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Monte Carlo Spa Experience Well Worth the Gamble

Added by 2 years ago

Picture lying on a chaise lounge atop a terrace overlooking the Mediterranean.  To the right is the Principality’s palace.  The nearby marina teems with sparkling white yachts as a fleet of boats with fuchsia-colored ...

Opening Day at the Del Mar Racetrack is Only Part of the Allure

Added by 3 years ago

Summer’s hottest ticket in this town is Del Mar Racetrack’s opening day.  Horses, hats and heels define the exhilarating event.  Let me set the scene.  The paddock where the thoroughbreds are paraded is crowded with a...

Québec City’s Celebration of Winter

Added by 3 years ago

My January arrival to Québec City was anything but the warm welcome I received the previous summer. Don’t get me wrong, the province’s unmistakable hospitality and friendliness were in full force. But at a temperature...

The World’s Best Hiking Spots

Added by 4 years ago

The faint chime of cowbells amid a high altitude backdrop, an up-close-and-personal view of a snow topped “wedding cake” mountain and an impulsive dip in a natural springs pool only yards from the crashing sea; all ar...

PUNTACANA’s Tortuga Bay Resort is Jewel in Dominican Republic’s Crown

Added by 5 years ago

You’ve heard there’s one chance to make a first impression and there’s no where better to illustrate this truism than PUNTACANA Resort & Club’s Tortuga Bay boutique hotel in the Dominican Republic. FIRST IMPRES...

Italy’s Food and Drink

Added by 5 years ago

“When the world seems to shine like you’ve had too much wine, that’s amore,” sang crooner Dean Martin. Nowhere do the lyrics ring truer than in northern Italy, the upper portion of the boot-shaped country where reg...

Shade Manhattan Beach’s Coolest Hotel

Added by 5 years ago

I confess, until recently I was in the dark about the Manhattan Beach boutique hotel, Shade.  Heading into the on-the-water, tony town, GPS guided the way—my anticipatory slate was blank, for I had no idea what to exp...

New York #1 Top Shopping City

Added by 5 years ago

For many, a vacation translates to shopping – seeing the sights of the aisles.  To these travelers, urban adventures of the retail persuasion are more appealing than on-the-road lures like sightseeing, night life . . ...

Temecula Valley: A Day of Wine and Roses

Added by 5 years ago

Have you ever awaken and thought today I would love to be in Tuscany or Loire Valley or Napa, basking in the sun, sipping fine wines and overlooking acres of vineyards? If, like me, you live in Southern California,...

How to Cruise Antarctica

Added by 5 years ago

Upon arrival in Ushuaia, the tip of Argentina and debarkation port for Antarctic cruises, I was greeted: “Welcome to the end of the world.  Or to the beginning.”  It was with this salutation of superlatives that my ad...

The Hawaiian Islands’ Different Personalities

Added by 5 years ago

"The loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean." Mark Twain (of the Hawaiian Islands) If it’s true that paradise is where heaven meets earth, then Hawaii must be paradise . . . paradise or a dream....

Day Trip from Switzerland is Shopping in Milan

Added by 5 years ago

As the last of a Lugano church’s seven bells chimed, the phone rang.  Only in Switzerland I thought as I was greeted, “Good morning signora, this is your 7 o’clock wake-up.”  During my visit I had grown accustomed to ...

An Alternative Hike to Machu Picchu

Added by 5 years ago

Hidden from modern civilization until Yale archaeologist Hiram Bingham discovered Machu Picchu in 1911, the Peruvian site is a relative newcomer to the world’s stage of not-to-be-missed wonders. Named the “lost cit...

Montreal’s Jazz Festival

Added by 5 years ago

Start with Canada’s Cultural Capital.  Add a celeb-packed entertainment roster. Throw in noon-to-midnight concerts (about 500 of them) over 10 days of fun.  Voilà! — it’s Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, ww...

Visiting Scotland’s Distilleries to Sample Whiskey

Added by 5 years ago

It’s no secret that the land of kilts and castles, haggis and haddock, is historically linked to liquor.  Scotland is where 500 years of whisky making is revered, but certainly not routine.  The country’s “liquid gold...

An Insider’s Guide to London

Added by 5 years ago

A journey across the pond (translation: the Atlantic Ocean) is more than a change of latitude.  Indeed, a visit to London is a trip to the past. But it’s much more. Yes, English is spoken, albeit the Queen’s Eng...

Around the World Parties

Added by 5 years ago

Have you ever wanted a reason to celebrate “just because”?  Then get your party hat out, your dancing shoes on and grab the camera to capture the fun, for every month of the year is the season to celebrate somewhere. ...

Bavaria Spa Showcases Germany’s Commitment to Wellness

Added by 5 years ago

The morning in began with a rigorous hike in Germany’s National Park Berchtesgaden, followed by a boat trip and trek along Konigssee lake, an alpine haven deemed so pristine it required special permission from the Bav...

Top 10 Made-in-Waikiki Experiences

Added by 5 years ago

When you tell friends you’re going to Hawaii, their first question is predictable.  “Which island?”  Should the answer be Oahu, your reward could be a grimace.  And dare you further expound that you’ll only be staying...

Oscar-Style Shopping in the Footsteps of the Stars

Added by 5 years ago

Los Angeles.  Its setting is legendary.  The Hollywood sign is the hillside backdrop to a cityscape of endless freeways, countless palm trees and (during my visit) smog-free skies and crisp, clear mountains. While ...

Romantic Escapes: Sneak Away this Valentine’s Day

Added by 5 years ago

If one were to define romance, it would be bubbly champagne, delectable chocolates, pink hearts and red velvet roses. But when a loved one’s directive is “send me no flowers,” it just may be time for a seductive es...

The Best Way To Fly: Germany’s Airline Gets High Marks

Added by 5 years ago

I travel, and travel a lot.  So when I have an exceptionally pleasant airline experience, I like to share it. May I introduce you to Air Berlin? Though it’s Germany’s second largest airline (after Lufthansa), Eu...

Best Travel Deals: Check Out Off Season

Added by 5 years ago

How to hit the world’s great destinations when the crowds aren’t there Though it is not considered prime time, sometimes the best time to travel is when most stay home. True, the weatherman can’t promise perfection a...

Christmas in Austria: Winter Wonderland–Made for Memories

Added by 5 years ago

My arrival to Europe for our dream-come-true, first-ever family holiday abroad was not what I had envisioned.  Think snow storm, airport closing, accidental cancellation, expensive rebooking, probable lost luggage and...

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