Travel Partner

Posted by on Oct 16, 2017 in Life, Travel | 2 comments

I was scanning Google Maps, planning for our Italy trip, when something piqued my interest that other people might think of as mundane. I mentioned it to Phillip. Me: Did you know there’s a grocery store in Vatican City? Him: We should totally go! Me: That’s what I was gonna say! *** Another day, researching tours for the Doge’s Palace in Venice, I started to tell Phillip about the options… Me: Okay, this tour costs a little more, but you go through secret passages– Him: Let’s do it! *** I’ve traveled...

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The Southwest’s Indigenous Food and Films

Posted by on Oct 9, 2017 in Craft, Travel | 2 comments

I don’t think I’ve shared this video of a cooking demonstration from Agave Heritage Festival in Tucson here yet. It seemed fitting to post this on Indigenous People’s Day (which I’m glad is gaining traction over Columbus Day!), since the recipe includes several local ingredients originally used by the Native American tribes in this area. Also, unrelated to the video, we went to an IPD screening of two documentaries by Diné (Navajo) filmmakers at the Heard Museum yesterday. Both films were really great! You may...

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Italy: a 30,000-Foot View

Posted by on Oct 6, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Italy: a 30,000-Foot View

Past midnight, we are zipping through Rome in the back of a cab, street lights flying by, windows down. It has taken 4 flights to get us to this point, and, after all that time in planes and airport terminals, the outside air feels delicious. In about an hour, we will have checked into our hotel. We will sleep like logs (or maybe like a pair of felled Corinthian columns) our first night in Italy. And that will be even more delicious. Over the next two weeks, Phillip and I would be traveling from Rome to Venice to the central Italian...

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Museum Day in the Garden

Posted by on Oct 2, 2017 in Travel | 1 comment

Museum Day in the Garden

Last Saturday was Smithsonian Magazine’s Museum Day. The weather was too good to be inside, but they count the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) as a museum, so we took advantage of the free admission and spent the afternoon walking garden paths. I guess a botanical garden is kind of like an outdoor museum with living plants and animals. We saw a hummingbird and bees buzzing around the Garden’s flowers and a big lizard was just hanging out on a rock next to the bench where I was sitting. Since the DBG no longer allows...

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Around the Baggage Carousel

Posted by on Sep 25, 2017 in Travel | 11 comments

Around the Baggage Carousel

We definitely thought we’d sleep on the overnight flight from L.A. to Paris. But we were mistaken. Instead, we arrived at Paris-Charles De Gaulle airport in an exceptionally groggy state with an hour to get through the passport line, collect and re-check our baggage, and catch our connecting flight. But we were misinformed. Our bags wouldn’t be coming down the luggage conveyor we were watching so intently. By the time we realized they were booked through and already on the plane for Madrid, we almost didn’t make the...

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Smithsonian: Air and Space Museum and Mitsitam Café

Posted by on Sep 21, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Smithsonian: Air and Space Museum and Mitsitam Café

Cafe at National Museum of the American Indian While I could have easily spent a full day at the Smithsonian American History Museum, a D.C.-area friend had recommended the Mitsitam Café at the Smithsonian American Indian Museum as a “little known gem.” I decided to make my way there for lunch. The cafeteria serves native-inspired foods that span the American continents. I got a buffalo burger and fry bread. The menu also includes options like wild rice and ceviche. This is definitely a place I’d like to come back to...

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A Hike in Le Marche

Posted by on Sep 18, 2017 in Travel | 5 comments

A Hike in Le Marche

At about the halfway point in our Italy trip, we took a break from museums and city streets and headed to the country. We went to Le Marche, a region east of Tuscany that stretches to the Adriatic Sea. One morning, we hiked up a hillside to some ruins of a city that had been abandoned there hundreds of years ago. Coming over one ridge, we spotted a pair of horses grazing. One had a bell around its neck (like a cowbell – apparently it keeps porcupines away). They seemed as curious about us as we were about them, both parties making...

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Smithsonian: American History Museum

Posted by on Sep 7, 2017 in Travel | 2 comments

Smithsonian: American History Museum

I arrived at the National Museum of American History just in time for a guided tour. The group was small – only me – but the docent/tour guide was still more than happy to take me on the full tour. It started with a walk through the first floor exhibit on the history of transportation in the US with early trains and automobiles on display. My tour guide mentioned that, at any one time, there is way more stuff in storage at the Smithsonian than there is on display. One thing that’s always out, however, is Julia Child’s...

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A Glimpse of Venice

Posted by on Sep 4, 2017 in Travel | 3 comments

A Glimpse of Venice

Venice is very beautiful, crowded, and easy to get lost in. And I hope we find our way back here...

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Itineraries Meet Reality

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Travel | 0 comments

Itineraries Meet Reality

We had to cut David. I know! I know! I know.   Past Me (i.e. me several months ago, before we got into the trip planning nitty gritty) would be saying the same thing you are right now. “You’re not going to see David?!! You’re going all the way to Italy, all the way to Florence, you’re probably going to walk by the building that Michelangelo’s most famous statue is inside of – but not go in?!!” I KNOW. It’s not that I’m not interested in art. Or Renaissance art specifically. (I am.)...

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