Apr 20, 2014

Walking Along the Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem
Easter is a very special time for Christians to visit the Holy Land. From the Mount of Olives where Jesus is said to have prayed the night before his crucifixion and ascended to Heaven to King David’s tomb on Mount Zion, Jerusalem is where some of Christianity’s holiest sites can be found. Another one of these sites is the Via Dolorosa, or the way of sorrows, the road Jesus traveled as he carried his cross to his crucifixion.

Apr 7, 2014

Running the World: Berlin Half Marathon

Running toward Brandenburg Gate
The Berlin Half Marathon was a memorable race characterized by break-neck speeds. Not by me of course, but by winner Leonard Koman, whose time of 59:14 is the fastest half marathon debut time in history. If you double that time and then add on another 25 minutes, then you get my finish time. While I may not have broken any records, I did manage to conquer another destination on my quest to run the world.

Apr 6, 2014

A UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour of Budapest

One of the stops on our city tour of Central Europe was Budapest.
The Hungarian capital, divided into two halves across the Danube River, yet united by a series of bridges, instantly captivates, thanks in large part to its beautiful landscape, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and highlights the great historical periods of the city.

Apr 1, 2014

The Intersection of Bike and Art

The Rijksmusuem, Amsterdam
What do you get when you combine one of the world’s greatest museums and one of the world’s greatest bike cultures? You get the bike path that goes through the Rijksmuseum.
The bike path is actually a tunnel that runs through the museum, separating galleries and serving as a shortcut across the city. While this unique bike path gets numerous cool points from cyclists, Rijksmuseum board members aren’t so psyched about it. At least, they weren’t initially.

Mar 27, 2014

Place du Casino in Monte Carlo

Monte Carlo Casino
It’s easy to be intimidated by the high-roller reputation of Monte Carlo. Located on the French Riviera and home to the famous casino, the city screams glitz and glamour.  Get in on the glam life and revel in your own flyness by arriving via helicopter. The 7-minute ride from the Nice airport offers marvelous views across the Cote d’Azur and of Monaco.  The helicopter ride includes a transfer from the heliport to anywhere in Monaco and I always head straight to the heart of the principality, Place du Casino.

Mar 24, 2014

My Proposed Itinerary for Obama's Visit to The Hague

President Obama is visiting the Netherlands for the Nuclear Security Summit 2014 (NSS) in The Hague. While in the Netherlands President Obama's agenda includes a quick tour of the Rijksmuseum and meeting with Prime Minister Rutte while in Amsterdam, and dinner with King Willem-Alexander at the Royal Palace in The Hague. President is only scheduled to be in the Netherlands for two days, but hopefully he’ll get a chance to see some of what The Hague has to offer. Here are my suggestions for President Obama - and you - for things to do or see while in The Hague.

Mar 23, 2014

Travel Memories: Vogue Covers in Paris

Vogue covers on the Champs Elysées (photo credit ‪msellaneous.tumblr.com)
With the Gap, Abercrombie and Fitch and other chain stores dominating Paris' Champs-Elysées it’s easy to forget that you are in one of the world’s style capitals. However, a few years ago, I was fortunate enough to get a stylish history lesson as I strolled along this famous boulevard.

Mar 22, 2014

Review: EatSmart TravelWise Packing Cubes

I am not a very organized person. Nor am I good at packing light. These are both very big problems when traveling, and since I kinda do a lot of that, I need a solution. Enter packing cubes. Specifically the TravelWise 3-piece packing cube sent to me by EatSmart to test out.

Mar 17, 2014

Running the World: CPC Loop

Race bib and 40th Anniversary medal for CPC Loop
The 40th anniversary of the City-Pier-City Loop, commonly referred to as the “CPC Loop”, was my most recent running adventure. This race is in my hometown and while I don’t consider that running the world (why not, since The Hague is in the world, right?), I am running my world, since the course includes part of my regular running route, and through my neighborhood.

Mar 14, 2014

San Francisco in an Instagram

When I was in San Francisco, I couldn’t help but feel that things were looking up. That’s probably because all I did while I was there was look up: I looked up to admire the stunning architecture of the skyscrapers (looking like the consummate tourist in the process). I looked up the Peter Macchirini Steps that lead to the historic Coit Tower. I looked up at the clock tower of the Ferry Building. But mostly I looked up the city’s numerous and unbelievably steep hills wondering if I really had the will to climb them in an effort to further explore the city.