Annie Fitzsimmons – Intelligent Travel

Annie Fitzsimmons

Annie Fitzsimmons is Intelligent Travel's Urban Insider, your cosmopolitan culture connection. From great places to stay and one-of-a-kind things to do in her home base, New York City, to tips from locals in the know in cities around the world, Annie is here to get you up to speed. Follow along on the blog and on Twitter @anniefitz and on Instagram @anniefitzsimmons.

10 Things to Love About San Francisco

On a recent visit to San Francisco, I was fortunate to have Nat Geo photographer Catherine Karnow as a companion and guide. As we explored the city in her zippy convertible, we made a point to venture across the bridge to Marin County, where Catherine makes her home. Here’s a list of ten of our favorite places experiences–on both sides of the bay.

City to Watch: Oakland Rising

Oakland is enjoying a moment in the sun right now, as evidenced by a recent spate of media hits and amorous outpourings on social networks. But after Nat Geo photographer Catherine Karnow and I spent time there on assignment, we both left convinced that the city’s ascent isn’t fleeting, but one that will have a long tail, bolstered by a steady stream of colorful shop and restaurant openings and an influx of equally colorful characters seeking lower rents and a less stressful lifestyle.

Five Lessons From a Nat Geo Photographer

If you think traveling with a Nat Geo photographer is a dream project–like I did when I heard I’d be working with Catherine Karnow–I’m here to tell you that it most definitely is. Not only did I gain insight into Catherine’s singular brand of photojournalism, I made a new friend–one I hope to see and work with again around the world. Here are a few things I learned from Catherine in the hopes that you, too, can benefit from her vision and experience as you explore and document the world.

The Perfect Day in San Francisco

As our joyful adventures in Dublin drew to a close, it was good to know that there were more adventures ahead. Catherine and I would be flying back over the Atlantic to explore the place Catherine calls home: San Francisco. And after exploring Catherine’s favorite spots, and discovering new gems together, we figured out the perfect way to spend a day in the City by the Bay. Here’s our recipe.

Dublin for Foodies

There was a time when I thought getting a world-class meal in Dublin involved hopping a plane to New York. That’s why I was blown away by the culinary scene Catherine Karnow and I encountered. The quality, creativity, and dedication to local ingredients we witnessed were on par with what you’ll find in some of the most sophisticated cities in the world–yet set apart by a uniquely Irish emphasis on comfort and simplicity. Here are ten must-try foodie havens that are making waves in Dublin.

How to Photograph Joyful People

My trip to Dublin marked the first time I’d be traveling with a National Geographic photographer and I was hoping to pick up a few tips. But I had no idea that the whole experience would be an immersive lesson in how to fall in love with the world and people through the lens of…

Discovering Dublin’s Coastal Villages

I’d been to the Irish capital several times before, but had never ventured from the city center to the seaside towns along the coast. As I came to find out, these aren’t seasonal communities brimming with tacky T-shirt and ice cream shops, but rather idyllic suburbs of Dublin where many families make their home.

The Perfect Day in Dublin

I’ve been to Dublin several times before, and have always found it to be a relaxing, almost effortless, city to visit with its eminently walkable city center bisected by the River Liffey. But this time, I was exploring the Irish capital with Nat Geo photographer Catherine Karnow. Together we discovered a new energy to the Dublin we have both come to know and love. Here’s how we spent our first, perfect day in Dublin, and how you can follow our trail.

Video: 11 Things to Love About Williamsburg

Destinations often call to mind other locales. Quebec City has a whiff of Paris to it, Laguna Beach can feel vaguely Italian, and the horse farms of New York’s Hudson Valley offer whispers of the English countryside. But Williamsburg and environs is hard to compare with anywhere else. Here are 11 things I loved about this picturesque region of Virginia.

Before the Mayflower: ‘America’s Birthplace’

The Archaearium at Historic Jamestowne is all about reality, warts and all. Some of the museum’s exhibits feature relics that shed light on the darkest moments of the settlement’s early days–including the skeletal remains of “Jane,” which many believe proved that the colonists resorted to cannibalism in the winter of 1609. After viewing the skull, which had been found, discarded carelessly in a cellar, in 2013, I was told it was “clear from the beginning that she was processed to be eaten.”

An Art-Lover’s Guide to Williamsburg

Some artistic efforts have the ability to powerfully move you, while others are meant to be enjoyed for enjoyment’s sake. I encountered both in Williamsburg, a town that has long attracted an intellectually curious crowd partly owing to the fact that America’s second-oldest university, the College of William and Mary, is located there.

Wild, Wonderful Williamsburg

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The greater Williamsburg area is a fantastic place to be outdoors. During my stay I rented a bike, took long walks, sipped wine in a spectacular setting, and boarded a boat for a cruise down the James River. Exploring the land from different perspectives gave me a greater appreciation for the complexities of America in its earliest stages–and the spirited community that occupies the site of its earliest permanent English settlement today.