In mid-March, warming weather rouses the tiny castle town of Sirmione like a drowsy debutante. I’ve chosen to visit Sirmione of all the towns around Lago di Garda because I have, admittedly, a girlish fondness for castles. And all too fitting, my mom is with me on this trip to see a castle famously fit for a fairy-tale.
Back at the hotel, I fish out my copy of Time Out Paris, which is luckily still in the bin (I paid 8 dollars for it!) and turn to section on The Marais. Of course, the Place des Vosges, the Bains du Marais, and the Hotel de la Ville are all listed inside, but the descriptions seem flat and empty. I’m ready to throw it back in the bin when I remember that all guidebooks are flat…that’s why we go to the places and don’t just buy the guidebooks! I suppose I’ll keep this one for a little longer after all in the hopes that there are other gems waiting to be discovered.
Summer make-up tips and kits for travel: perfect for pool, beach, and beyond your next vacation Stretched as far as possible over the sink of your hotel bathroom as you apply mascara, are you wondering to yourself, What’s the point? I’m on vacation! You’re not alone. Concerning the application of make-up while traveling, there … Read more
Capturing Love and Light—Monet’s “Pretty Woman,” a review of Stephanie Cowell’s 2010 book : A Novel of Monet I could say that Claude Monet’s artwork was my “muse” in writing this book review, but if I did I’d be committing word-crime, generalizing in such a way that diffuses the term’s emotive force and separates it … Read more
There’s certainly something intriguing about the sterling depths of Lake Loch Ness. Reflected in its dark, frigid waters are the mysteries of the Scottish Highlands and the ghost stories of Scottish castles. I admit that although binoculars were the top item on my packing list for my holiday to Scotland to visit the Great Glen, in … Read more
It’s 3:30 am at home and the queue for foreigners crawls toward the Immigration Officer’s window. My teeth need brushing and my make-up has long worn off; I’m not exactly looking my best for my first meeting with a local. Thankfully consolation rests in my hand— Oh, beloved document! A unique personal history, my passport … Read more
You there – you know who you are. You think you know everything there is to know about how to pack a suitcase? When you travel, do you bring a pile of luggage that would make Joan Collins blush? Perhaps you fret about surviving without a full closet, so you fit as much as possible into … Read more