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Wining through Bordeaux

I’m offered vodka by the flight attendant, but I hold out because what can one do when heading to the heart of wine country, in a wine country because for the next 8 days Viking River Cruises will guide me through a seriously wine-heavy vacation. After a Parisian layover I deplane at Bordeaux airport where […]

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Putting on the Ritz – Naples

Vanderbilt Beach Rd is a reminder of a bygone era when the rich and famous pioneered the sort of luxury in this area that I will experience for my weekend at the Ritz-Carlton, Naples. Checking in at the Ritz Carlton, Naples, Stefanie glances at my ID and welcomes me, walking a few steps to her […]

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A Road Less Traveled

Sometimes the adventure down a less obvious path leads to the most unforgettable adventure—maybe even a “glamping” one with an incredible glass of Pinot Noir or Chardonnay. Words by Ann Marie Scheidler If one were to dream up a wine trip out to the western United States, Napa Valley or Sonoma County might first come […]

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Obrigada Portugal

I’m on my way to the hottest European destination of 2017 and possibly of this generation. Everywhere you look someone is posting something about this country.  If you’ve come across any of these posts or pictures of this brilliant and diverse country, you’ll agree with my next sentiment. There was no way I was going […]

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Lunch in the Algarve

One Island One family One Restaurant Deserted island experiences usually don’t come with an over-the-top restaurant where fresh is an understatement. Sat directly on the edge of the island where the currents meet and collide…some may say its unfair, a bit like shooting fish in a barrel as the catch is spawned nearby in the […]

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Trident Hotel Port Antonio, Jamaica

In this former British Colony, driving the North Coast Highway from Montego Bay east to Port Antonio, I pass expanses of green landscapes, sugarcane and banana plantations spread along the foothills to my right, the dark blue Caribbean Sea on my left. The ‘highway’ is dotted with tiny villages whose brightly colored walls and zinc […]

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Mad about Madrid’s Hotel Villa Magna

Located in the swanky and sophisticated neighborhood of Salamananca, Hotel Villa Magna put us in the heart of the fashionable side of Madrid while seamlessly embodying that same flair throughout the hotel. Intertwined with modern chic, is a solid foundation of classic elegance.  This is hardly surprising as the very ground it is built on […]

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A Swanky Road Trip – Southern Portugal

DAY 1 – Western Coast and Lagos   9h00 – Visit cape St.Vicent Fortress and Lighthouse, most south western point of mainland Europe. Amazing sunsets here to see also. 10h00 – Visit Sagres Fortress – Built by the Prince Henry the Navigator in 15th century as a nautical school, to start the Portuguese Discoveries of Brazil, […]

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Sustainable Monaco

An independent city-state about half the size of New York City’s Central Park has a big footprint and it intends a carbon one.  What the Principality of Monaco intends to leave as an impression on the world, is more than a dashing prince and his family, races, yachts and casinos. This powerhouse of a destination […]

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