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Is The Carryout Model Sustainable? How Michelin Restaurant Alinea is Rescuing Fine Dining Amongst COVID-19

Eat, Michelin Dining By April 2, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , , 16 Comments

Has your favorite fine dining restaurant completely shut down? Are they offering takeout or remaining closed? The restaurant industry makes up 4-5 percent of the U.S. GDP and it is struggling to survive due to the COVID-19 crisis. There is no simple solution for recovery, but there may be a bit of hope yet. With some creativity and community support,…

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Paris Cooking Class: Learn How to Make French Macarons!

Eat, Europe, Souvenir Recipes, Unique Excursions and Tours By March 26, 2020 Tags: , , , 30 Comments

PrintRaspberry French MacaronsPrep 1 hour, 30 minsCook 30 minsTotal 1 hour, 60 minsAuthor Chef MartheYield 24 cookies Have time on your hands?  If you and your family are social distancing during this time of national turmoil like we are, you may be looking for ways to be creative and learn a new skill at home. Why not learn to make…

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Monet’s Home and Garden in Giverny, France

Destinations, Do, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By March 19, 2020 Tags: , , , 29 Comments

Spring is finally in the air and I can see gardens all around starting to bloom. I can’t think of a more beautiful garden than that created by the one and only Oscar-Claude Monet. We have seen many spectacular gardens around the world, but there’s something special and unique to be present in Monet’s preserved home and garden in Giverny,…

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The 5 Unforgettable Adventures to Do in St. Lucia

Destinations, Do, Tropical Paradise, Unique Excursions and Tours By March 12, 2020 25 Comments

Waterfalls, volcanos, mountains, black and green sand beaches, UNESCO site, coral reefs, and so much more can be discovered in St Lucia. If you love romance but also adventures galore, then St. Lucia is the idyllic destination for you. We actually stayed 7 nights and 8 days on this unique Caribbean island and paced our itinerary for maximum adrenaline. If…

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Stay in The Heart of a UNESCO World Heritage Site in St. Lucia. Featuring Viceroy Sugar Beach Resort

Destinations, Luxury Hotels, Stay, Tropical Paradise By March 5, 2020 Tags: , , , 26 Comments

There are many islands in the Caribbean, but only a rare few are consistently in the ultimate list of destinations. St. Lucia is one of those unique islands located in the West Indies part of the Caribbean. It’s well known for it’s iconic Pitons, the striking volcanic peaks duo that is a natural wonder. The Pitons are a UNESCO World…

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The Best Kept Secret Suite in Rome, Italy. Featuring The Hotel Sole al Pantheon

Unique Excursions and Tours By February 19, 2020 20 Comments

One of the most iconic building structures in Rome is the Pantheon. Once formerly a Roman Temple, it has since been converted to a Catholic church called Basilica St. Mary. It’s so ancient and it is speculated that it was built during the reign of Augustus around 27 BC – 14 AD. Why it’s unique? The architecture is ancient and…

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The Perfect 1 Day Adventure in Capri, Italy. Featuring the Blue Grotto and Monte Solaro

Destinations, Do, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By February 13, 2020 23 Comments

It’s Valentine’s week and everyone has a sweetheart in mind. This year, my sweetheart happens to be twins – the comune towns of Capri and Anacapri in Italy. They are essentially the same island but Anacapri is the quieter sister town of Capri. Capri has always been on our bucket list and in 2016 we were able to spend a…

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The 5 Iconic Things To Do In Vegas!

Do, Eat, Luxury Hotels, Stay, Unique Excursions and Tours By February 6, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , 25 Comments

Vegas Baby! The adult playground of America only gets better. With new money pouring in from professional sports and celebrity icons, the Sin City is trying to make over it’s tawdry image to welcome a more “family friendly” atmosphere. This doesn’t mean it’s giving up the scantily shows and wild night life scene, but it does offer so much more…

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La Vague d’Or Michelin Restaurant in Saint-Tropez at Cheval Blanc Hotel

Destinations, Europe, Luxury Hotels, Michelin Dining, Stay By January 16, 2020 Tags: , , , 25 Comments

Think Louis Vuitton only makes handbags? The iconic fashion designer has expanded into ultra luxury resorts and hotels! Saint- Tropez, France is one of the most luxurious places in the French Riviera and all of France. The fabulous Pampelonne Beach filmed in a 1950’s movie with actress Brigitte Bardot grabbed the world by attention. It’s since then been a celebrity…

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First Time to Euro Disney? 11 Hot Tips About Disneyland Paris

Destinations, Europe, Unique Excursions and Tours By January 9, 2020 Tags: , 19 Comments

People all over the world LOVE Disney! The magic is everywhere. What better place to add magic than the most romantic place in the world… Paris! Oui oui, mes amis. These 11 tips will let you know what to expect for your first visit ever to Disneyland Paris. Hot Tip 1: Don’t Compare Disneyland Paris to Disney World We lived…

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Pesto Sauce From It’s Birthplace Genova, Italy

Eat, Souvenir Recipes By December 19, 2019 Tags: , , , 12 Comments

PrintItalian Pesto SaucePrep 15 minsTotal 15 minsAuthor Cristina and Mario from CreativvandoYield 6-8 TBS of pesto We stopped in Genova during a vacation to the French and Italian Riviera’s in Summer of 2018 to learn how to make the original Pesto. Genova is the birthplace of pesto, salami, and Christopher Columbus.  My hubby Mike is such a huge fan of…

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The Bristol Palace Hotel and Pesto Pasta Cooking Class in Genova, Italy

Destinations, Do, Europe, Luxury Hotels, Stay, Unique Excursions and Tours By December 12, 2019 17 Comments

Is it Genoa or Genova? Either is correct, but in Italian it’s Genova. Genoa is it’s English translation. If you ever visit Genova, Italy, you don’t want to miss a stay at the iconic Bristol Palace Hotel and taking a local pesto cooking course. During our Summer’18 trip to the French and Italian Rivieras, we decided to visit Genova, Italy….

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How Michelin Restaurant Goes Wrong in Genoa, Italy

Eat, Michelin Dining By November 21, 2019 Tags: , , , , , 15 Comments

This is probably the funniest and disastrous dining faux pas we ever encountered. How in the world did we ever get from this, to this in the same night? That’s right, we went from a Michelin restaurant to McDonalds right afterwards. How can this be? We ordered the wrong menu! Hot Tip: When in doubt, go with the server’s suggestion…

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