Drinking BUBBLY like Kim Kardashian at the super luxe Four Seasons Hotel George V, Paris! George V is the type of establishment in the City of Lights that redefines luxury. Since my solo traveling pockets are not Kardashian deep enough to rest my head here, I always manage to treat myself to at least a…Read more
L’As du Falafel, in Paris’s Marais district
[caption id="attachment_307" align="alignnone" width="629"] Waiting in line[/caption] Many times I’ve walked past the long Falafel lines in the ever hip Marais district of Paris on a Sunday and wondered why someone would wait so long for street food which is not the norm style of dining in France. Que bizarre... I usually don’t “do” street…Read more
Lisbon’s Fado Moment
That time I had my own Fado moment in Lisbon …. “You have to see Fado in Lisbon”…“You have to see a Fado performance”… All the recommendations by friends of things you shouldn’t miss in Lisbon kept mentioning Fado. So, what is this Fado?? Ironically, I still have a hard time describing Fado properly when…Read more
A hidden gem on my first night in Lisbon!
A week before leaving for Portugal, I was lucky enough to be introduced to some new friends which included a couple who own a condo in Lisbon. They in turn, connected me to their friend Laetitia, who lives near Sintra and Colares just outside Lisbon. Laetitia and I were able to catch up on my…Read more
Sintra’s Initiation Well. A place to visit in your lifetime!
Sintra has many different sites within the town to visit. While checking in to my bed and breakfast, I asked the owner which of the top sights he suggested seeing while visiting Sintra the following day. He advised me to visit the Quinto da Regaleira estate at first opening. This is where it pays to…Read more
Copenhagen in a word is Hygge!
Denmark is like a warm, friendly blanket to me. The word ‘Hygge’ is hard to translate, but essentially it means warm + cozy along with a true sense of contentment. That is how I feel with every visit to Copenhagen. [caption id="attachment_917" align="alignnone" width="1600"] The Danish Flag[/caption] In full disclosure, the country of Demark is…Read more
Mercado de la Ribeira, Lisbon- Perfect place to enjoy food and wine
Eating alone in a foreign city can seem intimidating but many European cities now offer modern enclosed food markets for your dining enjoyment. These sit down food markets perfectly fit the bill for the solo culinary travel addict! [caption id="attachment_238" align="alignnone" width="320"] Mercado de la Ribera[/caption] [caption id="attachment_239" align="alignnone" width="476"] Mercado-de-la-Ribera[/caption] No plastic carry out…Read more
Lake Como always speaks to me
There are places you visit and experience them once and never return. Then there are places that you visit and return time and time again. Varenna, Italy, located about 60 kilometers north of Milan and about 20 kilometers northwest of Lecco, is that place for me. So much so, that when I travel to Italy,…Read more
Casa Guedes, Porto, Portugal
If tomorrow begins without me…. I will at least have had the best Pork Knuckle sandwich ever! Finding this spot in Porto was no simple task especially when my phone lost cellular or GPS service! To make matters worse, I left my back up charger clear across town. What does one do? I plodded on,…Read more