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!

The Wineries of Mendoza, Argentina Stephen Travels 5d

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 12d

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 18d

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 26d

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 33d

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 39d

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 47d

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 54d

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 82d

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 89d

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 96d

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 103d

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

United States #architecture #drinks #food #nightlife

Top 5 Buildings in San Antonio, Texas Stephen Travels 110d

I was spending Easter week away from home for the first time, lured to Texas by the promise of the…

United States #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Šašlik (Helsinki, Finland) Stephen Travels 117d

My hotel, the outstanding Hotel Kämp, made a reservation for me at Šašlik, one of the best Russian…

Finland #city #drinks #food #show

Billy’s Restaurant (Lincoln, Nebraska) Stephen Travels 124d

Only a block away from the state capitol, Billy’s Restaurant has long been a popular spot with…

United States #architecture #city #drinks #food

Kadriorg Park (Tallinn, Estonia) Stephen Travels 131d

After a satisfying continental breakfast at the wonderful Savoy Boutique Hotel, I passed through…

Estonia #city #nature #park #sightseeing

La Scala Ristorante (Baltimore, Maryland) Stephen Travels 138d

Lovely lanterns illuminated the brick-front two-story restaurant, with Italian and American flags…

United States #city #drinks #food #nightlife

Top 5 Buildings in Budapest, Hungary Stephen Travels 145d

When I first visited Budapest, back in 1995, a communist vibe still seemed to infiltrate the city,…

Hungary #architecture #building #city #sightseeing

Jack’s Oyster House (Albany, New York) Stephen Travels 152d

At any moment, I almost expected to see Sinatra, Martin, or Davis walk by my table at Jack’s Oyster…

United States #city #drinks #food #nightlife

Glacier Cottages (Franz Josef, New Zealand) Stephen Travels 180d

I arrived at Glacier Cottages late in the afternoon, having spent the entire day cruising down the…

New Zealand #accommodation #mountain #national park #rivers & lakes