Perpignan, France -- Romance in the French Pyrénées Countryside

Perpignan — The Sunniest Place in France!

Mangez bien, riez souvent, aimez beaucoup, or “Eat well, laugh often, love abundantly.”           …things to do in the south of France! I haven’t been to France in ...

Dawn liftoff of NASA's Orion -- Exploration Flight Test-1 at Cape Canaveral in Florida -- photo credit Stefanie Payne

I took a break from blogging because of a spaceship

Someone asked me the other day why I don’t blog anymore. It’s true — over the last six months or so, I’ve pretty well abandoned this site. But it was ...

Stefanie Payne write about her blog post and Three Great Notemaps on Findery

Findery Notemaps // Lightsources

Hiya traveling friends! I’m very excited to share that a short blog post I wrote about my fancy for light sources was just featured on one of my favorite online ...

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Best travel booking sites and mobile apps

Best Travel Booking Sites and Apps (2014)

I’m a somewhat frequent traveler and have been for some time. Over ...
Towering red rocks at Utah's Zion National Park

Four Parks in Four Days — National Parks in The American Southwest

If you had only four days to pack some adventure into your ...
Fontaine Medicis in Jardin de Luxembourg, (Luxembourg Gardens) on the Left Bank in Paris, France.

The Jewel of The Luxembourg Gardens

“Fontaine Medicis”, the jewel of the Luxembourg Gardens on the Left Bank ...
The Milky Way over Tenerife. Photo Credit & Copyright: Juan Carlos Casado via NASA APOD

Starmus: Space Geeks, Science Peeps and Travel Freaks to Meet at the Canary Islands

Niche travel has many special interests covered — food, wine, literature. I rarely ...
Eduardo Kobra's mural from High Line depicting famous photograph 'V-J Day in Times Square' c. August 14, 1945.

I [Heart] New York

I love New York. Even Times Square. Even the fact that I can’t ...
The mountain god (or Apu), Salcantay

The Other Inca Trail to Machu Picchu: Nevado Salcantay

If you are an adventurer, chances are that you either dream of ...

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The Best Movies about Travel and Adventure (Pictured: City of God)

The 70 Best Travel and Adventure Themed Movies of All Time

(Last updated January 25, 2014 – sign up to receive updates by email) There are a lot of “Best Travel Movie” lists out there on the web. And there are a lot of epic travel movies to love. The intention of this list is to dive farther than the most popular and deeper than the […]

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Outdoor adventures in DC -- kayak the Potomac, hike the Shenandoah valley, bike the C&O canal, sail the Chesapeake!

Outdoor Adventures in or Near Washington, DC

My team at work is launching a spacecraft this year so I’m grounded from international travel until at least February. The good part of that is that I am able to explore my vicinity (greater Washington, DC) with a fine-tooth comb while saving pennies for my next big adventure: Antarctica! Until then, I plan to become […]

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The goddess Pandora — Zues’ beautiful, cunning, seductive yet deceitful punishment to Prometheus

Pandora’s Jar

History may have trouble fitting a square peg into a round hole, but it has no problem changing a round object into a square one. What we think of as Pandora’s box is actually a jar (Greek word “pithos”). According to Hesiod, Pandora, like Eve, was the first woman ever created. She was very beautiful, […]

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Hornitos Black Barrel -- photo by @iStefPayne

Hornitos Black Barrel; a Drink With my Father

The most memorable drinks that I’ve ever had were also an experience. I had such an experience with my father a couple of weeks ago, sitting on his deck overlooking the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State. We sat as we’d done each year previously, for years and years throughout my life, looking out across the silver […]

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Prayer flags in the Himalayas lead the way to Mt. Everest in Nepal (Image: Jonathan Irish | http://www.jonathanirish.com)

Great Quotations About Hiking, Walking, Mountaineering (and Some Metaphors for Life)

❤ “Climbing is as close as we can come to flying.” — Margaret Young ❤ “If you are seeking creative ideas, go out walking.  Angels whisper to a man when he goes for a walk.” — Raymond Inmon “Chasing angels or fleeing demons, go to the mountains.” — Jeffrey Rasley “It’s always further than it looks. […]

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Bi-Rite organic grocery in San Francisco's Mission District.

5 Smart, Free Ways to Change the Way You Cook

Hit the specialty stores. One day at Hana Japanese market in DC, I found myself loading up on ingredients that I either don’t normally use or cannot find at my regular grocery. This one act resulted in a totally different style of cooking, at least for that week, and later led me to latin American markets, […]

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