Keys to Travel Happiness (a series)
Number Four: Don’t be afraid to be a little foolish  At home, many of us lead professional, buttoned down lives – organized, disciplined, and frantically goal oriented. Travel is recreation, as in recreate, create again. So relax, channel the inner child and have fun. Don’t worry so much about what people will think of you. […]
Art Meets Science
Beginning in 1924 with the construction of their historic headquarters building in Washington, DC, the National Academy of Sciences has been an advocate for the arts; particularly when art intersects science. The building has an impressive collection of murals, sculpture and other artwork and is open to the public from 9:00 to 5:00 weekdays. The […]
Palma – a great restaurant in a great city!
New York is a fantastic city. Some people say they find it a bit overwhelming but that will never be the case for us – especially Hillary. New York is really a set of approachable neighborhoods, each with its own character and potential adventures. Despite the challenges we already face maintaining multiple residences, each time […]
Keys to Travel Happiness (a series)
Number Three: Don’t over schedule.   Every day at home you’re tied to a schedule – work, school, errands, chores… Don’t take that mindset and that pressure with you when you travel. After all, the word vacation comes from the Latin vacare: to be unoccupied. (Hard to believe we know both etymology and Latin, right? […]
Keys to Travel Happiness (a series)
Number Two: Talk to strangers. We’re not suggesting you walk up to random people on the street (although we don’t judge, so if that’s your thing…) Have dinner at the bar or lunch at a communal table. Sit near the crowd at the beach. Then find a way to get the conversation going. Most people, […]
Sciandri Cab and Majormischief – a perfect pairing
As we waited for to launch, we celebrated with a great bottle of wine that embodies the joy and passion we live and hope to discover in the people and places we meet in our travels.  On this very special evening, we chose the 2007 Sciandri Cabernet, from the newly minted Coombsville AVA just […]
Keys to Travel Happiness (a series)
Number One: Have a Local. Find a restaurant, pub, coffee shop, café, tea house, bar or shop that you return to often during your stay. On our first trip to Montreal we spent a piece of each day in a restaurant called Modavie in the Old Port. At lunch it attracted local business people but […]
Favorite 5 Websites/Apps for International Travel (not what you think!)
1. CIA World Factbook The Factbook contains an encyclopedia’s worth of information and statistics on 267 countries, regions and territories laid out for quick perusal. It includes not just history but also current events that are impacting the area, cultural information, and economics. The maps and flags are just cool. 2. Newseum’s Today’s Front […]