Go Snow Hiking in Northern Norway

I arrived to Norway in the middle of winter, snow was on the ground and and the weather was bitter cold, with temperatures in the 20s — quite chilly for this California girl. The temperatures were perfectly fine in the cozy confines of the Hurtigruten ship that I was cruising on for the week, but posed a chilling problem with the outdoor excursions everyday.

2017-06-19T16:15:14+00:00 January 12th, 2016|Categories: Europe, Norway, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |

Spend a Ritzy Day in Monaco

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.

2017-03-08T16:54:24+00:00 October 21st, 2015|Categories: Europe, Monaco, TRAVEL|Tags: , , , |

Learn to Make Pierogi in Poland

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.

2017-04-27T21:54:21+00:00 October 1st, 2015|Categories: Europe, FOOD, Poland, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |

Visit Dracula at Bran Castle in Transylvania, Romania

Myth has it that high above the valley of Romania, in the principality of Transylvania, lies a castle that was once occupied by count Dracula himself. Though you actually will find the gothic Bran Castle near the town of Brasov, which has long been linked to this ancient vampire, Dracula probably won't be there when you arrive.

2017-03-08T16:58:32+00:00 July 31st, 2015|Categories: QUIRKY, Romania, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |

Hike the Active Pacaya Volcano in Guatemala

Just like skiing and mountaineering is a part of the culture of the Swiss Alps, volcano hiking is huge chunk of the culture in Guatemala. The country has 37 officially named volcanoes, three of which that are still active. It is not uncommon to be driving by one of these and seeing a puff of smoke pop out from its peak.

2017-08-05T15:34:02+00:00 July 9th, 2015|Categories: Central America, Guatemala, TOP PICKS, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |

Stay at an All-Inclusive Resort. Ochos Rios, Jamaica.

With the endless food selections, colorful cocktails flowing and the luxury of locking up your wallet for a week, what's not to love about an all-inclusive resort? It is a perfect travel vacay for someone that doesn't want to overthink lengthy itineraries, worry about booking reservations or whipping out a credit card for every little thing.

2017-03-08T16:59:43+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Categories: Caribbean, Jamaica, TRAVEL|Tags: , , |
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