Archive for May, 2012

May 4, 2012

This Summer, London Is The Place To Be!

With the summer Olympics in London, Wimbledon, the Chelsea Flower Show, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee… London is bursting with excitement for months to come. Believe it or not, hotel space is still available as is air from the West Coast. And participation in the special events ongoing in the city of London this summer can be blended with day trips to the many charming, easily-accessible villages outside of London proper. For example, Bath, Cambridge, and Oxford are all within an easy, short train ride.

Some highlights clickable below!

May 3, 2012

River Cruising in Europe

Traveling with AmaWaterways is truly an experience… the ships feature lounges lined with panoramic windows, outdoor decks with similarly stunning views, and comfortable and inviting furnishings throughout. Daily shore excursions take you to the heart of each destination, visiting famous landmarks as well as hidden gems. You can also enjoy local entertainment, unwind in lively bar areas, and taste delicious regional food prepared by award-winning chefs. Complimentary wines, beer, and soft drinks are served with meals.

When on a river cruise, the journey is often just as captivating as the destination. The constantly changing 360 degree views are always fascinating and beautiful.

For more information, click the link below!

May 2, 2012

Ancient Capitals Cruise – November 5th to 15th, 2012

Join me on a cruise and tour of the world’s ancient captials: Istanbul, Athens, Jerusalem, and more. The Nautica accomodates about 650 guests, and has a warm and welcoming country-club-casual atmosphere. See flyer link below for details and dates- now updated for November 2012! Hope to hear from you soon!

Oceania Nautica Cruise Flyer

May 1, 2012

Buon Ricordo Plates

Two of Italy’s finest arts-cooking and ceramics-are wonderfully combined in the tradition of Buon Ricordo plates. You’ll find them in selected restaurants all over Italy, where, if you order the chef’s special, you’ll receive a plate that’s uniquely designed, with a whimsical painting to symbolize the meal and location, so you can take home a Buon Ricordo (Good Memory) of your experience. Over time you could collect enough plates to set your table for your next dinner gathering of friends and family!  (by the way, you can sometimes find some of these plates in the flea markets in Italy)

The plate tradition began when the Unione dei Ristoranti Buon Ricordo set up a non-profit association in 1964, to promote the value of Italian regional cuisine. All Buon Ricordo restaurants go through rigorous testing and monitoring to ensure that they uphold local traditions, serve high quality food, and are welcoming to diners. Now there’s over 120 Buon Ricordo restaurants, and they’ve expanded to Japan, Hong Kong, and other European countries-ranging from family run trattorias to high-end restaurants. We like the Italian plates best. They’re made by the Amalfi Coast based Ceramica Artistica Solimene company, famous for its superior work, so they never break, and even if they get a chip, it just adds to their character.;lng=en

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