Florida Snowbirds: Tips for an Extended Stay

The sunshine state is a favorite wintertime home for many northerners. 663 mikes of great beaches, palm trees and outdoor activities offers a sanctuary away from shoveling snow. It is also a great place to socially distance in beachside state parks. I grew up in Florida and we have spent some time this winter enjoying…

Sunrise over the ocean with a pier in the background

Zanzibar: One Week Itinerary

By Alex Kallimanis: Zanzibar, aka Spice Island, is lined with picturesque beaches and offers a vibrant fusion of cultures. The island was colonized by the Portuguese, Arabs and English and tragically was the center of the East African slave trade in the 1800’s.  While the predominant religion is Islam, large Hindu and Christian minorities also…

Sunrise over the Indian Ocean, boats and balcony

Great Things to Do in Chicago

By Alex Kallimanis: Chicago feels more like New York than any other American destination. It’s the USA’s third largest city and pairs an impressive skyline with a diverse culinary scene. On warm days, the city’s beaches on Lake Michigan give the city a Miami vibe. If you visit Chicago for a weekend, downtown has plenty to…

Tarpon Springs, Florida: Tips For Visiting

By Alex Kallimanis: Tarpon Springs, Florida, just 30 miles northwest of Tampa, has the highest per capita Greek population of any town in the United States. The area first saw a significant wave of Greek immigrants in the early 1900’s, primarily from Dodecanese islands like Kalymnos. Those immigrants built the sponge docks, and the sponge…

How to Spend the Perfect Week in Greece

By Alex Kallimanis: Greece conjures images of picturesque island hopping amid storied ancient sites. How to spend the perfect week in Greece depends on the individual. If you want to lie on the beach by day and party at night, visit Ios or Myknonos in summer. This article assumes you want a mix of highlights…

Bell walking along the marina in the town of Agia Anna in Naxos, Greece