I write about travel with a focus on food, art, culture, luxury travel, and quirky, off-beat locations.
I'm a frequent contributor to the travel and food sections of The Boston Globe, and am a lifestyle and travel correspondent covering Europe and the Americas for ShowBoats International. My writing has also been featured in the The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, American Way Magazine, The Robb Report, Yankee Magazine, Modern Farmer, The Globe and Mail, The Huffington Post, and the literary magazine, Tin House. I'm a co-contributor to the travel column, Here, There, and Everywhere, appearing weekly in the Boston Globe.
A freelance writer with an MFA from Mass College of Art, I often publish my own photographs and illustrations to accompany my stories. My special interest—some might say obsession—is the world of oysters and shucking competitions.
On the Fast Track in Italy's Motor Valley
Modena, Italy — Strapped in the passenger seat of a bright red Ferrari F430 Challenge, I anxiously waited for my driver to clamber inside for a three-circuit spin around the Autodromo di Modena racetrack. As sunlight glinted off the asphalt and puffy clouds skittered across the cerulean sky, he adjusted his mirrors before glancing my way. “Ready?”
The 4.3 liter, V8 engine hummed, then roared as we accelerated from zero to 100kph in seconds. My helmeted head pressed back against the seat, then shifted side to side as we took the curves at ever-faster speeds. The scenery passed in a dizzying blur, and I soon abandoned all attempts to raise the camera and get a shot. In no time, it seemed, we cruised to a smooth stop. Whoa.....continue reading