The Other Side of Amsterdam

Amsterdam is known to offer tourists a certain something that can’t be found (legally) elsewhere.  It has gained it’s reputation around that, and only that.  But, Amsterdam is so much more! It’s full of culture, museums, interesting food, and bicycles by the thousands. My reasons for loving Amsterdam had nothing to do with its tourist-drawing reputation and everything to do with the other things it has to offer.

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Iconic Iterneraries

Even the world’s most beloved tourist destinations can sometimes be hard to navigate. With the help of the best travel specialists, Condé Nast Traveler has ferreted out the secrets, treasures, and unmissable experiences in 19 favorite destinations. The result is a series of step-by-step trips that will surprise and delight those who’ve never been to the destination before… or who have been a dozen times. Each of these detailed itineraries has been vetted and perfected by a Condé Nast Traveler editor, so you can be sure you’re not being led astray.

Iconic Itineraries

Tuscany, ItalyTuscany, Italy

There are many ways to discover Tuscany, of course, but the most efficient, intimate, and unexpected is to use a travel specialist such as Maria Teresa Berdondini of Tuscany by Tuscans. She was skilled at negotiating the realities of visiting Italy and at arranging special experiences that are the stuff of every tourist’s fantasy. Read More…

cn_image.size.turkey__001u-croppedIstanbul, Turkey

Turkey is no stranger to visitors. Silk Road merchants, Christian pilgrims, Venetian sailors, Russian aristocrats, and many others were traveling to the country long before it became a favorite holiday destination for sun-starved Europeans on package tours. But despite the long history of hospitality, a few difficulties remain. Read More…

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Boubon Street – New Orleans at its Finest

Mardi Gras is one of the biggest parties to happen anywhere in the world, and  it draws all sorts of people to it.  It is also an awesome representation of the distinct culture of New Orleans, which is festive and colorful all year round.  I didn’t make it down to Mardi Gras this year, but in its honor this week, I’ll tell you a bit about my trip a few years ago.

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The Effortless Traveler – Style Guide

There’s nothing like being on a long haul flight and realizing that you’ve packed terribly. You’re uncomfortable or you can’t fall asleep — and you’re trapped for the next 8 hours.  It can even be a pretty terrible feeling if its only a short flight. So, I’ve compiled a list of 12 Must Have’s to ensure a comfortable, effortlessly chic flight.  All you need to add is your favorite playlist and a couple pre-downloaded books and movies on the iPad, and you’re set!

Effortlessly Chic Travel

Airport Chic

– 1 – Short Boots, Steve Madden – 2 – Noise Cancelling Headphones, Bose – 3 – Sweater Tunic, Alice & Olivia – 4 – Leggings, Vince – 5 – Travel Sleep Set, Sofia Cashmere – 6 – Tassle Loafers, Madewell – 7 – Handbag, 3.1 Phillip Lim – 8 – Cosmetic Set, First Aid Beauty – 9 – Cashmere Slippers, White + Warren – 10 – Patterned Scarf, Madewell – 11 – Hard Suitcase, Longchamp – 12 – iPad Air, Apple