La Boqueria ~ Food Shopping in Barcelona

Spanish produce

We Eat with our Eyes First If you think you can gain weight just by looking at food perhaps you should avoid the 40 or so fresh food markets in Barcelona. The most popular is the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, La Boqueria for short, on Las Rambla.  Should you eat or shoot photos?  You decide.  I say do …

Shore Excursion in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Spending a day exploring the Azores: I am willing to bet that a trip to the Azores is not on your bucket list.  Well maybe you should consider it seriously if you enjoy scenic outdoor travel. After all, this archipelago of nine volcanic islands is considered the Hawaii of Europe. Where is it and why should you be interested? Situated …

Booze Burns

As any recent college graduate can attest, drinking straight hard alcohol burns. But why? So the YouTube channel SciShow has come to our rescue with an intellectual explanation to the phenomenon. Turns out that alcohol actually lowers the tolerance of certain heat receptors in your mouth, causing them to activate at 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) instead of 42 degrees …

SATW Award Winners for 2014

The Lowell Thomas competition is overseen by the Society of American Travel Writers Foundation (SATWF). The awards are recognized as the most prestigious in travel journalism. The awards are announced annually at the conference of the Society of American Travel Writers (SATW), the premier professional organization of travel journalists and communicators. The competition was judged by faculty members at the …