Top 10 Beach and Pool Days

Ahhh, travel dreaming.  In this age of international lockdowns and quarantines, we are all dreaming of being somewhere else. Anywhere else. So, with my travel friends posting dream trips right now (and with an April snowstorm keeping us indoors), here are my Top 10 Beach and Pool Days (in no particular order). Seabourn Odyssey off... Continue Reading →

Luxury Cruising Tips

All-inclusive cruising at its best. My wonderful friend Becky Lukovic of Bella Travel Planning recently posted her cruise tips for terrific cruising on large-ship lines. (She's in Alaska right now!) Of course, because they're a little different, I sent her my personal cruise tips for ultra-lux lines. Ultra-lux cruises generally feature smaller ships, fewer passengers,... Continue Reading →

The Four Times I’ve Seen Notre Dame* or How Tragedy Can Create Community

*with apologies to Dave Chappelle On April 15, we watched Notre Dame of Paris burn. As the flames spread, we all prayed the structural integrity of the building would hold and contemplated the very possible loss of the finest example of Gothic architecture in existence. We watched as the spire crumbled and cried. And then... Continue Reading →

My 2018 Game Changers

OK, OK, I swear, this is the last round-up post from 2018.  However, it's been my tradition to share a few things that were real game changers for me in the past year.  No surprise they often involve food and drink, and yes, I realize I'm late to the party on many of them. Forgive... Continue Reading →

Quotes for 2018

Years ago I picked up the habit of writing down a quote each week in my planner.  It might be something I read, or heard, or that spoke to me on the internet.  Sometimes, it's related to the news of the day or a project.  In past years, I've shared these with a great group... Continue Reading →

Paying for the Magic

Recently, a friend was complaining about an upcoming business trip.  Between meetings, and presentations, manning a trade show booth, and group dinners, she was already exhausted.  It didn't sound like her company gave staff much room for variation on a set schedule. I suggested my favorite recipe for self-care on a business trip especially when... Continue Reading →

Four Days in Mexico City: A CDMX Itinerary

We spent four days in Mexico City last January and many of you have asked for our itinerary.   Five of us met there for several days of food, culture, and history (and a fair number of cocktails and bottles of Champagne.)  We left more undone than done, but it gave us lots of reasons to... Continue Reading →

Planning a Trip to Mexico City: Europe without the Jet Lag

I was first in Mexico City when I was 12 years old.  My parents were part of a group of private pilots who flew together touring Mexico over the Christmas and New Year holidays. A friend of theirs, a former airline pilot from Guadalajara, arranged the trip and served as private guide and local fixer. ... Continue Reading →

Exploring the Churches of Nesebur

If you've ever considering exploring the Black Sea, I highly recommend it.  (Secondarily, I high recommend cruising also which is how I ended up there in fall of 2015).   Truly, it wasn't really a place that had occurred to me to visit -- and other than great shots of Baku in James Bond films, the... Continue Reading →

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