Stephen Travels Stephen Travels

I write a travel blog, stephentravels.com, with stories about the most interesting places to see and explore, the best restaurants, and the most memorable accommodations. After traveling for 30 years, I know a thing or two. Come along for the ride!

Cathedral of St. Nicholas (Ljubljana, Slovenia) Stephen Travels 8d

Strolling along the arcaded Ljubljana Central Market and the adjacent outdoor market that fills…

Slovenia #architecture #art #city #sightseeing

Garvan Woodland Gardens (Hot Springs, Arkansas) Stephen Travels 15d

Garvan Woodland Gardens occupies a peninsula that juts into Lake Hamilton in the Ouachita River in…

United States #nature #park #rivers & lakes #sightseeing

Top 5 Churches in Buenos Aires, Argentina Stephen Travels 22d

Much of Buenos Aires seemed to be crumbling around me. Fractured sidewalks challenge pedestrians,…

Argentina #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Golden Thai (Toronto, Ontario) Stephen Travels 29d

On my way between the Cathedral Church of St. James and St. Michael’s Cathedral — two of the top 10…

Canada #city #drinks #food

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Namibia Stephen Travels 36d

I chose Namibia as my first African country to visit because it just seemed to have everything I…

Namibia #animals #food #nature #sightseeing

Aries Hotel & Spa (Zakopane, Poland) Stephen Travels 43d

As soon as I stepped off the train from Krakow, an aggressive drizzle began to fall from the…

Poland #accommodation #architecture #building #mountain

Top 5 Arcades Stephen Travels 50d

Sloshing through the streets of Bern, Switzerland, on a particularly wet day and getting more than…

#architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Top 5 Buildings in Baltimore, Maryland Stephen Travels 56d

I was spending a long weekend in Baltimore, staying in a historic hotel that proved to be one of…

United States #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Iceland Stephen Travels 64d

Your international flight to Iceland will inevitably land in the capital city of Reykjavik — one of…

Iceland #animals #nature #sightseeing #waterfall

Kaszubska Marina (Gdansk, Poland) Stephen Travels 71d

Sitting at an outdoor table across from the Neptune Fountain and under the soaring tower of the old…

Poland #city #drinks #food #nightlife

Top 5 Churches in Buffalo, New York Stephen Travels 77d

From Baptist to Catholic to Orthodox, and every denomination in between, Buffalo, New York, is…

United States #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Strand Hotel (Swakopmund, Namibia) Stephen Travels 92d

An easterly breeze blew through the streets of downtown Swakopmund, bringing with it the searing…

Namibia #accommodation #beach #city #food

Alma De Cuba (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) Stephen Travels 99d

This “Caribbean oasis in the heart of Philadelphia” looks all wrong on the outside. Alma de Cuba is…

United States #city #drinks #food #nightlife

Restauracja Kultura (Warsaw, Poland) Stephen Travels 106d

I sat at one of the sidewalk tables of Restauracja Kultura, watching an inordinate number of Poles…

Poland #city #drinks #food #nightlife

Top 5 Churches in Amsterdam, the Netherlands Stephen Travels 113d

Like many countries throughout Europe, the Netherlands is facing steep declines in religious…

The Netherlands #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Hotel Bellotto (Warsaw, Poland) Stephen Travels 120d

In all my years of travel, I have never received a complementary upgrade. Not in a hotel, not on a…

Poland #accommodation #architecture #building #city

The Wineries of Mendoza, Argentina Stephen Travels 127d

Pablo picked me up in the lobby of the wonderful Amérian Executive Mendoza Hotel across the street…

Argentina #drinks #food #roadtrip #sightseeing

Top 5 Firehouses Stephen Travels 134d

I first encountered the Fire Department of the City of New York during a school trip to my local…

#architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Sokeri-Jussin Kievari (Oulu, Finland) Stephen Travels 140d

Formerly a busy industrial area, today the island of Pikisaari, just a short walk over a bridge…

Finland #city #drinks #food #island

Top 5 Ghost Towns Stephen Travels 148d

I have long been fascinated by ghost towns, ever since I visited my first one back in 1994. From…

#architecture #sightseeing