lights show where the wall once divided berlin

when the wall came tumbling down

I am in Berlin to party!  Not in night clubs but in the streets… 30 years ago the wall came tumbling down. “This November 9 is a historic day” announced anchorman Hanns Joachim Friedrich. “The GDR has announced that, starting…

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…

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…

sunset in the dead sea

best bed: Hilton Dead Sea Resort, Sweimeh, Jordan

The new kid on the block, the Hilton Dead Sea Resort only joined the string of resorts which line the beach in March 2017.  I am not a resort person, but the Hilton does a good job of taking the…

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