Author: Casey Hatfield-Chiotti

City

Guide to Paris Part Deux

Whether you’ve been once, ten times, or never; there’s always a reason to pine for Paris. Immortalized in countless films and books, areas like Montmartre, with its narrow roads winding up the hillside, and Île Saint Louis, with its spectacular views of the Seine and Notre Dame, are every bit […]

Wine

Winery to Know: Bodegas F. Rubio

Photos courtesy of Bodegas F. Rubio One of the best things about living in San Diego is the proximity to Baja California. Within 30 minutes you can be in frenetic Tijuana, bursting with excellent restaurants and a vibrant arts and culture scene. Just two hours away lies Valle de Guadalupe, […]

Hotels

Hotel Dispatch: Casa Zinc

Justin and I first visited Uruguay in 2013. We stayed in a nice little design hotel owned by architects outside José Ignacio. Unfortunately, the weather was dreadful. It rained, no poured, every day. That was back when we didn’t always think to rent a car and so that meant plenty […]

Food, Wine

Guide to Tuscany

Tuscany was one of the last places I visited with my grandmother, who passed away in the summer of 2017. We had a wonderful time there. We ate meals under the stars, shopped in the small towns and, of course, drank the bright and juicy red wines of the region. […]

City

Two French King-Themed Itineraries

I am not a historian, but I do love history. Part of the fun of visiting France is learning about its rulers and the magnificent structures they built and inhabited. French history has so much drama and intrigue. The more you see, the more certain names and timelines stick in […]

Food

Where to Go in Basque Country

I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Basque Country twice at the end of August and I would gladly return every year if I could. The weather is perfect, the days are long and if you make sure to arrive after August’s final Sunday, you will avoid the European holiday travelers. […]