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More Hula, Less Moolah – Maui Dining

More Hula, Less Moolah – Maui Dining

Who says you have to have deep pockets to visit Maui?  We’ve traveled there more than 20 times in 20 years and have found great restaurants where you can have a Champagne dinner at sparkling-cider prices.  Here’s how you too can pay coach and go first class, with a special splurge every now and then. […]

Arbois, France

Arbois, France

Surrounded by rolling hills full of vineyards, the medieval town of Arbois, France lives and breathes wine. Here, visitors can immerse themselves in the famous wines of the Jura wine route or explore the history of the town’s most famous resident, Louis Pasteur. Visiting Arbois The town of Arbois is easily traversed on foot, with […]

Epernay – Capital of Champagne

Epernay – Capital of Champagne

The city of Epernay, France is a champagne enthusiast’s dream – an august small town south of Reims overflowing with opportunities to taste the country’s most famous export. Several well known large Champagne houses are found in Epernay as are smaller ones and many are open for tours and tastings. Champagne Tasting in Epernay Lined […]

Beaune, France

Beaune, France

The picturesque French town of Beaune is located in the center of Burgundy, surrounded by villages bearing world famous names prized by wine lovers such as Volnay, Pommard, Puligny-Montrachet and Vosne-Romanee. These fabled names also adorn the labels of the wines that line the numerous shops, tasting rooms and wine bars occupying Beaune’s tiny streets. […]

Dining Out in San Juan, Puerto Rico

Dining Out in San Juan, Puerto Rico

San Juan’s rich culture is a unique synthesis of historical preservation and modern innovation, elements also at play in the unique and varied cuisines found throughout the city. Puerto Rican food is influenced by Spanish and other Caribbean cuisines and based around products grown or found on the island, such as plantains, yucca, pork, beans and […]

Friuli Wine Country

Friuli Wine Country

Friuli Venezia Giulia is the easternmost region in Italy, bordering Slovenia and Croatia. Not well known to Americans, the area is mainly agricultural and dotted with hundreds of vineyards and small wineries producing excellent, world class Friuli wines. Wine Regions & Wineries The major towns in Friuli include the central city of Udine, Gorizia on […]

Food Markets of the World

Food Markets of the World

Visiting a market in a new – or favorite – city is one of the best ways to connect with a place and its inhabitants, as well as a way to discover the pulse and flavor of a town or city.  Markets have traditionally been centers of local life and many remain so today, featuring […]

Finger Lakes Wine Country

Finger Lakes Wine Country

The Finger Lakes are one of the nation’s largest grape growing regions, with over 120 wineries clustered around the edges of several “finger-like” lakes that create an ideal micro-climate for vinifera. About four and a half hours from both New York City and Toronto, in the center of upstate New York, are the glacial Finger […]

Manhattan Neighborhood Eats

Manhattan Neighborhood Eats

Travelers can eat as well as the locals in New York – and save some cash – by stepping off the main avenues to discover affordable places with character to grab a bite.

Cafe Culture – Eastern Europe

Cafe Culture – Eastern Europe

Our author loves cafes – not only because she is a coffee aficionado but also because they  reveal the social fabric of a place. In cafés, the working day is suspended long enough to allow the trading of gossip or an argument about politics over a cup of coffee. For travelers, these places are a […]

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Rabat, Morocco

Rabat, Morocco’s capital city, is flush with history and culture unbeknownst to the many Morocco-bound tourists who flock to Tangiers and Casablanca. For those who venture off the beaten path, however, Rabat will prove just as rewarding.

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