Cities and Culture

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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 »

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 »

Things to Do in Detroit

Detroit, America’s home of the automobile, has ridden the highs and lows along with the U.S. auto industry. But it has also been a hotbed of creativity and the birthplace of ideas in the music industry, from jazz and blues to punk and funk, with Motown in between. For Music Lovers Only Everyone who loves 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 »

Killer Heels in Brooklyn

As I sit nursing my aching feet, which are apparently paying me back now for overdoing the cute shoes in my 20s, and having just bought the ugliest pair of shoes I could possibly imagine to help nurse them back to health, the irony of the title of the Brooklyn Museum‘s upcoming show does not more »

Philadelphia: City of Motherly Love

Fact. Mother’s Day was invented in Philadelphia. In the early 1900s, Philadelphian Anna Jarvis advocated for the holiday to commemorate none other than her own mother who worked tirelessly to improve the lives and opportunities for women all over the East Coast. I love Mother’s Day. And I wouldn’t trade the homemade cards, the pancakes more »

No Tango: A Visit to Buenos Aires with Teens

“Aaaah, BA… happy memories,” wrote a friend on Facebook. “Aaagh, I love it. My home for four years,” wrote another friend on Facebook. “Ahhh, Buenos Aires, love that city,” wrote Adam Seper of Bootsnall in an email. “The last time I was in Buenos Aires, something… magical happened. I can’t really explain it. Something karmical,” more »

The Secret to Surviving a Winter Weekend in Portland, Maine

For years we’ve visited Portland, Maine in summer and relished its crisp salt air, blue skies, coastal charm and delicious food. Every time, we like it so much that we pore over real estate websites and catalogs to see if some perfect house might entice us to move there. And every time, we remember that more »

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