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Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

Mellow Mendocino – A favorite San Francisco getaway

There are many reasons San Franciscans drive north along the rugged, dramatic coast to Mendocino. Some of us seek distance from our stressed lives; others room for romance, or quiet for renewal. I go with my dog and someone I love to chill out on a rocking chair perched over the Pacific Ocean. The road […]

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Royal India: Stay in Historical Palaces in Rajasthan

Royal India: Stay in Historical Palaces in Rajasthan

Love it or hate it, India ignites the imagination and unsettles the soul. After 8 fabulous trips to India, you can guess how I feel about it. One of the most luxurious experiences of my life, shared with my daughter, was staying at historical palaces in Rajasthan. My first experience, when I was traveling alone around the world, […]

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Bond Girls Bike America: Kansas Old-Timer

Bond Girls Bike America: Kansas Old-Timer

This is the first of a series of “Bond Girls Bike America” posts about biking across the US in the summer of 2010 with my daughter, JC.  June 29th, 2010 I stopped for a cold drink at a dusty, two-pump gas station at the intersection of two country roads in southeast Kansas. It was a sweltering Sunday […]

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Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

Romantic Wine Country Getaway in Sonoma Valley

From the moment I pulled into the discrete entrance to the Kenwood Inn and Spa, I felt like I’d returned to Tuscany.  I almost expected the friendly Concierge to welcome me with the familiar greeting — Ciao Bella. Yes, it really feels like Italy; from the honey-colored Mediterranean-style buildings to the fountains and flower-filled courtyard.  […]

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Step into history in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Metropole Hotel

Step into history in Hanoi, Vietnam at the Metropole Hotel

Hanoi is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful colonial Indochinese cities. It was a bucket list item for my adult daughters and me — to stay at the crowning jewel of Asian colonial-style hotels, the Sofitel Hanoi Metropole. This Grand Dame, built in 1901 by the French, is in the same luxury league of “Legendary Hotels” […]

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Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Machu Picchu. Stop-over in Lima, Peru Is it Safe? What to Do?

Lots of trips to Machu Picchu and the other South American destinations stop in Lima for 8-18 hours.  When my husband and trekked in Peru many years ago — Machu Picchu, the Cordillera Blanca — we too had a long lay-over in Lima.  Recently I returned to Lima en route to Easter Island and discovered […]

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Tips for a Las Vegas Bachelorette Party or Girlfriend Getaways

Tips for a Las Vegas Bachelorette Party or Girlfriend Getaways

What better way to recharge your batteries than with a few of your closest girlfriends? Whether you are celebrating an engagement with a bachelorette party, or celebrating a divorce with a group of other “survivors.” Whether you’re looking for a weekend of peace, relaxation and some bonding therapy with the gals, or you want to live […]

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Royal India: Rajasthan, the “Land of Kings”

Royal India: Rajasthan, the “Land of Kings”

From the moment I step off the plane, India starts working its magic on me. The air swirls with smoky sandalwood and spices, and the streets are teeming with people, cars, and cows. One of my favorite places to visit is Rajasthan, the “Land of Kings.” The Land of Kings Rajasthan is one of India’s most […]

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Culinary Adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Culinary Adventures and travel tips to avoid the worst.

Many of us travel for the love of food. Here are my favorite travel tips to help you survive your culinary adventures worldwide.           My culinary adventures include eating yak eyeballs in Tibet, bamboo grubs in Thailand, fried crickets in Myanmar and Rocky Mountain oysters (cow balls) in Wyoming.     […]

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Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile”

Ditch the diet and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile”

Now is not the time to start a diet: ditch your guilt and follow the foodies along Napa Valley’s Gourmet Mile! In the land of culinary riches that is Napa Valley, Yountville, a small town has big reputation for exceptional cuisine and extraordinary wine. Located in the heart of Napa, about an hour drive from San Francisco, […]

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