Florence, view, skyline

Piazzale Michelangelo: An Unmatched View of Florence

My driver dodged a pair of bicyclists as we made our way up a hill on a winding road, flanked by bare trees and fallen leaves. As we crested the top of the hill, the trees pulled away like a stage curtain and revealed the city below. It had been five years since my last trip… Read more »

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Eat: Bucatini Amatriciana in Rome

When traveling, I’ve always insisted on eating foods that are native to (or are especially popular in) wherever it is I’m visiting. I’ve decided to start a new series focusing on such dishes, especially ones that may be overlooked. Bucatini all’Amatriciana wasn’t born in Rome, but it’s become a fixture on local menus through sheer popularity. After… Read more »

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Climbing the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

Simon Peter—or St. Peter, as he is now commonly known—brutally died hanging upside down with nails driven through his flesh and bones. One of Jesus Christ’s original twelve disciples, Peter was crucified in such a way because he deemed himself unworthy of dying in the same manner as his teacher. He was buried just a few hundred feet from the spot where he… Read more »

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 »

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  • Florence, view, skyline

    Piazzale Michelangelo: An Unmatched View of Florence

    My driver dodged a pair of bicyclists as we made our way up a hill on a winding road, flanked by bare trees and fallen leaves. As we crested the top of the hill, the trees pulled away like a stage curtain and revealed the city below. It had been five years since my last trip… Read more »

  • DSC_8650a

    Eat: Bucatini Amatriciana in Rome

    When traveling, I’ve always insisted on eating foods that are native to (or are especially popular in) wherever it is I’m visiting. I’ve decided to start a new series focusing on such dishes, especially ones that may be overlooked. Bucatini all’Amatriciana wasn’t born in Rome, but it’s become a fixture on local menus through sheer popularity. After… Read more »

  • DSC_1435

    Climbing the Dome of St. Peter’s Basilica

    Simon Peter—or St. Peter, as he is now commonly known—brutally died hanging upside down with nails driven through his flesh and bones. One of Jesus Christ’s original twelve disciples, Peter was crucified in such a way because he deemed himself unworthy of dying in the same manner as his teacher. He was buried just a few hundred feet from the spot where he… Read more »

  • 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 »