Posts Tagged‘Architecture’

High as a Kite and Glowing Sands: My 48 Hour “Stayover” in Dubai!

In recent years, almost every itinerary between Europe and Asia will stop somewhere in the Middle East,  either in Doha (Qatar), Muscat (Oman), Abu Dhabi, or Dubai (both in the UAE). This stable, well-to-do enclave of cities/countries on the eastern coast of the Arabian Peninsula has capitalized on its geographic location more than once. First for the previously thought to be endless oil reserves, and now for being right smack between Europe and Asia and the perfect place for planes to refuel and break up long-haul trips. I can’t count how many times I’ve stopped in this part of the Middle East on my way to Asia.…

Mexico Beyond The Beaches: Gorgeous Guanajuato!

This past week, I had the pleasure of experiencing Mexico in a unique way – teamed up with the tourism board and a motley crew of travel professionals, tour providers and fellow media with the goal of showing the “adventurous” side of Mexico (yea, I’m not talking about running through Juarez naked with a sign saying “DEA”). The specific trip I chose was to the amazing state of Guanajuato in central Mexico, about 4 hours north of Mexico City. We then headed down to the southern state of Chiapas to take part in the annual ATMEX Adventure Travel conference. Guanajuato offers the…

An Urban Oasis in The Heart of SE Asia – Singapore!

This is my 3rd time traveling in SE Asia, and every time I’ve seemed to just chalk off Singapore. It’s too expensive, it’s too developed, etc. were the excuses I used to tell myself in the pursuit of more off-the-beaten-path destinations. Well, now I’m older, and after traveling for a few months in the Philippines, Thailand, and Indonesia, I was craving a bit of order, acceptable amounts of traffic, fast internet, cleanliness, etc., and boy does Singapore deliver on all of those fronts. It’s truly an oasis in a part of the world, that is for lack of a better…

Exploring The Bygone Escolta District in Manila

Manila, the Philippines was at one point known as, “The Pearl of The Orient”. It has a storied history of over 330  years of Spanish rule, 50+ years of formal American imperialism, a few years of Japanese rape/pillage and has been a crossroads of local cultures in Asia for millennia. This has influenced Filipino culture tremendously from their cuisine punctuated with Mexican notes (Spain reached the Philippines via Mexico on the Manila-Acapulco Trade Route), language (Tagalog is a mix of native words, Spanish and English) to their physical appearance which can range from indigenous to completely Caucasian. The most popular…

Exploring Historic Phuket Town, Thailand

The lion share of people who go to Phuket, Thailand can be categorized pretty easily. You have lots of dirty old men heading to Patong Beach to get raucous with pros, Russians who plan to bake in Speedos on Karon or Kata beach, and backpackers who are there to spend one night before or after visiting one of the islands. I have been to Phuket three times now and have explored pretty extensively. It’s actually an island, but is connected to the main land by a bridge. I seem to find myself there more often than not because they have…

One of The Coolest Museums in The World: Museo Soumaya in Mexico City!

Given Mexico City’s size, you can be pretty sure there are its fair share of museums, and great ones at that. But, it seems the only places you see mentioned in the guidebooks are the older ones as they don’t get updated that frequently. But, if you venture a little bit outside the main core of the city, you’ll find plenty more, and one such museum that is most definitely worth the trip is Museo Soumaya. Located in Nuevo Polanco (the western part of the upscale neighborhood of Polanco), you can reach the Soumaya Museum by taxi or Uber in…

The History of Madison Square Garden

old pic of Madison Square Garden, NYC

Being home to some of New York City’s most beloved sports teams, and playing host to the very best stars in the world when they called on the Big Apple, Madison Square Garden has had a long and illustrious history. However, did you know that MSG has been the name of four separate arenas over the course of its 135 year history? This fact, and the momentous events that they have all held over the years have contributed to a significant portion of NYC’s history, as you will see in the paragraphs below. Here’s the history of Madison Square Garden…

Mexico City’s Coolest Neighborhood: Roma Norte!

mural in mexico city

Post updated in October, 2016 When it comes to Mexico City, there are a lot of preconceptions and false truths. If you ask someone what they know or think about it, you’ll probably get, “dangerous, dirty, crowded”. While I myself had many doubts the first time I decided to go to Mexico City, I couldn’t have been more wrong and my initial trip was a completely eye opening experience. Mexico City is massive, and like any massive city, it has less desirable areas to visit…just like any city for that matter. Cities don’t operate without a strata of people in different…