Sunday Stories for September 21, 2014

Sunday Stories for September 21, 2014
Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina

Falls Park on the Reedy River in Greenville, South Carolina

I’ve been spending a long weekend in Greenville, South Carolina, for a huge culinary and music festial called Euphoria. It’s been an amazing weekend, meeting and getting to know locals, trying some great foood, and learning about the culinary scene here in the south. This was also an opportunity for me to visit a “new” state, and this sampling of South Carolina has been interested in spending time below the Mason Dixon line learning more about what there is to see and do (and eat) in the South. I’ll be putting that on my list for next year.

Only a couple of recommended reads today, but they’ll be worth your time.

Should Travelers Upgrade to the iPhone 6?

It’s been the hot buzz of the week, and something I’ve looked forward to as I’m in the decision making process of whether to upgrade or not. I’m tempted by the larger screen sizes, especially since I use my camera phone a lot, but until I can see how it feels in my hand, I’m on the fence. When I’m done with traveling for a bit, I’ll be heading to my local Apple store to get my hands on it – literally. If you’re trying to decide whether to upgrade or not, this is a handy guide.

With every new generation of tech comes plenty of advances – but are there enough new features to make an upgrade worth your while?

Want Real Italian Food? Skip These 8 Dishes

There’s nothing wrong with Italian-American cuisine, but don’t expect it when you visit Italy. This is a good round up of what you won’t find, but more importantly, it offers some solid suggestions of what to order. And it does it without being pretentious.

Unless you want to spend all your time in restaurants that cater exclusively to Americans, you’ll have a tough time finding any of the dishes that have been marketed to you for years as Italian. That’s because so much of the food that we consider Italian, well, isn’t. It’s Italian-American.


Mary Jo Manzanares is a traveler, travel blogger, and podcaster. In addition to her blog, Traveling with MJ, she hosts the Where Else to Go podcast, and is the founder and the editor-in-chief of The Traveler’s Way, an online travel magazine. Her travel ethos is value luxury - luxury for real people - and her goal is to help travelers know when to splurge and when to save. Mary Jo has been a speaker at various industry events around the world. When she’s not traveling, Mary Jo likes lingering over a cup of coffee, wandering in a museum, sipping wine at a cafe, and sharing it all with friends and readers. Her most recent travels were to Stockholm, a Baltic cruise, and Universal Orlando Resort.

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