Travel Itineraries: Sanya, China

Writing

Part of an assignment to research and create travel itineraries
for destinations all around the world, for different types of travelers.
This installment: Sanya, China.

I’m just happy they kept the word sylvan in the intro text. I’d tried to use it in another (earlier) destination, but their powers that be changed it to something more common. (Which made me determined to use it somewhere else instead.)

Head here for a two-day “Romantic Getaway” piece, and here for a five-day “Family Vacation Fun” itinerary (which let me use “See the Village People” as one of the intros, so of course it’s one of my favorites).

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Travel Itineraries: Abu Dhabi, UAE

Writing

Part of an assignment to research and create travel itineraries
for destinations all around the world, for different types of travelers.
This installment: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Unlike the other nine cities in my mega-assignment, I had a friend who recently had spent a year or two in Abu Dhabi, and was able to suggest some suitable places to profile. Such an assist was greatly appreciated.

Head here for a whirlwind “24 Hours In” piece, and here for a two-day “Culinary Tour” itinerary (which is one of my favorites because they left in several of my intros that had fun plays on words, like “Every Day Is Hump Day” for a blurb about a place that serves camel burgers).

Travel Itineraries: Sintra, Portugal

Writing

Part of an assignment to research and create travel itineraries
for destinations all around the world, for different types of travelers.
This installment: Sintra, Portugal. Of all the locations I wrote about, this one enchanted me the most, and I might just end up visiting the area in 2018.

Head here for a three-day “Countryside Pleasures” piece, and here for a five-day “Family Fun” itinerary (which let me use the phrase “It’ll be epoch!,” so of course it’s one of my favorites).

Travel Itineraries: Key Biscayne, Florida

Writing

Part of an assignment to research and create travel itineraries
for destinations all around the world, for different types of travelers.
This installment: Key Biscayne, Florida.

Head here for a five-day “Family Fun” piece — the opportunity to wear
a real diving helmet sounds cool, but personally I’d spend all day at Vizcaya — and here for a three-day “Island Adventure” (which includes a snorkel/scuba tour of a series of shipwrecks).

David & Gladys Wright House: Dorado magazine

Writing

I was so enthralled during my one-on-one tour of this Frank Lloyd Wright house in Phoenix that I walked away with way too few written notes and quotes for my liking. I’d showed up with a laptop, expecting to sit down for the interview with architect Victor Sidy and tap away the transcription, but instead I spent almost all of the 2½ hours on my feet, perusing the property and peppering him with questions about the site.

At Home in Austin: Dorado magazine

Writing

I am an unabashed fan of modern architecture,* so whenever I get to interview homeowners who live in modern houses, there’s always some envy involved. And I always admire how the best architects like David Webber are able to marry an artist’s eye and an engineer’s brain to conceive such a beautiful, functional result.

That said, though, whenever I see a sleek, minimal line of kitchen cabinets, it makes me wonder where the homeowners keep all their paper towels and bottled water when they come back from Costco (especially if their garage is really just an enclosed carport).