OFF-THE-BEATEN-PATH IN ITALY

All roads lead to Rome, as they say… But where do you go when you’ve done it all? And if you’re already been to Florence, Tuscany, Venice, Milan, Verona, Piedmont, Amalfi or Sicily? You get lost. And getting lost can take you to unsuspected places of wonder. This is exactly what happened to us in… Emilia-Romagna! This province in the upper Eastern part of Italy didn’t make it to our selection of “regions you will visit this year“. Nor is it on top of the guidebooks on Italy. But there you are, in some of the deepest countryside of this country ... Read More »

What’s under the world’s most luxurious avenue?

Forget the Champs Elysees… Welcome to the little town of Epernay, one hour east of Paris, at the heart of the Champagne region. Here there are 8,000 times more bottles of Champagne than the 25,000 inhabitants. The town even has a one-kilometer-long street called “Avenue de Champagne” dedicated to the wine estates. A very easy walk takes you to Moet & Chandon, Dom Perignon, Perrier-Jouet, Pol Roger, Collard-Picard, Gonet, Mercier and a few others. But what’s more exciting is below the surface, in the 110 kilometers of underground cellars. It is time to rediscover treasures buried long time ago… More ... Read More »

MACAU – TASTY LIFESTYLE IN PALACES

Asia has been nurturing with pride its own “Vegas of the East” – to the point that it now offers a powerful array of lifestyle experiences. Of course casinos and luxury palaces are all the rage, as are the luxury brands stores, but Macau is also able to offer multisensorial activities and discoveries for those who look beyond the neon signs – whether on a weekend staycation, a holiday excursion, a special birthday surprise, or a corporate team activity. Here is our honest review from our own on-the-ground inspections to two of our favorite hotels.   A RIDE TO THE PALACE The ... Read More »

WINE FOR YOUR HEART? JAWOHL! ON GERMANY

“”Wine rejoices the heart of man and joy is the mother of all virtues”, the illustrious German writer and statesman Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said.   FROM COOL TO WARM The years I’ve lived in Germany, from have brought me a sense of appreciation for beer and sausage. But more than that, as I was traveling Frankfurt to Berlin, and Munich to Hamburg, my palate and my heart have also warmed up to fresh, refined, high-quality wines. Wines made in a typical German way: with skill and precision. The story of wine in Germany is quite different from the one ... Read More »

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