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Pedal On: Copenhagen on Two Wheels

There is something about riding a bicycle that is synonymous with freedom – something that allows us to temporarily arrest our fears, worries, inhibitions and return to our blithe younger selves, where languid summer days and still nights meld into one.  That feeling of liberation and adventure reemerged last August while I was exploring the European city, often emphatically referred to as the “coolest Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

The Best Things in Life Are….Balaash (Free)

I am a fervid fan of free (free pre-concert passes to hobnob backstage with the Gipsy Kings, free VIP access to Jazz at Lincoln Center, free tickets to the 51st Grammy awards ceremony, free super bowl tickets, free tickets to opening day at Fenway Park, free season tickets to the New York Philharmonic symphony, free tickets to watch the Knicks play basketball). Just mention the word “free”, “gratis”, Read more »

What has traveling with your mom taught you?

Mother and Daughter Camel ride Mother's day is 5 days away and I still don't have a clue what to get my mom. But if it's one thing I know for sure, the gift of travel far outlast any spa treatment, dinner, kitchen appliance, gift card, etc. From riding on camels through the desert in Egypt to walking the strip in Las Vegas, traveling with my mom has taught me some of life's most valuable lessons. So, if your mom is like my mom Read more »

Travel Savvy Thursday: Stylish Sightseeing Bags

Travel Savvy Sightseeing bags Whether I'm traveling locally around town or far off to some exotic destination, a stylish but functional sightseeing bag is a must. Non-functioning, heavy weight bags will kill your back and distract you from having the experience of a lifetime. Invest in a bag that's small enough and light enough to carry easily all day. My ideal bag is small to medium-sized, has multi-compartments, perfect for Read more »

City Guide: Exploring Manila

Makati city   Manila is one of the most exciting cities in Southeast Asia. Filipinos are passionate about this city steeped with turbulent history and rich culture. Due to the fact that over half the population is under 25 years old, Manila is now finding itself headed in new directions. Familiar tradition now merges with bold, progressive ideas surrounding technology, entertainment, and design. Places Read more »

Paris in the Spring

5605071049_654421a993 Any time of year I can find things to love about every corner in Paris. But Spring in Paris calls for delightful discoveries of hidden courtyards, blossoming gardens, city fairs and even the architecture comes alive. Sure the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and  Louvre Museum are a must see, but with longer days and warmer temperatures among the beautiful cobblestone streets of Paris you can take Read more »