Every year, the month of March rolls around and threatens to age me. I’m not a big birthday party person, but I do like to mark my birthday in some memorable way. And this year, that way involved trekking two and a half hours west, to a small town called Mount Carroll, Illinois, which is […]Read more "A Haunting Trip to Raven’s Grin Inn"
My wifi-equipped ride for the week came at the perfect time. My check engine light went on about 30 miles outside of South Bend, Indiana on Saturday. I’d been in the car since 7 a.m., blissfully cruising without traffic, when the little orange-ish cartoon engine lit up. Breathe. I was on my way to judge […]Read more "Nice to Meet You, Chevy Trax. Your Timing Couldn’t Be Better."
In these days of The Knee Defender, flying has become a lesson in patience and abandonment of personal space. We’re packed in like veal, leaving little room for courtesy and kindness. It’s a battle of self preservation, as Frank Bruni wrote about in a column in today’s New York Times, called “Just Plane Ugly.” Last […]Read more "An Unexpected Show of Kindness (and Medical Intervention) In Flight"
I took a lovely winter trip to my hometown of Houston, Texas recently. After a miserable Chicago winter, I was looking forward to fresh air, sunshine and plenty of exercise, and, of course, catching up with my parents and seeing how many visits to Ninfa’s I could fit in one visit (answer: just two, but […]Read more "Everything’s Bigger in Texas, Even The Beatles"
First things first: five days in Puerto Vallarta wasn’t enough. We flew down there for a Monday through Friday Thanksgiving trip, and would have loved to stay longer (work called me back, as did super cheap plane tickets, which dictated the timing). We left blustery Chicago and landed in sultry Mexico in late November, and from the […]Read more "Sunsets, Street Tacos, Street Dogs and Hidden Streets: Strolling through Puerto Vallarta, Mexico"
I recently traveled to the Murcia region of Spain on a press trip. Here’s the first in a series of what I saw: Parador de Lorca Usually, when I think of Paradors, I think of very, very old Spanish buildings converted to hotels: palaces, castles, convents. In Lorca, the Parador is actually brand new. It […]Read more "From Castle to Quake: A Journey through Lorca, Spain"
From Lorca, we traveled to San Pedro del Pinatar, Spain, a coastal city on the Mediterranean. Here, visitors can soak in the Mar Menor, a lagoon-like portion of the Mediterranean, separated from the sea by a 13-mile sleeve, called “La Manga.” We’ll get to the sleeve in a second. Within the town of San Pedro […]Read more "Mar Menor, La Manga and a Gated Community in Spain"