Archive for Category: "Art & Architecture"

11Dec
2011

A Love Letter to Little Italy at Christmastime

I loathe the holidays. Mariah Carey plays nonstop in every elevator. Fifth Avenue is not walkable. Stores are not navigable. Sidewalks are littered with more shopping bags than people. And if I was not forced to cross Broadway by the fact that I live on the edge of Soho, I would have walked five blocks out of my way just to circumvent the chaos. But this is only the daytime scene. When stores close and restaurants open for dinner service, […]

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25Sep
2011

A Brief Jaunt in the French Quarter

The beautiful French Quarter of New Orleans. Four hours, in nine photographs and a video. But the best part is seeing the Transformers street performer in action: –Tara

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6Sep
2011

Falling Under the Spell of Barcelona’s Tibidabo

Below is my latest Huffington Post Travel post, Falling Under The Spell Of Barcelona’s Tibidabo. You can see the full article (with my favorite photo!) here. Before touching down in Barcelona to live and study for four months I had never heard of Tibidabo. I was familiar with Barcelona’s major highlights otherwise, such as Gaudí’s masterpieces and the smaller mountain of Montjuïc. I would only see that episode of Friends later, and though I had briefly visited the city before, […]

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10Aug
2011

On the Road Again

My blogging silence ends with my recent arrival in eastern Europe. I write from the desk of the Hotel Le Meridien in Vienna at midnight. My room overlooks the opera house from behind the hotel sign’s lettering. How poetic. Today was the first in Vienna after a three-day stint in Prague–too short, but anyone would agree a few days is better than none at all. Tomorrow brings a tour of some of Vienna’s most famous landmarks, including the Spanish Riding […]

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20May
2011

The Buenos Aires Podcast

I’m keeping today’s post short, because I’m directing you instead to a place that has already done the work of packaging up Buenos Aires insight and condensed into podcast form for your listening pleasure. It’s called the Buenos Aires Podcast, or B.A. Cast. I stumbled upon the B.A. Cast a couple months into my time in Buenos Aires and listened to all the (as of then) released episodes in one sitting. The hosts of the 20-ish minute podcasts—which are in […]

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10Feb
2011

All Aboard: Cusco to Aguas Calientes

Half the magic of Machu Picchu is getting there. While most would refer to the Inca Trail with that statement, I say look to the train! The less affordable tourist train service starts at roughly US$50 each way on PeruRail. If you’re on a budget (and a more flexible timeframe) there’s also an incredibly unreliable local train that runs between Cusco and Aguas Calientes on the older train tracks. Be sure to check weather conditions and train schedules in the month […]

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6Feb
2011

Shot of the Week

The Hôtel de Ville (City Hall) in Paris features an underground tunnel built by soldiers in 1807 to evacuate the city government, protecting them from invasion during the Franco-Prussian War. The French Renaissance-style building now houses the city’s first openly gay mayor, Bertrand Delanoë. Click to take a digital tour of the Hôtel de Ville. –Tara for TKGO

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13Jan
2011

Celeb Spotting and Architecture Peeping in Naples, Florida

What does Judge Judy have in common with a retired banker? You’ll find both walking their dogs (in strollers) in the gated community of Bay Colony in Naples, Florida. Naturally, the houses and condos they vacation in are often more impressive than their careers. While the series of high rises in Naples are full of condos worth seeing, the real high rollers have their own private houses on the beach at the end of Bay Colony Drive. (Tom Cruise was […]

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29Dec
2010

A City of Rooftops: The West Village, NYC

This second installment of A City of Rooftops (an exploration of NYC from the roof deck of two CitySights tour buses) documents some of the architecture in the areas around the West Village—in the top half of the city, where eyes don’t always wander. The world’s shortest guide to the West Village: West Side Highway: Walk south toward Battery Park and you’ll pass picnicking families, dog owners playing catch and New Yorkers catching some rays on a nice day. In […]

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