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Fill your days with visits to numerous churches in Braga, Portugal

on 09/28/2015 in Braga
Often called the “Portuguese Rome”, the city of Braga is the oldest city in Portugal and is known for its ancient culture, history and traditions. It is filled with old narrow streets where you can enjoy getting lost and discovering  its hidden gems including centuries-old buildings, churches and landmarks. Located in Minho Province, Braga was named the European Youth Capital...

Get Thee to a Convent in Old San Juan

on 03/13/2016 in San Juan
El Convento, originally a 17th century Carmelite convent, has been listed as one of the world’s best places to stay by both Condé Nast Traveler and Travel + Leisure magazines. It’s difficult to believe that this Old San Juan landmark, kitty-corner to the town’s Cathedral, served as a dance hall and flophouse before becoming member of Small Luxury Hotels of...

5 Top Beaches in Cuba

on 01/28/2013 in Cuba
Let's be honest - all of Cuba's beaches are fantastic, but when you need to make a choice, it's helpful to know a little about some of the most popular beach locations. We've put together a short list of prime Cuban beaches to make your decision easier. Playa Larga In the area of the Zapata Peninsula lies a quiet jewel...

Regal Rabat

on 03/06/2016 in Rabat
By Anita Draycott Situated on the Atlantic coast, northeast of Casablanca, Rabat reigns as the capital of Morocco. A modern city of gardens and monuments, highlights include the majestic Hassan Tower minaret, and behind it, the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Morocco’s first king and father of its independence, housed in a magnificent white marble pavilion. Nearby, the enormous Bab (gate)...

Where to Splurge on Coffee & Cocktails

on 02/29/2016 in Venice
By Anita Draycott Head to the Piazza San Marco, which Napoleon described as the drawing room of Europe and order exorbitantly priced coffee with zabione liqueur and whipped cream served on a silver tray to the accompaniment of a string quartet at Café Florian. I think Harry’s Bar is a bit overrated but it was Ernest Hemingway’s favourite watering hole...

The Ultimate Operatic Experience in Venice

on 02/29/2016 in Venice
By Anita Draycott Enjoy live opera in the 12th century Palazzo Barbarigo Minotto on the Grand Canal. Guests and performers move from room to room for each act. At Musica a Palazzo chose from the Barber of Seville, La Travolta, Rigoletto or love songs performed weekly. The cost of the membership card is 75 Euros. The purchase of the card...

Discover Rome’s Secret Garden

on 02/21/2016 in Rome
By Anita Draycott Saunter through the plush lobby of the Hotel de Russie (between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino) and you’ll find yourself far from the madding crowd in a magnificent formal terraced garden. It’s the perfect spot for a flute of Prosecco and weekend brunch. If climbing Rome’s seven hills and cobbled...

Meet the Tequila Goddess and Beware of the Snake Bite

on 02/14/2016 in Scottsdale
By Anita Draycott At the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess, allow the resident Tequila God or Goddess to walk you through one of several tequila flights, such as the Snake Bite that’s garnished with a real (dead) rattlesnake head and tail. Not for the faint of heart. This tequila bar offers nightly artisan tastings and features 200+ varieties of tequila from 36...

5 Best Places to Satisfy A Sweet Tooth in Scottsdale

on 02/14/2016 in Scottsdale
By Anita Draycott Got a taste for something sweet? Check out these favourite dessert spots: Sugar Bowl: No trip to downtown Scottsdale is complete without the old-timey fun at the Sugar Bowl Ice Cream Parlor & Restaurant. A 50-year-old+ parlor with classic diner eats and some of the best ice cream sundaes in town, the Sugar Bowl’s all-pink décor is a...

Chihuahua: Take a stroll down memory lane in Batopilas

on 02/06/2016 in Batopilas
By Anita Draycott Batopilas, a small town nestled in the Western Sierra Madre at the bottom of a cliff has tales to share. It’s home to beautiful plazas and bridges built of rope and river rocks, but the main surprise is a beautiful aqueduct built in the 19th century. Walk its streets and Batopilas will reveal stories about the discovery...

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