I traded a trip. Amsterdam for Brussels. Why? The hotel, the weather, the mood I was in. Maybe I just had that sixth sense. I made the switch Sunday morning. Not realizing that Belgium would later that day qualify for the semi-finals in World Cup Soccer and would be set to play on Tuesday. I … More When everyone is suddenly a World Cup Soccer Fan
New destination, working with special friends and the biggest party in Porto Portugal. The Festival of St John happens every year on the night of June 23rd in the beautiful city of Porto! Thousands of people flock to the city centre and the neighborhoods surrounding the area to pay tribute to Saint John the Baptist. … More Party in Porto!
Under the night sky at Les Invalides! I first learned of Diner en Blanc about five years ago. It sounded fascinating to me. Secret location, white clothes only, bring your own food, wine, champagne, dinner plates, glasses, the list goes on. What a concept. I immediately tried to sign up for the invitation only event. … More Dress all in white, bring your own food…the ups and downs, the planning, and why Diner en Blanc is magical!
When your child leaves home for college the household changes. You walk by their room and try not to glance at the empty bed and clean space. Your house is a little less full and a little quieter. It will never be the same. Wanting to celebrate my daughter’s first successful year at college and … More College, cocktails, relationships!
We were on final approach into Edinburgh airport. My body was aching with fatigue and my eyes were burning from sleep deprivation. As I viewed the country from the small window at my jump seat I knew I was doomed. The sky was a gorgeous blue. Thin streaks of white clouds telling the story of … More Outdoor hike, cold beer, great food…the ultimate cure for jet-lag?
Rome for Easter? No we weren’t crazy, just curious! This picture tells a story of our short break to Rome over Easter. Vibrant, colorful, serene, complex, rapid, and blissful! We were jet-lagged and hoping for an early check-in at our hotel. I guess 8:30 am is somewhat unreasonable on our part. Like they say “everything … More What Rome is [really] like during Easter!
Paris is one of those remarkable cities. The museums, the architecture and, seriously, the bread. Although I find either you love Paris or hate it! I’m sure you can guess the way I feel about this magical place. I couldn’t wait for my twenty-four hour layover, as it had been five months since I had … More Thirteen stops on the metro for coffee…only in Paris! Join me for an afternoon in the City of Lights!
It was a work trip. I couldn’t resist three whole days in Barcelona as opposed to the normal twenty-four hours. I wouldn’t be jet-lagged, I could do a day trip, I could eat late like the Spaniards, I could sleep in and explore. Well, it went something like that. Day 1: after a three-hour … More I went for the culture and obsessed over the food…how this vegetarian navigated Barcelona!
I am old school. A hotel person. Possibly because of the cancellation feature. Not wanting to lose my money if I have to change my plans last-minute. (The chaotic life of flying standby). Throwing caution to the wind, we rented a two bedroom apartment in the city center of Madrid for four days! We … More Location, location, location…apartment living in Madrid
Our flight was full and a little delayed. Zürich was extremely foggy and we had to circle. We landed late. There was a wait for our rooms at the hotel and breakfast was offered. All I wanted was sleep, soon I would have been up for twenty-four hours. Breakfast it is. Slowing eating, waiting, and … More Traditional food and fun for a day in Zurich!