Category: Destinations

Australia Connections

“Souls are waiting for you in Australia.” That was the response from my psychic when, in 1997, I asked him – pleaded with him – to tell me whether I should act on what seemed to be a completely insane…

More challenges for traveling to Cuba

Interesting piece from AFAR Magazine detailing more challenges for Americans traveling to Cuba post-embargo.  Bottom line: A.  Don’t believe what you’re hearing about using credit cards or phones in Cuba – its not happening yet; B.  Go with a travel company,…

Musings of Cuba – Volume Two

The importance of setting expectations, whiny travelers and making unlikely connections in the wee hours of the morning There is a hotel in downtown Havana that holds a special place in my heart. It is called the Hotel Sevilla. The history of…

Traveling to Cuba – Post Embargo

Several people have been asking me about going to Cuba now that the embargo is lifted.  Many are considering trips to Cuba, but want to know how best to travel there.  Embargo or no embargo, I strongly recommend going to…

Musings of Cuba – Volume One

As Obama plans to resume government relations with Cuba, I can’t help but remember some of my experiences traveling here, such wonderful memories – funny and sometimes nerve-wracking times spent escorting small groups to this “forbidden” island nation.  I thought it…

Chasing Tilly Divine

How the writer sought one bad ass chick and in so doing, found another. Recently I have felt the inkling of a sea change, leading me to believe that after over a year of living this new life of mine, in…

Sayulita Siren Song

I’ve been singing the praises of Sayulita, Mexico for years now.  There is something simply magical about this sleepy little village – a vibe, an energy, a kindred spirit, that swept me up on sight.  My family and I consider…

B&B Chic in Venice – Settimo Cielo

We just spent four nights at Settimo Cielo and had a wonderful experience here. We had no problem finding it (using the instructions that came with the reservation confirmation email) and came in via train, and then vaporetto to Sant…

L.A. Dodgers Play Team Australia

MLB working double time to bring baseball to Australia. Spent more than $2 million to fly in the perfect baseball turf to convert the cricket pitch to a baseball diamond (diamond surely trumps pitch). Vendors slinging cracker jacks, cokes and…

13 Caledonia St – The Before Shots

I will never forget the look on my mother’s face when we brought her to see the new house we had purchased, my beloved “Hideaway” in Woodland Hills, with its dark wood paneling, floral wallpapered walls, stale pink carpets and…

Sydney House Hunting

Well…never a dull moment.  A big day today.  Did our first grocery shop – super easy.  Much easier than I recall the last time we lived in Sydney, when you had to run hither and yon and then schlepp it…

Australian Adventures – Byron Bay

Dear Myrtle, Writing to you as you know we’re considering Byron Bay as a place to hang our hat and we have just arrived after having only been in Australia 2 days.  My thoughts?  In short…Byron Bay is like Venice.…

Walking the (High) Line

The High Line is a public park built on an historic freight rail line elevated above the streets on Manhattan’s West Side. It is owned by the City of New York, and maintained and operated by Friends of the High…

Basta! Adventures in Price Gouging in Roma.

Managers at the bar told the newspaper that the ice creams price was justified as they were large portions. While taking in the tourist areas under the warm Roman sun, four British travelers got a craving for gelato and a…

T+L Coolest Hotel Bathtubs

Travel + Leisure has just released their list of “coolest hotel bathtubs”.  Among the list, Bambu Indah in Bali, a very special, unusual property just outside of Ubud, where Stu and I have stayed.  Every beautiful detail of Bambu Indah…

Top 5 Restaurants Downtown NYC

From the Foodie Life – a great selection of hot downtown restaurants… “Dining out in New York is one of the things that make this the greatest city to live in!  No matter the occasion or the company, there is…

Sleep No More – MUST DO Interactive Theatre in NYC

“A merry macabre chase. A voyeur’s delight.  Messes with your head as thorougly as any artificial stimulant. Spectacular!” — Ben Brantley, New York Times Recently I attended “Sleep No More” in NYC, a full-sensory experience that takes place at the…