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…

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…

Antwerp

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…

view from the Hyatt Paris Madeline

best bed: Hyatt Paris Madeleine, Paris, France

Dream location, fabulous value and Paris. What more could you ask for! The Hyatt Paris Madeleine surprises on every front. So not the American chain hotel you might expect when you hear Hyatt. Built in the  1850’s, this Haussmann building…

me in Venice

what is the most romantic place?

What makes a place a romantic? For me, it is the experience, sometimes shared, sometimes solo. Rwanda was one of the most romantic places I’ve ever visited; I went alone. 30 years ago, completely broke, John and I rented the…

Grand Hotel Imperiale

best bed: Grand Hotel Imperiale, Moltrasio, Lake Como, Italy

Grand Hotel Imperiale is a  family-owned gem on the banks of Lake Como. It was built in 1922, though the main building is quite modern;  there are still a few traces of its Art Nouveau heritage. I recommend staying in…

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