Tag Archive: Design

Museo Alfa Romeo

  Ferrari. Lamborghini. Pagani. Maserati. Fashionable Italy is, unsurprisingly, home to many a fashionable luxury car manufacturer. But luxury isn’t the only automobile option in il bel paese, “the beautiful country.” Somewhere between a sleek… Continue reading

Milan, Italy

  For as many times as I’ve been in Italy, I’ve somehow never made it to Milan. And when I finally decide to go, I’m told there isn’t much to see, that I… Continue reading

Look up! Milan

Look! Up there! It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman…stunning architecture in Milan? Is it just me, or does it feel like you’re constantly looking up in this city? One of my… Continue reading

Duomo di Milano

  Sì, it’s Instagramable in the twilight hours when the square is empty, when water puddles linger here and there, when the pigeons are your only company. But there is more to the Duomo… Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Rio de Janeiro. A Cidade Maravilhosa – The Marvelous City. Skyscrapers and mountains stand against a backdrop of ocean and sky, cradling hillside favelas vibrant with song and dance. Waves crash on the beach… Continue reading

Rio de Janeiro: Escadaria Selarón

How often do you come across urban scenery that’s photogenic enough to warrant the #NoFilter hashtag? Rio de Janeiro’s Escadaria Selarón holds that visual appeal, color, and novelty that doesn’t need to tell you it… Continue reading

Rio Gems: Real Gabinete & Cafe Colombo

In Rio de Janeiro’s centro, or downtown, a well-known confectioner has done business for over a century, welcoming royalty and global diplomats alike. Hey, if it’s good enough for the Queen of England,… Continue reading

Buenos Aires, Argentina

I’ve fallen in love with more cities than I have fingers to count with. But with only a handful of those cities was there a feeling of that instantaneous movie moment with blurred… Continue reading

Foodcation: Buenos Aires, Argentina

What comes to mind when you hear “Buenos Aires”? Tango or Evita, perhaps? Wine? Steak? Dulce de leche? You may have made many of these associations, though I suspect your preferred search engine is… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: Cementerio de la Recoleta

  On a gray day in Buenos Aires, we find ourselves exploring an elaborate stone city in search of a crypt – that of la familia Duarte. Why, you ask? Duarte was the family name of… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: El Ateneo Grand Splendid

Exploring the city of Buenos Aires in far-off Argentina, our fearless heroine discovered an enchanted place called El Ateneo Grand Splendid. Paperback and hardcover, glossy and matte, histories and romances, genres galore, the booklovers’ haven… Continue reading

Buenos Aires: Casa Rosada

  At the edge of Plaza de Mayo sits the seat of the Argentine government. In a distinct shade of pink. Don’t cry for me, Argenti-naaahhh. No seriously, don’t. Because I’m having such… Continue reading

A Show Called Stitches

I am not a knitter. Feeling only a little pretentious, I walk around touching the colorful knit and knitting-related products, exclaiming to a friend about the pretty colors of yarn for sale. But… Continue reading

PACE Art + Technology

San Francisco affords its artists the kind of creative liberties they might be less willing to risk experimenting with in a more saturated, more-closely scrutinized (and critiqued) art scene. Silicon Valley, with its… Continue reading

Airport Curiosities

A Swarovski tree. Airport aquariums. Language Delay. Humorous, peculiar, frustrating, memorable – most everyone who has ever flown has a tale or two (or several) from the airport. For instance, despite how much… Continue reading

Travel Theme: Perspective

Spatial relationships are a funny thing. Look at something from directly above or dead center. Now look at it from down low, up high, or off to the side, and you’ve instantly got… Continue reading

Washington, DC

Washington, DC. The Nation’s Capital. The Federal City. The American Rome (Don’t ask; I didn’t make up the nickname). Where, during your short workout, your hotel might have suddenly been overrun with Secret Service… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Wonder at The Renwick

  This reminds me of a Taylor Swift song. “Are we out of the woods yet?” Or perhaps we’re heading Into the Woods of a whimsical movie set.   Inside a fashionable, yet… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Library of Congress

Are we in the United States, or in Europe? The façade of this building makes me do a double take for a second. Just a split-second.     In this split-second, the façade… Continue reading

Washington, DC: Capitol Building & Botanic Gardens

Is that the Capitol Building? Oh let’s do pay a visit. We are, after all, in the nation’s capital; it’s only appropriate we see where legislation is passed, and where transformative history has… Continue reading

Ephesus, Turkey: Details of an Ancient City

Marble streets. The third largest library in the ancient world. The most well-preserved Greco-Roman amphitheater today. These are just some of the treasures you’ll find in the ancient city of Ephesus.    … Continue reading

Pamukkale, Turkey & its Hierapolis

Pamukkale   /puh-moo-kuh-lay/ City in Turkey’s Denizli Province. Translates into English as “Cotton Castle,” from the Turkish portmanteau of pamuk (cotton) + kale (castle) Pamukkale is one of those under-the-radar destinations that isn’t… Continue reading

Cappadocia: Fairy Chimneys & Other Photogenic Rocks

If you’re on Instagram, you’ve probably seen at least one or two photos of the spectacular backdrop behind myriad hot-air balloons at sunrise – most often in a particular, desert-like area in Turkey.… Continue reading

Istanbul: The Grand Bazaar & The Bosphorus

Efficient porters deftly weave through the crowds, bearing trays of hot, caffeinated goodness. It’s always a good time for çay, Turkish tea, or Türk kahvesi, Turkish coffee. Shop after shop, stall after stall,… Continue reading

Istanbul: Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque & Basilica Cistern

Say “Istanbul” to a group of travelers, and they’ll often reminisce about vastly different experiences. One person might marvel at a city residing on two continents: Europe to the west and Asia to… Continue reading

Istanbul: Topkapı Palace and Its Harem

Istanbul may not have nearly as many palaces as Germany has along the Rhine, but you can still ramble about the city and inadvertently stumble upon a royal residence. A palace in the… Continue reading

The Pasadena Rose Parade

Coconut swans swim gracefully in a pond of purple orchids. Oranges and orange peels comprise the hide of a resplendent dragon. Multi-colored potatoes pave the way in an English countryside estate.    … Continue reading

The Broad: Contemporary Art in Los Angeles

The entrance of The Broad, leading up to the central exhibit area on the third floor, doesn’t take you through conventional passageways. Then again, The Broad isn’t a conventional building. It houses collections… Continue reading

Chicago, Illinois

It often feels like I’m looking upwards in Chicago. This is no wonder considering we’re in the city where the world’s first skyscraper was built. But when I say I’m looking up, I’m… Continue reading

Chicago Cultural Center

The Chicago Cultural Center, also known as “The People’s Palace,” is one of the city’s most popular attractions. This building boasts an ornate interior of mosaic and Favrile – a type of glass… Continue reading

Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica              

Most people probably wouldn’t describe Costa Rica’s capital of San José as conventionally beautiful. In fact, most people come for the beaches/rainforest (that’s me!)/nature. That doesn’t mean, however, that you can’t find beauty… Continue reading

San Francisco, California: The Palace of Fine Arts

Can you guess what day it is? Show-and-Tell Monday! Can you also guess what Crissy Field in San Francisco used to be? I’d never have thunk it either: Crissy Field was formerly a… Continue reading

Write to Me from Naples

“As they say here, ‘Vedi Napoli e poi muori! – See Naples and die!’” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe   Napoli is probably best known for being the birthplace of pizza (or at least… Continue reading

The Art of Faith

It’s almost impossible to avoid churches in Italy. They’re everywhere. They’re art; they’re landmarks; they’re history. They’re an intrinsic part of the culture. It’s no secret that Italy has countless beautiful churches. Sweeping… Continue reading