Sydney tower buffet desserts

Sydney Tower Buffet: A Review

A month ago, I landed in Sydney with my family to board a 14-day cruise to New Zealand. Within hours of arriving in the city, we decided to have lunch at the buffet atop Sydney Tower—the tallest structure in Sydney. I was hesitant about going. The price and location practically screamed “TOURIST TRAP!”, and that… Read more »

La guerrerense clams

La Guerrerense: Damn Fresh Seafood

I’d read enough stories about the savage cartel violence tearing through Mexico to tell myself that I’d never go back. I travel to explore and relax…not to end up on a Liveleak video getting my head slowly sliced off with a kitchen knife. But, as fate would have it, I ended up in Baja a… Read more »

Taormina, Sicily

Taormina

Taormina is a charming little Sicilian town. It sits high above the Mediterranean Sea, and provides a gorgeous view of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. It is also my last stop for this cruise.

Savoca, Sicily

Savoca, Sicily

After sailing from Malta, my ship still had one more stop to make before returning to Rome: Sicily. We sailed into the port of Messina pretty early in the morning, and the sunlight helped produce some nice photos.

LAX Tom Bradley new terminal

Tom Bradley International….Reborn

The terminals at LAX (that’s Los Angeles International Airport, in case you don’t know) have always been a bit…bland. The decor is dated and lacks personality. Amenities, aside from a newsstand here and an overpriced sandwich shop there, are practically non-existent. Compared to the sleek, aesthetic, modern international airports located in cities like Tokyo, Hong… Read more »

Valetta Malta

Rabat and Valetta, Malta

The island of Malta is associated with some Biblical lore. According to the Book of Acts, the apostle Paul got into a shipwreck while sailing around the Mediterranean, and washed ashore on Malta. He then got bitten by a snake. The locals, aware of Paul’s recent string of bad luck, thought he must have been… Read more »

Mdina, Malta

Mdina, Malta

Malta is actually a small chain of islands that lay in between northern Africa and Sicily. It has a rich history dating back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Nowadays, its sun-kissed beaches and resorts are a favorite destination for European vacationers. It was a bright, blue sky day as I sailed… Read more »

sidi bou said tunis

Tunis and Sidi Bou Said

Unlike my previous stops in Barcelona and Genoa during this trip, my visit to Tunisia was a completely new experience. I had never been to Tunisia, or the continent of Africa for that matter, until today.

DSC_9823a

A Plaça, La Rambla, Barcelona

The day after Genoa, my ship made an afternoon stop in the Catalan city of Barcelona. As with Genoa, I had previously visited Barcelona in the summer of 2008, during a cruise from the Western Mediterranean to Dover, England. Because I had already seen major sites such as La Sagrida Familia and La Rambla, I… Read more »

genoa, san lorenzo cathedral

Genoa

The rain began to subside as I pulled into Genoa. I was just glad it wasn’t as heavy as it was when I had left Portofino. Sloshing through the rain sucks when you’re wearing leather loafers. I arranged for my cab driver, Roberto, to take me on a short tour around Genoa before heading back… Read more »

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  • Sydney tower buffet desserts

    Sydney Tower Buffet: A Review

    A month ago, I landed in Sydney with my family to board a 14-day cruise to New Zealand. Within hours of arriving in the city, we decided to have lunch at the buffet atop Sydney Tower—the tallest structure in Sydney. I was hesitant about going. The price and location practically screamed “TOURIST TRAP!”, and that… Read more »

  • La guerrerense clams

    La Guerrerense: Damn Fresh Seafood

    I’d read enough stories about the savage cartel violence tearing through Mexico to tell myself that I’d never go back. I travel to explore and relax…not to end up on a Liveleak video getting my head slowly sliced off with a kitchen knife. But, as fate would have it, I ended up in Baja a… Read more »

  • Taormina, Sicily

    Taormina

    Taormina is a charming little Sicilian town. It sits high above the Mediterranean Sea, and provides a gorgeous view of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano. It is also my last stop for this cruise.

  • Savoca, Sicily

    Savoca, Sicily

    After sailing from Malta, my ship still had one more stop to make before returning to Rome: Sicily. We sailed into the port of Messina pretty early in the morning, and the sunlight helped produce some nice photos.

  • LAX Tom Bradley new terminal

    Tom Bradley International….Reborn

    The terminals at LAX (that’s Los Angeles International Airport, in case you don’t know) have always been a bit…bland. The decor is dated and lacks personality. Amenities, aside from a newsstand here and an overpriced sandwich shop there, are practically non-existent. Compared to the sleek, aesthetic, modern international airports located in cities like Tokyo, Hong… Read more »

  • Valetta Malta

    Rabat and Valetta, Malta

    The island of Malta is associated with some Biblical lore. According to the Book of Acts, the apostle Paul got into a shipwreck while sailing around the Mediterranean, and washed ashore on Malta. He then got bitten by a snake. The locals, aware of Paul’s recent string of bad luck, thought he must have been… Read more »

  • Mdina, Malta

    Mdina, Malta

    Malta is actually a small chain of islands that lay in between northern Africa and Sicily. It has a rich history dating back to the times of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Nowadays, its sun-kissed beaches and resorts are a favorite destination for European vacationers. It was a bright, blue sky day as I sailed… Read more »

  • sidi bou said tunis

    Tunis and Sidi Bou Said

    Unlike my previous stops in Barcelona and Genoa during this trip, my visit to Tunisia was a completely new experience. I had never been to Tunisia, or the continent of Africa for that matter, until today.

  • DSC_9823a

    A Plaça, La Rambla, Barcelona

    The day after Genoa, my ship made an afternoon stop in the Catalan city of Barcelona. As with Genoa, I had previously visited Barcelona in the summer of 2008, during a cruise from the Western Mediterranean to Dover, England. Because I had already seen major sites such as La Sagrida Familia and La Rambla, I… Read more »

  • genoa, san lorenzo cathedral

    Genoa

    The rain began to subside as I pulled into Genoa. I was just glad it wasn’t as heavy as it was when I had left Portofino. Sloshing through the rain sucks when you’re wearing leather loafers. I arranged for my cab driver, Roberto, to take me on a short tour around Genoa before heading back… Read more »