Tag: What We Loved This Week

What We Loved This Week: TBEX, Wholphin and Joan Didion

Michael Yessis
The Travel Blog Exchange conference. A lot has been said about it, so I won’t say too much about it except it was terrific to spend a weekend surrounded by hundreds of passionate travelers. Bonus when the location is New York City.

Jim Benning
Joan Didion. On my flight to New York for the TBEX conference (which was amazing), I read a few pieces in her essay collection Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Her essay “Some Dreamers of the Golden Dream” has been a favorite for years. On this flight, I read “Letter from Paradise, 21* 19’ N. 157* 52’ W.” for the first time. It’s about how Hawaii changed after World War II, and it’s typically beautiful writing.

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What We Loved This Week: The Barringer Meteorite Crater, RCL Enterprises and Book Marginalia

What We Loved This Week: The Barringer Meteorite Crater, RCL Enterprises and Book Marginalia Pam Mandel

Jim Benning
This view out the airplane window of a giant hole in the Earth. I was flying over Arizona earlier this week when the pilot pointed out the nearly mile-wide Barringer Meteorite Crater. Scientists believe it was created 50,000 years ago by a meteorite traveling at about 26,000 m.p.h.

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What We Loved This Week: Turista Libre, ‘The Imperfectionists’ and Cycling Whitehorse

Jim Benning
I loved the daylong tour of northern Baja I took last weekend with Turista Libre, culminating in dinner in Puerto Nuevo. Good fun with a good group of people—and worth checking out if you’d like to visit Tijuana with a group.

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What We Loved This Week: ‘The Language of Soccer,’ Diving with Rays and Ira Glass on Being Wrong

What We Loved This Week: ‘The Language of Soccer,’ Diving with Rays and Ira Glass on Being Wrong Photo by Alicia Imbody

Alicia Imbody
Sneaking away to do some hardcore hiking on Mt. Mitchell and some equally serious relaxing at the winery on the Biltmore Estate. I love little mountain towns like Asheville, North Carolina, that know how to serve up just the right mix of outdoors and creature comforts. Here’s a photo of America’s largest home, with the Great Smoky Mountains as a backdrop:

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What We Loved This Week: Brel’s Pick, Beerfest, and Hemingway in Paris

Michael Yessis
I’m in awe of Brel. Who can even afford fresh squeezed room service orange juice? Trader Joe’s must pay really well, or this dude has boldly made juice a life priority.

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What We Loved This Week: The Big Caption, a Surf Memoir and Nike’s ‘Write the Future’

What We Loved This Week: The Big Caption, a Surf Memoir and Nike’s ‘Write the Future’ Photo by Eva Holland

Eva Holland
Getting out of town for my first camping trip of the summer. Here’s a shot from the area where I spent last weekend, south of Whitehorse near the Yukon-B.C. border:

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What We Loved This Week: Slug-Lines, Bicycle Rush Hour, and the Hidden Gems of the Southwest

Eva Holland
I loved canoeing a 40-kilometer section of the Yukon River with a group of friends last weekend. Stiff shoulders and a sunburn were a small price to pay for six hours spent floating downstream with the river and mountains almost entirely to ourselves.

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What We Loved This Week: Portland, ‘This American Life’ and Coming Home Again

Eva Holland
I loved arriving back in Whitehorse after three and a half weeks on the road. I don’t think it takes anything away from a great trip to admit that coming home—putting security pat-downs, early morning departures and bad take-out sandwiches behind you for awhile—can be a relief, and even one of the pleasures of going away in the first place.

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What We Loved This Week: Bottom Bay, Chinglish and ‘A Journey Across Africa’

What We Loved This Week: Bottom Bay, Chinglish and ‘A Journey Across Africa’ Eva Holland

Eva Holland
I loved spending the afternoon at Bottom Bay, a small beach on the south east coast of Barbados. I don’t know what it is about beaches—if there’s something in our wiring that conditions us to love their color combinations, or what—but I can hardly imagine any place prettier.

Photo by Eva Holland

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What We Loved This Week: ‘The Dharma Bums,’ the Hay-Adams and Burma VJ

Michael Yessis
I’ve lived in the Washington, D.C.-area for almost four years, and this week I finally took in the iconic view from the top of the Hay-Adams Hotel. Stunning. The shot from my iPhone hardly does it justice.

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What We Loved This Week: Truck Art, Tijuana and Stories from Africa

Eva Holland
I loved hearing the latest results from the NHL playoffs being announced by the pilot on a flight from Calgary to Ottawa last weekend. Air Canada has let me down more than a few times over the years, but this is one thing they get right: They always make sure to keep their hockey-mad Canadian passengers up to date on the big games.

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What We Loved This Week: ‘The Architecture of Happiness,’ Peter Hessler and Les Artistes Steakhouse

Eva Holland
Last Saturday I ate dinner at Les Artistes Steakhouse in Las Vegas, and the meal easily made my top five of all time. Lobster bisque, seared giant scallops served with a mascarpone risotto, and a lovely lemon sorbet for dessert. Yum.

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What We Loved This Week: Cherry Blossoms, Branston Pickle and the Best Dateline Ever

What We Loved This Week: Cherry Blossoms, Branston Pickle and the Best Dateline Ever Jim Benning

Eva Holland
I loved finding a jar of Branston Pickle on a shelf at the grocery store here in Whitehorse. I haven’t had the stuff since I left the U.K. more than three years ago, and tasting it again (after buying it and bringing it home, of course) brought me right back to some great pub lunches in northern England.

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What We Loved This Week: New York City, Alaskan Beer and Comparing Notes with Fellow Travelers

Jim Benning
I’ve spent the week hanging out with travelers and travel writers in New York and now St. Louis, and I’ve loved comparing notes on favorite places. I don’t get to do it often enough. It’s good for the traveler’s soul.

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What We Loved This Week: The Dempster Highway, ‘The Snail and the Whale’ and Paul Theroux

Eva Holland
I loved road-tripping the Dempster Highway from Dawson City, Yukon, across the Arctic Circle to Inuvik, Northwest Territories—and from there, driving the ice road to Tuktoyaktuk, a tiny community at the northern edge of the North American continent, on the shore of the Arctic Ocean. It was, without question, 50 hours of the most beautiful scenery—and the most isolating travel—that I’ve ever experienced. Here’s a shot from a couple of hours north of Dawson City:

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What We Loved This Week: ‘Crazy Heart,’ Spring and the Photos of the Year

Eva Holland
“Crazy Heart.” I caught the Oscar-winning flick last weekend and especially loved the road scenes, with Jeff Bridges’ seen-better-days country singer driving a beat-up truck under enormous Texas skies. Here’s the trailer:

 

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What We Loved This Week: Moose Spareribs, ‘America’s Worst Driver’ and Rick Steves in Iran

What We Loved This Week: Moose Spareribs, ‘America’s Worst Driver’ and Rick Steves in Iran Photo by Wayne Curtis

Eva Holland
I loved having moose spareribs for dinner last night. I ate some muskox from a few hundred miles north over the holidays, but this was my first taste of the local wild game. Delicious!

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What We Loved This Week: Pacific Northwest Road Tripping, Manno Charlemagne and Hollywood Homes

Eva Holland
I loved driving from Vancouver to Seattle on Monday, and from Seattle around the northern portion of the Olympic Peninsula on Wednesday. It’s my first visit to Washington, and it’s a tribute to the state’s scenery that I’ve found myself dropping uncharacteristically below the speed limit at times to try to take it all in. Here’s a shot I took not far southwest of Port Angeles:

Photo by Eva Holland

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What We Loved This Week: Indie Asia, the Olympics and ‘99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die’

Jim Benning
I loved 99 Things to Eat in L.A. Before You Die by the always compelling and intrepid Jonathan Gold. And I loved the cartoon we published by Tom Swick poking fun at such lists.

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What We Loved This Week: VQR, ‘The Reporter’ and the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad Museum

Frank Bures
I loved the new issue of VQR, with great stories from across North Africa. So far, I loved Joe Sacco’s graphic piece on immigration in Malta, Nicholas Schmidle’s story on the Somali community in Minneapolis, and Marco Vernaschi’s amazing story and photos about the coup last year in Guinea-Bissau. Brilliant photography, fiction, and lots of other stuff I haven’t gotten to yet.

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