The Courtyard focal point is a glimmering pool.

The Setai Miami Beach: Luxury Hotel

The Setai Miami Beach I have never experienced anything like The Setai luxury hotel in South Beach Miami, Florida. The hotel’s Asian style hospitality transports you out of busy Miami into a cocoon. Not only do you feel protected, but the staff pampers you until you ultimately unwind. Your transformation begins when you step inside the brown and tan toned hotel designed with simple furnishings. … Continue reading The Setai Miami Beach: Luxury Hotel

The Glockenspiel figurines represent Bavarian history.

Germany Points of Interest

Germany Tips and Surprising Facts Octoberfest 2018 Octoberfest in Munich, Germany is a once in a lifetime experience where you can feast on local food and beer and dance. The 2018 Octoberfest runs from Saturday, September 22, to Sunday, October 7. Check out my photos from the 2017 Octoberfest. Beer Beer is considered food in Germany. In worldwide beer consumption, Germany is ranked number three and … Continue reading Germany Points of Interest

The Tower of London had a torture dungeon.

The Tower of London

The Tower of London History The Tower of London, built in 1078, served as a royal residence and sanctuary. It was a fortress, armory, barracks, prison, and a place of torture and execution. It held exotic animals, and it secured the Crown Jewels and the Royal Mint. The fortress offered its raven birds protection for hundreds of years because legend still dictates that if the Tower’s … Continue reading The Tower of London

Old Town Salzburg is a UNESCO Worlds Heritage site.

Salzburg, Austria

 Six Hours in Salzburg We had planned to explore Salzburg’s ancient buildings and cathedrals, and venues from The Sound of Music. We took the 10 a.m. train from Munich to Salzburg and arrived around 11:30. We left the train station and walked about 15 minutes then crossed the Salzach river bridge heading toward the shopping district Hagenauerplatz. The Salzach River What to do in Hagenauerplatz or Hagenau Square … Continue reading Salzburg, Austria

Belmond El Encanto is a beautiful wedding venue.

Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara, Hotel Review

 BELMOND EL ENCANTO Belmond El Encanto is a luxury hotel with 92 suites or rooms located in the hills below the Santa Ynez mountains. Most importantly, the Belmond offers spectacular views of Santa Barbara and the Pacific Ocean. Though the hotel opened in 1918, in 2004,  Orient-Express Hotels Ltd. purchased the hotel and spent seven years on renovations. When I visited recently, I based my hotel … Continue reading Belmond El Encanto Santa Barbara, Hotel Review

The White Marlin Open Tournament draws crowds.

White Marlin Open: Highest Bar Tab

I had sidestepped through throngs of spectators to attend the White Marlin Open, in Ocean City, Maryland, labeled the “World’s Largest and Richest Billfish Tournament.” As I stood on the pier breathing pungent bay air, I was hoping to spot the qualifying White Marlin, Blue Marlin, Tuna, Dolphin, Wahoo, or Shark that could win big bucks. The boats churned in the harbor after a day of fishing, and … Continue reading White Marlin Open: Highest Bar Tab