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Loving Lucerne

Loving Lucerne

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Along the shores of Lake Lucerne, ringed with snow-capped peaks, couples promenade arm-in-arm as the sun dips behind the mountains. Families, catching the last light, head home pushing strollers past docks decked with flower boxes spilling red geraniums. Seagulls swoop across colorful boatyards and swans skim across the cobalt lake, floating above the world of […]

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Luxury Hotel on Vancouver Island

Luxury Hotel on Vancouver Island

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You can tell a lot about a luxury hotel by the way it greets its guests. You might expect a formal doorman to meet you at the curb and leave you at the front desk. That’s not the case at the Wickaninnish Inn, located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. A smiling, fit staff […]

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South Africa Standouts

South Africa Standouts

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South Africa is seductive; it is wild; it is a photographer’s paradise, a gourmet’s Valhalla, an adventurer’s Utopia.   From the dazzling city of Cape Town curled around the base of a 3,500-foot-high Table Mountain, to the mountainous Winelands, to five-star, big five animal safaris, South Africa should be on everyone’s bucket list. I’m just […]

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Unforgettable Cape Town. Exclusive, Discrete Luxury at the Ellerman House

Unforgettable Cape Town. Exclusive, Discrete Luxury at the Ellerman House

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Are we having a “deja vu” of the Amalfi Coast or the Cote d’Azur , my husband and I asked ourselves as  we walked into the Ellerman House, a Cape Town luxury hotel. Our arrival was discrete. There are no signs outside Edwardian-era mansion in a “billionaire’s residential neighborhood of Bantry Bay (home to some of […]

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Hawaii. The Big Island

Hawaii. The Big Island

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    As the jet makes its arching descent across Hilo Bay on the Big Island of Hawaii, we’re mesmerized by the tropical tableau below–translucent blue water fringed with green rolling hills. The couple across the aisle compares the scenery to Ireland. But when my husband and I step off the plane, the floral fragrances […]

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Gourmet Barging in Burgundy, France

Gourmet Barging in Burgundy, France

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The mere name Burgundy evokes splendid wines, fine cellars, history and epicurean feasts. The secret is out among wine and food connoisseurs — the best way to sample it all is aboard a luxury barge cruising along the Burgundy canals.                     Barging is not a river […]

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Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Culinary adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

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Many of us travel, among other reasons, for the love of food. These travel tips to help you survive your culinary adventures worldwide.           My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar and Rocky Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.     […]

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Where the Pacific meets the rainforest. The Wickaninnish Inn

Where the Pacific meets the rainforest. The Wickaninnish Inn

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You can tell a lot about a luxury hotel by the way it greets its guests. You might expect a formal doorman to meet you at the curb. That’s not the case at The Wickannish Inn, located on the Pacific coast of Vancouver Island, amidst towering cedar and spruce trees.      A smiling, wholesome […]

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Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

Europe Riverboat Cruises Offer Ease and Old World Beauty

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My husband and I are drawn to places with a connection to water in an effort to relax, whether the lapping against the San Francisco waterfront, or the blue depths of Lake Tahoe, or sailing on the white-capped waters of San Francisco Bay or along the Cape Cod shore. Many times we are drawn to […]

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Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

Celebrate remission from breast cancer with a trip.

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When Judy’s doctor called and gave her the good news about her remission from breast cancer, we screamed, laughed and cried together. “Let’s do something big – let’s take a trip,”  Judy suggested. For several months we were always too busy –work, family, doctors appointments, dog sitters — there were always good excuses. Finally the […]

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