Yesterday, I wrote about my visit to Colonia del Sacramento, and I mentioned that on the tour there were some strange stops. Organized tours usually need to tout the number of places they visit to compete with other vendors and to show the overall value of their package. I always check to see if the other places seem interesting enough to spend time in or if they add enough value to be worth the time. Sometimes these places end up being fantastic, other times they just distract you from getting to spend more time at the main event. For example, in Rio de Janeiro, a lot of tours combine visiting Corcovado to see the Cristo Redentor statue (Christ the Redeemer) and Sugar Loaf, which visiting independently would take much more time and organization. Since both are must-sees, this can be a great benefit. However, some tours add on stopping at Tijuca National Park. This is great for people who want to see the rainforest. But some want to skip this, and some want much more time. Always check out all the stops listed on a tour and decide if that’s the best way to go before getting started.
Colonia, Uruguay is a beautiful seventeenth-century town on the Rio de la Plata, directly across the river from Buenos Aires. It’s easily visited by bus via Montevideo or ferry from Buenos Aires. Walking along the river, you can see Argentina across the river.
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
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
I have had the privilege of getting to tour the White House twice–once when I was 11 on an epic family road trip in a minivan from Oklahoma to Washington and again this week. Both times it was my mother, a lover of all things American history, who put in the … Read more
A Trip I should have Taken Years Ago Living in Philadelphia, I take a lot of trips up and down the Acela/I-95 corridor. Whether by car, train, plane, or Megabus (RIP Chinatown Bus), I’ve wandered up and down the east coast from Montreal to Florida. Knowing that my long-term plans include leaving the east … Read more
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
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
Every day, tour boats drop off hundreds of sunbathers onto the little island of Comino in Malta Home to only four permanent residents and a small hotel, the beach fills up quickly with tourists lounging under umbrellas and swimming in the shockingly clear water. I’ve been to Malta twice, and on both trips, I just … Read more