While Bram Stoker’s 1897 vampire novel “Dracula” may have painted Romania, or, more specifically, Transylvania, as a dark and scary place, that couldn’t be further from the truth.
The Eastern European country is brimming with picturesque small towns, complete with grand town squares, riotously colorful buildings, myriad castles and fortresses, and rich forests, making it nothing short of a fairy tale. Here are just 10 to fuel your Romanian daydream.
Get ready to set sail for these off-the-radar Gallic islands.
France may be famous for the Eiffel Tower, Chanel couture, and the Champs Élysées, but the Hexagon, as the French love to call their five-sided country, has plenty of hidden spots, including dozens of glorious little-known islands. Many of them are renowned for gorgeous silk sand beaches or peaceful hidden coves; others are famed for their ancient fortresses and prehistoric sites or brine-fresh seafood and crisp white wines. From exotic Gulf-stream-bathed islands where cars are unwelcome to sun-drenched getaways where celebrities go to chill, here’s our pick of the best.
Jersey’s got an attitude, OK? You got a problem with that?
If all you know about the Garden State (yeah, there are lots of farms—wanna make something of it?) is the Parkway and its hideous traffic, the sprawling Bayway Refinery along the Turnpike, The Sopranos or, even worse, the Jersey Shore series, then no wonder you have a skewed view of our nation’s most densely populated state. Because New Jersey is often overshadowed by that bordering megalopolis which also has a “New” in its name, Jerseyans have had to carve out their own identity as tough step-children who get no respect. Which is why if you ever mock a resident’s accent by saying “Joisey,” at best you’ll elicit an eye-roll; at worst, a punch in the face. With nine million people jammed into a mere 8,723 square miles, little wonder then that crankiness and its kissing cousin, eccentricity, abound here. Read on.
We could use a little more than Netflix to get us through this rough winter.
Not to dwell on the obvious but winter has quickly descended upon us, snow-piles are popping up left and right, and the 2021 we envisioned isn’t quite yet here. When March arrived and brought with it a lockdown, we thought, “Surely this will be over by June.” But then came and went June, July, and the entirety of fall—over half a year later, the sourdough starter we cared for and nurtured has starved and the parks we once considered our safe-haven are simply too cold for a socially-distanced, unmasked moment in the sun. We never thought we’d be back at this point, but here we are once again confined to our homes, incredibly bored. To help you get through another cold season in quarantine, we’re getting you a new hobby. Whether you’re looking to stay indoors or wanting to venture into the snow, we’re finding you the perfect new activity to make this winter a little less sucky.