Luke’s Travels

love to travel.  It’s what I work, live and breathe for.  In case you’re wondering, “Where in the world is Luke?”:

Upcoming Trips:

Labor Day Weekend 2018 – New York, NY – I was able to score tickets to Harry Potter And The Cursed Child on Broadway, so I’ll be back to New York over Labor Day weekend to see Parts One and Two.  I am currently planning it as a solo trip, which will give me a great opportunity to revisit my favorite restaurants, bars, food shops and spots; as well as discover new gems and finally visit places I’ve been saving from Instagram posts.  And, knowing me, I’ll probably fit in as many shows as I possibly can ;-).

Recent Travels:

April 2018 – Bruges, Amsterdam, Paris, London, Brussels – This past April, two friends and I had a fantastic time city hopping in Europe.  Bruges was just as lovely as I’d been told, and we loved walking the stone streets, finding some amazing food (AND CHOCOLATE!) nearly everywhere we went.  Amsterdam was an unexpected highlight; once we got off the main canals and made our way to the De Pijp neighborhood, I really felt a connection with the city, proving that getting off the beaten path rewards the explorer.  No matter how many times I visit Paris, it still holds a special place in my soul, and it did not disappoint on this visit!  We went to many pubs in London, saw Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Chicago, stumbled upon Prince Harry and Meghan Markle walking into a meeting, and I took advantage of massive protests driving people away from any line and was able to sneak right in to  Westminster Abbey (AMAZING!  You can literally feel the weight of history walking through the abbey.).  We saw the disappointing peeing statues in Brussels (yes, it’s a thing), but found some good Greek food and chocolate, which allowed us to wind down from our whirlwind trip.

Easter Weekend 2018 – South Florida – I visited my auntie and uncle (related by love, but not blood) who live near Fort Lauderdale.  We ate at some great restaurants, shopped a bit, caught up, got out in nature, and visited the close-by Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  It was a well-timed trip for all of us, and it was wonderful to spend time with some of my favorite people.

February 2018 – Dallas, TX – I spent roughly 36 hours in Dallas with some great friends who recently moved to the Knox-Henderson neighborhood.  I had such a fun time with them, from catching up at cool bars and restaurants (Public School 214, Sachet and Wolfgang Puck’s Five Sixty at Reunion Tower come to mind), to watching The Color Purple live on stage.  I’ve been through DFW dozens of times, but have never actually walked out their doors.  I can’t wait to go back!

December 2017 – NYC, Philadelphia and NoVA – A couple of coworker friends approached me about doing a “Christmas in New York” trip to see the city at its best during the holiday season.  Since I’d been to NYC before, it was fun to show them my favorite experiences in the city, as well as see all the amazing shop windows, Christmas markets, and feel like a kid again through seeing the magical Christmas displays all over town.  We visited Independence Hall, the Reading Terminal Market, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art when we reached Pennsylvania, and I now have a new city where I want to explore even more.  After they headed back home, I continued to Northern Virginia to spend time with family and relax from the rest of the busy trip!

November 2017 – Jekyll Island and Savannah, GA – I had a conference for work in Jekyll Island, GA, and was able to explore the island a bit with new friends, catch up with a couple friends I’d met at a creative retreat in Taos a few years back, and finally visit Savannah.  I was sick for the last part of the trip (when I actually had some free time), but had a great experience at the conference and was able to visit the Mercer-Williams House, do a nighttime ghost tour, and eat some fantastic southern cuisine in Savannah.  My meal at The Grey will forever stay with me!  (Possibly, literally – I indulged quite a bit!)

June 2017 – Northwest Arkansas – My second cousin was being deployed overseas for the military, so his parents threw a fantastic send-off party for him.  I made a very quick trip to the Bentonville area to visit family I don’t often get to see, see the soldier off, and  take an unexpected trip to see the Chihuly exhibit at the impressive Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville.  It was a great road trip with which to break in my new car!

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