Exploring Atlanta: Old Fourth Ward

I spent a brief spell living in Atlanta before my daughter was born. After living in Manhattan and Brooklyn for most of my adult life, I just felt that I needed to escape this expensive city in order to propel myself forward in life. There is a saying: Sometimes you’ve gotta go in order to grow. Being in the ATL allowed me to save… Read More


Revisiting Philly

It’s been quite a while since I visited Philadelphia. I think the last time may have been 2008 or so, and so much has changed since then. I was in town to run a 15k last weekend, building upon this year’s goal to get out and run. My dad had called me and requested a cheesesteak from Jim’s so I headed down to South… Read More


Throwback: Versailles

I spent a day roaming the gardens of Versailles Palace. One of the most magical places I’ve ever been.


Throwback: New Orleans

Post-Katrina French Quarter, New Orleans, December 2007


Figs in Firenze

September, 2010 Full Post Coming Soon


Black Parisian Goddess

Ceiling of the entrance of the Mosquee de Paris I love Paris in more ways that most will know. I’m over the traditional tourist-y spots and now feel like I have a true love for the city. While I don’t know it like the back of my hand, I will say that I’ve gotten to know some great secrets that have truly made my… Read More

Where’s the Party At? Amsterdam

It seemed like every African and Afro-European was in this spot. It was definitely on! If you go to Amsterdam, stand in the Newmarkt square section in the Red Light District and wait for an unmarked cab. When they see a Black person standing there, they will stop for you. Then, ask them to take you to Grand Café, (in English! Yes, they speak… Read More

In Bloem: Amsterdam

I had the pleasure of visiting Bloemenmarkt, in Amsterdam, Holland, where there are thousands of varieties of flowers. the smells, sounds and sights were truly mesmerizing, and I picked up a few flowers for myself… Bloemenmarkt, the daily flower market in Amsterdam


Doors of Paris

A rustic door in the Marais section of Paris I felt compelled to start this post because of the many wonderful sights of architecture I’ve seen around Paris. I will continue to add to this post as I come across more doors. Enjoy: Tranquility and Divine Beauty in the Mosqée de Paris My home in Paris A rounded door on Rue Reaumur Wood and… Read More


German Smoking Deterrant

On a recent stop-over in Germany, I was leafing through a fashion magazine, and ran across this ad for cigarettes. What an unglamorous way to make a point! Not only is the label hideous, but it’s also large enough for any passer-by to see. How embarrassing! Another reason why I choose not to smoke. Tatiana

What I learned in Europe… this time around

Thank God for the Blackberry! Every chance I got, I wrote down my curiosities and experiences. The Europeans must’ve thought-“that’s one long text message she’s writing!” A street in Milan Europe is gung-ho for China Chinese New Year notwithstanding, Asia’s largest country was on the tip of everyone’s tongues. The examples are endless: Tourism advertisements on TV and in the papers, a news commentary… Read More