This post explores the Shoes on the Danube Promenade and the Dohány Street Synagogue, and the other must-visit WWII sites of Budapest. Sometimes simplicity makes for the most powerful memorials, and that is true of the Shoes on the Danube Promenade. I returned here multiple times when visiting Budapest. It is a beautiful and somber …

This walking tour of Prague is a free and self-guided tour. When I walked this route, it was just two months after my partner died of cancer, and I was walking in his footsteps. It turned out to be a beautiful and wishful walk through loss. When I first decided to travel to all of …

This tour of Ernesto Hemingway’s Madrid is a bit of a pub crawl but, hey, if you’re going to follow in the footsteps of Papa, you’re gonna get drunk. I am a huge fan of getting to know a city by way of wandering and an even bigger fan of Ernest Hemingway (or Don Ernesto …

The 7 bridges walk in San Diego is a roughly six-mile urban loop through neighborhoods and parks, beside fountains and museums, and (obviously) over the top of seven bridges. This is a very urban hike with plenty of places to stop for a coffee or lunch. If you’re looking for nature, this isn’t the right …

The hidden camas lily fields are at Lacamas Park in a little town called – you guessed it – Camas. The town is just over the border between Washington and Oregon on the Washington side and 14 miles from the Portland airport. I am calling these wildflower fields hidden because I grew up visiting Lacamas …

touchdown Jesus on a walking tour of the dark history of new oreleans

If you’re looking for a ghostly guide to the dark history of New Orleans, look no further than this self-guided, big-easy walking tour. But first: Why is the History of New Orleans So Dark? Maybe it’s the above-ground graves or maybe it’s the colorful history of voodoo and dark magic, slavery and rebellion, fires and …