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A Walk Through Athens Greece

As a hardcore history nerd and amateur cultural anthropologist (yes, I’m only two classes away from having a bachelors in Anthropology), Athens was the perfect opportunity to finally live out my fantasy of exploring and studying ancient cultures and their ruins. It was an honor to have a personal experience with one of the most prolific civilizations that has ever graced this planet.  Think about it!  Without Athens modern democracy wouldn’t exist!  The idea of forums and a government by the people for the people was a concept that arose from the Athenians who, like the goddess Athena for whom

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Port of Hamburg: Photo Essay

Sorry Philadelphia, but I’m having a love affair with Hamburg, Germany.  I love its old traditions balanced with a spirit of new ideas, its humble, working class beginnings, and this port city’s seafaring feel.  Where Philadelphia’s shipping history was almost snubbed out because of America’s highway system (in recent years, there’s been a huge push to revitalize it), Hamburg’s is still thriving 826 years later.  Honestly, a life at sea is not complete with a stop at Hamburg Harbor. This past winter, I took a trip back to visit Hamburg and was welcomed by unseasonably beautiful weather.  As a result,

Heini Hiltunen Timo Kaukonen, left, sweats it out at the Sauna World Championships.
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That Time I Almost Died in a German Sauna

There are two types of people in this world: there are those who go to saunas for relaxation.  Then there are those who turn relaxation into a competition.  Yes, there are literally people who go to saunas to challenge one another on who can stay in a sauna the longest.  Back in 2010 I read a story about that Russian guy who died in a sauna competition in Finland.  The relaxation aspect of it I can get, but I think it’s a bit crazy that people take it to a whole new level and put their bodies through stress just

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Have You Seen the Dall Sheep?

Alaska is teeming with wildlife.  In fact, Denali National Park & Preserve is home to 39 species of mammals, 169 types of birds, 14 fish, and 1 amphibian.  Amongst them are wild bears, moose, coyotes, wolves, eagles, and other creatures worth excitedly wiping out your camera and accidentally dropping it for.  But no animal in Alaska gets the older male tourist population more pumped than the Dall sheep. When compared to the other majestic creatures that you encounter in Alaska, the Dall sheep are simpletons.  You can usually observe them far off in the distance, hanging out on the peaks

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From the Darkness Comes Light

Hey there readers, On A Travel Broad, I tend to focus only on the positive and exciting side of my life and travels.  I share with you pictures from my time living in Germany and stories of my jaunts through Europe and North America in hopes of inspiring you to go out and experience the world for yourselves.  But I hardly ever discuss the difficult times I sometimes face.  Some of these challenging times are by my choice because I love traveling and sharing my travels with you gives me purpose.  In the 5 years since I’ve started this blog,

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How to Navigate Germany When Deutsche Bahn Train Drivers Go on Strike

If you want to tick off a group of Germans, tell them that the train is going to be fifteen minutes late. But if you tell them that none of the trains will be running due to a strike? Utter chaos! Hundreds of thousands of travelers depend on the Deutsche Bahn to transport them to airports, cities and neighboring countries in Europe. But as Deustche Bahn train drivers prepare to go on strike tomorrow through Monday, these travelers, many of whom will be converging on Berlin this weekend for the 25th anniversary of its fall, are scrambling for an alternative.

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Playing with Roma Children

Below Acropolis in Athens, Greece, Roma children work as street performers, playing accordions, drums and the bouzouki, a type of Greek guitar, for money.  They purposely target marketplaces and tourist areas, knowing that that’s where the cash flows the fastest.  There are several levels of aggressiveness when it comes to begging.  Some casually perform on the street corner — in fact, the older kids are very talented at playing folk music, turning street corners in to concerts.  Then there are others who go from cafe table to cafe table playing music while simultaneously begging for money. Some get creative by

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Answer to the Infamous Question, “What’s Your Favorite Place in the World”

“What’s your favorite place in the world?”  It’s often the first question that everyone asks when they learn that I’m a travel writer.  In my younger years, I often answered with a place I had recently gotten back from, mostly for the sake of conversation.  “Oh I was surprised how much I loved Denmark” or “I loved Barcelona for the food”. But the more I travel, the more I realize that there is no definitive answer to this question.  People sometimes expect me to pick a favorite place because of the sites (“isn’t Paris the best because of the Eiffel

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York: England’s Most Haunted Town is Actually Charming

York: England’s most haunted town.  Seems like a bold claim, but when you look at York’s gruesome history of the Black Death, murder, poverty, war, and genocide you can kind of see where these ghost stories come from.  As a result, many businesses in York are cashing in on things that go bump in the night.  Nightly ghost tours take upwards of 75 thrill-seekers at a time to go ghost hunting at famous sites, hotels offer premier rates to stay in their “haunted suite”, and pubs have banners and signs claiming York’s most haunted pub, not because of any quantifiable

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The Cats of Athens

People often talk about how many dogs are roaming around Athens, but let’s take a moment to enjoy the cats. With the picturesque views and the natural coyness of cats, I have enough photos to do a 15-month “Kittehs of Athens” Calendar if I wanted to.  Here’s a few of my favorite felines so far.

A Romantic Vacation with my Roommate

Everyone remembers Nicole, right?  She’s the chick I ran away to Austin, Texas with a few months ago.  (She’s an amazing cartoonist and graphic designer, so you should go support her work — as she’s a huge support for mine.)  Well I was hired by one of my editors to write an article about the New Hope Winery in New Hope, Pennsylvania, a quaint town in the countryside about an hour north of Philadelphia.  Driving my Rav4 through the windy roads with farmlands to our right and forest to our left, we couldn’t help but talk about how New Hope is a nice escape from the city, and a trendy retreat for many local couples.  “Appropriately so,” I said, “since this article is for the ‘Romantic Getaways’ column.”  She laughed… well.. more like guffawed and said, “SO YOU TAKE ME!?  Here I am, baby, rock bottom!  Waiting down here for you when you ain’t got a date.”  Yes, a hilarious reality that I have come to terms with immediately as I really enjoy Nicole’s presence — she’s one of my favorite travel buddies.

So what makes New Hope so romantic (even when you’re single and it’s just you and your rock bottom) ?

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Jesse Krause of Netherfield Fine Art — My favorite collection of art in town!

Local Art and Galleries

New Hope is certainly the place where artists from Philadelphia go to spend their later years.  The streets are lined with boutiques and galleries where local arts and crafts have found a marketplace.  It’s quite a romantic few streets of historic buildings and local shops.  Stroll with your bubby (or your buddy) and have an intellectual conversation over musings.

One of my favorite of the galleries had to be the gallery of Jesse Krause and her husband, Robert Arent, called Netherfield Fine Art, located right before the bridge that leads to Lambertville, New Jersey.  Her paintings brought forth a lot of nature and movement as well as childhood nostalgia which really spoke to me.

 

Jesse Krause standing in front of her painting "Autumn Wind"

Jesse Krause standing in front of her painting “Autumn Wind”

Romantic Dining

Marsha Brown in New Hope

That there is Marsha Browns!

I’m on the hunt for delicious eats wherever I go, but I found dining in New Hope particularly romantic.  Great local wine selection, exquisite pairings, talented chefs creating inspiring dishes and portions made large enough to share for two.

Nicole and mine’s favorite meal had to be at Marsha Brown, a restaurant with a New Orleans flair where the chef uses her original family recipes to concoct a menu of traditional Cajun dishes like Gumbo, Po’ Boys and the restaurant’s claim to fame, the Eggplant Ophelia.  Both Nicole and I chowed down on the Eggplant Ophelia which had the perfect amount of spice and also the perfect amount of shrimp (you know — that happy place where you don’t feel cheated and simultaneously don’t feel like you over-shrimped).

Nature Walks

New Hope gives the feel of a towny-town amidst farms, forest and country landscapes.  There are many trails throughout the woods and along rivers and creeks.  One of the most popular in New Hope is the Towpath, which leads hikers along the canal that cuts through town.

Nicole and I decided to take a nice nature walk on the New Jersey side, in Lambertville.  However, it was ended very quickly when some angry ducks decided that I got too close to their babies.  What was I supposed to do, not take a picture of the cute little fuzzies?!

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Angry Muthah Duckah

Wine and Beer

What’s more romantic that boozing it up!?  New Hope is surrounded by gorgeous wineries, all offering samples of 998367_10151433131546078_749549641_ndeliciously fermented grapes!  Pair it with cheese and make a toast to your weekend getaway.  Also, be sure to stop by Triumph Brewery next to the train station!  They offer a plethora of beers that come in so many colors that when you put them together it looks like a box of Crayola Crayons!  Mostly colors ranging from Burnt Sienna to Molasses.

Another great place to enjoy some local brews is Logan Terrace.  They have plenty of outdoor seating and they serve a vast array of foreign and local beers as well as wines.  It’s also a great deck to perch on while people watching.

 

Cozy up by the riverside

Grab a bottle of wine from any of the area’s splendid wineries and sneak a swig down by the Delaware River, which separates New Hope from Lambertville, just across the bridge in New Jersey.  There are also a few boat tours available for couples who want to take to the seas (or rock the boat – LOL PUNS).

Out of all of the things that New Hope has to offer, sitting by the riverside with some wine was my favorite.  An old friend of mine from High School, Adam, caught wind that Nicole and I were in town and he joined us.  He is a farmer on the New Jersey side of the river, but he wasted no time in scurrying over to the Pennsylvania side to get… well.. wasted with us!  We sat by the river, loitered in town, caught fire flies and played on the jungle gym!  GOOD TIMES ALL AROUND!

Nicole and I and wine

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OMG – A bunch of baby ducks

Me, Adam and Nicole

Me, Adam and Nicole

New Hope — you were magical.

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