It’s the 55th year that Chicago has dyed its river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The folks in the Chicago Journeymen Plumbers Union spray a secret potion (that’s supposedly environmentally friendly) in the river, Ghostbuster style. It’s pure chaos and a ton of fun.
Over the delightfully, yet disconcertingly warm Presidents’ Day weekend, I took a homemade and not entirely extensive cultural tour of the windy city. It started off in Chinatown, wound around Pilsen (a colorful Hispanic neighborhood nearby), downed a few German brewed pints, and ended up smack dab in the middle of what most consider highly American–a monster truck rally. If you’re looking to add some spice while in Chicago, here are a few ideas for ya, starting in the south […]
I’ve been to Miami plenty of times in my lifetime to visit my Cuban grandparents. They lived in a sweet little Spanish-style house with terracotta tiles and a pale blue swimming pool. Every morning started with a strong dose of Cuban coffee and very smushed, very buttered bread that had been toasted between flat sides of a panini press. I miss that little house and my Abuela knocking as hard as she could on the table to indicate she was […]
If you have 24 hours to kill in Miami, here’s a few suggestions around South Beach: Take a dip in the ocean along the 4 miles of beach. Kill two birds with one stone, grab brunch and watch a drag show at the same time at The Palace. Stroll along Ocean Drive to take in the weirdness and the entertainers. We stopped in at Ocean’s Ten and really enjoyed the band. They only have 2 stars on yelp, but it really […]
Just south of the tiny German town, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, stands the highest peak of the Wetterstein Mountains, at 9,718 feet above sea level. Zugspitze was most likely derived from the German word zugbahnen meaning avalanche paths. You can hike to the top or take a cable car. (I bet you can guess which one I did.) Once you’ve reached the peak, there are a few places to eat and drink. Don’t be a fool and forget a good pair of pants. Despite the warm weather down […]
Near the sweet little town of Garmisch Partenkirchen lies the Partnach Gorge, carved by a mountain river. It’s over 2,000 feet long and up to 260 feet deep. A winding foot path leads you along the side of the rushing waters, through caves and carved rock. It’s the kind of overwhelming nature that makes you feel 3 inches tall (which I think is a healthy thing to feel every once in a while to put humans in their proper place).
Nuremberg is a sweet little German town, surrounded by an old city gate and a few rivers. Perhaps I shouldn’t say little because it happens to be the second largest city in Bavaria, just after Munich. It dates back to the Middle Ages, 1050 to be exact. It’s been ravaged by the plague and home to much cultural growth during the Renaissance. Nuremberg was a hot spot during WWII, and almost completely bombed to smithereens. You may also remember it as […]
Maybe you remember that I was in Munich for Oktoberfest. Well, I got to go back and spend a little more time in the beautiful city. Of course, I made my way to the original Hofbrauhaus. It dates back to the 16th century and smelled a bit of barf, understandably so. There are plenty of little outdoor shops to peruse during the day in The Viktualienmarkt. And you can get a great view of the city if you climb the bell […]
Bavaria may be the most beautiful place I’ve ever been on planet earth. Driving the winding roads, awestruck by nature, you can’t help but feel like you’ve traveled back in time. (See a video of what that experience is like here.) We stayed a night in the ancient Roman city of Füssen, and it felt like one of the most peaceful places in the world. It’s located right by Ludwig II’s castle, Neuschwanstein. The beautiful Romanesque Revival construction was meticulously planned out and […]