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Town and Country: The Joys of Ireland
Feb 27, 2015
Ireland has history, scenery (all that green), culture and cuisine but the biggest draw is the people. The Irish are chatty and gregarious so whether traveling solo, as a couple or in a group, you’ll be welcome and welcomed. On my...
The Milestone Hotel Offers a Regal Welcome
Feb 24, 2015
Your royal invitation to stay with Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge at Kensington Palace got lost in the mail? Do the next best thing and check into the uber-elegant Milestone Hotel, just across the street. Ask for the...
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Timelss Reads And Epic Reels: The Inspiration of South West England
Feb 21, 2015
The English Riviera…the natural world heritage wonders of Britain’s Jurassic coast…Devon and Dorset…many of Britain’s best-loved artists found their muse in these spectacular settings. Classic literary works, stunning movie locales, and dramatic television scenery have all starred South West England.
Real Britain
Feb 18, 2015
Ah the joys of Britain…from the grandeur of empire to bucolic countryside, prehistoric mystery, literary history, Roman conquest and rich Celtic culture. A Trafalgar Tours Real Britain adventure was like cruising without a ship. A high-end escorted guided vacation is cruising...
South Lodge: A Truly Charming, English Country Hotel
Feb 15, 2015
Nestled in the heart of the Sussex Downs in the bucolic southern English countryside, not far from the seaside resort of Brighton, the South Lodge is a magnificent country  hotel  with a host of wonderful amenities and  lovely manor house...
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My Valleys Are Green Again
Feb 9, 2015
Visitors are flocking to Wales according to recent reports that indicate it’s currently the gem of tourism to Britain. This small corner of the United Kingdom was once the engine house of the industrial revolution that swept through Britain and...
Loving London
Feb 6, 2015
London is like an old flame – you may have to leave her from time to time, but her charms will always lure you back. The secret? London blends old favorite haunts with an ever-changing palette of the new, the...
Hotel Colon: One of Barcelona's Best Old Town Locations
Feb 4, 2015
If you want to stay in the very heart of the historic old town in Barcelona then the family-owned Hotel Colon is a great choice. Situated right on the Cathedral Square it is on the edge of the Bari Gotic,
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Paradise Found: Cruising the Pacific Islands
Jan 31, 2015
Picture paradise. Chances are it looks a lot like the South Pacific. Islands blessed with warm azure waters, sugar white beaches, rainbow-colored reefs and unique cultural experiences like fire-walking and hula dancing. Even the names of these islands – Fiji,
Sumahan on The Water
Jan 29, 2015
Take the mahogany water taxi across the Bosphorus Canal to Sumahan on the Water, and you leave the cacaphony of Istanbul for another world. The boutique hotel’s complimentary boat service transports you in 30 minutes from Istanbul’s cosmopolitan European side,
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Dubrovnik: Pearl of The Adriatic
Jan 27, 2015
For centuries, Dubrovnik, one of Europe's most beautiful medieval cities, lived in the shadows of tempest, turmoil and war. At last, she's found her place in the sun. The Croatian city of Dubrovnik, known as the “Pearl of the Adriatic” had...
Jan 19, 2015
Don’t think Santorini’s cave hotels are hobbity holes. Take, for example, Ikies Traditional Houses. Yes, its 11 rooms and suites are carved out of pumice in the cliffs of the caldera but the front façades are covered by classic white-washed...
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Rebirth in Baja
Jan 17, 2015
We had three good reasons for a girls’ getaway: two daughters and me.  One daughter was recovering from a painful sports injury: “My body is demanding to be taken on holiday,” she phoned to say.  “Mine too,” chimed in her work-stressed...
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Heavenly Halekulani
Jan 14, 2015
Halekulani means “house befitting heaven” in Hawaiian and the elegant Halekulani hotel in Honolulu certainly qualifies. Not because of its physical construction – the 453-room resort occupies five relatively standard buildings but because of the serenity it manages to instill...
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Little Arches: An Ideal Spot For A Romantic Getaway
Jan 11, 2015
A small and charming boutique hotel, Little Arches is ideal for a romantic getaway and is an adults only 10 room property located just a short stroll from the beach on the south side of the island. The privacy and...
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A Night at the Kempinski Budapest
Jan 9, 2015
In early December, I sailed on the good ship Viking Baldur for a week long Danube Waltz Christmas Markets itinerary sailing between Budapest and Passau, Germany. I decided to give myself a day ahead of time so arranged for an overnight...
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Feeling Regal at the Hotel Bernini Palace
Jan 6, 2015
If you love to be in the heart of things, make your home in Florence the uber-charming Hotel Bernini Palace. Located within an easy stroll of not only the Galleria degli Uffizi and the Piazza della Signoria but also devilishly...
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The RY Britannia’s appeal extends to the common and curious
Dec 28, 2014
The world’s most famous cruisers must be Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip. One of her early acts as Queen was to christen the Royal Yacht Britannia and for 44 years Britannia was both a floating palace and royal...
Miami for Families
Dec 26, 2014
Spanning 12 acres situated along the Atlantic coast just steps away from the beach, the Ritz-Carlton Key Biscayne might not be the first property that comes to mind. Located - as you might expect - just south of Miami on...
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Magic in Moments – A Guide to Five Great Cities For The Time-Challenged Traveler
Dec 24, 2014
The world’s most iconic cities are like grand divas – they seduce us with their beauty and demand our full attention. How, then, can we ever expect to explore them in just a few short hours before or after a...
Intimate Luxury: The Villa Experience
Dec 22, 2014
If a getaway that will take you far from the madding crowds is what you’re longing for, consider a villa vacation. Offering all the comforts of a luxe private home combined with the amenities of a fine hotel, villas are...
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Find Paradise on Jamaica’s North Coast
Dec 17, 2014
It’s more than the reggae beat that touches your soul in Jamaica – it’s the warmth of the sun, the stunning white sand beaches, the lush green jungles and, most important of all, the endless laid-back welcome that awaits you. Though...
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