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Douro Valley and Northern Portugal in Pictures

WHY GO: The Douro Valley in northern Portugal might not be on the mind of every wine-lover, but the way things are going, it soon will be. Home to some of the best Ports in the world (Dow’s 2007 Vintage Port, 100 Points, Wine Spectator Magazine), and a growing number of acclaimed Reds, the Douro […] Read more

Vidago Palace Hotel and Spa: Vidago Portugal

Drive up the elongated entryway to the deep coral-colored Vidago Palace, in Chaves Portugal and you can almost imagine King Carlos I, happy to escape the pressures of Lisbon and his royal duties in Sintra. But Carlos never had a chance to use Vidago as his northern getaway, as he was assassinated in 1908. And neither […] Read more

Porto Portugal: Made for Wandering

WHY GO: If there was ever a city made for wandering, it’s Porto, Portugal. Like Lisbon, streets are cobblestone, building facades gleam with colorful tile and the river (here, the Douro) figures prominently. But Porto is much more intimate, and all of that beauty is concentrated in its historic city center. Churches and public buildings […] Read more

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Zambia

What to do in Victoria Falls? Start with these and read the complete story on Huffington Post HERE.   Bungee Jump off the Victoria Falls Bridge – a stomach churning 350 foot plunge. Visit the Falls. The whole of the town of Victoria Falls is actually a National Park, which means that animals are given […] Read more

Seba Camp, Okavango Delta, Botswana

A “Classic” Wilderness Safari Camp, Seba Camp in Botswana’s famed Okavango Delta, is considered one step down from Wilderness’s over-the-top Premier Camp level. But you could have fooled me. Both Classic and Premium Wilderness Safari Camps throughout Southern Africa are completely adept at spoiling guests rotten (primary difference between the two is level of cuisine […] Read more

Planning a Visit to Israel? Do These 11 Things (From Huffington Post)

  (Published 3-5-15 in Huffington Post) It’s a tad ironic that the road navigation app, Waze, was developed by two young guys from one of the smallest countries in the world – Israel. Just over 250 miles long and 70 miles wide at its widest point (9 miles wide at narrowest), Israel can be covered in […] Read more

Beresheet Hotel, Mitzpe Ramon, Israel

The Beresheet Hotel is truly heaven on earth. Set on the rim of the non-impact Ramon Crater in the Negev (mid-southern Israel), this is probably one of the most beautifully stark and surprisingly alive places in the world. I stayed here for two nights in February 2015, and wished it were longer. Look at these photos […] Read more

Mitzpe Hayamim: A Top Spa Hotel in Northern Israel

Mitzpe Hayamim, an Organic Farm/Spa/Hotel/Restaurant in northern Israel, is not luxe in the American sense of dressed-to-the-nines guestrooms and overstuffed duvets. There’s nary a crystal chandelier or plush banquet to be seen. Near the mystical city of Tzfat, Israel, this upscale, naturally wild spot, however, does feature lavish spa treatments, ample time for reflection, and some […] Read more

Ten Ways To Know If Small Ship Cruising Is For You

First published on Huffington Post December 2, 2014 Though they offer fewer onboard activities, small ships, defined as those that carry fifty to 300 passengers, are best for a certain kind of traveler. Here are ten ways to determine if small ship cruising is right for you. If it is, we’ll steer you to the […] Read more

American Cruise Lines Review

The escalating hassles of international travel (not to mention a fearsome fear of flying) turned my attention recently to a type of vacation that has been growing in popularity of late: Small Ship American River Cruising. As a Connecticut-based empty-nest travel writer with an active, fit 81-year-old teacher-naturalist mother, I sought a trip that could satisfy our […] Read more

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