Category Archives: Lists

10 years of Killing Batteries

Tweet I swear this is the last blog anniversary/reminiscing post I write – unless this thing is still up and gasping along after 20 years, in which case I’ll do whatever I damn well please, so shut up. On February 17, this blog turned 10 years old. This makes me…

Top least awful travel Twitter personalities in recorded history (so far)

Tweet Oh, look! Another voter-driven, who-to-follow travel Twitter list! So, here’s the fundamental problem with these voter-driven lists: they’re far more reflective of existing popularity and the willingness to campaign by the contenders than appreciable talent. Sure, voter-driven Top Whatever lists serve a vaguely useful purpose, even if that purpose…

Best restaurants in Florence

Tweet My awesome Florence Explorer city guide app (iPhone) (Android) has only been out for a few weeks (and at only $2.99 it’s by far the best value Florence app in recorded history – please tell 132 of your friends), but I’m already collecting ‘how to make it awesomer notes’…

Five well-written, on-the-road travel blogs

Tweet Remember these blogs? How Conor is Spending All His Money (now called Conor’s Mildly Thrilling Tales) No Place As Home The Great Wallnut I remember them fondly. They were the first travel blogs I read, way back during travel blogging’s Bronze Age (2003-06). I started this blog in February…

The Top Six US Cities for Street Food (That I Want to Sample)

Tweet [Lists are still in, right? If not, how about being retro? There’s no way that being retro is not still in. Either way, my conscience is clear.] So! I recently spent five action-packed weeks researching and compiling information on the US street food scene. As often happens during frenzied…

Best restaurants in Romania

Tweet Here we are, the final post for Romania Month. I’m happy to close things out with a list that, not even six years ago, wouldn’t have been possible. A few standout places aside, when I first arrived in Romania in 2004, restaurants were pretty dreadful. Both food and service…

Best budget accommodations in Romania

Tweet A hard-won ‘best of’ list if there ever was one. I’ve spent many uncomfortable nights around Romania over the years to boil this list down to the perfection that it is today. The good news is that each year another worthy budget place opens up and one or two…

Best World Heritage sites in Romania

Tweet Romania Month continues with my picks for the best World Heritage sites. Take a look at the voluminous full list of Romania’s World Heritage sites and you might be tempted to assume that Romania has naked pictures of World Heritage’s sister. They’re everywhere and, more importantly, each one is…

The Definitive Guide to Wine Tasting Etiquette

Tweet I attended a wine tasting a few weeks back and, as is often the case, I came away equally lit up and irritated. Unfortunately, simple common sense and manners tend to go right out the bloody window at large gatherings of people and this is particularly true among the…

The best restaurants in Tuscany

Tweet This is it folks. For the final post of Tuscany Month, celebrating the release of the totally redesigned 2010 Lonely Planet Tuscany & Umbria, I am listing, by my modest estimation, the best places to eat in Tuscany. I’ve selected restaurants from the full budget range for various reasons…

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