View at Bassi Vineyards

Roll Out the Barrels: Wine tasting in San Luis Obispo

You might say it was a spur of the moment trip when the opportunity came to visit San Luis Obispo for the Roll Out the Barrels wine tasting event, I could not turn it done as it gave me a new insight into the wines of San Luis Obispo County. Having visited the area many

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Celebrity Reflection Tuscan Grille Restaurant

Behind the scenes on Celebrity Reflection

Wining and dining is an integral part of any cruise. Such was the case aboard the Celebrity Reflection. Bending over backwards to indulge the needs of all 3000 passengers is a feat in itself but Celebrity Cruises does it in style. Onboard the Celebrity Reflection there are seven specialty restaurants, the main dining room and

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Vie from Villa Beatrice d'Este

Colli Euganei: Discovering the wines of the Venetian Hills

In the hills above Padua within a thirty-minute drive from Venice is a small wine appellation known as Colli Euganei. Colli Euganie is well worth mentioning because not only is the countryside exquisite but unlike its neighbor, Soave that only produces white wines, they produce some pretty spectacular reds. The region is known for its

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Balcony View Hofsas House

Escape to the enchanting charm of Carmel by the Sea

Thinking about a summer weekend getaway, the California Coast offers some wonderful escapes. If you are looking for that idyllic place with a charm and quaintness that lives up to its name, Carmel by the Sea is the place to go. Around every nook and cranny there is something to be found. From its fairytale

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Hotel Mediterraneo Lobby

Hotel Mediterraneo: A fusion of the past and present

From ancient times to today Rome is full of history. There is the Pantheon, Colosseum, the Vatican, Sistine Chapel, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain, St. Peter’s Basilica and much more. There is something around every corner for the traveler to see and learn. Even the hotels have a legacy, making their impression on the cities overall

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Rome Building Facades

Context Travel: Looking at Rome in a different light

There are many ways to tour Rome, Italy but if you are not one who wants to be part of a the herd mentality so often found in city tours, Context Travel can be the answer. It is not about numbers or cramming many sites in a couple of hours. It is about education and

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Old Mission Santa Barbara

Car free and foot loose in Santa Barbara

There is something to be said about visiting a city car free. Hoofing it, breathing in the local culture and taking local transportation can get you right into the spirit of the location you are visiting. Santa Barbara has made it easy for you to discover the city without having to get yourself behind the

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Mykonos Windmills

Celebrity Cruises: A day in Mykonos

It is day three of our Celebrity Cruise and the port of call is Mykonos, which is nicknamed the island of the winds. While visiting Mykonos one gets a very different sense of being. Although the town of Mykonos, also known, as Chora, appears very old, having everything painted white, gives one a vision of

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Taromina Ancient Greek Theater

Celebrity Cruises: A day in Taormina, Sicily

Experiencing a different port each day is what a cruise is all about. Day one of the Celebrity Cruises on the Reflection from Rome to the Greek Islands brought us to Sicily. Landing in Messina our adventure took us to the charming town of Taormina. This hillside town that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea draws you

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The vineyards and view at Porto Carras

Porto Carras Grand Resort: Northern Greece’s enchanting coastal getaway

When one thinks of traveling to Greece, they typically envision visiting Athens, the Greek Islands, the Peloponnese and Santorini. Rarely do they foresee traveling north along the coast into Macedonia and beyond where one finds a hidden gem of a resort called the Porto Carras Grand Resort. To read more…

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