Arts and Culture

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That Time I Was the Least Cool Kid at Art Basel’s Least Cool Party

It was a dark and stormy night. No really, it was raining cat and dogs in Miami, and there is no way in hell anything could have dragged me out of my cosy, candlelit apartment other than something epic, like a Springsteen concert or … an invite to a really hip […]

At the entrance to Coral Castle.

Coral Castle: A Tale of a Small Man With Big Tools … and a Freaky Attachment to a Teenage Girl

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale of a man with an unhealthy obsession for a 16-year-old girl, and the rock castle he built in her honor. Like most crazed people, he found himself in Florida.

Sculpture at the Spectrum Miami show

Art Basel 2014: Miami’s Culture and Creativity Hub

The artsy chaos of Art Basel has erupted in Miami this week, with smaller festivals, shows, and parties dotting the landscape from Wynwood and Midtown to South Beach and North Beach.

Pitbull and Enrique: The Most Miami Thing to Happen in Miami, Ever

Pitbull and Enrique: The Most Miami Thing to Happen in Miami, Ever

Pitbull is a bald beacon of joy. What I didn’t know was that he’s also a bit of a philosopher. Yes, you read that right.

The Coney Island Wonder Wheel rises over Luna Park.

Coney Island Nights: Ferris Wheel Junkies and Tilt-a-Whirl Ghosts Collide

I can’t say I love Coney Island, but I can say it stops me in my tracks, makes me think a moment. To my eye, Coney Island is a monstrous mix of gritty, glittery, weird and heartbreaking. Here’s why.

Central Park pond

Summer 2014: Doing It Well, New York City-Style

Nearly a month into my newest location independent jaunt in New York City, I’ll give you a glimpse of Gotham’s highlights in the summer season. Thinking of planning a trip this summer? This could be your inspiration!

Parque del Amor

Inside the Belly of a Dead Whale: A Peek at Lima, Peru

When a city is described as similar to being “inside the belly of a dead whale,” I’m intrigued. Such was Lima.

The Good Friday processional with the body of Christ in Olinda, Brazil.

Semana Santa in Brazil: Ain’t No Party Like a Brazilian Easter Party

Yes, the good Lord rose, and so did the spirits, voices and boombox volume of the entire town. It was a party for the ages — eating, drinking, and, you guessed it, dancing.

Her name is Rio...

Her Name is Rio: What to See and Love in Rio de Janeiro

I found myself unexpectedly smitten with what I’ve determined is the prettiest-placed city in the world – Rio de Janeiro.

Iguazu Falls, Argentina

Chasing Iguazu Falls

For no good reason whatsoever, the thought of Iguazu Falls always left me unsettled. As a producer, writer and editor for the Travel Channel for eons, Iguazu Falls crossed my desk quite a bit — via the work and travels of other writers, of course. I’d see pictures of the […]

Colonia del Sacramento, Uruguay

Colonia del Sacramento: Take a Buenos Aires Side Trip That Rocks

There’s good reason visiting the tiny town of Colonia del Sacramento is one of Buenos Aires’s most popular day trips: it’s a straight-up hotbed of charm.

Finding Robo Jesus in Buenos Aires

Finding Robo Jesus in Buenos Aires

I haven’t encountered this level of travel mystification since I stumbled upon a Vietnamese amusement park in its off season.