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London Photo Shoot – I Was A Model for an Hour and No Longer a Phantom

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If you ever wondered what it would be like to be a model, well I had a taste of it in London and its hard work.  “You did what?” my friend asked when I casually mentioned the professional London photo shoot I arranged with Flytographer for me & Mom.  “You HATE being in photos” and […]

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The Westin Philadelphia Review: Affordable Luxury Hotel in Center City Philly

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The smell was familiar as I exited the elevator to the lobby, I had arrived at the Westin Philadelphia.  The distinctive smell was courtesy of the candles surrounding the floral arrangement on the entry table.  I was now instantly relaxed, the hell of the commute quickly recessing from my mind, as I knew my Heavenly […]

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4th Annual Travel Review: A Rebuilding Year with the London Hat Trick

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Another year over…a new one yet begun. So for this year’s blog summary & travel review (it’s four years now!), I look back at the year that was 2016.  If you are a sports fan, then you’ll understand that 2016 for me was a rebuilding year.  I was decimated in 2015 with the sudden job […]

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My Bloomsbury Hotel Review – Crushed Expectations in the Pink Room

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At the World Travel Market in London, the speaker spoke about the boutique hotel experience and “how it makes you feel”.  He noted that the experience starts the minute you arrive (or often times before that on social media and the hotel website) – the design, smell and people make all the difference.  Do you […]

One of many holiday ice skating rinks in London - this is the Natural History Museum in South Kensington

Holiday Spirit: Winter Wonderland and Christmas Lights in London

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If you drove past my house this holiday season, you’d never know that I love the Christmas (holiday) lights as the house is dark.  While I would love to go all “Christmas Vacation” with lights, the technical difficulties are my downfall, that, and no outside electrical outlets.  Seeing the twinkling lights transport me back to […]

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10 Awesome Made in Britain Food, Fashion and Fun Gifts at the Spirit of Christmas

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Last November on a visit to London, I attended the Taste of London and happily discovered so many great food and drink vendors in the U.K., that this year, I decided to check out The Spirit of Christmas fair in association with House & Garden, held the first week of November at the Olympia London […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Travelers – Practical, Fun & Whimsical Gift Ideas Under $50

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Chances are you have a friend or family member that is a traveler like me and chances are they are a pain in the ass to buy for at holiday (and birthday) time because they just want to be on a trip anywhere but here and that’s not in your $50 holiday gift budget. My […]

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British Airways Concorde Room (First Class Lounge) Review at Heathrow

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I’ve read it’s been called “The Millionaire’s Door” and Mom and I got to walk through that door after we passed through fast track security at London Heathrow Terminal 5.  We were greeted at that door by a British Airways staff member who looked at our boarding passes and said “Welcome”.  I opened the nondescript […]

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Africa: How To Plan a 27 Day Safari with an Award Ticket and Luxury Tent

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Going on an African Safari has always been on my list but I dismissed it forever thinking I couldn’t go alone, I didn’t have the money, the time, you name it, I talked myself out of it and put in the “when I hit the lottery bucket”.  Well, since I believe the universe does have […]

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Sky Garden London Review: Free Skyline Views and a Rooftop Bar

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Londoners are quite funny as they name the new buildings in the city based on their shapes – there’s the Gherkin, Cheese Grater, Shard and the Walkie Talkie.  I’m not sure of the proper names of the buildings or even their addresses but everyone seems to know what you are talking about if you say […]