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Budapest Keleti Station.

Traveling by train is one of the great pleasures of Europe. If you’re over 50, or just like to save time, you may want to consider a hotel close to the station. It’s easy and less stressful. Quite often the hotel staff will meet you and take your luggage, or even transport you a short trip to your home-away-from-home. This post reviews six convenient, elegant hotels in Cologne, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Munich, Prague,… Read More

You have to make choices when you travel. Time, economics, and/or physical ability can dictate your itinerary. But be on the lookout for adding-in those once-in-a-lifetime experiences, even when you aren’t staying where they are offered. Many don’t realize that outside guests can often access exceptional offerings. Even if you are in town for a day from a cruise ship, you can often take advantage of these experiences, just be sure to… Read More

Waiting for the Duck Walk at The Peabody Hotel, Memphis

The South has some legendary grand hotels, and many Southerners would love to keep them all to themselves. These are five of my favorites, all elegant, renovated, and award-winning: The Hermitage Hotel | Nashville The Hermitage Hotel is really the grand dame of them all. The architecture and décor are the very best of Southern elegance. From the minute you step into the beautiful lobby staff is attentive and friendly. Our room… Read More

Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands Hotel We stayed at the Marina Bay Sands Hotel so we could swim in their iconic rooftop pool, located 57 floors high and it was worth the experience. Warning – the water is freezing (at least for this Miami girl), so I didn’t stay in long. The only way to get in this pool is to stay at the hotel, otherwise, visitors can go up to the SkyPark… Read More

Our Bourbon Tour took us from Buffalo Trace to Woodford Reserve, Makers Mark, Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, and Willetts.

Brijrama Palace|Varanasi The Brijrama Palace is a luxurious heritage hotel on the ghats (high embankments with steps leading into the river) in Varanasi. More than 200 years old, it’s been open since 2016, after 18 years of restoration.  It is beautiful and opulently furnished with antiques and 18th-century art. Located on the Darbhanga Ghat, the only way to get there is by boat. Following a fascinating hour-long drive from the airport to the Mahishasura… Read More

Get the royal treatment in Ireland at magnificent castle and country estate hotels.

We chose the historic La Fonda Hotel for our girls’ trip west and it was a hit. Some rooms have fireplaces and you should get one if available.  Staff brings up wood and starts it for you, with plenty of reserve wood so you can keep the fast-burning pinon wood-fed fire going.  They also bring up hot chocolate and New Mexico’s official state cookie (for real, first state to have an official… Read More

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