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A sculpture of the torso of Anna de Codorníu on a brick pedestal

Traveling Deeper at Codorníu

I clung to the seat as the train rattled through the darkened tunnel, racks of dusty bottles flying by. Every once in a while, the train slowed. Was our driver was searching for the way through the 30km network of underground tunnels? Or pausing so we could absorb the gloomy view.   Hand painted black …

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Mercer Hotel Barcelona

Mercer Hotel Barcelona You will find the luxurious Mercer Hotel Barcelona tucked away on a narrow lane in the historic Gothic Quarter of Barcelona, Spain. Don’t let the unassuming ancient stone exterior fool you. Once you step through the large doors into the lobby of this 28 room boutique hotel, the experience is unforgettable. Welcome …

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An elderly couple shopping in Mercat de l'Abaceria in Barcelona

Exploring Gràcia with Devour Barcelona

Exploring Gràcia with Devour Barcelona “It’s 1:00 pm and time for vermouth”, announced Renée, our Devour Barcelona tour guide. At home, vermouth at 1:00 pm would be unusual, but it seemed entirely appropriate as we strolled through the Gràcia neighbourhood. Things are different here – in a good way. Life in Barcelona, Spain seems more relaxed, spontaneous and …

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View of Budapest and the bridges over the Danube

Exploring Budapest

After visiting some of the more popular European destinations, we decided to change it up on our next family vacation and spend a week exploring Budapest, Hungary. It was an excellent decision. I highly recommend exploring Budapest if you haven’t already been to this incredible city. Buda + Pest = Budapest Budapest has two sides – Buda and Pest, …

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Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II Milan Italy

Milano – A Family Destination?

I have always thought of Milan, or Milano, as a city for fashionistas and bankers and I wasn’t sure if the city would work as a family destination. That being said, the luxe Four Seasons Milan was on my must-visit list and based on my extensive experience with the Four Seasons brand, I was confident that …

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Barcelona Pastry Shops

Barcelona Pastry Shops

A close friend is planning a trip to Spain, and asked me to share some information on Barcelona. We were there in July 2014 and I still feel like I am carrying a bit of the Barcelona vibe with me. The shoes I purchased there certainly help, but that is another story. I was excited …

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New York with the kids Lego Store dragon

New York City With the Kids

As our black SUV careened through rush hour traffic on our way from New York’s JFK Airport to TriBeCa, I began having second thoughts about New York City with the kids. I knew our ultimate destination was The Greenwich, Robert de Niro’s 88-room luxury hotel in TriBeCa, but I was having serious doubts we would …

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There are some beautiful beaches in the Tuscan Maremma Italy

A Beach Vacation in Tuscany

Tuscany usually evokes images of ancient hill towns, vineyards, and olive groves as far as the eye can see; this was our Tuscany until we discovered the Maremma. The Maremma is a spectacular coastal area with all good things Tuscany, plus gorgeous beaches and the warm Tyrrhenian Sea. The Maremma stretches between the provinces of Livorno …

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