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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 […]

Sky Garden London View inside

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 […]

Santa hat, stockings on sale in Paris

Thanksgiving in Paris, the Year Mom Boycotted Our Turkey Dinner

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Growing up in my small family, Thanksgiving dinner meant that we pulled out the dining room table to add a leaf to seat six.  The china cabinet was opened and the dishes on display most of the year were carefully removed and set for dinner.  Pulling out the silver drawer as a child allowed me […]

Moet & Chandon 2008 Vintage Champagnes

Champagne in Epernay: The Moet & Chandon Cellar Tour & Tasting

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On my last visit to Paris, I spent the day in the Loire Valley in the midst of wine & castles so this time I wanted to see the Avenue of Champagne in Epernay, more specifically, I wanted to visit for the Moet & Chandon Cellar Tour and experience the champagne.  There are two ways […]

Paris Cafe Croque Madame Ham Cheese Egg Sandwich

Travel Lesson Learned at Cafe de la Paix in Paris at Opera

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We had just arrived in Paris after the long journey from JFK to Heathrow to Charles de Gaulle and we were hungry.  After getting sorted in the charming small luxury boutique hotel, Hotel Therese, we started walking around the area – the 1st arrondissement.  There are a plethora of cafes, restaurants and even the Pierre […]

The works of art in pastry at Angelina Paris

An Indulgent Parisian Breakfast at Angelina Paris

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On my infamous trip to Paris when I was abandoned at Valentine’s Day, I had visited Angelina Paris because my friend HAD to try the famous hot chocolate as it was on the list of must do Paris activities she had printed from CNN and had to check each box.   At the time, 1994,  I […]

Eiffel Tower Paris

How To Visit the Eiffel Tower with Mom? Patience and a Slushee Required

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      When planning Mom’s trip to Paris, I asked “Do you want to visit the Eiffel Tower” and she said “No, my friends said it wasn’t worth it.”  (who are these friends?). On our first day in Paris we met our Versailles tour at the Eiffel Tower and when we returned Mom said […]

The Paris Opera exterior

Underrated Paris: The Paris Opera Tour No One Told Me About

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It’s really not a secret when it’s right in plain sight but like so many other Paris attractions, how often do you go inside?  Do you only have the top 5 on your list (Tour Eiffel, Mona Lisa at The Louve, Versailles, Seine Cruise and Arc de Triomphe)?  If you are like me, you’ve missed a […]

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Hotel Therese Paris Review – Luxury, Chocolate and Style in the 1st Arr.

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Paris boutique hotels continue to impress me with their style, warmth and service levels.  Finding a new luxury gem to add to my Parisian collection has become my new obsession in Paris (it takes hours of research before I commit to try a new hotel).  Hotel Therese in Paris made my radar three years ago […]

Colorful houses of Reykjavik Iceland

Start Planning! Philly to Iceland (PHL – KEF) on Icelandair Coming Soon

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Icelandair announced last week that it will start service from Philadelphia to Reykjavik (PHL – KEF)  in the summer of 2017. From May 30, 2017 through September 20, 2017, they will fly four times a week between Philadelphia and Reykjavik.  That’s big news for Philadelphia International Airport to gain another direct international flight (last year […]