Well, the NBA is making moves. Toronto is a bit cooler than San Antonio, so be like Kawhi and start planning your trip up north.
As far as bucket lists go, Niagara Falls is typically a popular featured destination, for good reason. It’s one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world, and it’s right in our own backyard. *Whispers: the Canadian side is better. Sore-y, not sore-y.
GOOOOAAALLLL! It’s going to be Croatia vs France in the World Cup Finals on Sunday, so what better way to prepare for what is going to undoubtedly be a nailbiter, then to highlight the two nations? I’ve already written extensively about the best of Paris, France, but congratulations to Croatia for making it to their first ever FIFA final! You kinda have to root for the underdog, right? I’m just happy I get to write about one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever visited, Dubrovnik, Croatia.
I visited Dubrovnik a really long time ago. Like, we’re talking, I barely had my driver’s license/independence, and they barely had theirs. It’s obviously changed quite a bit. Back then, being in Dubrovnik was so memorable because it was a relatively unbothered by tourism (except cruise ships, which is how I came to visit). Croatia had only declared independence from the former Yugoslavia republic in 1991, gaining that right in 1995 after winning their war. I visited 5 years later, so the nation was a baby.
mt srd then…scroll down for mt srd now
But babies grow up…and turn into popular teenagers.
Like really popular…instagram-influencer-status teenagers. Seems like it is the hot destination of the moment, and I’m glad it’s getting its day in the limelight. There’s a bustling tourism trade, especially due to its location as a jewel on the Adriatic Sea. The coastline is one of the most gorgeous you will see, with its orange rooftops and imposing fortresses. I guess some really popular TV show filmed there too — thrones something or other (wink wink), and that draws a lot of people, too.
As it has been some years, I’ve enlisted the help of my pal (and fellow traveling doc) BD, who has graciously let me use some of his photos and given me some updated tips.
it’s a nice day for a red wedding…
Our nation’s capital is a fantastic destination, but for the fact that it is located clear across the country from us West Coasters. Guess that’s just more reason to make the most of any visit to the District of Columbia.
There are SO many museums and monuments, it’s impossible to fit them all in one short trip. That’s what directed 8th grade tours are for; not sure if they offer those anymore, but I went on my middle school’s, and it was a blast. Highly recommend.
But I digress, let’s DC Talk
What is there to say about Venice that hasn’t been said? It is the pre-eminent beautiful destination of the world. A city made up of thousands of tiny islands, its canals are the vasculature to the heart of the city, Piazza di San Marco.
With great beauty comes great tourism, and I think that is the main detractor from the city itself. There’s too many people here, and in turn, the culture has turned outward rather than inward. Of course, there is still great art, food and history, all things Italians are most proud of, but you have to push through the crowds and dig deep to find it.
It’s worth it. Just live in the moment, enjoy the fact that you have the privilege of being surrounded by gorgeous scenery. Che bella e la dolce vita…
How great is Lebron James? Honestly. As an observer of the game, having been alive (but maybe not as cognizant of greatness at that age) to watch Magic/Kareem, Jordan, and seeing my team, the Lakers live their best lives during the Shaq/Kobe era, I can appreciate the magnitude of what this man has done on for the game. 8 straight finals! I mean, We are the same age, and I can’t believe what he can accomplish pouring his soul onto the court. Sometimes it’s hard for me to get out of my car without feeling old. The dude is defying age, gravity, odds, you name it. Legend.
If you’re headed to Believeland, here’s some recs for a quick trip:
My favorite weekend of the year to visit Napa Valley is Memorial Day. Why you ask? Well, it’s the annual Bottlerock music festival weekend. Alas, this year is the first year I am not attending of the past few years, as I’ve moved away from Northern California. That means I’ll be missing out on the Killers, Bruno Mars and tomorrow’s headliner, Muse (all of whom I’ve seen before, but still). This is the most civilized of all the festivals, with culinary stages and wineries to boot.
While you’re enjoying the festivities, don’t forget to head out from the festival grounds and explore the valley, one of the best weekender locations in the country!
Wine or wine not?
To celebrate the latest Royal wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, here’s the second half of the London series. Celebrations are going to be kicking up in high gear soon, so cheers to the happy couple and to all the revelers who will be crowding into the streets near Windsor Castle in less than a fortnight.
Iceland is super trendy. In the past decade, there’s been a >300% increase in the amount of visitors to Iceland — it’s almost to the point where you barely see any locals. Because I have the worst FOMO ever, I needed to go here before tourists overrun everything and American chains start moving in. Everyone in my family had already gone (which is not a reason to travel, but again, FOMO), so off I headed to Reykjavik for an Icelandic adventure.
all is full of love…
Rome is a polarizing place. For some, it represents the peak of romance, beauty and charm. For others, it’s a crowded, tourist-laden nightmare. I think its real appeal is that it’s both; it’s a city of contradictions. There is a mix of ancient and modern, sometimes seamless in execution (turning on a busy street and seeing the Parthenon) and others not so much (the futile attempt of expanding the Metro due to delays in the name of archeology). It’s very urban, but yet has simple charms similar to those found in Italy’s most rural countryside villages. There are so many relics and ruins; it’s often a little overwhelming! But, if you take a step back to enjoy the moment, it’s a city that can leave you breathless. You will understand why it’s called the Eternal City.
Take a Roman holiday…
Bangkok, Oriental setting, but the city don’t know what the city is getting — Murray Head
Happy Songkran! The Thai New Year starts today, so to celebrate, here’s a oldie, but goodie…