Sunday Stories for August 3rd, 2015

Old Town at Night, Lisbon, Portugal

Night time in Lisbon

It’s been a wonderful week, full of accomplished projets and ending on a high note of turning 60. Thanks to all of you for your kind words and thoughts. Your friendship means a lot to me.

Now on to some great weekend reading.

Falling in Love with Porto, Portugal

I’ll be heading to Portugal next month and will have some time to spend in Porto. This provided some information that I’ll tuck away and use.

Porto is a UNESCO heritage listed city, and for good reason: the place is a cluster of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque, neoclassical and modern architecture, all in one manageable, if not hilly, locale.

Read original article here: Falling in Love with Porto, Portugal

Not Your Typical St. Petersburg Tour: Russian Food Finds

Another spot on my bucket list — Russia. It goes back to my college major, probably helped along my the book Nicholas and Alexandra and the movie Dr. Zhivago. I remember going to lunch at the Russian Samovar (no longer there) and would love the opportunity to have Russian food in Russia.

Ever wondered what Russian food is really like? I’ve had dozens of versions of borscht at home in the U.S., but do any of them actually resemble the real thing in Russia?

Read original article here: Not Your Typical St. Petersburg Tour: Russian Food Finds

America’s 10 best cities for pizza

No Seattle pizza establishments on the list, and no surprise that New York City and Chicago rank at the top, but there’s still some lots of other pizza spots worth a look.

Chicago has been declared the pizza capital of the US in a new ranking that will surely stoke the longstanding rivalry between the Windy City and New York when it comes to pizza pies.

The coast of Bosnia-Herzegovina

The coast of Bosnia-Herzegovina

138 Countries, At Least, You Can Visit Without A Visa Using Your U.S. Passport

My friend Kerwin has put together this list of international destinations that don’t require a visa. Of course, you still need a passport, but if you’re thinking of jetting away for a spur of the moment getaway, this will be helpful.

This is a very popular question among readers to the site. It makes sense as we are travelers of course. So I decided to create this post telling you that there are at least 138 countries you can visit without a visa using your U.S passport.

Introducing Charleston’s Coolest New Boutique Hotel

I’m looking forward to visiting Charleston, a city on my bucket list for far too long. And since there will soon be non-stop flights from Seattle to Charleston, I’m looking at working it into my schedule shortly after those launched. This hotel review caught my eye.

When I put out calls on Instagram for Charleston recommendations, so many people responded with: “OMG you have to stay at Zero George!” (or some variation of this).

Read original article here: Introducing Charleston’s Coolest New Boutique Hotel

Half-Smoked at Ben’s Chili Bowl

On my list to try.

Founded in 1958, Ben Ali’s Chili Bowl is a cultural landmark in Washington D.C., serving their famous half-smokes to everyone from Adam Richman to Barack Obama.

Oregon wilderness

Road tripping in Oregon

The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips

I love the romantic notion of a road trip far more than the reality of spending lon days in the car, moving from place to place. Even though I like staying in one place for a longer time, I love this road map – and it does make me want to hit the road, even if just for a little while.

As much a free-association history of the American road trip as the chronicle of one in particular, Sullivan’s book is rare in that it documents a time-restricted straight-shot across the continent, interstates and chain-motels and all.

Read original article here: The Obsessively Detailed Map of American Literature’s Most Epic Road Trips

Burger Bucket List: 5 of America’s Best Burgers

A list of “best” of anything is always dependent on individual preferences, and when it comes to burgers, most people have strong feelings about what makes a good burger. Consider this list if you live in or are traveling to Seattle, NYC, Los Angeles, San Francisco, or Chicago. I’ve been to one of these – Corner Bistro in New York. It was good.

The burger is to America what pasta is to Italy. In fact, renowned broadcast journalist Charles Kuralt said, “You can find your way across this country using burger joints the way a navigator uses stars.”

Read original article here: Burger Bucket List: 5 of America’s Best Burgers

Hiking in the Cinque Terre: What You Need to Know

My friend Jessica is my go-to expert for all things Italy. Here she talks about hiking in the Cinque Terre, a place I’ve not yet managed to get to.

It was only a few decades ago that the five fishing villages of the Cinque Terre were just that – fishing villages. Today, they are extremely popular tourist destinations where some fishing still happens to take place.

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.

6 Responses to “Sunday Stories for August 3rd, 2015”

  1. August 2, 2015 at 9:56 am #

    Hi Mary Jo,

    Thanks for the inclusion. I appreciate it. I hope you all find it useful.


    • August 5, 2015 at 6:46 am #

      I know a lot of friends will find the list handy for those times when you just want to jump on a plane and get out of town. Thanks for all your valuable resources.

  2. August 2, 2015 at 10:43 am #

    That’s awesome about the non-stop flights to Charleston! Especially since their airport is tiny. Southwest? We actually *FINALLY* got a non-stop flight from Nashville to Seattle year round on Alaska (SW only offers it in summer months), and I will most definitely be taking full advantage of that route.

    • August 5, 2015 at 6:47 am #

      Also Alaska, non-stop between Seattle and Charleston.

  3. August 3, 2015 at 10:18 am #

    Great roundup! I’m loving the Burger Bucket List.

    • August 5, 2015 at 6:47 am #

      I’ve always wanted to do a burger trip across the U.S. Or a pizza trip. Or a barbecue trip. Well, you get the idea.

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