Now for Naoshima | Chichu Art Museum

Up the road from the Benesse House complex, visitors approach the Chichu Art Museum via a Giverny-inspired garden. This homage to Monet is the perfect introduction to a museum centered on five of the artist’s spectacular Water Lily paintings. Those works are housed in an exquisite gallery of white marble with soft filtered natural light. Photos are forbidden, although you can see some on the museum’s … Continue reading Now for Naoshima | Chichu Art Museum

Catch it if You Can | Picasso Sculpture Exhibit NYC

Catch it if You Can spotlights exhibits, plays and musicals, and other time-sensitive special events. On view at The Museum of Modern Art until February 7, 2016, Picasso Sculpture is the first major exhibit of the artist’s three-dimensional work since MoMA’s 1967 survey The Sculpture of Picasso. The show’s 100 works encompass the different periods in which Picasso created sculptures. The entire fourth floor is devoted to this show and merits … Continue reading Catch it if You Can | Picasso Sculpture Exhibit NYC

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Foodie Friday |Cambridge, Massachusetts

Recent headlines announced that the best food in Boston is in Cambridge. All I will say is that my favorite food purveyors are, in fact, across the river Charles from the Hub. In the course of my 24-hour visit, I squeezed in quite a few places starting with Area4: a phenomenal pizzeria and more in the Kendall Square neighborhood of Cambridge. The pizza crust is out of … Continue reading Foodie Friday |Cambridge, Massachusetts

Dx0 One, Boston, MA

24 Hours |Boston, Massachusetts

“Boston, Boston, Boston, Oh What a Town to Get Lost In” – lyrics that referred to the difficulty of navigating former cow paths now masquerading as thoroughfares. GPS and Siri have gone a long way towards remedying the situation and it’s a good thing because there are so many places to visit. Earlier this week, I had the opportunity to spend a little more than a … Continue reading 24 Hours |Boston, Massachusetts

Snowy Range Medicine Bow Mountains

Homeward Bound | Snowy Range to Jackson Hole Wyoming

We took the long way home via the Snowy Range Scenic Byway which was well worth the 200 mile detour. The 29 miles of twisting roads devoid of cars through the Medicine Bow National Forest provided stunning vistas with plenty of geological and historical information along the way. The quartzite ridge atop the range gives rise to the Snowy Range’s moniker, although the it is covered with snow … Continue reading Homeward Bound | Snowy Range to Jackson Hole Wyoming

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Fall Foliage and the Colorado’s Fabulous Flat Tops Wilderness

As Joni Mitchell observed in her classic Big Yellow Taxi, “Don’t it always seem to go, that you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone.” The vast wilderness encountered in the United States west even through the early 20th century has been eroded by development. Fortunately, the National Parks and National Forests along with many state and local agencies have preserved enough open spaces … Continue reading Fall Foliage and the Colorado’s Fabulous Flat Tops Wilderness

Catch it if You Can |Tsukiji Market |Tokyo

This week is Japan week on travelmagnolia. Starting off with Tokyo’s Tsukiji Market – a MUST SEE and you only have a little more than a year before this iconic institution leaves central Tokyo and everything changes.  A visit here is not for the faint-hearted and requires advance planning. While it is possible to tour the stalls and small restaurants in the surrounding areas on one’s own, for … Continue reading Catch it if You Can |Tsukiji Market |Tokyo

Mljet, Monastery of St. Mary, Croatia, Dalmatia

More on Magical Mljet, Croatia

Croatia has become an extremely popular destination in recent years, due in no small part to Game of Thrones‘ enormous success.  Dubrovnik is lovely and GOT fans can visit many of the sites made famous by the show.  However, Croatia’s charm is best manifested in the lesser known locales and especially the islands off the Dalmatian Coast. (See previous posts: Meet Me in Mljet, Lavandar Man and Other … Continue reading More on Magical Mljet, Croatia

Cascade Canyon, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Now for something completely different! | Hiking in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

Sometimes, there is no place like home, especially when that happens to be a short drive from one of the most magical places on earth (and I am not talking about Disneyland).  Grand Teton National Park (GTNP) may be overshadowed by its neighbor to the north (Yellowstone), but for many of us, it is “the park,” as in “I’m going biking, cross-country skiing, hiking, snow-shoeing, … Continue reading Now for something completely different! | Hiking in Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming