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Natural Remedies in the “Land of Smiles”: Sri Lanka

Whether or not you are horticulturally inclined, the Ayurvedic Village Garden in Sri Lanka is the place where you can come nurture and nourish the senses. Situated in the one of the more picturesque beach towns in the Southwest part of the country (80 miles south of the capital city of Colombo and 10 miles from the historic city of Galle), the garden is home to both familiar and exotic healing plants Read more »

Mezzing Around Cyprus

Undeniably, food is a significant part of any vacation and undisputedly, no gustatory trip to Cyprus would be complete without trying a mezze. Cyprus, the crown jewel of the Mediterranean, and often erroneously referred to as Greek’s little sister, specializes in the mezze. Mezze, which literally means small plates, is the Cypriot’s preferred way of “breaking bread” with friends and family. A Read more »

What You Taste When Your Eyes Can’t See: Dining in the Dark in the UAE

It is said that 80% of what we experience occurs through the visual channel and I believe that an overwhelming majority of us would maintain that the one sense we do not want to be deprived of, is our sight. Eating is understood to be a multi-sensory experience, with our eyes leading the way. According to research scientists and psychologists, our eyes see the food first, then tells our brain what Read more »

Who Knew?- Czech Out the Beer Capital of the World!!!

For anyone who knows my drinking proclivity, it has always been, champagne first, and all else follows. However, a visit to the beer drinking-est capital of the world-Prague, Czech Republic this past summer, warranted an adjustment to my usual drinking game. Although, I can’t claim to be a “cerveza-a-phile”, an aficionado of beers and ales, I have come to develop an increasing fondness for the Read more »

A Pearl in the South African Winelands

It was John Keats, the 18th century English romantic poet, who remarked, “Give me books, wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody that I do not know.” These were my precise sentiments when I embarked on my first journey to the South African winelands in April. Pour me a glass of an aromatic, bold red, a fragrant rosé, or an elegant and floral white, then I’m Read more »

The French Connection in Istanbul

Having lived in Paris for two years, an obsession of mine is to seek out all things French when traveling, be it bistros, cafes, literary haunts, and/or vistas. It has been become a standard ritual of mine to sit in drinking establishments that writers frequented, to dine in restaurants where artists supped, to mull about in places that attracted the likes of the Mary Cassatt’s, Picasso’s, Oscar Read more »

Odyssey to a Greek Isle: Hydra

The advantage of traveling with a local is that you become privy to information that you would ordinarily miss when traveling solo.  I was fortunate to have heeded my friend, Anastasia’s advice to venture outside Athens and do a three-day excursion to Hydra, one of mainland Greece’s 227 islands.  I just knew that I would be serendipitously discovering one of Greece’s gems. If your idea of Read more »

5 Starry Nights in Abu Dhabi

If you have a penchant for world-class hospitality, Michelin starred dining, exceptional service, and new world posh, then Abu Dhabi is the ideal place for you. There isn’t one 5 star hotel in Abu Dhabi which will fail to bedazzle and enchant its guests.  From a vast array of bespoke services and top-notch amenities to choose from, there is a hotel that will indulge all of your five senses and make Read more »

On The First Day of Ramadan…in the UAE (United Arab Emirates)

It feels like Christmas in July. Ubitiquous are lamp posts, trees trunks and branches adorned in pearl white, emerald green, and celeste blue lights. Lining the medians of streets and bridge crossings are fixtures of crescent moons and stars, Arabic teapots, lanterns, and other symbols of Islamic faith. Shopping malls and official businesses are resplendent in hues of amber and blue Read more »

Ascending the Moreeb Staircase (Liwa, UAE)

My late father used to tell me, “Gina, you work out as if it were a religion”. Being physically nimble/agile, fit, and healthy has always been of paramount importance to me, having competed in contact sports since the age of 12 and having grown up with eight brothers who were fiercely competitive. Hence, finding a vacation spot that provides equal doses of respite and physical activity is an essential Read more »