Carmel-by-the-Sea, a Walkable Feast

Street signs in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Street signs in Carmel-by-the-Sea

Carmel-by-the-Sea in Monterey County, California, is a fairy tale town designed more than a century ago as an artist colony, and indeed it has been visited or occupied by world-famous artists, poets, and all kinds of creative dreamers. Buildings here don’t have numbers but proper names. Gnarly old trees and cascading flowers take over the sidewalks. There are no streetlights or neon signs; therefore the city life is calm and serene, and on every step there is a quaint inn, a charming restaurant, or an alluring art gallery.

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Family Fun in Atlanta

Downtown Atlanta is home to several attractions, including Centennial Olympic Park

Downtown Atlanta is home to several attractions, including Centennial Olympic Park

Families traveling to Atlanta will find plenty of fun in this Southern metropolis, from sports and parks to a world-class aquarium, museums, and more. In addition to family-fun attractions, Atlanta has unique local boutiques and world-class retailers, an unparalleled food scene, and great nightlife found in the city’s unique neighborhoods.

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Fighting the Good Fight, Thai-Style

Entrance to the ceremony grounds of the Wai Kru Ceremony in Ayutthaya, with a statue of Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom

Entrance to the ceremony grounds of the Wai Kru Ceremony in Ayutthaya, with a statue of Muay Thai legend Nai Khanom Tom

There are many reasons I find myself getting lured back to Thailand. While tropical weather, exotic beaches, luscious mountains, incredible food, and world-famous hospitality are surely enough to keep anyone coming back to “The Land of Smiles,” the opportunity to get kicked in the face is not high on my must-do vacation list. Yet, that is precisely why I’m here.

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