Tag Archives: vacation planning

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 »

Travel Etiquette 101: 3 Tips for Making Every Journey A Success

Travel etiquette More than a list of do’s and don’ts, etiquette, at the core, is about consideration, courtesy and respect.  And while you may not be able to master the varying customs and norms of every culture, the universally guiding principles of good manners (also known as the golden rule) will carry you far and leave you in good (social) graces. So wherever your travels take you next, remember to bring Read more »

Seriously Seeking Good Eats: NYC Edition

NYC Resto Week My love affair with New York City cannot be overstated.  As often as I can, but definitely no less than once a year, I make the trek to take in the sights, sounds, people, energy--and tastes--of this world renowned food and travel destination.  During each visit, I endeavor to satisfy my unquenchable thirst for the seemingly limitless options for exploring cuisine, culture, entertainment, fashion Read more »

Tastes of Paris: A Cookbook Curated Experience

Mussels in White Wine Cookbooks are great for cooking, obviously.  And my ever-growing library is a testament to the joy, inspiration and knowledge I continue to discover within their pages.  Some of my greatest discoveries, however, have gone beyond the recipes into the often overlooked "back of the book" where jewels crouched as resource guides are found.  And it was one such jewel that served up the better part of Read more »

Oh wait, do I need a travel agent or travel app?

Travel Apps Chances are you're looking forward to that much-needed summer vacation. You have a million activities in mind. Then you're faced with the all too familiar question...Do I need a travel agent for that?! Well, from booking a flight, planning a wine or culinary tour, a private car service, or even arranging a dinner on an iceberg, there are travel apps or a digital travel concierge for just about anything. Meet 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 »

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 »