Postcards: Washington DC’s Cherry Blossoms

DC Cherry BlossomsYesterday, at the invitation of a visiting friend who is new to Washington DC area, I braved the crowds and witnessed the cherry blossoms at their peak bloom. The chance of this happening, by the way, is one in four–according to our excellent guide from Washington Walks. Whether you’re new to the area or not, I highly recommend them for some great local tips and insight into this city (including what not to miss at the various Smithsonian museums).

It didn’t take much arm twisting to get me out there. I was looking forward to taking a break from my heavy workload as I prepare for my upcoming trip to New Zealand (more on that soon). Besides that, I was inspired the day before by National Geographic Traveler’s live, virtual photo workshop and Google Hangout with Dan Westergren, on how to shoot the cherry blossoms.

Below are some photos from our afternoon, from catching a few minutes of the Cherry Blossom Festival parade to strolling the tidal >> Continue reading »

Postcard of The Week: Round Hill Hotel & Villas, Jamaica

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Above: The view cruising down Round Hill Hotel’s driveway.

Did you know that Round Hill is where Stella got her groove back? Read more about this renowned Jamaican escape in >> Continue reading »