About

The City Traveler is the product of a group of experienced travel journalists who have visited every continent, and explored both the great sights and the hidden treasures of the world’s best and biggest cities. Our bylines have appeared in major travel magazines, as well as a myriad of daily newspapers, web sites, and inflight publications. We’ve covered travel for businesspeople, for brides, for luxury travelers, and for architecture, design, and arts aficionados.

We love cities, not just for their cultural riches and enticing nightlife, fine dining and endless street food, bike paths and trails, teeming streets and neon signs. We love them for the little things, too: their pocket parks, quiet squares, and fountains. We love them for their button boutiques, cookbook shops, and gnome-filled windows. Cities — big and small — charm us with all manner of variety and with this site we hope to share some of our discoveries with you. Dig in, and dig deep. You never know what you might find.

For more information, please contact: staff [at] thecitytraveler.com.

NOTE: Contributors to The City Traveler may have received assistance with accommodations, transportation or other aspects of their travels from tourism organizations, hotels or others.

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Founding Editors:

Robert DiGiacomo is a veteran features writer whose travels have taken him Down Under, south of the border, across the pond and almost everywhere in between. He loves to see how others live, work, play — and eat — in urban places around the globe. His work can be seen regularly in major magazines, newspapers and web sites, including USA Today and USA Weekend, the Washington Post, CNN.com, Travel Holiday, the Boston Globe, Wine Spirits Quarterly, and Yahoo.com. He also has been a frequent contributor to Fodor’s travel publications, and enjoys a weekly brush with fame as the main casino entertainment writer for The Press of Atlantic City. For the latter, he’s chatted up everyone from Jon Stewart, Bill Cosby and Bill Maher to Stevie Nicks, Alanis Morissette, and the one-and-only Charo.

JoAnn Greco is an inexhaustible (almost!) flaneur and inveterate window-shopper who has made the intersection of travel, architecture, and urban life a specialty of her writing. Her work has appeared in National Geographic Traveler, the Washington Post, the Toronto Globe and Mail, Fodor’s, Art & Antiques, Bridal Guide, Modern Bride, Metropolis, AIA Context, Planning, Interiors, Hospitality Design, forbestraveler.com, and dozens of other publications. Like Samuel Johnson, who famously said “when a man is tired of London, he is tired of life,” JoAnn could happily return again and again to not only London, but New York, Paris, and Tokyo. But, then, she’s yet to explore Beijing’s hutongs, Lisbon’s piazzas, and Melbourne’s lanes.

Contributors:

Arnold Berke specializes in historic sites and cities, architecture, and planning and is senior contributing editor of Preservation magazine. The author of Mary Colter: Architect of the Southwest, he lives in Washington, D.C., but admits to a special passion for his hometown, Cleveland.

Ron Bernthal writes for Global Traveler Magazine, Newsday, Dallas Morning News, Toronto Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, and many others. The author of Off the Beaten Path Puerto Rico, he also hosts the award-winning Borders, a regularly-scheduled weekly travel segment on WJFF Radio.

Jim Carper, who developed the Global Hoteliers Club while editing Hotels magazine, has visited six of the seven continents.

Marla Cimini has covered everything from black-owned vineyards in California to New Jersey’s slow food movement to the 24/7 nightlife scene in Buenos Aires, for publications such as Uptown, New Jersey Monthly and Philly Style. She is also the author and co-editor of A Century of Hospitality: 1910 to 2010.

Barrie Cohen recently moved to Madrid, Spain to teach English.   She has been published in the Greater Wilmington Business Journal and Wrightsville Beach Magazine.

Chris Cox is a self-proclaimed “mind-reader” and entertainer who has won critical praise from the British press for being “loveable, geeky and deceptively talented” and for leaving “other magicians scratching their heads.”

Beth D’Addono is a food and travel writer for the Boston Giobe, Toronto Star, Philadelphia Inquirer, fourseasons.com, grandparents.com, and AAA Traveler. She also blogs on unique travel destinations at Unchained Travel.

Eileen Smith Dallabrida is an award-winning writer and editor whose work has appeared in USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic Traveler and numerous other outlets, both print and online.

Anthony DeMarco writes about travel, design, and all things culinary. He is a former editor of trade magazines covering retail and architecture.
Sophia Dembling is a frequent contributor to the Dallas Morning News, and her work has also appeared in Delta Sky, US Airways’ Attache, Salon.com, Chicago Tribune, and the Los Angeles Times. Her blog, The Introvert’s Corner, appears regularly at PsychologyToday.com.

Megan Dempsey is based in San Francisco, where she runs a boutique floral design studio and blogs about design and related interests at Letter Paper Flower.

Lauralee Dobbins is a freelance writer who most recently wrote about monkeying around in the Amazon jungle of Peru for New Jersey Lifestyle.

Mary Alice Downie has contributed to the Toronto Star, Globe and Mail, Halifax Chronicle-Herald, Montreal Gazette, Fifty Plus, Forever Young, Tourist, Good Times, 55+, and Canadian Living Magazine.

Abigail R. Esman is an award-winning journalist and contributing editor to Interiors and Art & Auction.  Her articles  on art, design, and travel have appeared in Vogue, Town & Country, Artnews, The Robb Report, and Departures.

Frances J. Folsom writes often on travel, history and art from her Cambridge, Mass. base. Her work has appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Antiques and Fine Art, FiberArts and Crafts Report.

Stacia Friedman is an award-winning freelance writer who travels for a living and lives to travel. Her work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Elegant Wedding, and Intermezzo. Stacia’s also the founding editor of www.MidCenturyFolio.com, a weekly design magazine

Pam George has written travel, dining and other feature articles for hundreds of national and regional publications, including Men’s Health, Fortune and the Christian Science Monitor. She is a regular contributor to  AirTran’s Go! magazine, and author of the book, Shipwrecks of the Delaware Coast: Tales of Pirates, Squalls and Treasure.

Andrea Gross has contributed to Time, Newsweek, The Washington Post, The St. Petersburg Times and the National Geographic travel blog, and is a monthly columnist for Home & Away. She and her husband, photographer Irv Green, own Traveltizers, which supplies monthly travel articles to a network of senior magazines in 18 states.

Emilie Harting specializes in culture and eco tourism. She has recently written for the Boston Globe, ForbesTraveler.com, Philadelphia Inquirer, and National Geographic Traveler.

Becca Hensley can’t resist a good sale, a mysterious side street, or a full glass of champagne in a local bar. Senior travel writer for Austin Monthly, she also frequently contributes to National Geographic Traveler and American Way, and is editor-in-chief of  Popular Hispanics, an online magazine.

Olivia Katrandjian has written a travel column for the Bergen Record, as well as contributed travel features to the Los Angeles Times, PBS Frontline, BBC, ABC News, Christian Science Monitor, and Abu Dhabi National.

Christopher Klein is a frequent contributor to The Boston Globe travel section and the Globe-trotting blog. His work has also appeared in National Geographic Traveler, New England Travel and ESPN. He is the author of Discover the Boston Harbor Islands: A Guide to the City’s Hidden Shores.

Bryon MacWilliams reported extensively from the former Soviet Union, chiefly in Russia, from 1996 through 2008. He has written for The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nature, Science and Newsweek, as well as major daily newspapers. He is currently working on a work of narrative non-fiction/memoir about Russia through the culture of the steam bath, or banya.

Cathleen McCarthy, a TCT co-founder, writes about museum exhibitions, design and collecting — particularly gems and jewelry — but a perfect trip for her combines urban culture with plenty of outdoor adventure. Read her work at her online magazine/blog, The Jewelry Loupe, as well as Town & Country, Country Living, AmericanStyle, Four Seasons, More, US Airways, Departures, MSN City Guides and the Washington Post.

Josh Miller is a Philadelphian who has lived in Brazil, Cuba, India, Spain and Venezuela. He covers the international development marketplace for Devex.com and has worked for the Associated Press, PBS.org, and The Daily Journal.

Joanne Molina, former senior arts and culture editor at Interiors magazine, is editorial director of The Curated Object, a nonprofit blog devoted to highlighting design exhibits around the world.

Anja Mutic, who was born and raised in Zagreb, Croatia, is a New York-based travel writer and co-author of Lonely Planet Croatia. Her articles also have appeared in The Washington Post, Shermans Travel Magazine and Wine Enthusiast.

Jacqueline Ostrowski has written for The Chicago Tribune, Chicagomag.com, Mobil Travel Guide, Dining Out Chicago, The Rotarian, and AOL’s Digital City.  She’s also a managing content producer at Metromix.com.

Nicole Pensiero is a veteran music and travel writer whose work has appeared in the Philadelphia Inquirer, New Jersey Monthly, and PopMatters.

Todd Pitock’s stories have appeared in ForbesLife, Reader’s Digest, and The New York Times. His work has been included in Best American Science and Nature Writing 2008 and Best Travel Writing 2008.

Ruth Rovner has written extensively on Switzerland and Germany. Her travel articles have appeared in German Life, the Delaware County Daily Times, San Diego Jewish Times, and other publications.

Jenna Schnuer is a contributing editor at American Way and co-founder/writer of Flyover America. She has also written for World Hum, Continental, National Geographic Traveler, Executive Travel, and a bunch of guidebooks.

John Shabe is a producer at NJ.com. His previous career stops have included stints as an editor at Scholastic News and reporting jobs at The Philadelphia Inquirer, and The Post-Standard in Syracuse.

Christine Sisson is a freelance writer and former editor of a design industry magazine. She recently returned to Chicago after living in Prague for a year, balancing work with spontaneous travel across Europe.

Gary Stern has written travel articles for American Way, the Robb Report, Tennis and the New York Post. He’s covered Anguilla, Tortola, Negril, and the best tennis resorts in the Caribbean.

Jacqueline Swartz’ articles on everything from shopping in Mumbai to architecture in San Franscisco have appeared in Canada’s Globe and Mail and Toronto Star,  as well as Conde Nast Traveller, Marie-Claire, Spa Magazine, and The Boston Globe. www.jacquelineswartz.com

Caroline Tiger has written about travel and design for magazines including the New York Times T, Town & Country, Budget Travel, Departures, National Geographic Traveler, and Travel and Leisure.

Mike Tyler is a photographer, videographer and indie filmmaker who shows at local galleries and produces video for clients such as PMTV and Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation.

Ellen Weingart is a freelance writer who served as a newspaper editor in Worcester, Mass. for 16 years.

Ulrike Lemmin-Woolfrey is a Dubai-based travel and lifestyle writer. She writes a weekly blog about life as an expat, and has contributed to The Weekly Telegraph, Business Traveller, and CNTraveller.com, among others.

Ann Yungmeyer’s articles about people, places and product design have appeared in Tri-Cities Business Journal,  Golf for Women, Blue Ridge Country, Virginia Living, Mountain Homes, Chattanooga Magazine, and other regional publications.

Meg Zimbeck is Paris editor for Budget Travel and BlackBook and regular online contributor for SAVEUR. She’s also written for the BBC’s Olive, Wall Street Journal online, Gridskipper, Momondo, and Hemispheres.

  • Raymond van Over

    Love your blog. I’m new to it but want to see and hear more. Are you going to have a newsletter or subscription arrangement in the future?

    • The City Traveler Staff

      Thank you for your nice feedback! Yes, we are working on subscriptions. Please, check back soon. — JoAnn

  • http://@sheilabcal Sheila Callahan

    Looks awesome. Congrats!

  • Irene

    Your website looks great!

    • JoAnn Greco

      Thanks for all the good words, everybody! Keep reading… and traveling… JoAnn

  • Donna Bandal

    This is phenomenal. Your site is so chock-full-of interesting tidbits. The photography is eye-candy for someone who hasn’t visited some of the areas featured. A big congratulations to all of you. P.S. I am looking up the word “flaneur”…I am embarrassed to say.

  • Donna Bandal

    Are you going to feature something about Spa Week in NY–Oct. 12th – 18th?

    • JoAnn Greco

      Hi Donna– Indeed we are! Look for it this Friday…

  • Imjmb

    I love reading your articles. I’ve been to a few of the cities you have written about. I’ve changed email addresses, and I’m so glad I’m able to do it so easily that I can continually receive your wonderful articles. Thanks, Judi