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Greek food is the best food in the world. On the Greek islands, everything is absolutely fresh, and you can taste this freshness. Literally everywhere I ate in Greece was a momentous culinary experience, and each time I thought the food couldn’t get any better—it did. One of the most memorable restaurants I visited was Dionysos in Atlantis Restaurant on the island of Santorini. Here are a few quick snapshots from my first meal there…
Fiji is simply unlike any other island nation in the world. If you’re seeking tropical beaches and white powdered sand, you’ll definitely find that here. World-class diving—check. Spectacular surfing—check. Pampering & spas, eco-tours, and luxury resorts? Check, check, and check. But there’s something about Fiji that sets it apart from all the world’s other splendid tropical destinations: the Fijian people.
Once you step off the plane, you’ll most definitely be greeted by a hearty “bula!” (pronounced boo-lah). Like the Hawaiian word aloha, bula has a variety of meanings. It means hello, and also welcome. “Bula bula” means hello and welcome. Literally bula means “life,” but when used as a greeting it’s a blessing of happiness and good health. Most importantly, it must be said with an invisible exclamation mark at the end of it.
Budapest, Hungary—take two. My train rolled into this magical city, known locally as “Budapesht,” for the second time in 15 years. The Hungarian capital, divided by the Danube river into the districts of Buda and Pest, was as picturesque as I remembered it from decades ago, although the city itself had undergone major changes since my initial visit. Back then, I remembered a quality of darkness—both in spirit and physical appearance. Buildings were stained black. The city was a bit rough around the edges—a little bit seedy you could say—and there was a certain heaviness of spirit in the air. It was also winter, with fleeting hours of daylight and a frigid bite in the air. The impression was very much one of recovery from the aftermath of soviet occupation.
The Swiss love their taxidermy, and so do we! While wandering the streets of the Swiss capital of Bern, we came across numerous quirky stuffed critters in store windows that just made us laugh. Deer with wigs in front of hair salons. Bunnies with guns in clothing stores. Bambi and unicorns. Have a look…
Dresden, Germany has reinvented itself over the years. In the past, the name Dresden may have conjured up memories of war—specifically the firebombing that took place here during World War II. Some locals refer to the bombings as the “deconstruction” of Dresden, which seems appropriate since Dresden has gracefully “reconstructed” itself back to its former splendor, painstakingly piecing itself back together over time based on historical documentation and detailed photographs.
Mermaids, mermen, sea creatures, sea gods and goddesses—oh my! Fabulous glitter infused costumes were everywhere as revelers payed tribute to the sea this year for the 30th anniversary of the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Although the parade was originally cancelled due to lack of funds, a successful Kickstarter fundraising campaign fixed all that, and mermaid lovers the world over rejoiced.
Dresden is a beautiful city. Black sandstone angels and figurines stand tall upon the roofs of buildings, alongside golden sculptures, and elegant glass domed ceilings. Boasting an old town brimming with regal baroque architecture, and museums filled with priceless treasures, this capital of Saxony makes a unique stop halfway along the Berlin-Prague route. What I love most about Dresden are all the embellishments and ornate details that pop out of the woodwork everywhere you turn. Just have a look for yourself:
Our photo love affair with San Francisco continues this week. We’ve been hitting the streets to capture some iconic San Francisco sights—enjoy!
It’s official—we’ve moved to San Francisco! It’s been quite a change going from traveling non-stop across 5 continents, roughly 30 countries and over 200 cities in the last 12 months, to living in one city again. It almost feels like time is standing still.
Why San Francisco? Why not? This city has always captured my heart with its hippie ideals, pure California spirit, artistic energy, and culinary devotion. I’ve been a visitor here many times, but living here has come with some unexpected surprises.