Charleston calls to mind the quintessential Antebellum town: towering eighteenth and nineteenth century homes, dressed in classic whites and pretty pinks, gulls circling in the harbor, the rush of water and tang of salt in the air. And let’s not forget the food: fluffy biscuits, creamy grits with shrimp, light tea cakes in airy parlors. If you are looking for something other than the traditional Southern fare of Charleston, for brilliant flavors with a Southern twang, check out some of my favorite cafes, restaurants, and desserts of Charleston in my new Huffington Post article!
The old town of Montreal is alive with a fusion of both French colonial charm and modern delights. From the long pathways alongside the port to the gently watching hills in the distance, Montreal offers a banquet of attractions for those who dream of old Europe – combined with the convenience of easy and affordable flights from the Eastern Seaboard. On your visit to this Old-New-World capital, be sure to: climb Mont Royal, devour some of the best bagels in the world, sit awestruck before the intensely creative Cirque du Soleil, and eat your way through the charming Old Town.
Read my full suggestions here: https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/4-must-sees-in-montreal_us_5a20859ae4b05072e8b5676f
Life proceeds at an alarming rate in the United States, busy seconds and minutes ticking away on strict timelines and sleepless work nights. But there still remain a few spots in our ever-busier nation that are oases of uninterrupted relaxation. Key West is one of those havens.
I first met Key West as a child. Two years ago, I had the chance to travel to this southernmost point of the U.S. From there, it was all too easy to fall in love with this colorful little town.
So, why does Key West draw so many back to her shores, just as once upon a time the wreckers pulled ships by night with their blinking bright lights? Here are a few reasons I’ve come to love Key West.
Read on here.
After spending more than half of last year abroad, I can’t help but think of home, and why after travelling to 55 countries – and counting – around the world, I keep returning to Raleigh, North Carolina.
Despite the ever-intriguing fluctuations in sun and rain and wind and hail and spring’s annual snow-dusting of pollen, Raleigh is a world-class city with world-class opportunities and world-class universities, a technology capital with growing entrepreneurial capacities. Raleigh is young – a city of just-emerging professionals and students striving to mold their city into something bright, beautiful, and exciting.
Of all Spanish desserts, there are few as beloved as a plate piled high with lightly sugar-dusted, u-shaped churros and an accompanying cup of thick chocolate. Over a recent weekend trip to Barcelona, I undertook the challenge of eating as many churros con chocolate in as many restaurants as possible – here is a sampling of the best churros in town, with a few other gems found along the way!
Read on about where to satisfy your sweet tooth in Barcelona: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/a-dessert-tour-of-barcelona-churros-chocolate-and_us_582616e2e4b02b1f5257a11b
Between sapphire sky, crystal ocean, yellow hills, and blue mountains, sits San Sebastián on the north-western tip of Spain. The ocean filters into the bay and from the bay, the city grows outward and onto the surrounding hills. In that bay, rests an island where the waves break, with a single house on its top, sharp cliffs of rock hewn by wind and ocean and time surrounding it.
Read on here: http://pooleglobal.blogspot.com/2016/11/i-took-trip-to-san-sebastian_3.html
Split – This cosmopolitan capital of ancient times, founded nearly 2400 years ago by Greeks, gained its main attraction in 305 C.E. upon the construction of Diocletian’s Palace. Diocletian, an emperor with Dalmatian roots, left his mighty position in Rome to retire to Split and build his spectacular retirement home. Read more about Split and my other favorite places in Croatia at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/three-croatian-paradises-to-visit_us_57caac00e4b06c750dda2947
London is an eternal city with modern roots; a city of pure power and industry, that rose and grew in times not so far from today through exploration, exploitation, and manufacturing. Today, London is a world capital with world-class experiences to seek – read about some of my favorite things to do when in London at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-keleher/10-things-to-see-and-do-i_b_10048504.html
Just as her people proudly proclaim themselves natives of their city over their country, Venice is a city that transcends history: not quite Italian, but something mystical, unique. Venice is born of the ocean and taken by the ocean, caught in a push and pull with time, faced with her own mortality constantly, yet immortal – and perhaps this is why so many are drawn to her flooded shores, drawn by the sense that she has survived so long only to possibly disappear with our generation, drawn to meet and fall in love with this immortal city before she vanishes into dreams.
Read about some tips for your visit to Venice – a city of endless duality, mystique, and beauty at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-keleher/venice-must-sees-and-myst_b_9795286.html
Hawaii to South-East Asia to Australia and New Zealand to Southern Africa: 8 countries, 3 continents, summer, winter, and a supreme packing challenge. So how do you pack for a multi-month, multi-location trip? Read about my tips for packing a diverse and compact suitcase at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/heather-keleher/my-top-6-packing-tips_b_9688084.html