You could hear the dogs before you could see them. As they began to pick up the sound of our footsteps the barks got even louder. It was a welcome like no other I had ever received - a beautiful, howling chorus.
Dubai, as most of us know, is a ritzy modern metropolis that delights its visitors with ultra luxurious hotels, upscale eateries, world-class shopping and towering skyscrapers. But, did you know that this gleaming and high-tech city can also give you a heavy dose of fun and adventure?
The word ‘buzz' has a dual meaning for me today. The first being the warm, fuzzy feeling I was getting from drinking my Keller Estate bubbly in the afternoon. The second was the humming noise coming from the hundreds of honeybees surrounding the white wooden bee hives at my feet.
I will be the first to admit that I have been at the airport checking in my luggage when the airline attendant informed me that my bags were overweight — exactly 1.2 pounds over the 50 pound limit. What do you do?
I have been to many impressive and unique markets around the world; Hong Kong's gold fish market, Barcelona's Boqueria and Chiang Mai's Sunday Night Market, just to name a few. Though none have been quite like Tokyo's Tusijiki Market, one of the largest wholesale fish markets in the world
Have you ever walked down in some place abroad and could swear that you seen that place somewhere before? You probably remembered some parts of the movies you once saw, since many movie makers tend to go overseas for beautiful shots. On the other hand, there is one particular kind of tourists in this world.
Arriving at the Xochimilco canals was like seeing an explosion of Skittle colors — a rainbow piñata of boats. Rows and rows of trajineras (gondolas) waiting for hundred of passengers which would no doubt be arriving shortly.
On an average day in Monaco, women walk the streets in their spiked high heels, form fitting dresses and carrying designer Louis Vuitton bags. You can smell the perfume as it lingers well after they pass. The men, when not in their name-brand suits, wear linen pants paired with a crisp button up shirt that looks freshly pressed.
If you aren't immediately sold on Zurich just by its quaint cobbled streets of the Old Town (Altstadt), then head over to the trendy Kreis 5 district or take a boat ride on the picturesque lake. The "things to do" in this Swiss city are plentiful, and here is just a taste.
Most folks don’t realize, mostly because my husband and I own an Italian restaurant in Northern California, that I am actually only of half Italian decent. My other half is full-on Polish. Being surrounded by ravioli, bruschetta and tiramisu while growing up had left me lost when it came to my knowledge of Polish cuisine.