Green Chicago River at night

The Chicago Green River Celebrates St. Patrick’s Day – Everyone’s Irish for a Day

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This past weekend, Chicago continued its tradition of dyeing the river green to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.  It’s part of a larger celebration with multiple parades and informal pub crawls. I was lucky to experience this tradition a few years ago while attending a travel writers conference. While I was excited to meet so many […]

Hogwarts working model at Harry Potter Studio tour

The Harry Potter Studio Tour Review London – Movie Magic for Muggles

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The Harry Potter Studio tour opened to the public in 2012 in Leavesden, about eighteen miles outside of London and since then I’ve wanted to visit with each trip to London. Sadly, my boss has had other ideas, namely meetings, dinners and such leaving little “free” time to explore the city.  So on my “to do list” it […]

NCL EPIC cruise ship

Cruise Norwegian: EPIC Solo Studio and Solo Lounge Review

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When I travel solo on a cruise, after the anger of the 200% fare wears off, I tend to overschedule myself to remain busy in the day and forget I’m alone on a ship of over two thousand people. It’s easy to blend in and become invisible if you want. At night, I would then […]

Airport Tag Travel Quote Tote Bag

10 Solo Travel Tips & Destination Ideas to Plan Your Vacation

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Not everyone will have a baptism by fire to solo travel like I did.  I was abandoned in Paris by my (former) friend at Valentine’s Day and chose to explore the city on my own until my flight home.  This was in the time before the internet and smart phones. My passion for independent travel […]

Whitney Museum of American Art

NYC Sunday Afternoon at The Whitney Museum of American Art

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Over the years, I’ve seen many modern art pieces really test my limits on “what is art”…  There have been times where I said out loud what I was thinking in the gallery which wasn’t good when I was thinking “are you serious?  And got a few nasty looks.  But I guess that’s what art […]

Magnum Paris Social Media

Luxury Ice Cream Social at the Magnum Paris Pop Up Shop

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One thing I learned about my Mom on our recent trip is that she eats a lot of ice cream – she’d probably eat it for breakfast if she could. She is not addicted to cookies, cake or pastries like I am – she’s all ice cream.  I first learned of Magnum Ice Cream bars […]

Galeries Lafayette Rooftop Dining Bar

Secret Paris: Free Views from Galleries Lafayette Rooftop, La Terrasse

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If you are going to Paris, I’m likely to give you the following direction “Go to the Chanel counter of Galleries Lafayette, stop and look up!” Your eyes will be richly rewarded.  As for your wallet, well that’s another story depending on your willpower for luxury clothes, accessories and macarons (there is a Pierre Hermes […]

OneFineStay Mews House view

Millionaire Sneak Peek: The OneFineStay London Mews House in Kensington

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Like everyone else, I dream of winning the lottery.  I grew up watching the television show “Lifestyles of the Rick & Famous” and while I thought the mansions might be a bit too big, I loved the idea of being able to afford to live wherever I wanted in a million dollar home. Over the […]

Moet and Chandon Rose Mini Champange

A Champagne Toast to Celebrate My Solo Traveler Anniversary

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Every year, when I was in college, Valentine’s Day was a day professors dreaded.  They knew the chances of teaching an uninterrupted class was nil as there would be at least one (many more) knocks on the classroom door during class.  But they had to open the door and let the music in.  It was […]

Visiting the High Line NYC

Visiting The High Line in NYC: Discover Art, Nature and Architecture

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It seemed natural for a Sunday morning to go for a walk in New York City.  But rather than head to Central Park, I thought that visiting the High Line would be perfect for Mom.  It was one thing she hadn’t done on all the prior trips (one day bus tours).  So while I would […]