Category Archives: North America

Ultimate cool place to stay: an art gallery

It’s not quite a night at the museum, but it may be the closest thing: spending the night in an art gallery. You don’t need to be a celebrity or performance artist. There are a couple venues out there (and many … Continue reading

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Who I’m sleeping with tonight

Meet Konica, proprietress of an art gallery in St. Petersburg, Florida. It’s my digs for the next couple days while I continue The Great Condo Search. One of the neatest lodging experiences I’ve ever had. Back with the scoop (as … Continue reading

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My only bad experience with lodging giant Airbnb

Ever since I was a minnow growing up at the Jersey Shore in Springsteen’s old stomping grounds, I fantasized about living on a boat. When I worked in TV news in L.A. and lived in a box of a studio … Continue reading

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12 reasons to love Seattle (besides the Seahawks)

Think Seattle and you think: Seahawks. Space Needle. Microsoft. Awful weather. Done. That’s what I thought. Then I discovered the Pacific Northwest’s “Emerald City” has loads of sparkle. Just back from visiting and entertaining the idea of buying a little … Continue reading

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Amish rite of spring is plain dirty

Punxsutawney Phil may be a cute guy, but let’s face it — he’s not exactly Al Roker when it comes to spring predictions. (I worked with Al many weather forecasts ago. Lots of fun.) I like the odds better in … Continue reading

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Life, death and voodoo in New Orleans

In New Orleans — where due to a peculiar cultural stew — they live a little differently than everyone else, they also spend eternity differently. You can’t help but notice the cemeteries, a maze of crypts and mausoleums — more works of art … Continue reading

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Miami: A farm where Woodstock meets Crate and Barrel

It’s an urban oasis that very easy to miss if you don’t know it’s there. And who would? This cracked gem in a tarnished setting in Miami is overshadowed by glittery neighborhoods like South Beach, Coconut Grove and Aventura. Where everyone … Continue reading

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