The Royal Tour: Bay of Islands

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is quiet first thing in the morning, though that will soon change as the cruise ship passengers arrive for their tours. The cafe is equally quiet when Ngati Kawa Taituha, Chairman of the Waitangi Marae, comes in to join me. Together, Maori New Zealander and Jewish American, we sit down to…

Exploring Auckland

Auckland reminds me a lot of Seattle, which is probably not a lot of help to those of you who have never been to Seattle. It is built around the water, with an iconic skyline up a slight hill, and ferries running to various islands and peninsulas. Seafood is abundant, and cute shopping districts, museums,…

Urban Beautification

As the twenty-first century moves forward, cities have - more than ever - become the centers of society. In 2014, the United Nations found that, for the first time in human history, more people lived in cities than not. In the United States, it is even more stark: cities are home to more than 65%…

Travel Trends

While in the San Francisco Bay Area a couple of weeks ago, I was graciously offered a press pass to the Travel and Adventure Show being held there. I figured: hey, I love travel (duh!) and it would be great to see what current trends are. So I hopped on board. Here is what I…

Historic Philadelphia

When it comes to American history, few cities carry the importance that Philadelphia does. When it comes to preserving that history, only Boston can match what Philadelphia offers to history buffs like me. An exploration of historic Philadelphia is a journey through the annals of America's founding. Let me get this out of the way…