Fairmont Le Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City

Three Splendid Autumn Days in Québec

Oui! “Montréal ma façon” began on a cool, brisk October evening. A cab ride from the airport dropped us at Loews Hótel Vogue, conveniently located smack-dab in Montréal’s shopping district, and even more conveniently loaded with a bevy of luxurious amenities. While enjoying a glass of vino in the Atrium Bar, I witnessed a rather long line of locals forming…

Seville, Spain

My Love Affair with Spain … in Pictures

After a Spanish holiday a few years back, I returned home to California begging, pleading and throwing myself at my husband’s feet in an effort to convince him we need to spend half of every year in Spain. Unfortunately my tantrums were ineffectual, so alas I’m still residing full time in the USA. But honestly, how can a person NOT fall in…

La Grand-Place, Brussels

Six Solid Reasons Why Bruxelles is a Good Idea

Given that Belgium is roughly the geographic size of the state of Maryland, it could perhaps be easily overlooked as a European travel destination. That would be a shame, because this little country nestled between the borders of France, Germany, Netherlands and the tiniest of countries … Luxembourg, is world-class indeed. After a visit to Amsterdam I…

Rest, Retreat & Relaxation at Evergreen’s TallGrass Spa and Highland Haven Creekside Inn

What woman in her right mind wouldn’t love a summer escape to Evergreen, Colorado’s award-winning TallGrass Spa? Add five more ladies … my mom along with four girlfriends who happen to be my sisters … and some delightful bed & breakfast accommodations at Highland Haven Creekside Inn to this escape and we might just be in for some fantastic memory-making! Although Evergreen is a mere 15…

Club Dust 2014

The Club That’s Turning Dust Into Dreams

A few short weeks ago, my long-time friend Pam, four new friends (the McGrorey clan) and I, along with 190 other Club Dust 2014 volunteers stowed luggage, blankets, pillows, hundreds of shoes, new bicycles, tools and more, and climbed aboard buses bound for the Mexican border. Our destination: The El Niño Valley near Tecate Mexico, a dusty, desolate hillside encampment located just 45 miles from San Diego’s…

Operation Overlord: 70 Years Later

70 years after General Dwight D. Eisenhower launched the D-Day invasion onto the beaches of Normandy France, June 6, 1944 remains one of the most revered dates in American history. During the blustery early morning hours of June 6th, 160,000 American, British and Canadian troops crossed the English Channel from Great Britain and descended upon five separate Normandy beaches codenamed…