A Visit to the Whitney Plantation in Louisiana is a must!

Following our guide, the ten of us shuffled into the cramped cabin, leaving us barely enough room to breathe without bashing into each other. Sweat slowly dripped down my forehead into my eyes and I struggled to wipe it away, trying not to touch the person next to me.

Before our leader had a chance to speak, a young voice shouted out assuredly, “That’s the chimney Santa comes down!” Still adjusting from the bright sun, I jerked around to see who spoke, losing my balance in the process. My boyfriend caught me just before I fell into the lady next to me. Tightly grabbing my arm, he flicked his head in the direction of a little boy in the corner.

I could feel the whole group shifting, […]

October 6th, 2017|Destinations, Louisiana, USA|2 Comments

A Two Night Jaunt in Normandy, France – Fécamp and Honfleur

A three hour boat trip from Newhaven to Dieppe might not be everyone’s idea of luxury, especially if you have ever been to Newhaven or Dieppe port – no business class lounge here. Just a corrugated hut with a small café serving coffee if you’re lucky.

Still, you have the luxury of not getting to an airport, not having your luggage lost, not being told the flight is delayed. Once on board, snuggle into one of the comfy tables by the window and watch the White Cliffs of Newhaven merge into the Falaises Blanches de Dieppe.

Fécamp
I was heading there for a drop of that honey, spicy spirit that put Fécamp on the map: Bénédictine, and her glamorous home, the Palais Bénédictine. As true of most outings, […]

September 29th, 2017|Destinations, France, Normandy|0 Comments

Five things to do in Koh Lanta, Thailand

Are you thinking about Christmas? I was last year this time. The Cypriot and I made a decision to go to Thailand for the holidays. We spent a week in Chiang Mai, about which I have written extensively, and almost a week in Koh Lanta.

Why Koh Lanta? One reason – The Layana Resort and Spa. Four years before, we had selected Koh Lanta and the Layana to be our resting place after nine hectic, non-stop days in Myanmar. It was exactly what we needed, four days in the sand and sun, only moving off our lounge chairs to get to our next meal.  It was the Layana that inspired my series of A Bit of Perfection posts so many years ago.

The General Manager, Stefan Heintze, […]

September 16th, 2017|Koh Lanta, Thailand|0 Comments

Chambéry & Annecy – a perfect two days in France

GO AWAY!
Two days?? Is it possible to get the flavor of two towns in France in only two days? Can I get a Oui Bien Sur up in here?* If you follow my two-word suggestions below, you’ll have time to taste the food France is known for, tour adorable Renaissance towns, and sample a few of the many things Chambéry and Annecy made famous, including secret passageways, trompe-oeil-ed cathedrals, vermouth-stirred cocktails, and truffles au chocolat.

 SLOW DOWN!
Catch an early flight to Geneva and get off the plane ready to have lunch. In less than an hour, you can be sitting at the Auberge di Pere Bise sipping Rosé Champagne on the terrace overlooking Lake Annecy. Bliss, total bliss.

For the next few hours, I went on a roller-coaster ride of […]

August 11th, 2017|Chambéry, Destinations, France|0 Comments

The Best Bits London Afternoon Tea Experience – My 5 Favorites

The afternoon tea experience is an English institution and hands-down almost every tourist partakes of it at least once during an initial visit to London. I am one of those who keeps on partaking! I moved here years back and I still adore the whole ritual of tea! You would think that after living here for so long, the sandwich, scone, cake combo would become boring. Anything but!!

Now artists, designers and iconic British companies are all getting involved, which means that you could have tea almost every day and not get bored. Here are a few of my favorites at the moment!

The Langham
I just have to start with the Langham Hotel. For those of you who might not know, there would be no afternoon tea if […]

August 4th, 2017|Destinations, London, United Kingdom|0 Comments

A Bit of France: Le Loop d’Été au Chamonix

When I think of things to do in Chamonix, I envision everything white – skiing, snowshoeing, snow, snow, snow. I’m here in the summer and those ice crystals have melted to reveal verdant valleys and moss-covered mountains. Even though we’re not in Austria, I do want to belt out a little “Hills are Alive!”

This time, I can breathe in the mountain air without fear of frostbite or falling down crevasses due to lack of prowess on the slopes. The sun stays out longer (even though it rained a bit when we were there) and you can venture even farther, trading skis for hiking boots.

There’s no rush to get to the slopes before the crowds or be at the end of jam-packed lift-lines – totally enough […]

July 28th, 2017|Chamonix, Destinations|2 Comments