The Sunday Market at Marsaxlokk, Malta

Marsaxlokk Fish Market, Malta

I spent most of my recent trip to Malta on one of the Mediterranean nation’s smaller islands, Gozo. I only had one full day to spend on the big island, the one they call simply, “Malta.” There was lots to see on Malta, so I had trouble deciding how to spend my very limited time. Reading something about […]

A Pocket Full of Lonely Planets

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While I’m a big fan of print travel guidebooks, I’ve never liked their electronic counterparts. I experimented with toting an e-guidebook on a trip back in 2012 and it was a kind of a disaster. I couldn’t zoom into any of the maps on my Kindle and I felt awkward taking the e-reader out in public. Because we were going to […]

Mercado Los Globos in Ensenada, Mexico

Los Globos Market, Ensenada

Anyone who has come around here more than once knows I’m totally in love with local markets. I’ve written about markets several times before and I seek them out wherever I go. To share the love, I’m starting a series called “Market Monday.” Each week I’ll feature photos from an interesting local food or flea market from around the world. First up, this not-to-be-missed market in Ensenada, […]

So, Where Is Malta?

Valletta, Malta

Earlier this afternoon, I called my dad while I was out walking the dog. It had been a few weeks since we had talked because of our recent trip. He had lots of questions. “So you were in Italy and then Malta, right? Wait, where IS Malta?” I’ve answered this question a lot over the last few weeks, so […]

A Wine Weekend South of the Border


I make it a point to travel (and eat) in California and beyond, but for years there was one West Coast destination that I had been dying to visit: Baja California, Mexico’s Valle de Guadalupe.  This rural agricultural valley is just a few minutes inland from Ensenada, an hour south of San Diego. All this time, I’ve been hearing about […]

Instagrams From Italy


In 2010, Kevin and I took a trip to Spain, and it was the first time we had traveled together in five years of dating. We could never agree on where to go! And because neither of us was sure we’d ever be able to agree on where to go again, we packed our itinerary with […]