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We’re adding all of these to our bucket list! Which have you visited?

Originally posted 2017-11-13 18:56:41.


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Robert was born and raised in Nashville, TN, but had a thirst for seeing the world around him. He currently lives in New York City. His adventures have taken him to all corners of the world, but favorites include: attending the Rio Summer Olympics, island hopping in the Philippines, tasting every gelato flavor her could find in Rome, and surviving a Colombian death cab ride in Bogota. Robert is an out and proud gay man and hopes to inspire other members of the LGBTQ+ community to tell their stories, both of travel and personal. His debut book, I Know Where I’ve Been: A Year Long Journey of Self-Discovery, recounts his adventures traveling North and South America for a year while diving into his past growing up gay in the conservative South.

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48 Hours in Mexico City

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Mexico City is a sprawling metropolis full of color and culture. You could easily spend a month there and still not get to see and experience everything the city has to offer. If you only have a weekend, you can get a taste of Mexico City’s delights, but be warned – you will probably be booking your next trip as soon as you arrive home.

With more museums than any other city in the world, amazing architecture, a scintillating LGBTQ scene, delicious street food and many other attractions, Mexico City is one of the most exciting cities on the planet.

Getting There

Juarez International Airport is located eight miles from Mexico City. If you arrive late at night, it is advisable to take an official taxi to the downtown area. During the day, the metro is a good alternative.

Getting Around

Mexico City’s metro system is extensive and one of the cheapest underground systems in the world. Having said that, it isn’t the most comfortable of transport options during rush hour. Taxis are cheap, but make sure you take one from the official sitio taxi stands or use Uber.

Day One

Start the day with Huevos Rancheros, a classic Mexican breakfast – tortillas, fried eggs, salsa and refried beans. Try Café El Popular (5 de Mayo esq Palmas, just off the Zocalo). It’s a popular spot for both locals and tourists and has a diner-style ambiance.

After a hearty breakfast, head to the charming neighbourhood of Coyoacan. The number one attraction here is La Casa Azul, Frida Kahlo’s house, which has now been turned into a museum. It provides a fascinating insight into the life of artist Frida and her husband Diego Rivera. www.museofridakahlo.org.mx

The garden in La Casa Azul

Afterwards, you could head around the corner to the house where the exiled Leon Trotsky lived the last year of his life. It was there that he was murdered by an assassin in his study. In contrast to Frida’s colorful abode, it is an austere house which has been changed little since Trotsky lived there, but is an intriguing slice of political history.

Coyoacan Plaza is a great place to sample some tasty street food. At weekends, it is particularly lively with food and handicraft stalls. There is often live music, adding to the festive atmosphere. It feels like small town Mexico in the heart of the big city.

Back in Centro Historico, take a stroll around the huge main plaza, the Zocalo, the second largest public square in the world after Russia’s Red Square. There are plenty of museums, shops and cool street art to explore in the surrounding areas.

La Catrina, the iconic skeleton lady

El Balcon del Zocalo is a perfect place for dinner. The restaurant has a rooftop terrace, bestowed with spectacular views of the cathedral and Zocalo. It has an international, Mexican and veggie friendly menu. www.balcondelzocalo.com

For a taste of Mexican style nightlife, head to Calle Amberes at Paseo de la Reforma in Zona Rosa. This area is the hub of the LGBTQ scene in Mexico City. Have a wander and take your pick of the many bars and clubs that line the street.

Day Two

Pasteleria Ideal (Calle 16 de Septiembre 18, Col. Centro) could be the largest and most heavenly bakery you have ever seen. The choice of baked goods, both sweet and savory, are a feast for the eyes and as the name suggests, is an ideal place to grab some pastries. With breakfast and coffee in hand, make tracks to Alameda Park and find a bench to sit to enjoy your first meal of the day and partake in a spot of people-watching. You can’t miss the opulent architecture of Palacio de Belles Artes, the grandest building in Mexico City.

Just across the road (Calle Revillagigedo 11, Cuauhtemoc), check out the Popular Art Museum. Housed in an ex-fire station, this contemporary museum is full of colorful Mexican folk art. It’s fun and quirky and the exhibits range from Day of the Dead skulls and skeletons to vibrant piñatas. www.map.cdmx.gob.mx

Museum of Popular Art – fun and quirky

La Ciudadela is an artisan market (Calle de Balderas, s/m Centro, 06040 Cuauhtemoc). It specializes in Mexican handicrafts from 0axacan fantasy animals to beautifully decorated skulls. Prices are reasonable and you are bound to find something that catches your eye.

Even if you have never considered attending a wrestling match before, lucha libre is a unique Mexican experience and not-to-be-missed. (Arena Mexico,189 Calle Dr. Lavista, Colonia Doctores).  Regular sessions are held on Tuesday and Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons. The atmosphere is electric and whole families attend shouting abuse at the bad guys and cheering for their heroes.  

Round off your time in Mexico City with some tequila shots and mariachi music at a bar on Plaza Garibaldi. The haunting sound of roving mariachi bands echo around the square, as you reflect on two action-packed days in this amazing city.

Tequila shots at the ready!

 

Originally posted 2017-07-29 11:22:36.

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Love It, Leave It: The Portland, OR Edition

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Back to the Pacific NW, a not-so-secret favorite destination of mine. It very well could be that I’m just all jazzed up off of increased oxygen levels (man, they have a lot of trees), but I swear that everything tastes better out there. I constantly imagine tiny gnomes in tweed hats and hemp-based sweaters pulling out the freshest, organic vegetables from the depths of the soil. Albeit slightly far-fetched, this fictional scene will hopefully help you imagine just how epic the Portland food landscape is. But, there are two things (that just so coincidentally happen to be my favorite) we should focus on for now: brews and doughnuts.

Love It: Breakside Brewery. Blue Star Donuts.

(Photo credit: Erin Oliveri)

Breakside Brewery: With two locations in this quirky town, Breakside is a hipster mecca churning out solid craft brews and hearty, standout dishes. The newest spot in Slabtown (what a weird, yet endearing Portland name) is a boisterous, bi-level warehouse, that was jam packed on a Sunday afternoon. While most were throwing back some pints (most likely IPAs, since the list is bursting with them), plenty came just for the food. The brewery sources organic seasonal produce and meats; and while menus at breweries are often there solely to help combat hours of drinking, this one is a solid partner, justly accompanying the top-notch beers. The Bavarian pretzel is one of epic proportions — a woman from the table over asked if she could come over just for a photo. And, the fried chicken biscuit sandwich was gone so fast from my plate…but also from the menu since it’s only served from “3 p.m. ‘til gone.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Star Donuts: A hotly debated topic in Portland just so happens to be one near and dear to my heart (and stomach): doughnuts. I was told by locals on my first visit that these are the “grown up” doughnuts. I agreed once I took a spin around the BSD website — wooing me with phrases like “brioche recipe,” “cage-free eggs” and “the dough takes 18 hours to make.” Well, I wanted all of that, immediately. And what a coincidence, there’s one just a few minutes away from Breakside Brewery. I’d advise snagging a maple bacon or blueberry bourbon basil — or any beautifully baked ring ‘cause they’re so delicious — and sample en route to your future beer tasting. Carbs are your friends.

Leave It: Rogue Distillery and Public House

It’s not without a sad face emoji that this Rogue outpost turned out to be a big miss for me. Back east, I’ve drunk everything from the classic Dead Guy Ale to offbeat collabs with Blue Star rival, Voodoo Doughnuts. The core of Rogue was present, with plenty of beers on tap to sample, but the ambiance was non-existent and the menu was stacked with uninspired bar food. My original excitement for the poutine shortly faded after just a few bland bites. I’d say if you’re looking for the true Rogue experience and you just so happen to be headed toward the Oregon Coast, the original Public House (originally the Bayfront Brewery) and a newer, bi-level brewpub are nestled in the quaint coastal town of Newport. These locales may serve for a more authentically ‘Rogue’ experience.

Originally posted 2017-07-26 18:18:16.

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Your East Coast Nature Destinations

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Dupont State Forest – Cedar Mountain, NC

Located near Brevard, North Carolina, at the edge of Transylvania County is Dupont State Forest. Home to Triple Falls, High Falls, and Hooker Falls, the Dupont State Forest is full of easy trails and relaxing pools where you can swim, hike, and explore. This mountain area is popular for tourists and locals alike during the summer,so come early if you want a parking spot. I recommend this place if you like to swim, as the base of the falls has plenty of shallow space to wade (but watch out for rocks) and cool off on a hot day. The trails are dog – and horse – friendly, too, so don’t worry about leaving your fur babies behind.

If you have extra time, Pisgah National Forest is a popular stop too and is just a short drive from Dupont State Forest. Pisgah is home to the famous Sliding Rock, which is open year-round during daylight hours. It’s just how it sounds: a natural water slide formed in a huge rock formation. The water is cold, but the thrill is worth the chill.

Rock City/Ruby Falls – Lookout Mountain, GA &

Chattanooga, TN

While you’re in the mountains, why not make a stop at Lookout Mountain on the Georgia/Tennessee border? Ruby Falls (left) is an underground walking tour beneath Lookout Mountain, and while you’re down there you can see the original explorers’ path beneath the mountain, along with the awe-inspiring underground waterfall at the end of the tour. It’s truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

After Ruby Falls, make your way to the top of Lookout Mountain to enjoy Rock City! Intricate stone pathways and adorable gnome villages await you in the Rock City Gardens and Fairyland Caverns. There are breathtaking views and wonderfully inventive fairy tale sculptures here, along with small shops and a mountaintop restaurant. This place is perfect for kids and adults alike, and just a short drive from downtown Chattanooga.

Cumberland Island National Seashore – St. Mary’s, GA

If you’re not one for mountains, then Cumberland Island is the place to be. Located off the coast of St. Mary’s, Georgia, this national seashore is your ultimate stop for hiking, biking, sight-seeing, or camping. Cumberland Island has a long history and is now a protected property in order to preserve its landmarks and environment. Home to feral horses and a popular stop for manatees along its shores, Cumberland is a haven for wildlife. Visitors are welcome to walk/bike freely around the island (except where people still live on the island), or take group tours to the major landmarks, including an interior tour of the grand Plum Orchard Mansion and a stop at the wharf to look for dolphins and manatees along the shore. Ferries travel daily between St. Mary’s and Cumberland Island during the summer season, so reserve your seats ahead of time, it’s a gorgeous place and worth a day trip.

Myrtle BeachMyrtle Beach, SC

As the hub of the Grand Stand, a 60-mile string of beaches on the east coast, Myrtle Beach is not only a gorgeous spot to relax but a vibrant tourist area as well. With the Skywheel (below) right along the beach and unique restaurants, arcades, and shops up and down the boardwalk, there are plenty of things to do to stay busy while visiting. The beach has plenty of space for the whole family and soft

sands to stretch out and catch some sun. And Myrtle Beach provides beach-accessible wheelchairs if needed, so there’s no excuse to not enjoy the sun and sand here.

Taughannock Falls State Park – Ithaca, NY

Last but not least on this list is a bit further north, in Ithaca, New York . Taughannock Falls State Park is truly a wonder, spanning 750 acres and home to Taughannock Falls, which towers at 215 feet high. If you like hiking, this is the place for you (and your dog). Taughannock offers gorge and rim trails, along with camping, swimming, and even skiing in the winter. There’s no limit to what you can see and do here, and the streams and ponds are gorgeous in the cold months when everything has frozen over. They even have cabins overlooking Cayuga Lake, if roughing it isn’t your style. So grab your friends, your family, or just yourself and take a drive up north and become one with nature (or just escape for a while).

 

 

Originally posted 2017-07-24 21:41:16.


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