Romantic Road

For this pre-Valentine’s Day travel post, a trip down the Romantic Road seemed fitting.  This is the Germany of lore.  Quaint, walled towns and fairy tale castles greet you at almost every stop along this 290 kilometer (180 miles) drive that begins a few minutes outside of Frankfurt and goes along the center of the…

Wine and Food Overload

The obvious promotion of celebrity chefs, TV shows and food conglomerates has reached international proportions with festivals from Aspen to Barbados.  Tickets cost upwards of hundreds of dollars, and that doesn’t include plane fare or hotel.  Supposedly a portion goes to charity, but that’s questionable.  Even smaller festivals, which focus on local ingredients and promote…

A Fall Weekend In Portland

Portland may be known for its quirky ways, a focus on local food, food trucks, craft breweries, city wineries and inventive cocktails, but there’s more to do than eat and drink in this eco-conscious, dog and bike-friendly city.  In a recent weekend visit to see a college friend, I didn’t even attempt to scratch the…

Oktoberfest, Of Course!

Despite its name, this holiday — turned universal excuse to drown one’s self in giant glasses of golden beer — is actually celebrated in September.  That’s why I’ve chosen it for this month’s travel post. The fest begins when the mayor of Munich (aka the bürgermeister) taps the first keg at noon, which takes place this…

Off The Beaten Path In Bruges

It’s easy to see why Bruges (or Brugge) is known as the Venice of the North. You can leisurely stroll along the pathways near the canals and take in the picturesque houses. But the feel of this Belgian city is very different from Venezia and can easily be enjoyed in a weekend. Start your morning…