Hayley Bosch

Forbes Travel Guide Editor

  • Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Majoring in French and Italian in college yielded some of the best food (in my own humble opinion) and vacations (everyone wants to travel with someone who’s fluent) that I could imagine. And as a Content Editor at Forbes Travel Guide, I’m able to focus on my passion for traveling and eating — with a refined palate, of course. I love to write about my adventures; it’s a way of telling my story. I seek out everything from marathons in cities I’ve never explored to restaurants off the beaten path. When I’m not eating my way through my world travels, I’m chatting with our Tastemakers to help tell their stories of travel, food and business.

  • On September 25, 2012
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    Where is the best shopping in Florence?

    Florence is brimming with spectacular shopping opportunities — and it’s not just the top-notch designers. Along the Ponte Vecchio, you’ll encounter shop after shop filled with gold necklaces, bracelets, rings and more. This is where to buy jewelry, and there’s something for every price range.
     
    The western Italian city is also known for its quality leather goods. Make your way to Piazza Santa Croce’s Scuola del Cuoio (School of Leather) and watch the craftsmen hard at work learning the trade. Within the school, buy everything from handmade belts to wallets. You’ll find more leather and jewelry at the nearby open-air San Lorenzo market.
     
    When it comes to fashion, Florence’s Via Tornabuoni is unrivaled in these parts. Boutiques from legendary Italian designers like Gucci, Prada, Emilio Pucci and Roberto Cavalli line the famous street. It’s a shopper’s paradise, so don’t forget your credit card. To get labels for less, head to The Mall, an outlet center that’s a half-hour drive from the city. Packed with shops like Tod’s, Bottega Veneta and Gucci, this is the spot to snag the deals.
  • On September 25, 2012
    Hayley Bosch answered the question: Hayley Bosch

    Where is the best shopping in Florence?

    Florence is brimming with spectacular shopping opportunities — and it’s not just the top-notch designers. Along the Ponte Vecchio, you’ll encounter shop after shop filled with gold necklaces, bracelets, rings and more. This is where to buy jewelry, and there’s something for every price range.
     
    The western Italian city is also known for its quality leather goods. Make your way to Piazza Santa Croce’s Scuola del Cuoio (School of Leather) and watch the craftsmen hard at work learning the trade. Within the school, buy everything from handmade belts to wallets. You’ll find more leather and jewelry at the nearby open-air San Lorenzo market.
     
    When it comes to fashion, Florence’s Via Tornabuoni is unrivaled in these parts. Boutiques from legendary Italian designers like Gucci, Prada, Emilio Pucci and Roberto Cavalli line the famous street. It’s a shopper’s paradise, so don’t forget your credit card. To get labels for less, head to The Mall, an outlet center that’s a half-hour drive from the city. Packed with shops like Tod’s, Bottega Veneta and Gucci, this is the spot to snag the deals.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the five best beaches in St. Barts?

    If you’re going to St. Barts, you’re going to want to hit the beach, and with more than 20 pristine beaches around the island, it’s hard to decide which one. Here are Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks for the five best beaches in St. Barts:
     
    1. St. Jean Beach. It’s really two beaches — one on either side of the exclusive resort of Eden Rock — each with its own beach club. Nikki Beach is the place to see and be seen, while Tom Beach is the spot to go for watersports like paddle boarding.
     
    2. Flamands Beach. The rolling surf makes Flamands Beach a great place for boogie boarding and body surfing. It’s also one of the largest beaches on the island. With Hôtel Saint-Barth Isle de France as a backdrop, you won’t have to leave the beach for a great bite to eat.
     
    3. Saline Beach. Park your car by the pond and make your way over the dunes to this intimate beach. You should know that the left side of the path is the unofficial nudist beach, so we suggest you stick to the right. The water is a bit rough at this stretch of sand and there’s no beachside service, but the privacy of Saline Beach is worth the visit.
     
    4. Shell Beach. Located a short walk from Gustavia Harbor, Shell Beach is great for the whole family. Overflowing with beautiful shells, you can spend the morning building your collection and the afternoon playing in the calm water. Dõ Brazil, the beachfront restaurant, adds to the allure of Shell Beach.
     
    5. Colombier Beach. Accessible by boat or foot, this secluded beach was once owned by the Rockefellers. Colombier Beach is calm, making it a prime snorkeling spot. Like Saline, you won’t find any beach services here, so pack a cooler with snacks and plenty to drink.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What is the best thing to bring home from St. Barts?

    With its world-class shopping and sophisticated fashion sense, St. Barts is the kind of place you can’t go leave without buying a single thing. Your best bet for souvenirs is Gustavia, the island’s capital and main shopping district. You’ll find all the big designers there — from Ralph Lauren to Hermès — but we suggest going for something local. Head to Sea Memory, located a few streets away from the harbor, for one-of-a-kind jewelry and other local art. Crafted from precious materials such as silver, bronze, pewter and horn, the pieces are one-of-a-kind, from a horn inlaid champagne bucket to a colored shagreen bracelet made of stingray.
     
    At local boutique Pati de St Barth you’ll find soft, cotton t-shirts and apparel that fit the bill of souvenir wear without being kitschy. The flagship store is right on the harbor in Gustavia and also sells hats, shorts and cover-ups. Finally, visit the first outpost of beachy-chic women’s retailer Calypso St. Barth, where you’ll find dresses, caftans and jewelry that once worn at home, will make you feel like you’re seaside, even when you’re not.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the five best St. Barts food experiences?

    Being a French island, it’s no surprise that St. Barts has some outstanding food. While just about every corner of the island has its noteworthy cuisine, there are a few restaurants worth seeking out. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s five best food experiences in St. Barts:
     
    1. Le Ti St. Barth. The food is at this restaurant is just fine, and ranges from steak to seafood, but it’s the nightly cabaret show makes it an institution. The classic showgirl performance makes Le Ti of the hottest spots on the island, and reservations are essential. Reserve a table in the VIP room (a minimum of 250 Euros per person) for the best seats and service. While watching the performers, dig into yellowtail sashimi topped with caviar, or ribeye steak spiced with green pepper.
     
    2. K’fe Massai. The lodge-style interior of this restaurant is reminiscent of a safari camp in Africa, with its tribal art and dim lighting, but the menu is delightfully dominated by French cuisine. It’s another one of the island’s themed restaurants, which makes for an entertaining experience.
     
    3. Nikki Beach. It’s a beach club and restaurant in one, and you don’t want to miss it. Nikki Beach is a frequent haunt of visiting celebrities who come to feast on fresh sushi and the views of Baie de St. Jean.
     
    4. Eddy’s. Most tourists don’t even know about this spot, but locals love Eddy’s. Located in Gustavia, this restaurant will give you a taste of St. Barts without much fuss. The menu focuses on Creole takes on fresh seafood; regulars rave about the green papaya salad and rum punch.
     
    5. Maya’s. This eponymous bistro has a constantly changing menu filled with the freshest ingredients its chef/owner can find. The creole cuisine is simple and clean — think wahoo tartare and grilled Dorado. The waterfront location just adds to the allure of this charming restaurant.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    Where is the best nightlife in St. Barts?

    If there’s one thing people in St. Barts know how to do, it’s party. Whether you are at a private villa or a beach club, the champagne will be flowing and music will be blasting. Most of the island’s bars and nightclubs are filled with chic, well-heeled travelers, but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t overflowing with island flavor.
     
    Perhaps the most unique locale on the island, Le Ti St. Barth is a quasi-supper club, but with a hefty dose of Moulin Rouge in the mix. As you enjoy your dinner, you’ll be serenaded by dancers — both male and female — in a burlesque show. While the performances can be a bit risqué and are not recommended for kids, it’s far from inappropriate. Once the dinner show is over and the plates are cleared, diners and performers alike dance the night away on tables and throughout the red-draped restaurant. Check to the schedule once you’re in town to see if one of the theme parties are taking place — they are legendary.
     
    If you’re looking for a beach club, head straight to Nikki Beach. Set on Baie de St. Jean, this world-famous club (which has locations around the world) is a place to sun during the day and party at night. Reserve ahead to for lounge chairs during the day, and to be sure to get past the velvet rope at night.
     
    Across the way in Gustavia is Baz Bar, which doubles as a sushi restaurant and nightclub. Live music, including jazz, soul and blues, makes the harbor-side bar an eclectic place with an even more diverse crowd — you’ll spot everyone from models to sailors.
     
    Also in Gustavia, the Yacht Club is not filled with your average pastel-wearing yachters — instead, this nightclub is the place to party afterhours and into the dawn. Owned by the same woman behind Le Ti, the Yacht Club is filled with house music and attractive people dancing the night away.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What is the best way to see St. Barts in one day?

    Those island hopping in the Leeward Islands could easily see the tiny island of St. Barts in one day, but we guarantee you’ll want to stay longer. Start your morning with a delicious crêpe, sweet or savory at La Crêperie. Located at the top of a hill in Gustavia, this little eatery will satisfy your French cravings. You can order freshly-made crêpes filled with everything from fried eggs with ham and Swiss to Nutella.
     
    Once you’ve got your energy for the morning, head back to the harbor for some of the best shopping in the Caribbean — St. Barts is a French island after all. The charming streets are lined with designer stores flaunting names like Bulgari, Cartier and Hermès. Men should stop in at French label Vilebrequin for colorful retro-chic swimsuits. You’ll also find unique jewelry stores selling everything from black pearls at Kalinas Perles to shagreen bracelets made from stingray hide at Sea Memory.
     
    After shopping, pack up and head across the island to Baie de St. Jean for lunch and sunning at Nikki Beach. Be sure to reserve your lounge chairs ahead of time, as this chic beach club is the place to see and be seen. Once you’ve claimed your chairs, sit down in the beachfront restaurant for a delicious seafood-filled lunch.
     
    Spend a few hours soaking up the sun at Nikki Beach, then embark on your next adventure. The intimate surroundings and uncanny views make the 30-minute hike to Colombier totally worth it. If you’ve rented a car or have a driver, park at Flamands Beach; otherwise, you can take your boat there. Colombier Beach, which was once owned by the Rockefellers, is secluded and has great snorkeling.
     
    End your day with dinner at Le Ti St. Barth. The Moulin Rouge-like caberet dinner show keeps the party going late into the night. During dinner, dancers serenade the restaurant and once the plates are cleared, the whole restaurant breaks into song and dance.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    Where is the best shopping in St. Barts?

    Walking down Saint Barthelemy’s Quai de la République is like a dream come true for shoppers. With names such as Hermès, Bulgari, Cartier and Dior lining the street, it’s hard to believe you’re in the Caribbean. Needless to say, St. Bart’s is a shopper’s paradise. The best shopping — and most diverse — is in Gustavia, the island’s capital. You’ll find those designer goods as well as unique island-influenced fashion that you can only find in St. Barts.
     
    If you’re looking for something a bit less touristy, head to St. Jean where you’ll find small shopping centers along the main road. Make a stop at the original Calypso St. Barth boutique in St. Jean, where you can stock up on chic women’s apparel and jewelry.
     
    Many of the island’s restaurants and hotels have shops that are also worth the visit. There’s a fabulous beachwear shop at both Tom Beach Hotel and beach club Nikki Beach. Keep in mind that many of the stores close during the off-season (between June and November).
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the five best things to do with kids in St. Barts?

    Like any island destination, St. Barts has plenty of kid-friendly activities. Of course, these are mainly water-based activities, but this is the perfect place to get your youngsters acquainted with the sea. Here are the five best things to do with kids in St. Barts:
     
    1.     Swim at Shell Beach. The calm waters are great for little kids to swim in without worry. The beach is overflowing with shells, as you might expect, so it’s a great place to start a collection.
     
    2.     Snorkel in Petit Cul de Sac. The calm waters and gorgeous reef make Petit Cul de Sac one of the best snorkeling spots on the island. It’s a protected lagoon on the northeast corner of St. Barts and is fun for kids of all ages.
     
    3.     Shop in town. Head to Gustavia to make sure your youngster is the best-dressed kid at school when you return home. From designer shops to quirky island boutiques, you’ll find something for your kids and even yourself.
     
    4.     Picnic at the Marine Park. Pair a visit with snorkeling at Petit Cul de Sac, which offers a beautiful picnic locale. The kids will love the wildlife and you can soak up the sun and the views.
     
    5.    Hop aboard the Yellow Submarine. If your little ones need a break from swimming, book an adventure on the Yellow Submarine. You’ll see the underwater life from the comfort of a quasi-submarine — the seats are situated six feet below the surface.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the five best things to see and do in St. Barts?

    Tiny, charming Saint Barthelemy, more popularly known as St. Barts, is stocked with great things to see and do, no matter what time of year you visit. From shopping at the many designer stores to hitting the see-and-be-seen beach clubs, this compact but affluent island has a lively atmosphere that other sleepy Caribbean islands lack. Here are Forbes Travel Guide’s editor’s picks for the five best things to see and do in St. Barts:
     
    1.     Lounge at Nikki Beach. Head to the popular Nikki Beach for a celeb-filled day in the sun. The boutique-style beach club (which got its start in Miami and now has several outposts around the world) has a limited number of chairs, so be sure to reserve in advance. Come sunset, Nikki Beach turns into a posh party scene.
     
    2.     Hit the shops. Gustavia, the island’s capital, is the place to shop. You’ll find everything from Hermès to one-of-a-kind jewelry shops. Walking down Quai de la République, shopaholics will be drooling with names like Bulgari, Cartier and Dior.
     
    3.     Bask in the sun at Tom Beach. Snag a table at Tom Beach Hotel’s La Plage restaurant for some delicious local seafood. Once you’ve had your fair share of spiny lobster, move to the beach to catch some rays.
     
    4.     Dinner at Le Ti. It’s an experience to be had — this Moulin Rouge-esque dinner theater. The food is decent, but it’s all about the burlesque show. Though it’s not recommended for kids, it is a place that’s fun for almost everyone. Following the show, the entire restaurant dances late into the night.
     
    5.    Hike to Colombier Beach. It’s a bit difficult to get to — you have to take a boat or 30-minute walk on a rugged path — but it’s worth it. The beautiful cove at Colombier Beach is a prime spot for snorkeling and swimming.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the five best museums in Ottawa?

    Ottawa has tons to do all year long — from ice-skating on the Rideau Canal to picnicking in Gatineau Park — but sometimes it’s nice to spend some time in museums. And these aren’t just any museums; they’re some of the best in Canada. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ picks of the five best museums in Ottawa.
     
    1. Canada Science and Technology Museum. Explore more than 400 exhibits with many do-it-yourself experiments. It’s the kind of place that’s very hands-on — from the hair-raising static ball to the space simulator. You’ll see innovative gadgets like a fridge with a TV in it, as well as Canada’s historic role in science and technology like the steam locomotive that pulled the Royal Train during the 1939 royal visit.
     
    2. National Gallery of Canada. As one of Canada’s oldest national cultural institutions (it was created in 1880), this museum is interesting in itself. But the exhibitions are what lure you in — you’ll discover art that ranges from Canadian  to European and American. The museum also has special exhibits like the recent Van Gogh: Up Close that spotlight an artist or time period.
     
    3. Canada Aviation and Space Museum. Home to some of the world’s most historic aircraft, this museum celebrates all things flying. Accented by giant hangar-like walls, Canada Aviation and Space Museum is a great way to get a peek into Canada’s military history. Come spring and summer, you can take a flying tour of Ottawa in a plane with an open cockpit.
     
    4. Canadian Museum of Nature. Its location is intriguing, as it’s set within the castle-like Victoria Memorial Museum Building. This natural museum shows off everything from dinosaurs and fossils to a real skeleton of a blue whale and even living creatures in the Animalium; it’s fun for the whole family.
     
    5. Royal Canadian Mint. As the capital of Canada, Ottawa is home to the Royal Canadian Mint. And while it’s a different kind of museum, it’s always interesting to see where the country’s money was once made (though now the high-volume manufacturing facility is in Winnipeg). You can take a guided tour and see where the tools are created that stamp the coins for both circulation and commemorative coins.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What is the best thing to bring home from Ottawa?

    If there’s one thing you bring home from Ottawa, our Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest making it maple syrup. Whether it’s actually maple syrup or maple fudge or even maple lollipops, this is a must. You can actually tour several maple farms like Stanley’s Olde Maple Lane Farm where you can take a sleigh ride and see the extensive process of making maple syrup. Exploring these farms is fun for kids and adults — after all, who doesn’t love maple syrup? Chew on maple taffy or indulge in a pancake brunch with tons and tons of syrup; either way, you’ll want to take home a little souvenir to remember your time in Ottawa.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What are the five best Ottawa food experiences?

    Ottawa is filled with diverse cultures, each of which brings its own unique food experiences. From street food to the eclectic ByWard Market, Canada’s capital city is teeming with gastronomic wonders. Here are our Forbes Travel Guide editors’ take on the five best Ottawa food experiences.
     
    1. BeaverTails. This popular Canadian pastry is shaped like a beaver tail and comes with a variety of sweet and salty toppings. Visit the original kiosk in the ByWard Market and you’ll get a real taste of what Ottawa is all about. You can top your BeaverTail with everything from chocolate and candy to apples and cinnamon.
     
    2. Yangtze Dining Lounge. This is the place to go for dim sum on the weekends. Located within Ottawa’s eclectic Chinatown — which is actually more than just Chinese — Yangtze serves up all-day dim sum as well as Cantonese and Szechuan cuisine.
     
    3. Street food. With its eclectic population, Ottawa is home to some great street food — though food trucks (minus hotdogs and French fries) are only allowed on private land. From Thai food to shawarma, there are some great offerings.
     
    4. ByWard Market. As one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, this is definitely one of the best culinary experiences in the city. Whether you’re strolling along the surrounding streets and stop at a sidewalk café or pick up some fresh produce from the local farmers, the ByWard Market has something for everyone.
     
    5. Beckta Dining and Wine. This innovative restaurant is both flavorful and fresh. You’ll find options like pork belly risotto and Nova Scotia lobster on the menu. And if you want to know where your food comes from, check out the last page of the menu, where you’ll find a list of all the farms and producers — many of which are local.
  • On September 18, 2012
    Hayley Bosch answered the question: Hayley Bosch

    Where is the best nightlife in Ottawa?

    While there is tons to explore in Ottawa during the day, you’ll also find plenty of nightlife in Canada’s capital city, whether you’re looking for a low-key kind of place or a vibrantly edgy music venue. Restaurants and pubs line Elgin Street with clubs mixed in every now and then. This eclectic strip really comes alive at night, with music seeping through the windows and partiers pouring out on balconies and patios; from D’Arcy McGee’s Irish pub to The Manx, Elgin Street offers a plethora of nightlife options.
     
    Another exciting part of town is ByWard Market, which is a similar sort of mix as Elgin Street. This area has everything from dance clubs like Zaphod Beeblebrox and Barrymore’s Music Hall to dueling piano bars such as Fat Tuesday’s.
  • On September 18, 2012
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    What is the best way to see Ottawa in one day?

    The best way to see Ottawa in one day will depend on what time of year you visit. Though Ottawa has exciting things to see and do year-round, being in Canada, you can count on those activities changing depending on the season. Much of the itinerary will remain the same, but subbing in ice-skating on the Rideau Canal is a must in the winter, while kayaking on that same canal is a blast in the summer.
     
    Begin your day with breakfast and a bit of shopping at ByWard Market. As one of Canada’s oldest and largest public markets, it’s the epitome of Ottawa. Pick up a pastry from The French Baker on Murray Street and explore the nooks and crannies that ByWard Market has to offer. You’ll find everything from specialty foods and local produce to arts and crafts.
     
    Once you’ve gotten a taste of the market, make your way to the Rideau Canal for skating in the winter. The world’s largest naturally frozen skating rink is hugely popular in Ottawa. You can rent skates at the canal and enjoy the scenery. Pop over to one of the kiosks for a BeaverTail — a pastry stretched to resemble a beavertail and topped with everything from cinnamon and sugar to chocolate and candies. If you’re visiting in the summer, you’ll head to Dows Lake Pavilion and rent a paddleboat to explore the Rideau Canal; it’s fun and a different way to see Ottawa. And we recommend that you still enjoy a BeaverTail, too.
     
    After you’ve worn yourself out from skating or paddle boating, head to Parliament Hill for some time in the museums. Whether you opt for the National Gallery of Canada and see some intriguing works of art or head for the ever-popular Canada Science and Technology Museum to check out some kooky gadgets, you’ll have a blast.
     
    When it’s time for dinner, make your way back to ByWard Market and stroll along the restaurant-lined streets until something strikes your fancy. Trust us, it won’t take long.