Rancho-la-Puerta

Rancho La Puerta

Nourishing Body, Mind & Spirit at the World’s First Destination Spa & Fitness Ranch Crisp mountain air fills up my lungs as I breathe heavily in the light of the early morning. As I make my final ascent to the summit of the rocky mountain, my legs burn in the best possible way. I follow the narrow path around prickly shrubs and […]

Birmingham

Birmingham: Finding America’s Sweet Home in Alabama

If you live outside the American southeast, you probably don’t come across many people from Birmingham. It’s the largest city in Alabama, but with a population of just over a million people, it doesn’t rank among the nation’s major metropolises. You can probably sing along with Lynyrd Skynyrd when “Sweet Home Alabama” comes on the […]

Switzerland

La Gruyère, Switzerland

If I were to recommend any region of Switzerland to visit, it would be La Gruyère in the canton of Fribourg in the French- speaking Suisse-Romande. The charming historic village of Gruyères-Ville and the surrounding area are not only famous for its namesake – Gruyère cheese – but also a number of sights to see […]

Venice

Venice, A Feast for the Eyes

The historic merchant city may be famous for serenading gondoliers meandering through labyrinthian canals, elaborately costumed Carnevale, and seasonal flooding during the acqua alta, but there is so much more that comprises the essence of this floating city. One only needs to look upon the iconic Rialto Bridge crossing the Grand Canal or the Basilica […]

Burgundy, France

Burgundy France

My husband and I don’t plan traditional vacations to go museum hopping or take guided tours to learn about the history of an area. Instead, for us there is usually only one major criteria when planning our holiday destination: what will we have to eat? Being true foodies, the thrill of culinary delight is often […]

Napa

Napa, California

There are a lot of reasons to love Napa, California: the stunning vistas, the glorious California weather, the relaxed atmosphere, world class dining (yes, even gluten-free), and of course the wine. When most people speak of Napa, they are actually referring to the Napa Valley – a world famous 30-mile wine region located just an […]