For those living in the middle of Missouri, there are only a few options for hitting the "big city" -- St. Louis, Mo., or Memphis, Tenn. Last spring, my gal pal Jessie and I chose to visit Memphis for the first time.
Our trip to Memphis might be one of the most unorganized trips I've ever take [ ... ]
I’m a sucker for an old-fashioned candy shop. I just love the candy-filled bins, the drugstore-feel complete with a bar and soda jerk…it makes everyone feel like a kid. With unique treats like Elvis Bark and chocolate-covered bacon, the Big Top Candy Shop in Austin, Texas is a fun treat for any [ ... ]
When planning out your summer road trip don't overlook Devil's Tower, Wyoming. It is one of my favorite side trips and possibly one of the most overlooked National Parks.
The first time I drove through Wyoming was in the summer of 1981 on a road trip with my my Mom. Somehow, in a pre-Internet [ ... ]
Vegetarian travel gets easier in the summer, when farmers markets and their bounteous produce draw tourists and local chefs.
Summer is also know for outdoor eating, and New York City has one of the best (I’m slightly biased) eating extravagnzas, orgasburg. Actually, make that two. Smorgasburg ha [ ... ]
You could visit South Florida without paying homage to the Everglades, but why would you want to? And paying proper homage to the Florida Everglades requires an airboat ride.
Your passport is gone and you are in another county. What are you going to do? Misplacing your passport is enough to strike terror in the hearts of any traveler but imagine you are 15, traveling with your aunt to Paris on your first-ever international trip, and you set down your airplane ticket and [ ... ]
One of the best ways to experience new places is to eat the local favorite. Each country, state, region and even city has a dish that allows you to have a unique culinary experience while visiting. It tells me about the destination and the people who call it home.
Unfortunately, I can’t travel all [ ... ]
Only this year, it’s not going to go that way.
I don’t know what it’s like in your neck of the woods, but here in NYC, school close for the Jewish High Holidays. Which means that this year, schools will open on the Tuesday after Labor Day, and then close the Thursday and Friday after Labor Day.
Two days of school and then a four day weekend.
So much for routine.
Plus, it’s hard on kids. Imagine being a kindergartner, all nervous for your first day, worried about what it will be like…and then having to have a whole new first day less than a week later.
Imagine being a teacher, trying to wean your kids from summer freedom, having two days to do it, and then having to start it all over again less than a week later.
Plus, it’s just really, really annoying.
I’d like to extend summer. (who wouldn’t?) I’d have liked another week of late mornings, and lazy afternoons. I’d have liked my kids to get back into a routine and be in it a while.
I know all about the traditional end of summer. But this year, we had the perfect excuse – the Jewish Holidays – to grant ourselves one extra week of summer. I wish we had. Even if it would mean losing a week on the other end.