guinness on a rainy day. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Using Galway as a Base for Daytrips Our time in Galway is limited—we will use the place as a base, a place to sleep and keep our gear while we explore nearby Cong. Staying at Flannery’s Hotel, we take a…

Where to Brush by the Revolution

I haven’t visited any places specifically to learn about the War of Independence, but I have stumbled upon little reminders at a few places. Seeing little bits of the past brings history alive for me. I know I learned about…

Visiting the Revolution through Books

American history keeps coming to me as I travel in the northeastern United States. I realize that, as a political science major, I learned more about the French and the Russian revolutions than the one had here at home. French…

Destinations Worth a Second Look

Looking out at the world from Machu Picchu, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Deciding on Places to Visit in the Coming Year ’Tis the season for reflection. Here are some destinations worth considering in the coming year—along with some different ways to contemplate them. United States: Where We Should All Be on July…

Spooning in Florence

An art installation called "I Eat Earth" by Simone D'Auria at the Lungarno Collection’s Gallery Hotel Art in Florence. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Discovering Contemporary Art in a City of Masterpieces Taking the scenic route from the Ponte Vecchio back to the Soggiorno Battistero in Florence, the Brawny Sherpa and I become a little lost. Wandering a bit aimlessly, we try to work…

Postmarked Hyannis

The Hyannis, Mass. Post Office is just a short walk on Main Street away from the John F. Kennedy Museum. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Post Office Tourism in the Land of Kennedy Remember the days when post offices had unique designs? When they weren’t generically and homogeneously crafted buildings designed, if only aspirationally, for some sort of efficiency? Remember when going to the post…