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A Renovated King Room at the Philly Hyatt Bellevue

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What do you do when your hotel points are about to expire?  For me, I booked a room at the Philly Hyatt Bellevue for an overnight staycation (locals just say the Bellevue and the proper name is The Hyatt at the Bellevue).  As part of my year-end review of miles, points and credit cards, I […]

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The London Street Art Tour – Pay What You Want with Alternative London

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Last year when I visited London, I tortured my niece on the Shoreditch Street Art tour so this year, I decided to revisit the street art scene in London, this time with the other vendor, Alternative London, which offers a pay what you want pricing led by a current street artist.  I chose the Alternative […]

Sunset in Navigli in Milan

Airbnb – The Milan Studio in Navigli Entertainment District

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When Milan hosted Expo15 last year (formerly known as The World’s Fair) finding a reasonable hotel room proved to be difficult for my dates (three nights) so I turned to AirBnb. Searching through all the options, I kept coming back to the Navigli apartment – it was located in Navigli on the canal and had […]

Taste of London at Tobacco Dock

U.K. Food Highlights from Taste of London at Tobacco Dock

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It was an overcast November day with a chill in the air as winter approached Tobacco Dock.  The crowd gathered to eat, drink and be merry inside the warm, inviting event space as the holiday merriment had already overtaken the city of London on the buildup to Christmas.  With my press pass in hand, I […]

Renovated room Sheraton Park Lane Hotel London King Room

First Look London: The Renovated Sheraton Park Lane Hotel London

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Over the years, I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the Sheraton Park Lane Hotel London.  I loved the easy availability of SPG redemptions, larger sized rooms (when I could get upgraded) and the quiet location.  I’ve hated the rooms, the hallways, the indifferent staff and the blah of it all – it was a sad, […]

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5 Offbeat Travel Finds at the NY Times Travel Show for 2016 Travel

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Walking around a travel expo floor can be overwhelming with so many travel vendors, destination marketing folks and travel products competing for your attention.  Tables are lined with gorgeous marketing brochures to draw you in and the expert teams are there to answer questions and tell you about their offerings (ok, there was one guy […]

Sydney Opera House

Gorgeous Photos of Sydney Australia as I Chase the Sun

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For a month, my travels had been plagued with rain in both Dublin and London and while not quite surprising in either city, I was looking forward to my Australia trip – my suitcase was packed with sunscreen, flip flops and summer clothes (my sneakers were thrown in last minute for the Bridge Climb as […]

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London for Less – Stay Central and Chic at Z Hotel Soho

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When I hear “London is so expensive”, I reply “It doesn’t need to be if you know the secret spots”.  That’s the key to most destinations – knowing where to find the off the radar, only locals know kind of places.  For me, Z Hotel Soho is just one such find in the middle of […]