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…

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…

the lobby of the Beekman

best bed: The Beekman, New York City, USA

The Beekman is quirky, eccentric and fun.  And full of history. A theatre built on the site hosted the first performance of Hamlet in the USA back in 1761. Edgar Allen Poe published his paper The Broadway Journal from this…

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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