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He’s been to The Grand Ole Opry House, and he hates country music. He’s seen enough Tim McGraw and Miranda Lambert to last a lifetime. So what do you do for the man who has suffered through numerous musical tragedies and lived to tell the stories? You take him to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He loves rock and roll. Welcome to Cleveland, Paul (if we can get out of… Read More

There’s something about Washington, D.C. and sunshine. The sky, the trees, those cherry blossoms when they’re in bloom. Who doesn’t love this city? We’re a little bit of Alexandria and a little bit of D.C. people. This means that when we travel there, we have to visit both. I always said that if we won the lottery, we’d need to have a vacation home in Alexandria. It’s probably not the Caribbean Island… Read More

Here are four ladies, exhausted and beaten by the sun after a day of touring the Colosseum. We are waiting, impatiently, to eat a bowl of cacio e pepe at Restaurant X. Restaurant X is not the real name of the restaurant. It’s Roma Sparita actually. Anthony Bourdain put this restaurant on the map when he professed his love for Roma Sparita’s cacio e pepe on an episode of No Reservations. He… Read More

This is me on what we refer to as “the doomed trip to Maine” (click the link to view that old rant of a blog post). Everything that could go wrong, did. From the last minute job interview that took a day off the itinerary to the sad state of the hotel that was supposed to be in “Portland” but really was “Portland West.” The one with the green pool, the bad… Read More

We take the Seastreak ferry into the city as much as possible. It’s just about the most relaxing way to get to New York, especially during the warmer months of the year when the sky is bright blue and the sun is glistening over Manhattan. There’s nothing better than sitting on the back of the Seastreak, wind in your hair, cocktail in hand, with the lights and sounds of New York City… Read More

One of the best ways to see San Francisco is with the tour company Vantigo. On the San Francisco City Tour, a Volkswagen bus picks you up right from your hotel to take you on a ride around Fog City. You’ll stop several times along the way to capture great photos while checking out Twin Peaks and the Golden Gate Bridge. Your driver will give you the full rundown of the history… Read More

This is one of our favorite memories from San Francisco.  We took a tour on a Volkswagen bus with the company Vantigo.  The bus takes you all over the city and you get to see stellar views like this one.  We highly recommend this tour when visiting San Francisco, but we can’t promise that you won’t want to go in search of buying your own bus and living the van life afterwards…. Read More

New York City and pizza.  Two of the best things in America. So, let me tell you a little story.  I know nothing about the pizzeria in this photograph, but I’m going to use this photo as my excuse to tell you about the pizzeria I LOVE in New York City.  Harry’s Italian on Gold Street is just about the best thing on Earth, and unfortunately, we only recently realized it.  Paul… Read More

Paul took this photo of Lady Liberty on the ferry ride back to Manhattan after an afternoon on Governor’s Island. Governor’s Island has become our go-to place for fun in the city.  The short ferry ride costs $3 a person, which guarantees incredible views of Manhattan and the Statue of Liberty.  Once there, we recommend renting a bicycle and cruising around the island.  Afterwards, grab a seat at Island Oyster to bask… Read More

Michelle here… Paul and I prefer downtown New York.  It’s quiet and narrow and our weekends often include walks from the East River to the Hudson.  There’s a little Four Points hotel on Platt Street that isn’t fancy, but simple, clean, and comfortable.  It’s our respite from my workdays, and we’ve come to call it ours.  Sometimes we also stay at the W, like we did this Friday, but I was relieved… Read More