Borgobrufa Spa Resort

best bed: Borgobrufa Spa Resort, Torgiano, Italy

After staying at Borgobrufa I finally ‘get’ European Spa culture…and my life will never be the same. This is the most wonderful way to spend a long weekend, and this is the most wonderful place to spend it (only 15…

Maison Albar le Vendome

best bed: Maison Albar Le Vendome, Paris, France

A little hotel with a big history and a perfect location in the heart of the 9th, Maison Albar Le Vendome is a wonderful place to stay. The building was constructed during the Revolution to house a drapier’s shop. Even…

The Corinthian Canal

Crazy Cool Corinthian Canal

Sailors tells tales of mythic experiences…crossing the Atlantic, rounding Drake’s passage, circumnavigating the world. Worthy adventures all.  My sailing bucket list is less extreme, topped by crossing the Corinthian Canal. Yesterday I channeled my inner Ulysses, sailing from one side…

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…

Corral de la Moreria

Madrid: 6 things to do

Ah Madrid…where the sun shines 300 days a year, where locals are called gatos (cats) because they stay out late (or maybe because of an ancient soldier who climbed the city walls) and where you can find the only statue…

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