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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Proper Getaway: A Western Odyssey

A few weeks back, our pal Jenn Barger (fashion writer, style expert and shopping guru at dcstylefactory), and her husband, Callan, spent two weeks out West. Both hail from those parts; Jenn an ex-Texan, Callan a South Dakotan. Escaping DC heat and reconnecting with their roots, they flew into Salt Lake City and took off on a road trip through Montana, Wyoming and Utah (plus a shred of Idaho) that meshed yee-ha cowboy fun with old friends and a lot of terrific trout-eating (and microbrew-trying).

Back in DC, but perhaps still in her denim and boots, Jenn takes the PT Questionnaire:

What was the first thing that caught your eye?

Both Cal and I spent time in the Grand Tetons when we were kids, but coming back as adults was just a reminder of what a beauty queen national park it is — it’s all gigantic, snow-kissed mountains plunging to green, wildflower-filled valleys with postcard-worthy lakes. Oh, and view of moose, beavers and elk. It was nice to come to a place full of memories for both of us and not be disappointed in the least.

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Proper Getaway: An Indian Adventure

India has been a longtime travel dream for our good friends Kim and James, both PhD candidates at GWU, so imagine how excited the were that "this summer a bunch of magical stars aligned to allow us to go." With stops thus far in New Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Agra and Kolkata (formerly Calcutta), Kim says that "every city has felt like a different country to me. It's been challenging ... and beautiful ... a whole new world!"

Voilà (darn wish I had the Hindi word), Kim's answers to the PT Questionnaire:

What was the first thing that caught your eye?
The green of Kolkata -- the first place we stayed for a long time. I knew about the intense poverty and the slums (where I needed to be for my research on this trip) and Mother Teresa's house, but I hadn't expected the tropical feeling of monsoon greenery and the gorgeous old bookstores. (Calcutta was the capital of the Raj and in still the intellectual hub of West Bengal--maybe all of India!)

Most intriguing smells? Sounds?
India has been an assault on every sense! The air smells like it is always on fire, but patchouli and jasmine waft through too, especially if a mala (a floral wreath) is around your neck! There are and a TON of cows everywhere--they are holy and it seems like they know that--and that does make for its own set of smells on the streets! It's monsoon season here, which has made for some interesting weather--sometimes perfect and breezy (which we did not expect!) but sometimes downpouring. That was our weather in Udaipur, where we were staying on a lake, and the sound of that monsoon rain was incredible.

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Friday, July 31, 2015

33 Songs for Our Pals On The Road

It’s been almost 58 years since Jack Kerouac published the adventures of Sal Paradise and Dean Moriarty in classic road trip novel On The Road.  The nominally fictitious adventures of Kerouac and Neal Cassady captured the imagination of a nation and inspired countless brave souls to pack a bag and hit the highway. We’ve been checking in with some of our friends to hear about their travels this summer and posting their reports here, so we dedicate this play list to those of you just hitting the road or already relaxing somewhere fun. We’ve paired each song with a quote from On The Road for added inspiration. There are a few more hours of traveling tunes on our Spotify play list to help you reach your destinations. Happy trails, amigos.

1. On The Road – Keane
“Nothing behind me, everything ahead of me, as is ever so on the road.”

2. Real Gone – Sheryl Crow
“ 'Sal, we gotta go and never stop going 'till we get there.'
'Where we going, man?'
'I don't know but we gotta go.' ”

3. First One In The Car – The Wallflowers
“This was really the way my whole road experience began, and the things that were to come are too fantastic not to tell.”

4. Slow Rollin’ – Lady Antebellum
“... because he had no place he could stay in without getting tired of it and because there was nowhere to go but everywhere, keep rolling under the stars...”

5. Hello? Goodbye! – Lake Street Dive
“It's good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies”

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Proper Getaway: Martha’s Vineyard

As we steep in the thick murky brew that is July/Washington DC, we find ourselves dreaming of friends' magical journeys. Come, armchair travel with us.

First stop: Martha's Vineyard with the sweetest traveling circus ever.

Annie Lou and MJ Berman and their 4 children (8-year-old Charlie, 6-year-old Teddy and 4-year-old twins Scottie and Nellie) have decamped to the Vineyard for the summer ... well, various combinations of them for various parts of the summer, with various grandparents and aunts and uncles and cousins ... all adding to the {sweet} circus-like atmosphere.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Eighteen Songs For Ireland. SlГЎinte!

Faith and Begorrah! Is it Saint Patrick’s Day already? Shakespeare warned us to beware the ides of March. Apparently he foresaw the mayhem that would accompany the day set aside to honor the patron saint of the emerald isle. We wish you well in your endeavors on this night of revelry. Have fun, tip a pint or two and don your greenest greens. We’re all a little Irish today. Remember to be careful out there, and please be kind to your fellow Fenians. We’ve compiled a play list of old classics and modern traditionals and paired them with quotes about Ireland and some wisdom from its shores. We think they'll go well with a Guinness. Sláinte!

1. Raise A Glass To St. Patrick – The Irish Rovers
“May the road rise to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face.
And rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.“

- Irish blessing

2. Last Ones Standing – Ceann
“The heart of an Irishman is nothing but his imagination.”
- George Bernard Shaw

3. Whiskey, You’re The Devil – The Clancy Brothers
“Drink is the curse of the land.
It makes you fight with your neighbor.
It makes you shoot at your landlord,
and it makes you miss him.”

- Irish proverb

4. Danny Boy – Eva Cassidy
“The Ireland I now inhabit is one that these Irish contemporaries have helped to imagine.”
- Seamus Heaney

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Monday, July 1, 2013

Nous voyageons.

The end of June has brought the Fuhrman/Kerr clan to lovely France. They'll be returning to us soon, so to celebrate their travels, we're offering 20% off ALL FRAMES for a limited time. So come on by to snag the perfect frame in which to feature your summer travels.

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Monday, November 12, 2012

Bookish Monday: Around the World in Three Days.

Our new favorite that we can barely keep in stock:

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Wednesday, July 6, 2011

the overnighter.

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Wednesday, June 29, 2011

travelogue: the window.

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Thursday, June 23, 2011


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Saturday, July 31, 2010

SATURDAY, JULY 31st, 2010welcome {imaginary vacation} weekend.

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