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Berlin Food Tour


Berlin is attracting the attention of hungry tourists around the globe. A huge variety of edible delights compete for your appetite in this bustling metropolis. If your time in Berlin will be brief, consider a food tour. Those on a culinary quest reap the benefits of a guide’s insider epicurean tips. Even if you’re not food-centric, you will learn about the culture, history and sights of Berlin as you stroll the city with your guide and nibble … [Read more...]

Find the Quiet Side of Venice in Santa Elena

Crowds in St. Mark's Square

For most visitors, the Venice that they visit is jam-packed with crowds. The city is packed with spectacular sights and is one of the most popular tourist sites in Italy. It is one of my favorite European destinations. The city is wonderful any time of the year so I always schedule my visits for the off-season. Even then, I have been amazed at the number of visitors. Someone recently described Venice to me as a "Disneyland for adults" with … [Read more...]

Halifax’s Historic Halliburton House Inn

Halliburton House Inn signage, Halifax

From my ground-floor queen bedroom, I can hear the early evening final calls of the birds outside in the trees. Such a blissful moment, particularly after a late afternoon spring shower. We’re checked in at The Halliburton House Inn for a night, and I’m happy with everything in this room, from the cozy bed to the period furniture and fireplace. A coffee maker sits on the desk in a corner. A wing-back chair will serve as the perfect spot to … [Read more...]

Halifax Excursions: Horseback Riding, City and Peggy’s Cove Tour, and Ferry Ride to Dartmouth

Near Peggy's Cove

Winter in Halifax normally means chilly Atlantic winters with varying amounts of snow. This winter however was exceptional, snowfall the likes of which the city hasn’t seen in 30 years! This didn’t stop me from having some fun though while here on my second Nova Scotia trip. I haven't yet been horseback riding in the snow, but there’s a first time for everything. Hatfield Farm, located in Hammonds Plains, a quick half-hour jaunt from … [Read more...]

VinCE International Wine Show 2015 in Budapest, Hungary

The excited winners of the annual VinCE wine awards

The Venue The 6th annual VinCE Wine Show was recently held at the luxurious and inviting Corinthia Hotel in Budapest in early March 2015. This event is organized by the VinCE Central European Wine Magazine and showcases Hungarian Wines as well as plenty of winery attendees from elsewhere in Central Europe. When you walk into the Corinthia you immediately feel transported to another era - perhaps 100 years ago, elegance, luxury and … [Read more...]

Star Searching, Celebrity House Spotting with Starline Tours, Hollywood


What better time to take a Starline guided tour of Hollywood and hunt for celebrity homes and celebrities than during the Academy Award weekend. Hollywood's epic event attracts a number of celebrities to town, parties and those looking to see celebrities. Sure Hollywood is more chaotic then usual - with part of Hollywood Blvd shut down in the vicinity of Dolby Theatre and the buzz about the event by most everyone who happens to be in the … [Read more...]

Confessions of the First Travel Blogger


One of these claims to be “The Most Interesting Blogger in the World” I was surprised when I picked up a copy USAToday and saw an item that cited me as “The first travel blogger.” I doubt it, though I was early to the game, not long after Al Gore invented the Internet. In 1993 the term “blogger” didn’t exist, so what I was posting was a real-time serialized account of my travels. If that qualifies, then perhaps the first travel blogger was … [Read more...]

Plan Your Own Great Wall Adventure


A day trip to the Great Wall easily qualifies as a major highlight of our month long travels across China. In fact, I would even go as far as saying that if I had to pick just one “must” from a long list of great things to do/see in China, touring the Great Wall would be it -- although to visit only one location in China would be very distressing, as the rest of the country is fascinating.  Why does the Great Wall qualify as my top attraction … [Read more...]

Coping With Stress When Traveling

keep calm travel poster

Tips for Dealing with the Stress of Travel Whether you have to travel for business or taking that long awaited vacation, the stress involved with travel can sometimes be overwhelming for many. Thankfully, there are many ways to help us deal with and cope with stress that undoubtedly comes with traveling. If you can cope and manage stressful situations effectively, then dealing with some of the headaches involved with travel can be a lot … [Read more...]

3 Great Sierra Nevada Getaways

Lake Tahoe viewed from the California side looking across the lake to Nevada

During a busy and fun-filled getaway weekend, my husband (“Mr. TWS”) and I visited El Dorado County, South Lake Tahoe, and Carson Valley, Nevada. These three Sierra Nevada locations, easily reached from the San Francisco Bay Area and many other places in Northern California and Nevada, can be enjoyed as individual destinations or an itinerary trio. We packed a lot into three days (and would recommend taking much more time), but we got a good feel … [Read more...]