If you’ve never witnessed a man make love to a tart of the pastry variety, then you have never met Yigit Pura or seen the ecstatic flutter of his chestnut eyelashes and the pursing of his full Turkish lips as he takes a deep bite from a Chantilly-filled St. Honoré cake to the sidelong glance of a scandalized Frenchwoman down the row on the Paris metro.
Whether you’re a backpacker, a flashpacker, or a jetsetter, chances are you’ve got a smartphone in your pocket. While the travel bug has infiltrated our office with the launch of 7x7’s May Travel issue, we asked our staff about their favorite travel apps, here’s what they like best:
Bet you didn’t know San Jose boasts an average of more than 300 sunny days per year. That fact alone makes San Jose a great weekend getaway for many Bay Area families. Just an hour south of San Francisco, a short car ride has all the makings for a great long weekend.
Winchester Mystery House
Every summer during July and August, Portland tries to make up for the soggy punishment the Pacific Northwest doles out during the year's other 10 months. When those blessed few weeks of temperatures in the 80s and 90s show up, there's only one thing to do - dig out your picnic basket and head to one of these five amazing Portland picnic spots.
Overlook Park (North Portland)
Picking the best neighborhood in Portland is completely subjective. Want great food? Portland has it. How about state-of-the-art public transportation? Check. But you can't have it all, or at least not all at the same time. Choosing your neighborhood comes down to priorities. Willing to take a lively nightlife with a little more crime? Or live in a boring neighborhood that will make your dog or kids happy? This guide will help you decide.
Best Public Transit: DOWNTOWN
Some days you just want to pack up the kids and get out of the city. No planning, no organizing, just get up and go. Do it right and sneaking away for a day doesn’t have to mean getting stuck in the car for hours. You can leave the hustle and bustle behind, take a step back in time and a walk on a beach with a wild side in Pescadero.