Jennifer Garcia-Alonso is a New Yorker living in Abu Dhabi. She writes about travel, hotels, spas, food, shopping and unique experiences. She is a Co-Founder of The Purple Passport, a chic collection of online city guides that tell you everything you need to know to experience a city in style. When she is not scouting and writing for The Purple Passport, Jennifer enjoys taking short breaks to new places. Her most recent travels have taken her to Sydney and Melbourne, Australia, Doha, Qatar and Frankfurt, Germany. To see where she and her team have been lately, visit their blog, Diary of The Purple Passport.
I’ve recently returned from a long weekend in Istanbul to celebrate my mother’s birthday. As a link between East and West, Europe and Asia, this city is particularly relevant to me as an American living in Abu Dhabi; it comfortably blends so many of ... Go to Story
The Purple Passport to Los Angeles for Kindle and Kindle Apps (iPhone/iPad/Android/Mac/PC), is FREE today in the Amazon store. Essential reading for hip, discerning travelers and on-the-go locals, the guide provides insider tips on over 100 handpicke... Go to Story
Springtime in Paris may be a cliché of perfection, but summer is when the city is positively deluged by tourists (most notably the school's-out-for-three-months set). Whether you've got a family in tow or are flying solo, though, Paris&apos... Go to Story
In the world of fine French cuisine, tradition and innovation are constantly in a tug of war. Classical French techniques remain the gold standard for culinary training the world over, so it makes sense that there’s a “purist” camp ... Go to Story
On the Parisian bar scene, it seems like you can’t throw a stone without hitting the ghost of some literary giant. F. Scott Fitzgerald was a well-liquored regular at Harry’s New York Bar, and the bar at The Ritz was such a favorite of Ernest Hemingwa... Go to Story
Even if you don't speak a lick of French, I'll bet you've occasionally put the French article "le" in front of a word to make it sound more mock sophisticated (as in, "Pardon me, I'm going to use le bathroom."). In fact, it's such a common sleight of... Go to Story
I’m just back from a wonderful ten-day trip to Vietnam with my husband, where we spent time in Hanoi, an island near Nha Trang, and Ho Chi Minh City. Our visit fell during the country’s springtime, and although temperatures and rainfall w... Go to Story
With all the flurry of activity in London this weekend for The Queen's Diamond Jubilee (celebrating 60 years of Her Maj), we can't help but think about the best places in London to have a brush with the royal family. When we're seeking... Go to Story
As summer arrives in London, the royals are ringing in the season in rare form with a bevy of bashes to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their monarch, Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, which culminates June 2-5, promises m... Go to Story
It may be hard to remember a time before round-the-clock TMZ and Perez. What with incessant updates on Lindsay's latest court appearance and Charlie Sheen's latest manic stunt, movie stardom has been largely stripped of its glamour in the 2... Go to Story
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