10 Essential Tips for Eating at the Mercado del Puerto in Montevideo, Uruguay

Uruguay - Montevideo - Barbecue in restaurant in Mercado del Puerto

If you’re headed to Montevideo (or if you’re already here) then you simply must eat at the Mercado del Puerto! This converted train station is now arguably the best barbeque spot in all of South America and is one of the true must-eats in Montevideo.    However, don’t show up unprepared! Here’s everything you need … Read more

21 Pieces of Awesome Montevideo Street Art

Got back from Montevideo, Uruguay on Sunday afternoon.  Spent Monday and Tuesday recuperating/work/catching up with friends/watching Real Housewives.  Finally got around to editing the photos that were on my Nikon. The street art in Montevideo is just amazing.  First of all, it’s effing everywhere.  It’s almost all extremely well done, and most of it doesn’t … Read more

5 Books about Gettysburg to Inspire Your Civil War Travels

The Virginia Memorial at Gettysburg

I wrote yesterday about my visit to Gettysburg over the weekend.  While browsing the gift shop at the Visitor’s center, I stopped to check out their extensive selection of Civil War inspired nonfiction and novels.  Between visiting Gettysburg and seeing Margaret Mitchell’s house in May, I’ve spent a lot of time this year thinking about the Civil War and … Read more

If you love Italy, consider a trip to Malta

I don’t know what I expected when I booked my trip to Malta for last October.  I pick countries based on the most random inspiration–an episode of Vikings, chocolate, a single photograph.  This trip had been inspired by the ending of Stieg Larson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, when Lizbeth Salander is walking stealthily down a … Read more

8 Things to Do on Gozo

Gozo is the smaller of the two main islands of Malta and is home to less than forty thousand people.  Here are eight things to do if you decide to stay on this lovely little country island.   Venture to Dwerja Bay to see Fungus Rock   Since my first visit to Gozo, the Azure Window is … Read more

17 Fantastic Books about Italy to Inspire Your Next Italian Adventure

Village of Manarola, on the Cinque Terre coast of Italy with flowers

There’s something especially dreamy about an Italian vacation, but you don’t have to actually be in Italy to get a small taste of this wonderful country. Here are some of the best books about Italy to add to your reading list, whether you’re planning to read them on an Italian vacation or want something to … Read more