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BOOK | Paris Views | Gail Albert Halaban

BOOK | Paris Views | Gail Albert Halaban

One of my guilty pleasures in my travels around the world is peering into the windows of homes.  Not in a creepy way, mind you.  I’m just fascinated to see the way that people live. (Think Hitchcock’s film, “Rear Window.”) New York photographer, Gail Albert Hallaban, has used this theme…
LISBON | FADO AT TASCO DO JAIME DA GRAÇA

LISBON | FADO AT TASCO DO JAIME DA GRAÇA

In Lisbon there are scores of fado music shows, pretty much everywhere you look — but if you know anything about me, you’ll understand that the last thing I wanted to see was a show for tourists. So I found Tasco do Jaime da Graça. It’s now one of my…
LISBON | IGREJA DE SÃO DOMINGOS

LISBON | IGREJA DE SÃO DOMINGOS

When I walked into Igreja de Sāo Domingos, my intent was to gaze at the dazzling period details, examine the venerable statuary and artwork, take some pictures, light a candle, and be on my way. I certainly did not expect to be moved to tears. The cavernous sanctuary was ravaged—pillars…
IRELAND | Ballilogue

IRELAND | Ballilogue

A quiet lane winds through meadows of Queen Anne’s lace and tall grass, arriving at a graceful iron gate that leads to one of the most charming places I’ve ever stayed. In County Kilkenny, near the pretty little village of Inistioge, the location of Ballilogue is perfect for exploring the Southeast…
DUBAI | Armani Hotel

DUBAI | Armani Hotel

Oh yes I did. I used my travel blogger status to score a press rate in the crème de la crème of hotels in Dubai. The one and only hotel that resides in the world’s highest tower, the Burj Khalifa. The height of luxury from one of the world’s most…
Learn a Language | Earworms Learning

Learn a Language | Earworms Learning

No it’s not a parasite…this “rapid learning” language program really works. With the use of rhythm, music, and repetition, the words are literally burned into your brain. (What person-of-a-certain-age doesn’t remember “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir” from the song?) (more…)
BANGKOK | Baipai Thai Cooking School

BANGKOK | Baipai Thai Cooking School

When in Thailand…learn to cook Thai food! And if you’re going to learn to cook in Thailand, do it at Baipai Thai Cooking School, like I did. Baipai Thai Cooking School is an oasis of serenity in the middle of boisterous, bustling Bangkok. Just see for yourself… (more…)