The Saturday City: Natchez, Mississippi

As the Southern cotton economy expanded on the back of slave labor in the early 1800s, towns designed to transport the cotton emerged on the Mississippi River: New Orleans, Memphis, Vicksburg, and Natchez. Located high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River, Natchez, Mississippi was established by French colonists in 1716. The defensible strategic location […]

The Saturday City: León

Located in northwest Nicaragua, León is a college town often overlooked by tourists who stay south near Granada, Ometepe, and the beaches. However, given that the area has so much to do, I expected a lot of tourists but instead found mostly empty hostels and few gringos wandering the streets during my visit. I’ll tell you […]

The Saturday City: Austin

According to research, the phrase “Keep Austin Weird” was inspired by comments made by Red Wassenich in 2000 while giving a pledge to an Austin radio station. He later began printing bumper stickers and published a book called Keep Austin Weird: A Guide to the Odd Side of Town. Now the phrase reflects the friendly, […]

The Saturday City: Portland

Portland, Oregon is a city located in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States and one too often overlooked by tourists, living in the shadow of cities like L.A., Seattle, Vegas, Chicago, or New York City. But Portland is one of America’s most unique (and liberal) cities, famous for its outdoor adventures, micro-brewed beer, […]

The Saturday City: Girona

Located in the Costa Brava region of Spain just north of Barcelona, I had the pleasure of visiting Girona when it acted as host city for this year’s European travel blogger conference. This region of Spain is not as popular as Costa del Sol or islands like Ibiza, which is good and bad. Good because […]

The Saturday City: Lisbon

As you know, I was recently in Portugal and loved every minute of it. The highlight of my trip wasn’t the scenery or the copious amounts of port wine I drank, it was the city of Lisbon. I’d always heard good things about Lisbon, but nothing could prepare me for how amazing that actually city […]