The Grand Bazaar Istanbul

the Grand Bazaar, Istanbul

I was born to shop, even when I don’t buy a thing!  The thrill is in the hunt, the journey, the adventure. And no place is more fun than the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul. There are over 4000 shops in…

Jack and I enjoying discovery bedu

best bed: Discovery Bedu, Wadi Rum, Jordan

  Magical, instagramable and sustainable… Fall under the spell of Discovery Bedu.  Wadi Rum's unique mixture of red and white rock is incredibly photogenic. Lawrence, of Arabia fame wrote extensively of how the region captivated him. The film The Martian…

the oberoi philae

best bed: The Oberoi Philae, Nile River, Egypt

Cruising down the Nile had long been a fantasy of mine; I’ve read a lot to Agatha Christie novels over the years; she made it seem so glamourous. The people at Oberoi must have read them too. In 2016 they…

Panarea from the water

why i love panarea

Panarea saved me. My son Hunter had just had open heart and lung surgery. The prognosis was good but there were no assurances he would survive. Corrado said come to Panarea; stay with us. We hopped on a plane to…

dinner at Aqua Pazza. Ponza

put ponza on your list

 Small, inconspicuous Ponza; my perfect island escape  Ok, so not exactly undiscovered. Romans have been coming here for centuries.  But it is way less crowded than nearby Capri and Ischia. And way cheaper. The shopping is not as posh; the…

best bed: Steigenberger Wiltcher’s, Brussels, Belgium

A Belgian grande dame, the Wiltcher’s first opened in 1913. It was, and still is, the most elegant hotel. Named after the first man in charge, English hotelier Sidney Wiltcher, the hotel  is a wonderful art nouveau palace,. While the stunning…

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