8 Countries, 8 Souvenirs

8 Countries, 8 Souvenirs

(Photo source) Heading overseas this summer? Be sure to leave room in your suitcase for a few mementos from each country. If you're not sure what each country is known for, check out these popular items: England: Although some sites suggest Cadbury chocolate as a must for a souvenir, England Continue reading

Carpe Diem in Rome

Carpe Diem in Rome

Last week, I was awarded my company's top honor (yes, I actually have a day job). The honor was a complete surprise and included recognition in front of over 1,000 of my colleagues as well as an all expenses paid trip to Rome for two! After many hugs and photos, I finally realized that I was not Continue reading

Top 10 Destinations for Wine Enthusiasts

Top 10 Destinations for Wine Enthusiasts

(photo source) Love to travel and drink wine? Why not combine the two! Sure, sipping your way around Napa and Sonoma can be amazing and should be on any wine-lover’s bucket list. However, discovering the “undiscovered” wine destinations can add a whole new appreciation to wine tasting, not to Continue reading

Happy Anniversary Eiffel Tower

Happy Anniversary Eiffel Tower

Today marks the 126th Anniversary when the Eiffel Tower was open to the public. See the Eiffel Tower in photos, from 1887 through today! Ciao! Continue reading

Tips from a Travel Runner

Tips from a Travel Runner

(photo source) Have running shoes....will travel. As most of you know, I travel quite a bit for my "day job". Traveling for work has lots of perks, such as being taken to the airport in a town car, ordering room service, and not having to worry about every little expense. But one of the greatest Continue reading

Hotel St. James – Urban Oasis in Paris

Hotel St. James – Urban Oasis in Paris

One of the best parts of our last two days in Paris was staying at the historic St. James Hotel, a grand chateau in the heart of the city. From the moment our cab drove through the iron gates and dropped us off in front of the large front entrance, I knew we had made the right choice. Although we Continue reading

Experiencing Champs Elysees

Experiencing Champs Elysees

We left Avignon early in the morning, taking the 2.5 hour train ride back to Paris where we spent our last two nights in France. We made our way to our final hotel of the trip, the historic grand chateau - the St. James Hotel. What an amazing place to stay the night in Paris! More to follow on our Continue reading

Memories of Cassis

Memories of Cassis

Cassis, France - located on the Mediterranean coast - was our last stop during our side trip to Provence. Cassis is located about 30 minutes Southeast of Marseille, another port village in the South of France. But where Marseille is a large, gritty, commercial port, Cassis remains a small, colorful Continue reading

Enchanting Gordes

Enchanting Gordes

On our third day in Avignon, we made our way to one of the most enchanting towns in France - Gordes. The small Provincial village is set in the hills of the Luberon region. The narrow hillside driving can make it a challenge to reach the hill town in poor weather. However, to our good fortune, we Continue reading

Roman Influence in Southern France

Roman Influence in Southern France

On our second day in Avignon, France, we drove straight west to visit the small towns of Arles and Nimes. Both towns have been highly influenced by Roman architecture and monuments. While in Arles, which is a quintessential provincial town, we toured the very large Roman arena dating back to 1st Continue reading

Road to Avignon

Road to Avignon

We said au revoir to the Royal Champagne hotel very early on Tuesday morning and drove back to Paris. From Paris Gare de Lyon, we caught an early train to Avignon, in Provence in Southern France. The 2.5 hour train ride was relaxing and gave us both a chance to catch up on our writing. On a side Continue reading

A Taste of Champagne in France

A Taste of Champagne in France

By now you should know that I adore Champagne and sparkling wine. So it should be no surprise that after 3 nights in Paris, we made our way North to the Champagne region to taste a bit of the bubbly. Our first stop was in Epernay at Champagne Mercier where we were taken on a short train tour of Continue reading