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!

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Iceland Stephen Travels 4d

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 11d

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 17d

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 32d

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 39d

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 46d

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 53d

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 60d

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 67d

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 74d

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 80d

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 88d

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

#architecture #sightseeing

Desert Homestead Outpost (Sesriem, Namibia) Stephen Travels 95d

I stood on the deck of my private house, one of only a dozen situated at the base of a low…

Namibia #accommodation #nature

Vizcaya Museum & Gardens (Miami, Florida) Stephen Travels 101d

One of the models in the ivory dress with a long feathered train looked exceptionally bored,…

United States #architecture #city #nature #sightseeing

Top 5 Bank Buildings in Scotland Stephen Travels 109d

In their meteoric rise in the early 19th century, banks did not advertise their services. Rather,…

United Kingdom #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Mary Mahoney’s Old French Restaurant (Biloxi, Mississippi) Stephen Travels 116d

Family owned and operated since 1964, Mary Mahoney’s Old French Restaurant is a throwback to French…

United States #building #city #drinks #food

Top 5 Things to See and Do in New Orleans, Louisiana Stephen Travels 144d

Founded exactly 300 years ago in 1718, New Orleans has borne witness to a tumultuous past, both…

United States #architecture #city #food #music

Lucas Park Grille (St. Louis, Missouri) Stephen Travels 151d

Before heading to dinner in the Washington Avenue Historic District of St. Louis, I stopped by the…

United States #city #drinks #food #nightlife

Top 5 Things to See and Do in Alabama Stephen Travels 158d

Here in “the Heart of Dixie,” despite the occasional tornado warnings and an electrical storm that…

United States #architecture #city #rivers & lakes #sightseeing

Albany Pump Station (Albany, New York) Stephen Travels 165d

Completed in 1874, the wide two-story brick building that now houses Albany Pump Station was…

United States #architecture #drinks #food #nightlife