Where to Eat in Amsterdam

When I visited the Netherlands earlier this year, I wanted to carefully plan where to eat in Amsterdam. Sometimes I chose by location. Other times, I wanted to satisfy my inner foodie. Not familiar with Dutch cuisine, I had no idea what to expect. On my visit I discovered that while Dutch cuisine, even at […]

Three Days in Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Our three days in Amsterdam, the Netherlands became a whirlwind tour, mostly because, in truth, we had only two-and-a-half days. Plus, we cheated a bit by taking a tour outside of the city. No matter. Our jam-packed itinerary gave us plenty to do and see. I’m amazed by how much we managed to fit into […]

Three Days in Florence, Italy

Get on your walking shoes because this week I cover three days in Florence, properly known as Firenze. You will clock some serious distance on foot. The Centrale, or old city center area, holds all of the interest, with the immense, colored marble Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore (better known as the Duomo) dominating […]

Two Days in Historic Philadelphia

Two days in historic Philadelphia works well for ambitious tourists like me. Because the historic district is compact enough to sightsee on foot, you can easily hop from one attraction to another. Of course, if you have three days, you’ll be able to see a bit more. And if you really want to see Philadelphia […]

World Oyster at the Easton Public Market

This week finds World Oyster at the Easton Public Market. Opened in 2015, the market is one of the newer attractions in this small eastern Pennsylvania city. It joins Lafayette College, the Crayola Experience, and the National Canal Museum as a local attraction. Best Lunch: Mister Lee’s Noodles Second-Best Lunch: Taylor Taco Shop Decadent Treat […]

World Oyster in Minneapolis

World Oyster in Minneapolis compiles several trips I’ve taken to the upper Midwest city. Minneapolis is a mix of gritty and modern, leafy and stark, urban and suburban. Most iconic thing to do: Visit the Mall of America Distinctive feature: The Skyway Best restaurants for foodies: Alma and The Bachelor Farmer Most surprising: The thriving […]

The Best of Seattle in Just Two Days

After our Alaskan cruise, we planned to stay an extra day, and so we wanted to see the best of Seattle in just two days. We like to pack as much as we can into our trips, and that requires careful planning. Because we concentrated more on Alaska than our stopover in Seattle, we needed […]

Three Days in Auckland

Earlier this year, my husband and I spent three days in Auckland, New Zealand. If you think that’s too short, you’re right. The sprawling city by itself isn’t as interesting as Wellington; however, Auckland is a good jumping-off point to explore North Island. Most memorable: A day on the island Tiritiri Matangi Best Restaurant for […]

Princeton University and Reunions

We spent a weekend at Princeton University and Reunions in late spring. For Princetonians, every year is a reunion year.  This year, approximately 25,000 alumni, dressed in flamboyant orange-and-black blazers and “beer jackets”, returned to campus.  Tents cropped up with their beer spigots.  At night, bands played into the wee hours.  In order to get into […]

Inaugural Alaskan Cruise for the Norwegian Joy

In early May, I took an Alaska cruise on the Norwegian Joy. My husband and I weren’t always cruise people. But when we decided several years ago to give it a try, we chose Norwegian Cruise Lines most because of its “freestyle dining.” We’ve been hooked ever since. Most Memorable: whale watching; cruising Glacier Bay […]

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