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29 Oct

Art & Design Flourishing in Cape Town

Cape Town is one of the world’s great cities.  The setting alone is worthy of top billing.  And then you have a vibrant culinary scene,...

3 Oct

Meditations #92

My perfect hotel is a dream of another kind of beauty, of a different soundscape, a sublime civility. For a brief time I can inhabit a world...

1 Oct

The Center for Discovery

I first heard of Chef Cesare Casella when half-listening to an interview with Ruth Reichl on NPR.  I heard her say that Chef Casella had offered...

28 Aug

Meditations #91

Meet the beauty of tea. The Way of Tea is an active meditation, a practice that has evolved over time from a relaxed gathering into the carefully...

27 Aug

The Treasures of Dominican Republic’s Northern Coast

  DR’s south coast has always been the go to beach with its Caribbean waters, golf courses, all inclusive resorts and, indeed, some...

18 Jul

La Vida Portugues

  Just returned from a family trip to Portugal, a destination that surprised me with its lack of pretension, its keen sense of aesthetics...

25 Jun

Meditation #90

Her name is Mabel, from the Latin, Amabilis, meaning loving, lovable, beautiful. Mabel is an orphan –  loving, lovable and beautiful. 100...

14 Jun

Guntu: The Floating Ryokan

  Guntu is the name for the little blue crabs that snag in the fishermen’s nets, crabs that are not valued for their meat –...

7 Jun

John Derian Goes West

John Derian is a treasure.  It’s not that there aren’t many with talent and vision because there are,  the world over.  But Derian...

12 May

Provence: A Timeless Region

Provence in the Spring and Fall are magical times. Before the tourists arrive in full force, it still moves at its own pace.  I have been visiting...

27 Apr

Les Sources de Caudalie

A family-owned 5* inn, Les Sources de Caudalie, is located just outside of Bordeaux among the in the vineyards of Château Smith Haut Lafitte....

26 Apr

Meditations #89

We can travel through art — deep into the landscape of a Renaissance master, gracefully along the curve of a calligrapher’s hand,...

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