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Douro Valley Harvest Wine Tour/Grape Stomping

Douro Valley Harvest In mid-September, my husband, our two adult children, and I boarded a train in Campanhã, Portugal, and headed west. We had made a reservation at Quinta da Pacheca for a Douro Valley harvest wine tour. It included a tour of the wine cellar; breakfast and lunch with wine pairings; grape harvesting; and grape stomping. I was most excited about treading grapes. My … Continue reading Douro Valley Harvest Wine Tour/Grape Stomping

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Rolf’s German Restaurant: Beware Long Lines

Rolf’s German Restaurant Rolf’s Restaurant Address Three of us stood in line to get into Rolf’s German Restaurant at 281 Third Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10010, in the Gramercy Park area of Manhattan. We were not only there to see our friends, but we had also heard that Rolf’s is renowned for their Christmas decorations and “October Fest” spectacle. Rolf’s New York City Christmas Inside, about … Continue reading Rolf’s German Restaurant: Beware Long Lines

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The Inn at Virginia Tech: Elegant and Upscale

The Inn at Virginia Tech If you are looking for deluxe hotels near Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, look no further. The Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center is an upscale hotel and meeting venue. Though I wouldn’t say it’s a luxury hotel, it offers additional amenities and it is more refined than most hotels in the area. Plus, you can find it … Continue reading The Inn at Virginia Tech: Elegant and Upscale

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Why We Were Mistaken for Paris Prostitutes

 Paris Prostitutes Surprisingly, though we absorbed the French culture during our high school Paris trip, we also learned about Paris prostitutes and brothels. Not only were some of us mistaken for Paris prostitutes, but we were lucky enough to see firsthand where call girls took their customers. Are you wondering how this happened to high school girls and their chaperones?  If you read this post and Booked … Continue reading Why We Were Mistaken for Paris Prostitutes

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Best Things to do in Bayeux, France

Bayeux, France If you plan to tour the beaches and battlefields in Normandy, where the Allies landed on D-Day, June 6, 1944, chances are you will visit the medieval town of Bayeux, France. Though it’s a small town, there are plenty of things to do in Bayeux. In addition to strolling the streets and perusing the shops and restaurants, you should try to catch the … Continue reading Best Things to do in Bayeux, France

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Booked in a Paris Brothel

When I was a high school sophomore, during spring break, my French class flew to Paris, France. Our French teacher and a few parents chaperoned our group of 18 girls. Little did we know that the travel agent had booked us in a Paris brothel. Our French teacher, Mrs. M, had arranged everything, and the travel agency had offered us a package that was reasonably … Continue reading Booked in a Paris Brothel

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Magnificent Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island

Antelope Island, Utah On a recent visit to Utah, the Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island State Park were two of our must-see places. The first thing we learned is that Antelope Island is about an hour drive or 41 miles north of Salt Lake City. Most importantly, there is only one road in and out of the island so getting there was a little … Continue reading Magnificent Great Salt Lake and Antelope Island

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Brunch All Day: Ellen’s Restaurant Dallas

Ellen’s Restaurant While staying at the NYLO Irving/Las Colinas in Texas, we decided that we wanted to eat breakfast in Dallas and explore the JFK museum. We googled best diners in Dallas, and Ellen’s restaurant appeared in the top five on Yelp’s and Trip Advisor’s lists. Deciding to give Ellen’s a try, we hopped in an Uber for the twenty-minute drive to Dallas. We found that Ellen’s was … Continue reading Brunch All Day: Ellen’s Restaurant Dallas

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JFK and The Sixth Floor Museum

The Sixth Floor Museum Take yourself back to the 1960’s and visit The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza. On The Sixth Floor of the former Texas School Book Depository, Lee Harvey Oswald perched his rifle and waited for President John F. Kennedy’s motorcade to turn on Elm Street in Dallas.  JFK Assassination On Friday, November 22, 1963, at 12:30 p.m., Kennedy’s limousine passed the … Continue reading JFK and The Sixth Floor Museum

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Why You Should Shop Soda City Columbia, SC

Soda City Market Hoping to grab a quick breakfast on Main Street, Columbia, SC, my husband and I stumbled upon Soda City market. We took a left off Gervais Street by the South Carolina State House, and I spotted tents in the distance. We saw people strolling while carrying shopping bags. Moreover, some held leashed dogs, so we knew that the venue was dog-friendly. Tents probably … Continue reading Why You Should Shop Soda City Columbia, SC

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Top Reasons to Visit Governors Island in 2018

Governors Island 2018  How to Get to Governors Island Governors Island 2018 opens on May 1, and hosts events until October 31. The easiest way for you to access Governors Island is to take a ten-minute ferry that costs two dollars for a round-trip fare. Though ferries from Manhattan operate daily, the Brooklyn ferry only runs on Saturdays and Sundays. What to do on Governors Island … Continue reading Top Reasons to Visit Governors Island in 2018

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Boca Raton Resort and Club Reviews

Boca Raton Resort and Club Royal palm trees line the driveway as you approach the Boca Raton Resort and Club that is now part of the Waldorf Astoria collection by Hilton. Past the gatehouse and at the end of the driveway, you can’t miss the pink stucco hotel that looks more like a Spanish castle than a resort. Massive curved arches frame the windows, and … Continue reading Boca Raton Resort and Club Reviews

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Lotte New York Palace | Luxury Hotel Review

 Palace New York Hotel Formerly the Helmsley Palace and then the New York Palace, today the Lotte New York Palace, in my opinion, has neglected attention to detail, unlike the previous owners. Lotte New York Palace Address The Lotte New York Palace is located at 455 Madison Avenue at 50th Street, New York, NY 10022. Customers can choose between booking rooms or suites in the … Continue reading Lotte New York Palace | Luxury Hotel Review

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Union Square Holiday Market

Manhattan New York Urbanspace Union Square Holiday Market Union Square Holiday Market is an Urbanspace project in Manhattan New York. Vendors sell holiday merchandise including Christmas ornaments, accessories, art, specialty food, and more. Stalls line the stone mortared paths at this world-renowned Christmas market that runs from November 16 to December 24, 2017. My daughter and I tried on wool hats and scarves, smelled sprigs of lavender … Continue reading Union Square Holiday Market

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Le Bistro Du Village

Restaurant Review Le Bistro du Village–Formerly Crepe Du Jour Mt. Washington, Baltimore, Maryland  When I approached Le Bistro du Village in Mt. Washington, I spotted the red awning that hung over the bright blue and yellow restaurant front. Flower-tiled patio tables equipped with blue chairs lined the sidewalk in front of the entrance like the sidewalk cafes in Paris. I was looking forward to dining … Continue reading Le Bistro Du Village

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Mt. Washington in Baltimore

Mt. Washington Baltimore Visitors and locals alike head to Mt. Washington in Baltimore, Maryland, to shop in a relaxed atmosphere. This quaint town is the perfect place to spend a few hours ducking in and out of boutiques looking for that must-have. Generally speaking, shopping there is like a vacation from the busy city and malls. Furthermore, if you like art, browse Baltimore Clayworks to … Continue reading Mt. Washington in Baltimore

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Best Activities in Columbia, South Carolina

Columbia, South Carolina In Columbia, South Carolina, the pace slows, and the palmettos exude warmth like the locals. Don’t be surprised if you are called mam or sir, especially by someone younger, because good manners are the southern way. Temperatures rise in February In late February, the temperature begins to warm, and trees start to leaf-out and bloom. Additionally, purple and yellow pansies brighten the … Continue reading Best Activities in Columbia, South Carolina

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Best Travel Tip and Trick

  I carry a small cross-body-organizer that includes compartments for credit cards and cash, and two zip pockets. One I use for makeup, keys, and sunglasses, and I place my change in the other. My cell phone fits in an outside sleeve where it is easily accessible. When I travel, I toss my purse in my tote to use at my destination. You can find organizer … Continue reading Best Travel Tip and Trick

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Funny Dog Story

When I entered the kitchen around 7 a.m., my husband glared at me with bleary eyes  marked with half-moon circles. I poured my coffee and said, “What’s wrong?” “I was hoping to get a full night’s sleep last night because I have a busy day. Didn’t you hear the dog whine at 4:30 this morning?” “No, I didn’t hear him or I would’ve gotten up.” … Continue reading Funny Dog Story

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Tips and Tricks for Traveling with a Dog

Traveling With a Dog  Puppy in the car for the first time My dogs have accompanied me on car rides since I could drive, and I learned that traveling with a dog is easy, especially when you start by taking them with you when they are a puppy. Take your puppy on short trips as soon as possible, and he will learn to love it. … Continue reading Tips and Tricks for Traveling with a Dog

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The Breakers Palm Beach Luxury Hotel

 Interesting Facts About The Breakers, Palm Beach  Henry Morrison Flagler opened The Breakers, Palm Beach in 1896, and his heirs still own and run the luxury hotel. The Breakers Had Burned Down Twice The Breakers, formerly the Palm Beach Inn until 1901, burned down in 1903 and 1925. The first fire ignited during renovations to expand the building, and the second fire originated in a … Continue reading The Breakers Palm Beach Luxury Hotel

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Most Frightening Trip Ever – Hatillo, Puerto Rico

Hatillo, Puerto Rico The most frightening trip that I have ever experienced was when we drove through Hatillo, Puerto Rico, on December 28. Unbeknownst to us, this day marked the Hatillo Mask Festival or Mascaras de Hatillo. Though this is merely an annual event, it got out of control. Car Rental Scam Our day started out poorly. First of all, we weren’t the only ones … Continue reading Most Frightening Trip Ever – Hatillo, Puerto Rico

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First Flight to St. Barths, I was the Co-Pilot

St. Barths When my husband and I had visited St Martin, our friend invited us to stay with him on St. Barths, that is a quick flight or boat ride away. Two cultures French and Dutch split St Martin, and we flew from the French side because we wanted to avoid standing in line in customs. We had hired a pilot who owned a small … Continue reading First Flight to St. Barths, I was the Co-Pilot