A Perfect 3-Day Getaway To Central Coast & Carmel

Here We Come Fun! We have not found a better way to relax than to just “press pause” for a few days. We find three days is the perfect number. We can easily book Riley at the dog-sitter for a short stay, we don’t have to make a hundred phone calls or reservations and our refrigerator does not need to be emptied. We just lock up the house and go! And best of all, this seems to get us out of our routine. We do not have all the distractions, errands and projects that...

One Of The Oldest Restaurants In Europe “La Couronne”

La Couronne in Rouen, France- Auberge La Couronne in Rouen on the du Vieux Marche was established in 1345. A long roll of parchment dating from 1364 provides the authenticity of the deeds. It was a tavern providing food and drink to weary travelers and locals alike. It is regarded as being the oldest restaurant in Europe, however its early beginnings included a tavern, so some argue it is not the first “restaurant” per se. The dilemma continues.

A daily Farmer’s...

Los Angeles Travel Show— Today Sunday 2/28/16 in Long Beach!

The Los Angeles Travel Show this weekend in Long Beach. I attended all day Saturday and it is open all day today Sunday as well. Dance performances, Cooking Demonstrations, Panel Discussions, and Presentations from some of my favorite travel talents---Rick Steves, Samantha Brown, and today Sunday Peter Greenberg! Always full of great insights I will be writing up some notes I jotted down while Rick Steves was speaking.

There are over 150 booths from people all over the world. Cruise...

Behind The Kitchen Door- On A Danube River Cruise

A One-On-One Interview – With The Charming Executive Chef Jozsef Lado

I recently returned from a fabulous trip in Europe. This trip began, as most do, in Paris. Indeed, there will be many more articles on that in the months to come, including visits to the oldest restaurant in Europe and Paris! After Paris, we then flew to Budapest to explore the ancient city, and then join a 7-day AmaWaterways River Cruise on the Danube River. ...

How To Do Machu Picchu Without Killing Yourself!

 

We start in Lima, Peru. We made plans to tour Lima, and then travel to Machu Picchu via a short flight to Cusco. Our cruise concluded with four more days at sea, and arrived in Lima, Peru. This was a very large port, with cargo ships to the left and right. In the days of the Inca’s (1400s), Cusco was the capital of The Inca Empire. Later the capital became Lima when Francisco Pizarro and the Spanish overthrew the Inca’s in 1535.  Pizarro founded the “City of Kings”...

Living Like a Local In Italy—Means Cooking With The Chefs!

Living Like A Local- Even though it was only for a week, we so enjoyed our time in a 19th Century Villa adjacent to a winery in the hills of Umbria. The winery next door is a family run operation and a fabulous resource for our stay. We visited Poggio Bertaio Winery enjoying  a private tour of the facility and vineyards, followed by a delicious wine pairing with a selection of...

Island Hotel Newport Beach Unveils An Elegant Club Lounge

Island Hotel Newport Beach Unveils An Elegant Club Lounge
For Busy Travelers Who Enjoy The Finer Things In Life

Island Hotel Newport Beach is showcasing a new luxury hotel “club lounge” experience.  The 2,000-square-foot Island Club lounge is on the hotel’s 20th floor offering expansive views of the Newport Bay and Fashion Island below.  This venue is designed to reflect the needs of today’s traveler in a sophisticated and professional environment....

Bora Bora

This Trifecta Was Perfecta! Amazing Bucket List Trip Visiting Bora Bora, Easter Island & Machu Picchu

Imagine traveling to not one, or two--- but THREE amazing spots on the globe! This was a true Trifecta! Just back from a cruise to Bora Bora, Easter Island and Machu Picchu we covered three very special "bucket list" meccas. It just doesn't get much better than this! I hope you enjoy following along, and for those of you who might take such a trip to Machu Picchu, I have offered some suggestions of how I would do it--- had I known,  what I know now. There are always...

Culinary Center

Culinary Classes On The High Seas? It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This!

Have you ever taken a cooking class on-board a cruise ship? Me neither, but this trip we had so many “at sea days” I decided to take some classes. Each class was half day (morning or afternoon) and my goodness did we leave the class full!  On both the Oceania Riviera and Marina ships they have a dedicated Bon Appetit Culinary Center. Both ships have a professional Chef, two assistants, 20 state-of-the-art work stations (where two guests work...

The Bistro Setting

Re-tracing Movie Locations in The South of France

Exploring Luberon in The South of France ~ Often "the destination” itself guides me on my pathway for a trip, yet this time my itinerary was inspired entirely by a movie!  I wanted to re-trace the steps and locations featured in the movie "A Good Year."  Join me on this fanciful adventure as we meander our way through the south of France, and see the impressive haunts and hideaways where this mesmerizing movie was filmed.

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