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New Year Celebrations Around the World
Barbara Gibbs Ostmann says, "With the hustle and bustle of Christmas now behind us, it’s time to turn our thoughts to the New Year and how best to celebrate."
"Branch out beyond the borders of London by heading for the university town of Oxford, only 90 minutes from London by bus or an hour by train," says Sharon Hudgins.
Shop 'Til You Drop in Lisbon
'Portugal's capital is a surprisingly good place to shop for handicrafts, gifts, clothes, and personal indulgences, some of which can't be found anywhere else," says Sharon Hudgins.
Vienna: Vibrant City of Design
Sharon Hudgins visits the Vienna of today, the Vienna that has regained its former glory with new museums, trendy restaurants and boutiques.
Lordly Lodging in Germany's North
Sharon Hudgins explores Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, in the northeastern part of Germany.
Easter Markets of Germany
Barbara Gibbs Ostmann travels around Germany for two weeks in April in search of Easter markets.
Festival of Fire in Valencia, Spain
Barbara Gibbs Ostmann shares Las Fallas, with its bonfires, firecrackers and fireworks in this Mediterranean city's neighborhoods.
London – A Theatre and Restaurant Special
Monty and Sara Preiser have musical theatre in their souls and after a recent visit to London, they report on Theatre and Dining.
The Black Diamond of the Rhone-Alpes
Jeni Matthews operates Red Balloon Travel and Consulting business and knows a thing or two about black truffles, one of the most exclusive culinary delicacies in the world.
Small is Beautiful When It Comes to London Hotels
Keith Allan and Lynne Gray stay at both The Dukes Hotel and The Levin Hotel in London.
Culinary Museums in Catalonia, Spain
Sharon Hudgins showcases culinary museums including bread, wine, olive oil, sausage, fish, chocolate and ceramics.
Luxury Hotels in Catalonia, Spain
Sharon Hudgins experiences two 5-star hotels in Catalonia, one in Barcelona and one in the countryside near Tarragona.
Barcelona by Bus
Sharon Hudgins recommends bus tours to really get to know a new city.
Planning for Roux House Party in Scotland with a BMW X5
Keith Allan and Lynne Gray experience Michel Roux and a country estate in Dumfriesshire, Scotland with their BMW X5.
Affordable Art Collecting in Difficult Times--The Magic of Russian Lacquer Boxes
Walter Glaser shares highlights of his collection of hand-painted Russian boxes.
Saab BioPower All the Way to Cringletie House in Scotland
Keith Allan and Lynne Gray have no grumbles with both their Saab and the Cringletie House, an over 130 year old country house with towers and turrets that has been restored to its former grandeur.
The Paradise Called Sicily in Italy
Lorna Sass enjoys the food and culture of Sicily.
On the Trail of Palladio in Italy
Keith Allan and Lynne Gray visit this city that hasn't changed much in the last five centuries and then on to Vicenza.
Traveling to Farlam Hall in England in a Mazda RX8
Keith Allan and Lynne Gray stay at Farlam Hall Hotel, Brompton, Cumbria while enjoying the twist and turns in their Mazda RX8.
Ernest Beyl visits a land forever joined, yet a land divided by its culture and its cookery.
Christmas Markets of Northern Germany
Barbara Gibbs Otmann delights in the over 2,500 Christmas markets in Germany. She details the markets in Lubeck, Bremen, Celle, and Hamburg. A recipe for Mulled Wine is included.
A Wedding, a Zoo and a Royal Burgh in Scotland Visited in a Volvo V70
Keith Allan and Lynne Gray visited the Edinburgh Zoo and Culross in Fife after their daughter's wedding in Northumberland.
On the Road to the Waterside in an XJ Jaguar
Keith Allan, puts on 900 miles on motorway and country roads to enjoy the Jag's V8 engine and its 0-60 mph in around 5 seconds.
Travel to France and Belgium as a Guest
Jackie Grandchamps, PhD, is the Founder and Owner of French Escapade.
On the Road Again with a Mazda MX-5 to Argyll in Scotland
Keith Allan and Lynne Gray share a fun way to travel!
Sampling Valle d'Aosta's Sky-High Italian Cuisine
Toni Lydecker enjoys spectacular scenery, towns rich in history and charm, extensive hiking trails and parklands.
Berlin by Video Bus Tours
Sharon Hudgins discovers a modern bus tour of Berlin with flat-screen video monitors and state-of-the-art audio/video equipment, augmented by multilingual tour guides well versed in the history of the city.
Discovering Islay, Scotland in a BMW 3 Series Touring
"Called the Queen of the Hebrides, Islay is a gloriously picturesque island," says travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray.
All the Comforts of Home in Mayfair, London
Keith Allan & Lynne Gray experience the Marriott's new 47 Park Street fractional ownership residences.
Discovering Brontë Country in a Volvo XC90
Travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray enjoy Haworth Parsonage, home and now shrine to the three Brontë sisters---Charlotte, Emily and Anne of Wuthering Heights fame.
Driving a Porsche Cayman to Ben Nevis and Eriska in Bonnie Scotland
Keith Allan & Lynne Gray have fun driving into the Highlands of Scotland in their Porsche Cayman.
Travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray cruise the Crystal Serenity out of Southampton heading for Ireland, Portugal, Spain, Monte Carlo and Italy.
Brighton Hotel Du Vin has the Best Waitress in Town
"She is French, her name is Sabrina, and she comes from Cannes," says travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray.
In Praise of the Old Course at St Andrews in Scotland
Travel writer Keith Allan visits the Old Course Hotel, Golf Resort and Spa. The hotel sits on the hallowed 17th Road Hole and is one of the Leading Hotels of the World.
A Scottish House Party at Kinnaird in Scotland
"This is a lovely country house hotel in Perthshire, Scotland where we had a very interesting couple of nights," says travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray.
Sleeping with Friendly Ghosts in Manchester, England
Travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray relive the past through learning the history of the Radisson Edwardian Manchester Hotel at the Free Trade Hall in Manchester, England.
Touring with a BMW in the Shadow of Stirling Castle in Scotland
The chosen car is a BMW 530d M Sport Touring car and the tour is of the Stirling Castle, one of the oldest in Scotland. Travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray report.
Dinner on the Diner-The Trans-Siberian Express
Sharon Hudgins has returned to the United States after working as the Resident Expert for National Geographic Expeditions on an 18-day tour across Russia and Mongolia—6,000 miles on the Trans-Siberian Railroad, from Vladivostok to Ulaan Bataar to Moscow. The tour visited many of the places she described in her award-winning book, The Other Side of Russia: A Slice of Life in Siberia and the Russian Far East.
Paris by Train
Travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray know the best way to arrive in any European city is by train. Trains, hotels and restaurants in Paris and London are included.
Puttin on the Ritz and Celebrating 100 Years in London
Travel writers and photographers Keith Allan & Lynne Gray tell about the Barclay twins, who bought the Ritz in 1995 for around $135 million, and then started renovating it. Cesar Ritz built the hotel in 1906.
Exploring Barcelona, Spain
International writer Sally Aquire tells us how to get to Barcelona as well as where to stay, what to see, and where to eat and shop.
Living with the French Aristocracy
Chateau de La Verrerie is a fairytale French castle visited by Walter Glaser. Built in the Loire by the Scottish Royals, it was subsequently purchased by a titled French family in whose possession it remains to this day.
Golfing in Provence, France
Play and Stay in Style and enjoy Walter Glaser's golf recommendations, including Golf de Pont Royal, Golf de Servanes,Golf Grand Avignon, Sainte Victoire Golf Club, Golf de Chateaublanc and Golf de la Sainte Baume.
Having Some Madeira in Portugal My Dear
Keith Allan & Lynne Gray share Reid's Hotel, part of the Orient Express Hotels, and Casa Velha do Palheiro, a member of the Relais & Chateaux group.
Chewton Glen in Hampshire– The Very Best of English Country House Hotels
Keith Allan & Lynne Gray visit this Relais & Chateaux property--the very best of hotels.
Jersey – A British Channel Island that Rose from the Depths of Despair
Keith Allan & Lynne Gray experience Longueville Manor as it is today--a place to relax and enjoy.
Swedish Chef Niklas Ekstedt
Brett Jocelyn Epstein raves about this 26 year old, one of Sweden's hottest chefs.
Five Top Family Friendly Restaurants -- United Kingdom
Claudia Foleng-Achunche shares UK restaurants actively catering to the family market.
Where to Eat in San Sebastian, Spain--the Best Restaurants
"I'm Here for the Food but Where Do I Eat?" asks (and answers) Leith Steel.
Shopping in Milan
Walter Glaser says for shopping in this epicentre of high fashion all you need is time and a bottomless credit card.
The Glacier Express
Barbara Gibbs Ostmann celebrates the train's 75th anniversary on "The World's Slowest Express Train." And you can too!
Venice and the Delights of the Cipriani
Keith Allan & Lynne Gray enjoy the luxuries that the Hotel Cipriani has to offer, just a stone's throw from Venice, Italy.
Venice, Italy — Tales of the River Po
Keith Allan & Lynne Gray board a 44 cabin river barge in Venice for week of cruising the River Po and into the Veneto.
Coming Home to Lisbon
David Leite tells us about going home (his father was born in Portugal). He explores the old and new of Portugal's capital, and discovers a revitalized city to call his own.
June in France — Part One
Elizabeth Cawdry Thomas compares "A Burgundian Warm Welcome v. a Passé Paris Restaurant's Coldness."
June in France — Part Two
Elizabeth Cawdry Thomas shares "The Delightful Liaison of Past and Present in Burgundy and Beaujolais."
Becoming An Alpine Basket Case — And Loving It!
Walter Reisender recounts hot air ballooning over the Swiss Alps.
A Few Days of Play in London-town
Elaine Sosa frolics around this European capital city and discovers that the food is...well, not what she expected.
A Journey to Cyprus
Walter and Cherie Glaser travel to this picturesque island where it could be dangerous to order a cup of coffee.
A Step Back into Britain's History
The town of Bath, with its magnificent Roman baths and Georgian Architecture, is Britain's second-largest tourist attraction. Walter and Cherie Glaser explain why this is so.
Alsace: History, Wine & Scenic Beauty
Walter and Cherie Glaser find a village where wine flows from the town fountain.
An Insider's View of St. Petersburg
Walter and Cherie Glaser are off on another adventure! This time they take an insider's tour of St. Petersburg: home of incredible architecture, traveling musicians, and prosperous sparkling water vendors.
Celebrate Christmas in Germany
Pat Neisser recalls a spectacular Christmas in Baden Baden. Recipes for your own German Christmas are included.
Gites de France: Holidays on the Farm in France
Rudolph Graeter explains it all in this article about lodging alternatives in France. Includes original artwork by his wife.
Italian Cooking Schools
There's nothing like combining business with pleasure. Jennie Schacht shows you where to go in Italy to get the views and the recipes you were searching for.
Lakeside Luxury -- Italian Style
Walter and Cherie visit incredible hotels frequented by the most famous stars and political figures of the past century. So, why did they almost vow never to return? The answer may surprise you!
"The Languedoc-Roussillon region in the southern tip of France wins my trump card for a holiday destination. Undiscovered by tour buses, this gorgeous area has everything to entertain and inform the vacationer," says Lou Seibert Pappas.
On Italy's Lovely Riviera
Walter and Cherie Glaser explore the small villages and harbors dotting the landscape and find out one hotel's association to the World Wide Web.
One Man's Home is Another Man's Castle
"Rapunzal, Rapunzal...How much for an adjoining room?" Walter and Cherie Glaser suggest some European castles and chateaux for let.
Paris: City of Lights
Sally goes to Paris for the International Association of Culinary Professionals' regional conference and does what we'd all like to do: shop, dine and meet Julia Child.
Parma, Italy: Land of Ham and Cheese
Ham and cheese. It sounds simple, but to many of the denizens of Parma it's a reason for being. Stephanie Curtis reports on her visit to this historic food-producing region of Northern Italy.
The Castles of Scotland
What animal does a bagpipe sound like? How can you tell if a castle is fake or not? Walter and Cherie Glaser offer explanations.
The Many Faces of the French Riviera
Walter and Cherie Glaser's coverage of the French Riviera, including a handy listing of top-notch eateries and accommodations.
An art historian and a wine fanatic find that pictures don't lie when it comes to the beauty and diversity of this incredible region. Nancy Freeman & Tim Patterson report.
Venice: The Jewel in Italy's Crown
Walter and Cherie Glaser travel through Venice, where they shop for antiques, visit St. Mark's Cathedral and ride in a few gondolas.
Walter and Cherie Glaser take us on a fascinating walking tour of Austria's historic capital.
Visiting England in Style
Grab your swimsuits because we're off to England's finest accomodations where every room has a 'foot-bath' and all the pools are heated. Walter and Cherie Glaser explain.