Melanie Radzicki McManus

Melanie is always looking for her next adventure, whether it's hiking 1,000 kilometers on a Spanish pilgrimage trail or warming her hands over a space heater with Muslim guards at the Dome of the Rock. Melanie has written for publications such as Cooking Light, National Geographic Traveler, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Robb Report and Runner's World, and recently created two travel apps. In 2011, she won a gold Lowell Thomas Award for best environmental tourism article.

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Touring Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin in Wisconsin

Taliesin, home of Frank Lloyd Wright. ©Melanie Radzicki McManus

When you live in Frank Lloyd Wright’s former backyard, you hear lots of stories. The famous architect was a skinflint who never paid his taxes. He was a scoundrel who bullied people and thought he was all that. He had expensive tastes and carelessly … [Read more...]

Climbing Mt. Teide in the Canary Islands

Starting the hike up Mt. Teide. (©Melanie Radzicki McManus)

For the umpteenth time, my young guide stops to text. It's starting to tick me off. I want to learn as much as I can about the hardscrabble volcanic mountain we're climbing, not watch his orange hoodie-clad head bent over his flying fingers. As if … [Read more...]

Exploring Sevilla’s Cathedral, Alcázar and Archivo de Indias

If you climb to the top of the Giralda Tower, you'll enjoy prime views of Sevilla.

Slowly and steadily, the line of people plods upward. Sighing, panting, gasping, straining. The woman in front of me desperately wants to commiserate with me about this relatively arduous trek, but I don’t speak French. Finally, she holds up three … [Read more...]