At night, Florence’s historic tourist scene transforms into a lively party every night of the week. Florence is one of the most popular study abroad destinations in Europe and the students start the party early and keep it going all night. All are welcome to enjoy...
Asthma can leave you huffing and puffing and hiking at a snail’s pace while your friends speed up to the mountain top. Food allergies are particularly daunting in countries where you don’t speak the language. Crohn’s can end you running into the most disgusting bathrooms grateful the bathroom exists. Celiac disease can leave you bloated and wondering what the heck you ate with gluten in it. Arthritis can slow you down and have you looking out for a place to sit every few feet.
But all that shouldn’t stop you. It’s totally possible to have incredible, fun travels with a chronic illness. I’ve traveled extensively since I was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease 4 years ago and my brother has never let this disease slow him down in the entire decade he’s had it. Here are ten tips that will help you travel with a chronic illness and joy.
Almost everyone who travels to Ireland sees Dublin, but there is plenty to do beyond the city. But what should you see outside of Ireland’s capital? Eat seafood? Hike in the mountains or along the coast? Drink local beer? Listen to traditional Irish music? Here are eight other great travel destinations in Ireland where you can do all that and more.
Winter finally decided to show up last week with snow, ice, and wind wreaking havoc across the northeast. I had to travel to New York City in between the storm last week and during the storm this week. I didn’t have time to go do a bunch of fun things this trip, but it did get me thinking about what I would do if I had a bunch of free time in New York City in the winter...
There’s little worse than feeling sick and having no escape from the thing that’s making you sick. But sometimes that’s the reality of flying. So how can you make this situation a little less awful or better yet prevent it altogether? Here are my tips from over 20 years of flying with a sensitive belly.
The three blocks at the southwest end of Walnut Street are the commercial heart of Pittsburgh’s Shadyside neighborhood. Here you’ll find local favorites like Kards Unlimited gift store mixed in with big names like Gap and Athleta. It’s not the sort of neighborhood that comes to mind when you first think of Pittsburgh. This city calls to mind jobs like steelworker and coal miner and foods like pierogies and the famed Primanti Brothers sandwich. But these days, the Steel City is built on so much more than that enduring history. Medicine, education, and technology are the major industries and with that comes a certain desire for trendy bars and coffee shops to hangout in. Walnut Street is brimming with these. The biggest question is: where should you go first?
My husband and I enjoyed our trip to the Mall of America. This is damn near a miracle since we are not mall people. After twenty minutes in a mall, Kevin generally gets so depressed he physically slows down – his walking pace slows, his shoulders hunch, and I have to drag him along to finish our shopping, especially at Christmastime when the mall is packed with families.
In May, my friend Beth and I made the crossing from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier, Morocco for a single day introduction to a country we are now obsessed with visiting for a much longer period of time.
We spent the night before and the night after our trip to Morocco in Tarifa, which I highly recommend. Tarifa is a beautiful destination in its own right. We loved walking along the beach, watching the windsurfers, and drinking wine in a chiringuito while watching the sunset.
On Wednesday nights, Kevin makes me dinner in his Wilkinsburg apartment, on the edge of Pittsburgh. The apartment is almost all white. The kitchen cabinets were once a pure, new white, but over the years they have begun to yellow, matching the once-white linoleum floor. The fridge and stove are bright white, new appliances Kevin scrubs every weekend with a wet rag. The living room carpet is off-white and the walls are painted eggshell or cream or some other fancy word for white. One wall is covered in mirrors that reflect the apartment’s whiteness.
We went to Cillo’s on our last night in Florence. We made the familiar walk with purpose, passing three or four other gelaterie with windows full of tall, whipped, over-bright yellow, pink, and green gelati along the way...
Rocky Sonnier whistles as he preps breakfast at Bayou Boudin and Cracklin Café, just as he’s been doing since the café opened in 1987. Cracklin’, uncured pork belly fried in hog lard, is always first on his “to-cook” list as the pork bellies have to fry for over two hours and he wants to be sure there will be cracklin’ ready for 8 a.m. breakfast service.
You’re in Florence, enjoying the magnificent Renaissance architecture, and suddenly, you’re hungry. But your budget doesn’t allow for any of the easy-to-find expensive restaurants near the Duomo. What to do? Try a few of these tips...