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Travel Stories

The luxury side of The Galapagos

Pikaia Lodge Mention The Galapagos Islands and you’ll incite the expected conversations about Charles Darwin, evolution, giant tortoises and even a geography lesson on where the islands are actually located. What you won’t expect? A luxury resort with one of the lightest carbon footprints of any hotel on earth. The Galapagos Islands were slow to […]

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Stargazing in the Atacama Desert, Chile

A guided tour of the Cosmos – Atacama Desert, Chile At first glance the Atacama Desert, like most deserts on earth, appears barren, void of life, or anything remotely interesting unless you’re passionate about rocks. Strung between the Andes and the Chilean Coastal Mountain Range, like a giant desert, the Atacama is classified as the […]

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El Floridita, Cuba

El Floridita Cuba is a country steeped in history, its culture largely unchanged for the past five decades. You can feel it when you walk through the streets of Havana, you can see it in the texture of the buildings. You can hear it in the music that plays in the bodeguitas at night, and […]

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SWANKILY SATIATED IN THE WILD

I landed in Vancouver, already a major foodie destination, but kept my palate from wandering around town and gobbling up all the goodness that abounds. I was heading out to the wilderness and ready to indulge every sense at this Relais & Chateaux wilderness retreat. You may have read my rave reviews about the resort […]

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Wildly Luxurious CLAYOQUOT WILDERNESS RETREAT

Trying to figure out what to pack, in a duffle, 30 lbs or less…yikes. Fly fishing via helicopter, arranged exclusively by Clayoquot, check. Ocean kayaking in the North Pacific, also on the itinerary. Horseback riding, already in the saddle. They have all the gear, they say, but you still want to look cute and dress […]

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A Moveable Feast Charleston, South Carolina

Southern charm and historical landmarks have always drawn visitors to the uniquely lovely Charleston, South Carolina. But now a higher-end Lowcountry culinary renaissance is baking in the deep American South, where traditional ingredients married to modern methods have created the ultimate swanky feast. Strolling along the cobblestone streets I can’t help but feel transported to […]

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Of Monaco, Massage and Miracle Therapies

My first sight of Monaco is via helicopter transfer on Monacair, one of several companies operating out of Nice Côte d’Azur Airport. The “bird” is dark navy, sleek, high-tech… almost military, like something out of a sequel to Black Hawk Down. We swoop down for a fairytale look at the fabled Principality, which – no […]

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Gastronomic Gallivants

My first afternoon in Monaco I head for that bastion of the Belle Époque, the Hôtel de Paris, arguably the Principality’s most prestigious address, as eternally chic as Chanel’s little black dress. I order the signature cocktail – Le Borromeo – in the famed Bar Américain, whose mahogany moldings, marble tables, gold-tasseled damask curtains and […]

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The Unexpected Southend

“Down by the sea…wouldn’t it be lovely…down by the sea.” Kept running that song through my head as I walked by the seashore. A weekend stay at The Roslin Beach Hotel opened me up to the wonders of Essex’s Southend-on-Sea, less than an hour outside of London. Once thought of as a day trip for […]

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Elegant Ireland

It’s said that the best way to get to know a country is through its food. Some say you get the best perspective by studying its culture. There are many ways, depending on your personal tastes. The way I enjoy absorbing the essence of a country is to get to know locals, do local things, and experience typical days in a destination. The beauty of doing so varies from city to city, place to...

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