Nov 16, 2015

Christmas Market Round-Up

Tis the season! And if you’re traveling in Europe, nothing gets you into the holiday spirit in like a Christmas market. These markets, which originated in Germany, can now be found in many cities throughout Europe. I’ve been to several over the years, and fancy myself an expert. Here are my picks for the some of the best Christmas markets for festive, holiday fun.

Nov 2, 2015

Running the World: Amari Watergate Charity Midnight Run, Bangkok

The purpose of my recent trip to Thailand was to attend a conference. However, since I’m all about “traveling the world, and running it, too”, I always look to see if a race is happening while I’m at that destination and try to turn the travel into a runcation. Luckily for me, the Amari Watergate Charity MidnightRun coincided with my time in Bangkok, providing another opportunity and excuse to run the world.

Oct 4, 2015

Running the World: Marathon du Médoc

Marathon du Médoc in Bordeaux
Veni, vidi, vici, vini. I came, I saw, I conquered, I wined. That pretty much sums up my experience with the Marathon du Médoc, the latest destination conquered on my quest to run the world.

As someone whose shtict is running, travel and wine, Marathon du Médoc had long been on my radar, and Winerist*, the website that provides the world’s best wine and travel experiences, provided me with the opportunity.

Aug 30, 2015

My Experience Aboard the Wine Train

Currently there is a controversy swirling around the Napa Valley Wine Train that has piqued my interest. A book club made up of mostly African-American women, including an 83 year-old grandmother, was escorted from the train after a noise complaint was made against them. Wine Train officials say that passengers are removed once a month on average, however the group felt singled out because of their race. Members took to social media to relay the events, and since then, the story has been shared by millions more under the hashtag #laughingwhileblack.

Jul 28, 2015

Getting A Taste of Livermore Valley

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Just 45 miles (70 kilometers) east of San Francisco in California’s Bay Area sits Livermore Valley. Quaint and unassuming, the region often thought of as northern California’s “other” wine country, is in actuality its original one. Missionaries from the nearby San Jose Mission, founded in 1797, planted vineyards, thus making Livermore Valley California’s oldest wine region. It was Livermore’s wine industry, which dates back to the mid-19th century, along with its prime location resulting in it becoming a popular stopping point for prospectors traveling between San Francisco and Sacramento during the heady gold rush days, that put this city on the map.

Jul 9, 2015

6 Reasons to be Jazzed About the North Sea Jazz Festival*

The Netherlands is gearing up for one of its most popular events, the North Sea Jazz Festival.  Formerly held in The Hague, the festival moved to a larger venue in Rotterdam in 2006 and attracts upwards of 70,000 visitors each year. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the event, so in addition to its longevity, here are six more reasons to be “jazzed” about this festival:

Jun 17, 2015

Wind and Wine in Cape Town

What could be more fabulous than a tour of the Cape Winelands? How about a Cape Winelands Tour by Chauffeured Sidecar! My friend Marion and I were met at the hotel by our guide Donald, our driver and guide, and Blossom, the gorgeous vintage 750cc Sidecar Motorbike.  Donald came bearing gifts in the form of helmets with goggles, leather jackets and bandanas, which Marion and I would need to don before we could embark on our vineyard adventure. 

May 19, 2015

Le Grand Depart and Tour Through The Netherlands

A map of stages 1 and 2 of Le Tour de France 2015 (photo credit:
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The Netherlands will soon change from orange to yellow this as Utrecht hosts Le Grand Depart of the Tour de France. After five years, the festive start of the famous cycling race returns to the Netherlands, marking a record sixth time that the race starts in Holland, more than any other country outside of France.

Mar 29, 2015

A Perfect Day: Lille

The Vieille Bourse, the old stock exchange
It’s hard to believe that just a generation ago, Lille, known as the “first factory of France”, was seen as nothing more than a gritty industrial town. I must say the city cleans up nicely, due in large part to it being the European Capital of Culture in 2004, and is now a not-to-miss destination for those in the know with numerous cultural attractions, restaurants and boutiques.

Mar 24, 2015

Scooting Through Athens with Scooterise

Athens, Greece
When I only have a short amount of time in a city or it’s my first trip, I’m usually an advocate for a Hop On-Hop Off bus tour. However, on a trip to Athens with my teen and tween queens, Miss P and Miss V, in an effort to minimize the eye rolling, sighing and overall whining, I aimed to find a tour that would engage them more than a basic HO-HO, and came across Scooterise.