Archives

2014
Jan
20
At Home on a New Zealand Sheep Farm
“When we arrive at Pete’s Farm in Rangiora, New Zealand, just outside Christchurch, Gaye is ...”
12
Taking on New Zealand’s Tongariro Alpine Crossing
“The other passengers on the HotBus to Tongariro Crossing ask us if we want to ...”
09
Driving on the “Wrong” Side of the Road, Glowworms and Hobbits in New Zealand
“I drove on the wrong side of the road and descended into a dark watery ...”
07
Maori for a Night: Haka, Hongi and Hangi in Tamaki Village
“Our driver, Wallace, is explaining to us that our bus is our canoe, or waka ...”
04
Oh, the People You Meet in Auckland, New Zealand
“Awhitia Mihaere is a true force of nature. We don’t find this out right away. ...”
02
Wine Tasting and Good Company on New Zealand’s Waiheke Island
“By the end of our Waiheke Island Wine Tour, Tanya and I are tightly hugging ...”
01
Ringing in the New Year in Cozy Digs and a Cool ‘Hood in New Zealand
“Tanya loves our AirBnB home away from home. I’m standing outside of our rented garden ...”
2013
Dec
23
Finding the Holiday Spirit in Gramado, Brazil
“You’d probably think of a million tinsel-draped, twinkling-light places before you thought of Brazil as ...”
Apr
07
5 Places on My Travel Bucket List... For Now
“So, the Traveling Brown Girls Blog Carnival has presented an interesting challenge: List 5 places ...”
Mar
27
Sobering Memories of Cuba
“ Live Free Cuba? An opinion piece about racism in Cuba in Sunday’s New York Times ...”
15
Photo Flashback: The Pope is From Argentina. I Went to Argentina!
“Exactly one month after traveling to Argentina with STG Tours, the Vatican selected its first ...”
08
My Top 6 Photos to Celebrate International Women's Day
“There are some pretty sad statistics out there about the disparities between the lives of ...”
Feb
17
Our First Tango and Last Days in Argentina
“It's the morning after our tango class and show at Tango Porteño in Buenos Aires. ...”
14
Malbec and Marvelous Mendoza
“When we land in Mendoza all memory of flash flooding and a leaky hotel is ...”
12
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Tango Show
“Actually, funny probably isn't the right word, freak might be better. Our trip was rudely ...”
10
Home on the Estancia Where the Gauchos Play
“Our guide Luis warned us about Cerillo on the way to Estancia Santa Susana, a ...”
09
Montevideo's Old City and an Old Friend
“Montevideo, the capital of Uruguay, is lovely. Walking in Ciudad Vieja feels familiar with hints ...”
07
Argentina's Legends Past and Present
“Our hotel, Dazzler Tower Recoleta in Buenos Aires, is a block away from a cemetery. ...”
04
Robin's Work
“ I don’t just write about my travels here. I’ve been published at Discovery.com, TravelChannel.com, TVOne.TV ...”
Jan
02
My Top 12 Travel Moments of 2012
“I'm still chronicling my adventures in Thailand and Cambodia, but I wanted to take a ...”
2012
Dec
29
Thailand-Cambodia Postscript 2: The Road to Siem Reap
“We realize right away that we like our guide J.J. a lot. Mainly because she ...”
11
Thailand-Cambodia Postscript 1: Ayutthaya by Tuk-Tuk
“Author's note: I'm back from a whirlwind tour of Thailand and Siem Reap in Cambodia ...”
04
Water Taxis and Wat Pho
“ Water Taxi Driver We leave our hidden oasis at the Jim Thompson House for another ...”
Sky Trains and a Spy Who Loved Silk
“Author's Note: I've been lax in posting from Thailand because there has been so much ...”
Nov
25
Street Corner Gods and Th Sukhumvit
“ This is how I ended my first full day in Bangkok. I come to be ...”
09
About Robin
“ I earned my first set of wings when I was about six. That's the age ...”
Jul
04
Essence Music Festival, Here I Come!
“ This weekend, my wings carry me south to New Orleans, the land of hot jazz and ...”
Jun
14
Day One Mileage in the Mile High City
“Editor’s Note: I interrupt my previous St. Martin musings with observations from Denver, where I ...”
May
10
Getting Oriented or Disoriented on Orient Beach, St. Martin
“Editor’s Note: In March, I traveled to the Caribbean Island of St. Martin/Saint Maarten to ...”
Feb
23
Sri Lanka Post Script 9: An Ancient Rock, An Elephant Ride and A Fond Farewell to Sri Lanka
“We are sitting at breakfast when Sid points out a large poster behind me. He ...”
05
Sri Lanka Post Script 8: Kandy Shopping and Buddha Gazing
“When you are traveling with guys, shopping doesn't often come to mind and they aren't ...”
Jan
31
Sri Lanka Post Script 7: Sampling Tea and Kandy
“Sid looks back and asks if I'm OK. I nod even though I'm not really ...”
29
Sri Lanka Post Script 6: From Bentota's Sea Turtles to Yala's Leopards
“Baby sea turtles are slippery, squirmy and one of the cutest things I've ever had ...”
27
Sri Lanka Post Script 5: The Coconut Bar's Cast of Characters
“If the Coconut Bar was an American television show, it'd be "Cheers." It is a place where ...”
25
Sri Lanka Post Script 3: Ain't No Party Like a Sri Lankan Party
“When Bobbi starts dancing she won't stop. I've taken a little break when she's grabbing ...”
24
Sri Lanka Post Script 2: Beruwela Fish Harbor, Aluthgama and Around
“There's a pounding at the door. It sounds distant and far away. I am sure ...”
23
Sri Lanka Post Script: Seeking Balance in Sri Lanka
“Author's Note: My trip to Sri Lanka was a worldwind of amazing experiences. Sadly, I ...”
15
Speed Boating and Sri Lankan Brothers
“For the last couple of days, Sid and Uncle Emil have been asking me if ...”
13
Ayurveda and Aunt Chuti
“A girl could get used to this Sri Lankan hospitality thing. Sid's uncle Emil has ...”
12
Blessed with Sri Lankan Hospitality
“Boarding Sri Lanka Airlines feels like I’ve already landed in Sri Lanka. A flight attendant ...”
2011
Nov
29
Barbados Postscript 2: The Culinary Capital of the Caribbean Shines
“When we step into the Azul Restaurant at the Sea Breeze Hotel in Christ Church, we are ...”
24
Barbados Postscript: Banana Boat and Flying Fish, Anyone?
“Author's Note: I had such a blast in Barbados that there was no time to ...”
18
The Wedding Singer and Feeling Hot, Hot, Hot in Barbados
“We could be in the Caribbean version of the movie "The Wedding Singer," even though ...”
Sep
21
Last Days in Paris: Shopping with Morgan Freeman and Cruising the Seine
“ We are standing in Le Bon Marche, possibly the world's first department store designed by ...”
19
Witnessing the Over the Top Splendor of Versailles
“We've gotten up pretty early to get to Versailles, exchanging the Metro for the double-decked ...”
18
Orsay, the Louvre of Shopping and a Creole Surprise
“I am standing betwen my parents with my head pressed next to my father's as ...”
17
Walking Black Paris and Searching for the Elusive White Gorilla
“We were standing at the fountain in Saint Michel, trying to make out the violent, ...”
15
How to Cut the Cheese and Other Adventures in Parisian Cuisine
“My father is looking at me quizzically. "This beef melts in your mouth," he says ...”
14
Paris: Jetlag Tested, Mother Approved
“"I like this little city!" My mother declares as she stands on the balcony of ...”
13
The Bennefields and the Williamses Go Parisian
“My dad has been packed for the last three days and has devised a minute-by-minute ...”
Jul
31
Leaving Denmark: Falster Festival and Danish Crown Jewels
“As we drive through Nykobing, Annelise points out the street where her sister Pip lives ...”
30
Tennis, Wind Mills, Zumba and Outstanding Nordic Dining
“Annelise and Pip beat Jutte and I pretty soundly in the first set. It's an ...”
29
Sisters are the Same Everywhere and the Smallest Museum Ever
“We are at a crossroads. We can go left or right. Annelise turns to her ...”
28
Ancient Burial Grounds and Interesting Shopping Discoveries
“We started driving down an unmarked wooded path where the trees appeared to be closing ...”
Bloody Macbeth in the Bard's Birthplace
“ When Macbeth shows up on stage he's covered in blood from the battlefield. Later he's ...”
26
Real Hygge Found on Falster Island
“ I used the word "hygge" to describe a restaurant in Copenhagen yesterday, but I found ...”
25
Coziness and a Pot-Lover's Heaven in Christianhavn
“There is a word called "hygge" in Danish, which sounds alot like the word "hug" ...”
24
Shopping in the Rain by Day; Dancing with Danes by Night
“  I couldn't believe my ears. The DJ was playing Chuck Brown's "Block Party." Do Danes ...”
23
Don't Bike Ride While Drunk and Sometimes the Guidebook is Wrong
“On my way back to my hotel from an uneventful evening in Copenhagen, I saw ...”
22
Art That Makes You Say Hmm, Ooo and Aaah
“ There's a giant thumb in the middle of the cafe at the Louisiana Museum of Modern ...”
21
Scientology in Copenhagen and Living Medieval History in Roskilde
“An 86-year-old woman tried to convert me to Scientology yesterday. I was sitting on the ...”
20
Denmark's Peat Boggy Past and Picturesque Present
“If you want anything preserved for over millions of years for posterity, drop it into ...”
19
Denmark First Impression: Simplicity is a Virtue
“My hotel room at the Scandic Front in Copenhagen is small by American standards, but probably just ...”
18
Leaving England: Llama Talk and a Fete
“Helen's neighbor Susan is ebullient. She bursts forth with conversation like a shaken carbonated water. ...”
17
Henry VIII’s Candy Land and Dancing With the Brits
“We first spot the garden of Hampton Court from the window of one of its grand staterooms. ...”
Birthplace of BritPop and Rudyard Kipling's Cave
“Lonely Planet describes the Engineer as one of London's first gastropubs. It is in North ...”
14
More Art History and a Shopping Mecca
“There is a 100-foot column split in two on display in theVictoria and Albert Museum in ...”
13
Beefeaters Do Show Tunes and Brushes with Fame and Infamy
“We aren't sure if we are watching a marching band at the Macy's Day Parade ...”
12
Wimbeldon Dream Realized and A Sri Lankan Feast
“I didn't quite want to reach down and grab a handful of grass and eat ...”
11
Place Where the Cows Cross the River
“We are in the process of walking through a herd of cows when Helen mentions ...”
10
Churchill's Palace of Wonders
“Blenheim Palace grandly emerges from a cluster of verdant trees. Its amber walls appear to ...”
09
Soaking in Bath and Finding Jane Austen
“I think I was a Roman noble woman in a past life. I am certain ...”
07
Smarty Pants on Parade
“There are lots of smart people hanging around Oxford, in case you didn't know. The ...”
06
Narrow Boating and Walking in the Cotswolds
“Mark and Helen are Great Britain's answer to RVers. They sold their home to follow ...”
05
Oxford: Old World Meets New
“ Helen was sitting in Nero's cafe with sheets of paper surrounding her like dining companions. ...”
03
High-Fashion Corsets, Gastronomic Redemption and Old School Jams
“You can't always have great travel experiences. Our luck ran out yesterday with an ill-fated ...”
02
A Very Happy Canada Day
“When you are lost, you find the most interesting things. Yesterday, while looking for the ...”
01
80s Flashback in Montreal: Sade and Sarah's Smile
“ My Sade obsession began in high school. I had a picture of her in my ...”
Jun
30
Tree Stumps, Duck Fat and Cover Bands
“ Tree stumps decorate our hotel. The one outside our elevator reminds me of the tree ...”
10
Travel Itinerary: See Sade, Party with Pippa, Write My Own Viking Saga
“Before the blogging begins, I think I should explain the title of my web outpost. ...”