Does Anyone Still Call it Beantown?

Last weekend, I headed to Boston to visit some of my nearest and dearest friends who recently moved there from across the pond (the Southern half of the pond to be specific).  I haven’t been to Boston since high school, and I couldn’t remember too much about it.  Also, to be honest, the under-21 experience in a city is always pretty different from when you’re an adult (am I an adult?!) …maybe we’ll just say post-21 experience).

photo courtesy of thefabempire.com)

photo courtesy of thefabempire.com

My friends now live in trendy Back Bay, just South of Newbury Street, known for its amazing shopping.  Newbury Street is kind of like a chill, casual Fifth Avenue if that makes any sense.  Actually, I got the vibe that all of Boston is like a chill New York.  It’s much smaller in terms of population, but it’s got everything you might look for–great shopping, pro sports, a beautiful river, and loads of great restaurants and bars.  Plus, the T is an adorable, miniature version of the subway — now I know that’s hard to picture.

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It’s Cold in Prague in May

I wish someone had told me that when I was packing my little suitcase before heading off to Prague. I spent four days in this beautiful city – constantly shivering in a very light jacket. And it’s certainly telling, I think, that I still loved it.

Beautiful Prague

The Charles Bridge in Prague

Prague is a perfect representation of all that is wonderful about Eastern Europe. From the architecture to the food to the people, it’s a city with a very specific, eclectic, and somewhat eccentric soul. The only drawback? It’s really cold in May!

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The New Face of California Wine Country

Spring is upon us (as are my allergies), so I’ve got the itch to plan some travel! As ever, I’m caught in the crossroads of choosing between a jungle adventure, vineyard tour, or a New England beach escape.  My initial decision has been, why not all three (are we surprised by this?).

With an offer on the table for a weekend in Nantucket (more on that later), a Costa Rica adventure in the works (more on this as well), I’m focusing my travel planning on California Wine Country—who’s with me!

photo courtesy of sonomauncorked.com

photo courtesy of sonomauncorked.com

Luckily, I’ve come across  Travel + Leisure‘s guide to Sonoma & Napa Valley.  It may be from a few years ago, but the advice is definitely all still relevant. Read about what not to miss on your next trip to some of the world’s best vineyards in Sunny California.

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