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Stephanie Rogers
Boston, MA
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My work travels take me to various cities, where I typically try to squeeze in a bit of culture while I'm there. But today's day-trip to Baltimore and Washington, DC, left no time for that. Alas, I snapped one great... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at CultureJunkie
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In Newburyport, a beautiful, coastal city about 35 miles northeast of Boston. Perfect for a day trip (and in this case, to cheer on a friend who ran the Newburyport Half Marathon). ⛵️ (note the heron in the foreground!) Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2017 at CultureJunkie
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Over the years, countless people have asked for my advice on how to help a friend or loved one who is facing breast cancer treatment. While everyone's situation is different, these are some of the things that made my own journey more tolerable. Perhaps they'll benefit someone in your life, too. Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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I'm gearing up for another trip (more on that later) and I still haven't posted everything from my last trip! Here's another wonderful memory from Cuba... Ernest Hemingway had a long and storied relationship with the island. He first arrived... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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I have a fun new purchase to share. But first, an anecdote. You may recall that I took a design tour of Milan last year. While packing for the trip, I decided to wear my trusty old Converse low-tops on... Continue reading
Posted Jul 18, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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It has been a big media week for me! First off, I had an article published in Communication World Magazine: 5 Ways to Make Your Mobile Marketing Work Harder. That was obviously on the work front; thanks to our PR... Continue reading
Posted Jun 4, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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A very full life has kept me from the blog lately, but there are many more pictures and stories from Cuba that I'd like to share...so here goes: Picking up from where we left off - my Cocotaxi tour along... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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One morning I woke up early and hopped in a Cocotaxi (a three-wheeled, two-seater taxi that is like a moped with a fiberglass roof) in order to explore Havana. It was a nice way to go, because as you can... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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After exploring the Plaza de San Francisco, we headed over to the Port of Havana to check out the Almacenes de San José craft market. The market is housed in a giant steel warehouse dating back to 1885 and is... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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The Plaza de San Francisco borders the Havana port area, and was originally a commercial center thanks to the nearby ships transferring goods to and from Spain. It is comprised of the old customs house, Aduana General de la Republica... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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Happy Easter! Here's a timely photo from our walking tour through Plaza Vieja in Old Havana: This green cross, Cruz Verde, at the corner of Amargura and Mercaderes is one of twelve that existed along this road in early colonial... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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There is a thriving art community in Cuba, which I love because I always try and bring back small, original works from local artists when I travel. So I was thrilled to visit El Taller Experimental de Gráfica ("Experimental Graphic... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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Right near the Plaza de la Catedral is Paladar Moneda Cubana, a family-run restaurant that was founded in 1924 by an avid coin collector (hence the name, "The Cuban Coin"). We stopped here for lunch after our walking tour of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 2, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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Plaza de la Catedral is one of the main squares in La Habana Vieja; it dates back to the 16th century and is dominated by the gorgeous Baroque facade of the Catedral de San Cristobal (note the asymmetrical bell towers).... Continue reading
Posted Apr 1, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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On our second morning in Havana, we met with a representative of the city's Historian Office who talked about their efforts to preserve the architectural and cultural heritage of the area. She then took us on an walking tour of... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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People keep asking, "how was the food in Cuba?" To be honest, I had low expectations going in, having heard about its state run restaurants, limited food supply, and ration system under Communist rule. But I was pleasantly surprised -... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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On our first afternoon in Cuba, we visited the National Fine Arts Museum in central Havana where the former director of the museum, Moraima Clavijo, guided us through its modern section. The museum is divided into two parts - the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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I had a window seat for the short (1-hour) charter flight between Miami and Havana, which afforded me great views of the turquoise water and vast green farmland as we came in over Cuba. Aerial shot over Cuba Even after... Continue reading
Posted Mar 25, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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Smithsonian Journeys sent along a lot of pre-trip information to provide cultural context and set expectations for our travel to Cuba. The highlights: Cuba is still very much a Communist country There is significant poverty there Use caution with the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 24, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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I am back from a wonderful, educational, inspirational, eye-opening trip to Cuba and have so many stories to share. Continue reading
Posted Mar 23, 2015 at CultureJunkie
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I'm gearing up for my next trip across the pond, and needed to add one more post from my last trip: a visit to Villa Necchi Campiglio at Via Mozart 14 in the heart of Milan. This was the last... Continue reading
Posted Sep 7, 2014 at CultureJunkie
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The Tortona district is a creative enclave southwest of Milan's city center. It's full of old warehouse buildings dating back to World War I (sounds familiar) that for years housed industrial giants like GE and Nestle. Today, the factories have... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2014 at CultureJunkie
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Arnaldo Pomodoro is an Italian sculptor known for his "Sphere within Sphere" series that graces locations around the world, including the Vatican Museum, Trinity College in Dublin, UN Headquarters, the Guggenheim in NYC, and the Columbus Museum, among others. I... Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2014 at CultureJunkie
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Browsing through a recent issue of InStyle Magazine today, I was overjoyed to see a reference to Antonio Marras (even though his wild animal runway look was deemed over the top for anyone but a street-style star). Last month when... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2014 at CultureJunkie
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Everyday life has gotten in the way of me finishing my Milan travelogue...but there are a handful of things I still want to share with you! Here's one of them... After lunch and shopping at 10 Corso Como, we strolled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2014 at CultureJunkie