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Tivoli: The Enduring Park of Copenhagen and 16th Century Pleasure Garden

The notion of spending a day in a place as far away as possible from real life, has beckoned humankind for hundreds of years. Since the 1550’s, early day amusement parks known as “pleasure gardens”, have been a veritable source of joy and entertainment for man. Pleasure gardens, whose origins can be traced back to Ancient Rome were simply, gardens that were open to the public for recreation and Read more »

Artful Luxe Living at the Villa Republic Hotel (Sri Lanka)

Nothing evokes luxury more than a five star hotel that has expertly mastered the art of bespoke experiences, from wait staff who are armed with intimate knowledge of local culture and customs, to decadent spa treatments and in-house amenities that make you feel instantly special. Stepping onto the grounds of the five-star Villa Republic Hotel in Gintota, Sri Lanka, you are immediately assured that Read more »

NYC Day Parties: With Soooul!

Photo Courtesy of Soul Summit Music The sun's gone warmer, the days a bit longer and it's that time of the year again: Day Party season!   I'm back with this edition of  NYC Day Parties: With Soooul!   Do you like your house music funky with a nice helping of soul?   How about a party in the park with DJs who are absolute legends in New York City nightlife?   If this sounds like how you would like to spend your summer afternoons, 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 »

Dine Like a Raj During Ramadan (in the UAE)

It is the holiest month of the year (the 9th month of the Islamic calendar)- a time when devout Muslims are expected to rigidly reexamine the tenets of their faith and demonstrate their steadfastness to the Prophet Muhammad’s teachings by fasting from sunrise to sunset. For non-Muslims who visit Dubai, perchance, during this month, it can be an opportune time to experience the rich tapestry of Arabian 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 »

Fast and Fervid Fun at F1

Scoring a ticket to one of the world’s most coveted racing events is arguably no ordinary feat. Once you have missed the deadline for purchasing tickets, it undoubtedly becomes about who you know and strategically working your black book. You have to know someone, who knows “someone”, who knows “someone”. And having been dubbed a “newbie” in the UAE, I wasn’t quite sure how compelling Read more »

San Diego Day Parties: Clique

Clique Pool Party Addition It’s almost day party season!    And if you’re in San Diego, you’ll want to check out Clique.  Clique is not so much a party but a movement. They are passionate about art, music and the underground club scene and they want YOU to be a part of their clique.   Each party aims to stimulate you through sight and sound.  Artists inspired by the people and music of Clique create paintings Read more »

Leaving on the Night Train to Sapa (Vietnam)

I have always dreamt of traversing the great corridors of the world by train---tackling Lake Michigan, Yellowstone National Park, and Mount Rushmore on one jaunt then the Swiss Alps, Lake Geneva, and the Italian Dolomites in another. While riding the Orient Express still remains an ambitious goal on my “back in time” travel adventure list, my recent journey to Hanoi, Vietnam provided me with a Read more »