Small Cities of Kentucky, USA

I may have been birthed in New York and bred in Pennsylvania, but, in another life, I know I was born with a Kentuckian soul. Handling a horse by four years old and drinking bourbon by forty might not be the only requirements for feeling that Kentucky spirit race through my veins, but I think it puts me at least halfway there.

Heading back to the airport after a week exploring the state, I have truly fallen for the small towns of Kentucky. Each one of the following is only a day trip from Louisville or Lexington, but imbued with its own identity, food and folklore, all brought together by one commonality, Bourbon! I wasn’t prepared to learn so much about my birth nation’s history, and […]

November 28th, 2018|Destinations, Kentucky, USA|0 Comments

A Long Weekend in the Savoie Wine Region

Let it be in your stills and in your storms,
Fair Lake, in your cavorting sloping sides,
In the black pine trees, in the savage rocks
That hang above your tides;
Le Lac by Alphonse de laMartine
Most of you have probably never heard of Alphonse de Lamartine – the French poet enchanted by the Savoie Wine Region. He was not only a poet who loved this area, but  a political force who spearheaded the abolition of slavery and the death penalty in France. The “Lac” he gifted with its own poem is Lac Bourget which sits in the middle of the Savoie Wine Region and is the largest lake in France. After exploring, the region with her châteaux, Michelin stars, charming towns and, of course, the local wines, you […]

October 29th, 2018|Chambéry, Destinations, France|0 Comments

Traverse’s Three and Samsung Photo Competition

In July, I was invited by Traverse to participate in a photographic campaign with Three UK and Samsung Mobile using the fabulous camera on the Galaxy S9 and S9+.

I snapped this very friendly face at a restaurant in Chinatown and, no, he was not on the menu!

Only 50 influencers were invited to click photos around London or anywhere they may be in the world. The final photos were all displayed at The Herrick Gallery on Piccadilly for the public to enjoy.

It was a privilege to be one of the 50 chosen and I now can’t believe how good a phone camera can be!

August 1st, 2018|News|0 Comments

Don’t Miss These 3 Stunning Temples in Bangkok – Affiliate Bit

Image via Flickr by Ankur P
I work with the Intercontinental Hotel Group quite often and I have never been disappointed. When they asked me to collaborate by posting their travel guide of Temples in Bangkok on my site, I was more than happy to share.  It’s a great guide and I hope you use it when you are heading to Bangkok.
Temples play an important role for the people of Bangkok. They are much more than tourist attractions. Temple complexes are homes to the monks. They wake up at 4 a.m. to begin their duties, attend to prayers, and collect offerings from the people on the streets. This is a ritual of giving to receive a better life after this one. This part of the Buddhist philosophy […]

July 17th, 2018|Destinations|1 Comment

A luxurious stay off the beaten path in Venice

Once upon a time, the sestiere (quarter) of Canareggio was considered off the beaten path in Venice. Tourists trudged back and forth from the train station down the Strada Nova to St. Mark’s Square and back. If the masses did find themselves in this part of town, it was usually to visit the Jewish ghetto for an hour and then return back to the Rialto as quickly as they came.

The trifecta of San Mark’s Square, St. Mark’s Church and Doge’s Palace do pack a punch and there is nothing bad about sitting at Florian sipping a cappuccino while an orchestra plays Volare, but how nice to make your home in one of the prettiest hotels far from the madding crowd.

Hearing the constant complaint that Venice […]

June 10th, 2018|Destinations, Italy, Venice|0 Comments

48 Hours in Nuremberg, Germany

What city actually has a sausage that is so sacred that it is protected under EU law? Nuremberg, Germany! I was spending 48 hours in Nuremberg and, of course, the goal was to sample as many of these sacred sausages as we could. Whilst in between this sausage sampling, we visited one of the most important cities in Germany.

Nuremberg, a city that was mentioned in history books in the year 1050 AD, makes the perfect weekend getaway from London. Fewer than two hours from London, a short hop on the UBAHN and you are in the walled city that brought you Albrecht Dürer, toys, eyeliner, Rotbier and Lebkucken, in addition to its sausages,

An independent state until the 19th century, Nuremberg was always at the forefront […]

May 21st, 2018|Destinations, Germany, Nuremberg|0 Comments