A slice of the World: Down Under

February 2013 A journey that takes me on the other side of the planet is always one I eagerly anticipate. For this excursion, I spun my globe and decided on Australia as my destination.  Known as “Down Under,” the “Land of Plenty” or simply “OZ,” Australia has many nicknames, most quite applicable. After a bit of deliberation, I’ve decided this journey to Australia will include stops in Sydney, the Blue Mountains, The Great Barrier Reef and a little hidden treasure known as the Daintree Rainforest. It will be a gentle 10 day ride dipped in luxury and unique experiences. There … Continue reading A slice of the World: Down Under

So what is on your travel bucket list? Open for comments..

I was recently asked by a local paper to list 3-5 items on my bucket list.  Quite frankly, I don’t really know where to start and more importantly, how to rate them. I ended up forgetting about what was asked of me and losing my spot in the article (not sure how that happened..the question was not that hard really!). However, when the paper came out, I found some very interesting items on locals’ bucket list. And surprisingly enough, a lot had to do with travel. So today, I am asking you: “What is on your travel bucket list?” What … Continue reading So what is on your travel bucket list? Open for comments..

Toucans, Monkeys and you!

In a land, not so far far away, once thrived thousands of different species unknown to most individuals living in the big cities. Actually, correction! STILL THRIVE. In fact, Costa Rica has one of the best preserved wildlife and plant life in the Western Hemisphere. Costa Rica occupies a privileged spot in the heart of Central America. While its territory of 19,652 square miles touches both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the country is surprisingly accessible – one can travel from coast to coast in just three hours by car (or 45 minutes by plane). The Caribbean region of Costa Rica … Continue reading Toucans, Monkeys and you!

We all need to get away from life..

As my birthday loomed on the horizon, I decided I would not spend it with friends this year, but rather surprise my mother who had not seen me in over 2 years. On my birthday and after a day filled with computer problems, fires to put out and the daily routine a non-profit organization throws at you, I jumped on the new direct flight from Orlando to Paris and headed to Provence via way of the now 30 years old high speed train (which still looks brand new and super efficient/clean..just a wink at Florida’s governor who decided to reject … Continue reading We all need to get away from life..

Travel Consultant: A dying breed? I don’t think so..

Another summer is upon us and by the time we blink, it will feel like Fall is not too far behind. And what will you be spending your Summer doing? The chances are you will probably be planning (or at least thinking about) your fall or winter vacation. When I started working on designing “a la carte” trips for customers, some 15 years ago, the idea was to provide a service to individuals who had no time to spend on planning a journey, a cruise, an experience. Being in Washington DC when I started, I was accustomed to clients having … Continue reading Travel Consultant: A dying breed? I don’t think so..

America’s perception of the rest of the World..

As I am just returning from France and Italy, I continue to be baffled by the lack of knowledge people in this country have of the rest of the World. Lack of knowledge, lack of interest to educate oneself or complete stupidity, I am not quite sure why, in 2010, we still have to deal with such ignorance. I must say everytime I spend a few weeks away, be it in Europe where I grew up or other countries, I come back with a complete different view on this country. It seems to me the United States, once the most powerful and … Continue reading America’s perception of the rest of the World..

A taste of Tuscany in Orlando

As part of her U.S. book signing tour, Chef & Cookbook author Pamela Sheldon-Johns (and friend of 4 years) demonstrated the art of Tuscan food last night at Gallery at Interlachen. I had asked Pamela a few weeks back to include O-town in her tour so I may put a fundraiser together for FEED THE CHILDREN, an organization which main purpose is to end child hunger around the World. Local fundraiser in chief Adam Pate had been working hard for month in an attempt to reach his goal before taking a trip to Africa over the summer and distribute food. … Continue reading A taste of Tuscany in Orlando