Loretto Chapel and the Mystery Within

The Loretto Chapel is one of the most intriguing tourist attractions in Santa Fe, primarily because of its “miraculous staircase,” a 33-step helix shaped construction that stands without any visible support. Architects are at a loss to explain the phenomenon, though the people of Santa Fe have their own speculations. The Sisters of Loretto first came to Santa Fe in …

Belgian Beer Tours: What’s It Like to Take One and Is It Worth It?

During my PlacePass beer tour of Brussels, my tour guide Simon had no qualms about telling us, a group of Americans, exactly what he thought of American beer. He was the leader of a two and a half hour long beer tasting tour in Brussels, and he was certainly proud of his country’s beer heritage. After being assured that American …

Classic Southern BBQ: Who Invented Barbecue?

Barbecue may have become an American favorite, but few people know the origins of this beloved national food. Some people claim the term BBQ arose when roadhouses and beer halls with pool tables advertised “bar, beer, and cues,” a phrase which was eventually shortened to BBCue and then BBQ. Others assert that the phrase came in to being when French …

Brooklyn Walking Tour: Impressive Brooklyn Transformations   

Brooklyn paves the the way for all things hip, trendy, and edgy (while staying PC of course). Oftentimes, these new trends involve acts of repurposing, recycling, and reinventing. Think exposed brick and mason jars. After this Brooklyn walking tour, I learned that the borough’s act of repurposing extends further than originally thought. Here are a few times when Brooklyn really …

Seattle Outdoor Dancing: Where and When to Go

What better way to celebrate the summer in Seattle than to kick off your Sunday shoes and join in the outdoor dancing? Thursday nights from mid-July to August, Freeway Park offers free dance parties on a floor rolled out across the tree-lined plaza. Whether you prefer blues, swing, waltz, Latin, country western, or line dancing, there’s an evening of Seattle …

Portuguese Fado: The Music of Lisbon

As emotional as it is beautiful, fado music strummed its way onto the scene in the 1800s and has since then solidified its status as the music of Lisbon. Portuguese fado is characterized by slow, emotional, melancholy lyrics often sung by a revered singer and accompanied by typical Portuguese string instruments. In traditional fado houses where guests can listen to …

Five Must-See MoMA Exhibits You Can’t Miss

The Museum of Modern Art, also known as MoMA, features some of the world’s most famous artwork. Here are a few pieces from the incomparable museum that you can’t miss on your next visit: 1. Campbell’s Soup Cans You’ve seen it on shirts, on Instagram, and on coffee mugs. You’ve seen various iterations of the work on the Internet and …

Visit Hungary: History’s Architectural Legacy

When you visit Hungary, you will definitely take note of it’s architecture. For a country at the intersection of three civilizations—Western Europe, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East—it’s remarkable that Hungary has managed to retain a distinct identity. At the same time, the marks of the region’s former empires have left their traces on Budapest’s physical and cultural landscape. The …

Guggenheim New York: A Must-See in NYC

  When navigating the New York art scene, the sheer quantity of options can suffocate the traveler. However, after visiting a few myself, I compiled a three-pointed argument as to why you should visit the Guggenheim Museum while you’re in NYC. Don’t forget to book your ticket and skip-the-line pass on PlacePass so that your experience is completely stress free! …

The Ideal European Trip Itinerary: 15 cities in 6 weeks

Having trouble planning your European trip? Don’t worry, we know there are too many incredible cities to visit, so we’ve put this bucket-list European itinerary together to help you navigate your options. Brace yourself. This is one serious trip, but it’s absolutely worth it. We recommend you tackle it with us, so you don’t miss out on any of these …