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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

Mountains and clouds reflect in the Great Salt Lake. Sticky post

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

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. Serenity at The Setai Your transformation begins when you step into the brown and tan toned hotel … Continue reading The Setai Miami Beach: Luxury Hotel

The Glockenspiel figurines represent Bavarian history.

Germany Points of Interest

Germany Tips and Surprising Facts Oktoberfest 2018 Oktoberfest in Munich, Germany, is a once in a lifetime experience where you can feast on local food and beer. Plus you can listen to music, dance, or check out the carnival rides and booths. Most importantly, the 2018 Oktoberfest runs from Saturday, September 22, to Sunday, October 7. Additionally, check out my photos from the 2017 Oktoberfest … Continue reading Germany Points of Interest