Vero Autphenne

Vero Autphenne has written 103 posts for All Over the Map

Istanbul in Transit

While tentatively searching for fares in deciding whether or not to attend the World Travel Market in London last month, I came across this offer–$700 on Turkish Airlines would let me fly into London and out of Brussels on the dates I wanted. The catch? Spending a total of an extra seven hours on the more »

Passports with Purpose 2014

Coming back from our travels, it’s a thrill to catalogue our experiences through photos, journals, stories, and for some of us, blogs. We share stories of the colorful people we’ve met, the mountains we’ve climbed, the fabulous meals we’ve eaten. But we rarely talk about those other images that are etched in our minds. The more »

Hotels in Raleigh, NC

Rated America’s fastest growing city by Forbes, Raleigh increasingly is spreading out. Keeping in mind that Raleigh is part of the even bigger (and growing) Research Triangle that encompasses nearby Chapel Hill and Durham, the distances become even greater. To get a feel of what Raleigh has to offer, and enjoy some time outside of more »

Raleigh: A Big City Getting Bigger

Recently rated the fastest growing city in the U.S. by Forbes, Raleigh is known mostly for new construction, urban sprawl, and general lack of personality. But scratch below the newly-built surface and you’ll find a city with a vibrant arts scene, live music, and homegrown brews. The Visual Art Scene The North Carolina Museum of more »

Bookalokal: Local Dining Adventures with a Global Twist

We glanced at each other as we waited for the elevator door to close in a nondescript apartment building in Adams Morgan. “Are you going to the dinner?” I said tentatively, though I already guessed the answer. “Yes, I think it’s on the sixth floor,” she replied. We were greeted at the door by one more »

From Thrill to Chill: Hershey Park for all sizes (Part 2)

Part Two: Hershey Park Fortified by chocolate after a great morning at Chocolate World, we were ready to tackle the park. The plan (challenge?) was to spend a few hours there as a family trying to find things we could all do together, then John would stay with the boys to go on the thrillier more »

From Reese’s to Jolly Rancher: Hershey Park for all sizes (Part 1)

Part One: Chocolate World I’m a wimp. I didn’t dare measure Jeremy before we left on our weekend trip to Hershey Park. I had heartbreaking flashbacks of his older brother Jacques at about that age, giddily walk-running on a slippery poolside only to be sent back from the waterslide inconsolably crying. I went to talk more »

3 great places to cool off in Yosemite

We’ve all heard the famous Mark Twain expression, “the coldest winter I have saw was the summer I spent in San Francisco.” And it’s true, July can be downright blustery and damp, especially by the water. But travel just a few hours to Yosemite, and it’s a totally different scene. It’s not unusual for summer more »

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