Best of 2017, in Photos

In 2017, I traveled to the home of traditional balsamic vinegar in Modena, Italy and witnessed the birth of a baby lamb in Wales. I tasted oysters straight from the water at an oyster farm in Ireland and saw a bald eagle at the Ashokan Reservoir in the Hudson Valley. Here are a few favorite…

Slowing Down in the Galapagos

People travel to the Galapagos for the nature, but they should also travel to these remote islands almost 600 miles off the coast of mainland Ecuador for the solitude. I loved seeing baby sea lions blowing bubbles under water and squat penguins waddling into their cave-like homes on rocky island coastlines, but one of my…

The New Face of an Old Friend

On a recent Sunday, I began the day by wading into the tropical waters off the coast of South Beach in Miami. It was a stunner of a morning, a perfect 75 degrees, the water a just-warm-enough temperature. This stretch of sand is as appealing as ever, with its signature colorful lifeguard stands and ladies…

Best of 2014

In 2014, I slurped ramen in Tokyo and tasted wine in Sonoma. I moved uptown to Harlem, sipped whiskey in Northern Ireland, and hiked through the Sacred Valley in Peru. Distilling a year’s worth of traveling and eating into a single blog post is nearly impossible — so I’m not even going to try. The…

In the Footsteps of Giants

In Ireland, everyone has their favorite nook of the island. Families are often nostalgic for a certain corner, packing up the car and heading off for long weekends in Cork or Galway or Clare or Donegal, settling into their happy place for a bank holiday weekend. For my soon-to-be family, that happy place is craggy…

Morning in the Market

I don’t know if it was the altitude or the extra oxygen being pumped into the hotel room, but in Cusco, I was an early riser. My first few days in this city in Peru weren’t spent in Cusco at all — each morning I embarked on an excursion to feed alpacas, explore Incan ruins,…

A Food Tour of Athens

Some friendships just make sense from the beginning. For Peter and I, the connection was food. Or more specifically, the pleasure of sharing food deeply rooted in place with someone who appreciates it just as much. This was the foundation of a recent day spent in the capital of Greece, with my friend and Athens…

Gone Conching

I woke at dawn thinking I was going quahogging, but stepping onto a boat in Bristol harbor at 7am, it turned out that it was a day for conching. I had volunteered as an extra pair of (inquisitive) hands for a morning of conching with a father and daughter shell fishing team on their normal…

Seen in Toronto

It started with a post called Seen in Amsterdam. Continuing along the same vein, here are some things I saw in Toronto at the St. Lawrence Market. Kids lined up at a counter eating their lunches. Sliders made from different types of game meat. Fresh spinach pasta. Piles of oysters on ice. Even bigger piles…

The Feast of St. Patrick

In Dublin, the sun was shining for the Irish National Holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. Here in New York, we listened to the Pogues, slowly drank a Guinness or two, and avoided green beer like the plague. All of the attention on the Irish pushed me into my archives for some sunny, Dublin photos to share…

The Streets of Bratislava

This weekend in the New York Times travel section, there was an article on Bratislava, Slovakia. The images and descriptions of this city — just an hour from Vienna without the crowds typical of Vienna — brought me right back to these streets where I spent a few blissful, wandering days. I had just come…

Writer in the Kitchen: Camaje

Before the writer gets to the kitchen, it was time to shop. I had signed up for Chef Abigail Hitchcock‘s always sold-out Saturday Chinatown Shop and Cook. The plan: meet in Chinatown at 10am to buy fish and produce, then head back to Camaje in Greenwich Village for an afternoon cooking course and fish feast….

Glass Half Full

There is a lot written about luxury, yet much of it ignores the luxury of time. It is a rare destination that allows us as travelers to find the sweet spot between the mindless beach vacation and the action-packed getaway that blows by too quickly, leaving us more tired than when we first left home….

The Art of Olive Picking

‘The tree bears more fruit when it feels threatened’ I was told, while watching a burlap sack fill with 100 pounds of electric green olives. ‘That’s why we prune the trees so severely, to encourage more fruit.’ It was a sunny October day in the southwest Peloponnese and the first day of the local harvest….

In the Shade of Olive Trees

I’m currently in Greece and couldn’t resist sharing a photo with my readers. Expect more posts to come (today we harvested olives, pressed them, and tasted the fresh olive oil) but for now, here is a photograph of a picnic in the shade of olive trees. Those picnic baskets are filled with delicious Greek goodies.

Neighborhood Spotlight: Notting Hill in London

Is there anything more delicious than a vacation Monday? Sleeping in when the rest of the world is getting up. Savoring a leisurely breakfast with an extra cup of tea. This was the beginning to my Monday waking up in the Notting Hill neighborhood of London, where I spent a lazy day wandering through the…

Springtime Snapshots

The first signs of spring arrived in New York this week. Blossoms on the trees. Sunny daffodils. Tables returned to sunny street corners. These signals that winter might be taking its final bow reminded me of springtime in year’s past. I spent the last three springs in Europe, and the photographs are full of bursts…

The Glory Days of September

While we may be having an Indian summer here in New York City, I’m reading reports of lovely fall weather arriving in Europe. I’m a big fan of autumn, and I think there’s no better place to be in the world in September than in Europe. I love the blankets they put on the back…

Vignettes From Across Europe

Yesterday I saw part of a film that was entirely vignettes. The only thing that linked them together was that they took place in the same city. This angle painted a clear picture through the use of many different fragments. It got me to thinking about all of the photographs I have from my travels…

Washington DC In Photographs

An assignment for Luxury Travel Magazine recently brought me to Washington DC. While I found the traffic almost unbearable, I softened up towards our capital a little bit when I started seeing the city’s top sites. I hadn’t been to the Capitol, the Lincoln Memorial, or the Air and Space Museum since I was a…

One Man Makes a Difference

After writing last week about Massimo, the owner of a bar in Vernazza, a village in Cinque Terre, Italy I got to thinking about other people who influenced my travels. After a long winter, when spring finally began to announce its arrival, my travel partner and I decided that it was time to get to…

Cycling on the Aran Islands

As the ferry pulled away from Rossaveal, in County Galway, on the west coast of Ireland, I couldn’t believe I hadn’t made the time before to go to the Aran Islands. When I was last in this part of the country, I peered off the Cliffs of Moher, drove through the rocky Burren, visited the…

Sunday Fish Market in Malta

Spring has been slow to arrive this year in Dublin so a trip to the Mediterranean was exactly the reminder I needed that winter is finally over. I spent eight days on assignment in Malta and Sicily, exploring Baroque villages, sampling local cuisine, and trying to be discrete with my camera. Luckily, the morning fish…

Restaurant Report: Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

A few months ago in the dark month of January I began planning an Easter-weekend trip to Oxford and London. Budgets are always stretched thin in January, so instead of dining out, I read restaurant reviews, travel articles, and menus online that all convinced me this Easter trip could also be a foodie-getaway. As the…