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What it’s like to fly to the UK now…

I flew into Heathrow 6 days ago. People keep asking me what my experience has been like.  Well, everything was easy to organize though more time consuming than expected. Keeping track of the constantly changing rules is a pain. The…

Hotel Amigo, Brussels

best bed: Hotel Amigo, Brussels, Belgium

It is hard to imagine a more perfect location. The Hotel Amigo is only steps (like 20) from Brussels’ most famous square, the Grand Place. The site of the hotel has huge history. The home of a wealthy merchant, it…

le Bar American, Monte Carlo

monte carlo…6 things to do

Ah…Monte Carlo…where the Billionaire’s playground is smaller than NYC’s Central Park yet packed with places to channel your inner James Bond. Where residents have the highest life expectancy in the world, citizens are not allowed to gamble, no one pays…

La Reserve Eden au Lac

best bed: La Reserve Eden au Lac, Zurich, Switzerland

Philippe Starck calls the Eden au Lac his ‘imaginary yacht club’. The classic Belle Epoque exterior was built in 1909. It is beautiful; classified as a cultural monument. A Zurich landmark noted for its views over the lake. The ‘new’…

The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna

best bed: The Grand Hotel Majestic, Bologna, Italy

Dream location meets amazing history at  the Grand Majestic, Bologna’s only five star property. Local born, Pope-to-be Benedict XIV built this 18th century palazzo as a seminary. It sits atop an old Roman road. In basement, near the loo, you can still…

best bed: Villa Principe Leopoldo, Lugano, Switzerland

I grabbed a taxi at the Lugano train station for the crazy drive up a switchback road to reach the Villa Principe Leopoldo. Everyone else seemed to arrive in a Lamborghini, Porsche or Ferrari.  Suspect their drive was more exciting though…

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