Mar
05

Don’t Miss The Hot deal on Spain

madrid

Spring is in the air, people are getting that itch to go somewhere and prices, well, they’re going up, of course. Planes are pretty much recession proof. But countries are not. And nowhere is this more evident than Spain right now. Not that I’d want to take advantage of a country’s suffering, but because of the recession there, honestly there is no better place to go for Spring Break or an early-summer vacation—read before August. And one of the best ways to travel Spain is by parador-hopping. What’s a parador, … More…

Feb
06

Rape in Mexico’s Vacation Town

acapulco

Just yesterday I was trying to convince my husband that Mexican resorts were safe, when this goes and happens. A horrific, unthinkable crime in one of Mexico’s most frequented vacation spots: Acapulco. A pack of masked and hooded gunmen broke into a beach bungalow on the outskirts of Acapulco and raped six women tourists after tying up a group of men with cell phone cables and bikini straps, officials said Tuesday. The whole thing took more than two hours. Two hours of being tied up and raped. Another woman, also … More…

Feb
05

Bonding with Your Kids in Australia

peace and tranquility

Here’s a bonding experience. A mom takes her two daughters all the way to the northern territories of Australia, to rid them of all their addictions to mirrors, malls and Apple products. She chooses the Northern Territory, the least populated of Australia’s eight main states with only 235,000 people in a place the size of Peru. It’s overgrowing with untouched bush, rain forest, rivers, wetlands, mountains, escarpments, beaches, gorges, deserts and swimming holes. No tourist hotels with fine linens, room service and Internet on this two-week trek down the river.  … More…

Feb
03

What to See at the Uffizi

uffizi

Boy, I sure could have used this when I was standing at the locked doors of the Uffizi last summer, just dying to get in. This is undoubtedly Florence’s greatest museum and one of the top museums in the world. It holds a moment in time that changed the world forever. So when booking your spring flights to Florence—for a vacation with your children or to send them on school trips abroad—take a look at what Gallery director Antonio Natali  has to say about the best way to visit the … More…

Jan
15

Let’s Be Miserables in Paris

victor hugo

Did you know Victor Hugo’s own life story was not so different from the main character of his film, Jean Valjean? Born the son of one of Napoleon’s republican officers, Hugo was brought up in Paris. He published the Hunchback of Notre Dame when he was only 29 and became  famous around Europe. Ironically, Hugo was very much a monarchist and supported the king. In other words, he was against the revolutionaries of the early 1830s. In fact, Hugo was so much part of the Royalist establishment that in 1841 … More…

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