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San Clemente, Kempinski, Venice

best bed: San Clemente Palace, Kempinski, Venice, Italy

Venice is a city I love but often hate to visit…the crowds are legendary; the heat can be unbearable. Sam Clemente Palace to the rescue. Located on its own private island, this ever so luxurious hotel is a haven from…

luggage everywhere

Want to travel now? Here are some tips to make it easier.

You’ve read the headlines…long queues, lost luggage, canceled flights. Soaring prices for just about everything yet hotels are full, tour guides booked solid and restaurant reservations impossible. Still wanna go? Here are some tips to make it easier…. Book direct…

Villa Cora

best bed: Villa Cora, Florence, Italy

Villa Cora is my favorite type of hotel…scandalous history, immaculate restoration with over-the-top glamour, yet unpretentious and comfortable with perfect service. Baron Oppenheimer, of the banking family which financed the Suez Canal, built this villa to impress his new Italian…

The Endeavor II

best bed: Lindblad/National Geographic Endeavor II, Galapagos, Ecuador

Let’s face it you are not traveling on Lindblad for the ship. The biggest draw of their expeditions are the naturalists. They are knowledgeable, informed and fun. But I review places to sleep…this moving base camp is a surprisingly wonderful…


Antwerp: 6 things to do

Ah Antwerp…the city of money, art and fashion. Where the first newspaper was printed, the first stock exchange established (actually a commodities exchange as stocks had yet to be invented) and Europe’s first sky scraper was built in 1932. 300,000…

the lobby of the Beekman

best bed: The Beekman, New York City, USA

The Beekman is quirky, eccentric and fun.  And full of history. A theatre built on the site hosted the first performance of Hamlet in the USA back in 1761. Edgar Allen Poe published his paper The Broadway Journal from this…

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