Travel and Leisure

  • A First Taste of Berlin’s Culture and Cosmopolitan Cuisine   “Willkommen in Berlin” said the sign at the Tegel airport in Germany’s capital. As a first-time visitor, I wasn’t sure what to expect of this vibrant city that also possesses a vivid backstory. Our initial experiences displayed a contemporary European capital, rich with culture and cosmopolitan cuisine.   Our stay in Berlin was brief, by Sunday we ...
  • Preparing For An Adventure In Search of The Aurora Borealis “We are hoping you might be interested in traveling on our Northern Lights of Finland Tour,” said the nice PR representative from Collette Travel last fall.* OMG, you want to send me on one of your small group Exploration tours? Really, really, really? Me, me, me? Should I set off to explore Finland and go in ...
  • All Aboard Viking Star: A Great Way To Discover Scandinavia “Welcome aboard Viking Star! We are looking forward to sailing with you on our award-winning Viking ocean fleet,” said the Viking team as I settled in for what would be a fascinating journey through some of the most beautiful countries in Viking Homelands. Having never been to this part of the world, I was excited to ...
  • Touring & Tasting In The Picturesque Streets of Montmartre Bonjour mes amis!   It’s time for the grand finale of my 60th birthday trip to France. I was traveling with my BFF L in honor of our mutual milestone year. We began in Lyon and finished up in Paris. If you missed any of my Lyon posts be sure to check out the links below.  Our stay in ...
  • A Wonderful Walking Tour of Vieux Lyon Bonjour mes amis!   I’m back with highlights from my summer trip to lovely Lyon, France.  This time I’m going to take you on a wonderful walking tour of Vieux Lyon, also known as Old Lyon. I was visiting the city with my BFF L for our mutual 60th birthdays. We had booked a Free City Tour online in ...
  • Appreciating Centuries of Silk Weaving At Maison des Canuts Bonjour mes amis!   I’m back to share more highlights from my summer trip to lovely Lyon. In case you missed my first Lyon post, be sure to read about my stay in the hip and cool La Croix Rousse neighborhood. I was visiting the city with my BFF L for our mutual 60th birthdays. While Lyon is the culinary ...