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…

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

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…

Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa

best bed: Sparkling Hill Resort & Spa, Vernon, Canada

A taste of true European style spa in one of the most beautiful parts of Canada. Sparkling Hill is the pet project of Gernot Langes-Swarovski… of crystal fame. This patriarch of the family fell in love with the beauty of…

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