A Little Bit of Krazy, a Lot of Krab

** Note, 6/1/11: Sadly, the Krazy Krab has closed Unless someone tells you exactly where to stop, the unbeaten path will whir right on by. This is probably true along almost any US four lane highway in a pocket of space between more major towns…

Sunday Afternoon Finds at a Roman Mercatino

Flea market finds, antiques' fairs, garage sales, vintage bijoux stalls, second hand stores... Don't you just love them? Market shopping in Rome, Italy, calmly browsing the displays, and then coming upon that perfect and unique piece? Ah, bliss.[SlideDeck id='3' width='100%' height='475px'] Every second Sunday of…

Visiting Oxford with a Local

Visiting Oxford with a local When you think of visiting Oxford, UK, what's the first image that springs to mind? The university, no doubt. Although the exact date of its foundation remains shrouded in mystery, Oxford is thought to be the world's oldest university, with…

Fried Foods and the Southern Festival

Strolling past the vendors at any one of dozens of food festivals that go on in May in the South, the sound of sizzling hot oil seems to hiss, "Jamie Oliver be damned." Whatever you do, I wouldn't show up there hungry. It's a gauntlet.…

Not Your Grandmother’s Summer Sandals

Is there a sandal comfortable enough to take you from a morning museo to passaggiata**, yet cute enough to wear with your flirtiest sundress or dressy black trousers? Up for a Travel Belles challenge, I set out for Shoe Fanatic Nirvana, aka Shoes on a…

In Paris 5 Reasons to Look Up

When we go to Paris we are determined to climb almost every flight of stairs we can pay to go up. This is understandable. We climb them all because that is what we do.

Wisconsin Small Town Spirit in Fried Mushrooms

Somewhere in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin, on Highway 16 just outside the center of town, close to the shores of Lac La Belle is a small piece of heaven:

Mapleway Bowl.

It may not seem much when you see it on the road: a faded forty-something year old sign and small one-story building. The front windows sport old neon advertising featuring old Wisconsin beer brands. The door is nondescript. You walk inside to darkness. Amber Tiffany-style fixtures above, old brown vinyl booths, chairs, a Formica bar.   You seem … disappointed.

Copenhagen and the Hop on Hop off Bus

When it comes to the Hop on Hop off bus, it's best to let your inner tourist shine   I had heard that the best way to get an introduction to a city is a Hop on, Hop off bus. For your typical Copenhagen tourist…
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5 Best Picnic Locations in Rome (and where to buy the food)

Rome's warm spring weekends beg for a picnic. As the warmer months begin to bless the city, during weekends, Romans tend to migrate to nearby pastoral locations laden with copious amounts of picnic food. Bucolic folly and loud outdoor snoring become mandatory. This coming weekend,…