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Signs of England

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

There are so many, many signs in England, I noticed during a recent visit. From sidewalks, to shop windows, to clifftop trails, to, well, anywhere you can post something, no opportunity to offer information goes unseized. “We like to be told what to do,” says my friend, Steve, who hails from central England. Here are […]

My trip to Ravenna, Italy

Sunday, March 1st, 2015

Last February, I had the opportunity to visit Ravenna, Italy, a small city in the Emilia-Romagna region known for its stunning collection of Byzantine-era mosaics. You can read more about my adventures in my article for New York Times Travel, but the trip was so visually memorable, I wanted to share some of my photos. […]

My trip to Wisconsin

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Driving from the airport through Madison, Wisconsin, I kept saying: “Look, it’s the Midwest! It’s the heartland! It’s Big Sky country!” I wasn’t talking to myself—though that seems to be happening more and more—but rather to my stalwart travel companion: Lucy, age one. Though I like to think I’m a fairly seasoned traveler, I’m definitely […]

Anne’s Prince Edward Island

Friday, August 22nd, 2014

In May, I visited Prince Edward Island to research a travel story on Anne of Green Gables (which appears in this Sunday’s New York Times). I know, I say this every time, but this was one of my favorite pieces to report and write. As a lifelong fan of Anne-with-an-e,  the entire experience was a joy. The […]

Oyster fishing on Prince Edward Island

Monday, June 30th, 2014

When I packed my bags to research an article on Prince Edward Island last month, I had two things on my mind. 1) Anne of Green Gables (more on this soon), and 2) Oysters. Harvested from the deep, moody waters of the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the island’s Malpeque variety has been famous for centuries—even […]

Masters Super Fish (London)

Monday, July 29th, 2013

Every summer, I visit my parents in London for a long weekend. This year, I had a yen for a spot of afternoon tea — scones! clotted cream! strawberry jam! — but when I rang Brown’s Hotel (voted Top London Afternoon Tea by the Tea Guild — whoever they are) I discovered they require a […]

How to replace an American passport in Paris

Sunday, July 14th, 2013

After my passport was stolen a few weeks ago, I went to the U.S. Embassy in Paris to replace it. (Though my husband is a Foreign Service Officer, his assignment in Paris ended last year, and I visited as an ordinary American citizen.) A lot of people are intimidated by the American Embassy — and […]

Highway robbery

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

It was all going so well. But those are fateful words, I see that now. There I was on assignment for Condé Nast Traveler, faithfully scouring the provinces for the country’s best regional cuisine. I had discovered buckwheat crêpes that resembled fine lace in Brittany; dipped into a bowl of still-simmering cassoulet in the Languedoc. […]

The gentleman farmer

Friday, April 26th, 2013

I’ve been fascinated by Thomas Jefferson ever since I wrote an article following his 1787 visit through the vineyards and cellars of Burgundy. Four years as envoy to France had made Jefferson quite an oenophile — or, perhaps I should say, oeno-fanatic. When he returned to the United States in 1789, he received regular shipments […]

Russ & Daughters (New York)

Tuesday, March 12th, 2013

Living overseas (and by overseas I mean anywhere outside of New York City) there’s one thing I miss the most. A bagel. With cream cheese. And lox. But not just any bagel — I want one with heft, with chew, with a crust that almost crackles between my teeth. I want the schmear to be […]

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