STK Midtown NYC Bread

NYC Solo Dining: STK Midtown Review – Full of Flavor, Design and Service

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New York City has a dizzying array of food options and yet, I always find myself in Midtown Manhattan in search of food – solo.  While in the past, I’ve ventured to Chelsea for Eataly, the frigid weather kept me within a few blocks of the Refinery Hotel in the Garment District and the Broadway […]

Barbuzzo Budino Philadelphia

The Philly Dessert Guide – Cookies, Chocolate, Cannoli – Oh My!

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With all of my talk about how fantastic the Philly food (and dessert) scene is, I’d be remiss not to tell you how you can have a little bit of Philly love delivered to your doorstep any day of the year.  No need to wait for an occassion like Valentine’s Day (my Solo Traveler Anniversary […]

The Azure Window Gozo before collapse

Photo Memories of the Azure Window of Gozo

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Last week, I woke up to sad news that The Azure Window of Gozo was swallowed by the sea. Created by the sea thousands of years ago and destroyed by the sea in a powerful storm.  While experts had said it was fragile, I hadn’t realized its days were numbered.  I visited this tiny island […]

Purple Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Amsterdam

Tulips in Holland: A Visit to Keukenhof Garden in Amsterdam

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I bought a bouquet of tulips at Whole Foods (yes, impulse purchase but they just screamed happy) to celebrate spring which has made a few appearances this winter and is so close to returning. While it may not feel like spring right now here in the East (with the snow on the ground in winter’s last […]

Green Chicago River at night

The Chicago Green River Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day – Everyone’s Irish for a Day

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This past weekend, Chicago continued its tradition of dyeing the river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s part of a larger celebration with multiple parades and informal pub crawls. I was lucky to experience this tradition a few years ago while attending a travel writers conference. While I was excited to meet so many […]

Hogwarts working model at Harry Potter Studio tour

The Harry Potter Studio Tour Review London – Movie Magic for Muggles

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The Harry Potter Studio tour opened to the public in 2012 in Leavesden, about eighteen miles outside of London and since then I’ve wanted to visit with each trip to London. Sadly, my boss has had other ideas, namely meetings, dinners and such leaving little “free” time to explore the city.  So on my “to do list” it […]

NCL EPIC cruise ship

Cruise Norwegian: EPIC Solo Studio and Solo Lounge Review

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When I travel solo on a cruise, after the anger of the 200% fare wears off, I tend to overschedule myself to remain busy in the day and forget I’m alone on a ship of over two thousand people. It’s easy to blend in and become invisible if you want. At night, I would then […]

Airport Tag Travel Quote Tote Bag

10 Solo Travel Tips & Destination Ideas to Plan Your Vacation

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Not everyone will have a baptism by fire to solo travel like I did.  I was abandoned in Paris by my (former) friend at Valentine’s Day and chose to explore the city on my own until my flight home.  This was in the time before the internet and smart phones. My passion for independent travel […]

Whitney Museum of American Art

NYC Sunday Afternoon at The Whitney Museum of American Art

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Over the years, I’ve seen many modern art pieces really test my limits on “what is art”…  There have been times where I said out loud what I was thinking in the gallery which wasn’t good when I was thinking “are you serious?  And got a few nasty looks.  But I guess that’s what art […]

Magnum Paris Social Media

Luxury Ice Cream Social at the Magnum Paris Pop Up Shop

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One thing I learned about my Mom on our recent trip is that she eats a lot of ice cream – she’d probably eat it for breakfast if she could. She is not addicted to cookies, cake or pastries like I am – she’s all ice cream.  I first learned of Magnum Ice Cream bars […]