Is an Istanbul Trip Too Risky for You? Here’s What You’re Missing

Jon and I took the kids to Istanbul back in pre-ISIS, pre-Arab Spring 2009. What we experienced was a energetic culture with a complicated past, great food … [Read more...]

Scaling the Mighty Willis Tower — With My Acrophilic Husband

By Barbara Falconer Newhall The Willis Tower -- aka the Sears Tower -- is Jon's kind of place. High up, with a view that goes on forever. I've known … [Read more...]

Cheap Thrills at the Glasmuseum Passau — Outrageous, Over-the-Top Decorative Glass.

By Barbara Falconer Newhall Spotted at the labyrinthine Glasmuseum Passau -- wonderfully outrageous, phantasmagoric decorative glass. Gotta share it … [Read more...]

SXSW: The Funky Charms of East Austin, Texas

By Barbara Falconer Newhall East Austin has everything it takes to be a first-rate hipster neighborhood -- street art, food trucks, farmers markets, … [Read more...]

Christmas Eve in Mexico — It’s All About the Baby Jesus

By Barbara Falconer Newhall If you wanted a Santa-Clausy Christmas this year, complete with tinsel, elves, Frosty the Snowman, and abundant gift-buying … [Read more...]