The Beauty of Havana, Cuba, in One Day

Havana is gorgeous, even in the rain.

“Excuse me. Do you know where I would find this address?” I asked the closest pedestrian I could find, in passable Spanish. I understood precisely none of the response, and the friendly local escorted us to the meeting point for our guide. Although there was rain in . . . → Read More: The Beauty of Havana, Cuba, in One Day

Bruges, Belgium: I’ve Gone To Chocolate Heaven

Bruges: Breakfast of Champions.

“I’ll just pick up a few chocolates as gifts for my friends,” I thought, in advance of our day-with-no-plans in Bruges. As we wandered the quaint, canal-lined streets of Bruges, we meandered into shop after shop after shop, all filled with beautiful, delicious looking, chocolate masterpieces.

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Belfast, Northern Ireland: Fish and Chips and a History of Conflict

Belfast, Northern Ireland: The Antrim Coast is gorgeous.

As I talked about our cruise itinerary, perhaps my least anticipated port was Belfast. In advance of our cruise, I hired a guide with the expectation that we would see some of the coastline, and a couple of murals.

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Edinburgh, Scotland: The Fringe, The Castle, The Tattoo

Edinburgh, Scotland: You never know who you’ll meet.

Edinburgh, Scotland was easily my most-anticipated port stop of the cruise. We would be there during the Fringe festival and had tickets for dinner in the castle followed by the military tattoo. My only hesitation was the tendering. This was a tender port. Getting thousands of . . . → Read More: Edinburgh, Scotland: The Fringe, The Castle, The Tattoo

Hurricane Irma Update

I can’t possibly thank you enough, my readers and friends, for the outpouring of support and concern before and during this storm. I am thrilled to report that we are just fine. We rode out the storm in Hollywood, with family and friends, and are still in Hollywood awaiting word that we can return to . . . → Read More: Hurricane Irma Update

10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Travel tip (and random picture of the Duomo in Florence. Go visit. It is better in person.)

Americans are the worst. We are terrible at using up all of our vacation time, and then some people are not too good at maximizing the time they have taken off. SAD! As a travel professional, I . . . → Read More: 10 Tips for a Better Vacation

Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting at Isle Cook, Key West

Eden Brown Co-Owner of Isle Cook, Key West, and one of the only people I know who can successfully pull off that lipstick.

I have been trying to get to one of the fantastic wine and food tastings held weekly at Isle Cook. For one reason (I had too many mimosas at brunch!) or . . . → Read More: Saturday Afternoon Wine Tasting at Isle Cook, Key West

Little Pearl, Key West

The envy-inducing tuna brulée.

The tiny, sometimes frenetic, lovely space that formerly housed Seven Fish is now Little Pearl. Although the decor has changed somewhat, and the menu is new, the place still has that familiar vibe I have always loved.

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New York City, Part III: We Ate

The parting gift from brunch, a great next-day breakfast.

Mother’s Day Brunch takes brunching to a whole new level. There are annoying people to contend with, family drama, and hard-to-get reservations. Fortunately, we encountered none of that. Our sunny, chilly morning started off at a baseball game starring my favorite 12-year-old. (He hit a . . . → Read More: New York City, Part III: We Ate

New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi

Cheddar cheese fritters make any day better.

May in New York City should be sunny, crisp, and delightful. Instead, we woke up to a gray, cold, rain-soaked Manhattan, while still kind of in a meat coma. Fortunately, our friends had picked the perfect, indoor brunch spot. We made our way, via subway, to the . . . → Read More: New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi

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