Bringing Down the White Picket Fence

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My very first memories of my childhood begin at the age of 5.  There are two early events that remain solidly etched into my mind.  1. The overwhelming excitement of waking up at 4am on the first day of kindergarten.  2.  My first trip to Niagara Falls. Now all I remember about that first day of kindergarten is that I could finally wear my first day of school dress.  Don’t ask me about… Read More

The most common question we got when people asked us where we were headed for Spring Break was: Why Austin, Texas?  Our question was: Why not? Austin is an easy direct flight (about 3 and a half hours) on Southwest Airlines from Newark Airport.  But hold it cowboy!  This isn’t quite like the Texas most people imagine.  That’s not to say you can’t buy yourself some high quality kicks at Allens Boots,… Read More

  Until this past weekend, I’d never been to Princeton.  I feel I only have the SAT’s to blame for this… Since I never quite fulfilled my quest for the perfect score with the Educational Testing Service, the terms “Ivy League” were just as foreign to me as the vocabulary words that plagued my young teenage mind in cold classrooms on early Saturday mornings at Manasquan High School.  As a result, places like… Read More

“We’ve Got Cheese Shops” In July of 2010, Paul and I spent our honeymoon in Sorrento, Italy.  Our hotel sat high upon a cliff overlooking the magnificent Bay of Naples, and everyday after relaxing at the pool, we would walk to town down a long, dusty, quiet, lemon-tree lined path.  Occasionally, a scooter would pass us by, motor off, using only the natural force of gravity to make its way down to the bustling streets… Read More

In July 2012, Paul and I rented an apartment in Paris for a month.  It was quite possibly the best thing we’ve ever done.  It was an absolutely thrilling experience to drop ourselves into a city in a country an ocean away from our own, to communicate in a language we didn’t speak, and to live a lifestyle so culturally different from the American way.  We are changed because of Paris and… Read More

AFAR travel magazine and Starwood’s Westin hotel chain chose to feature Paul’s photo and my writing on their “Westin Finds from AFAR” website!  This is the second time we’ve been featured and we are thrilled!  Check it out to read my review of Brasserie Beck, one of my favorite restaurants by Robert Wiedmaier!   Now you can find our travel tips on the Westin Finds from Afar Washington, D.C. page and their New… Read More