eiffel tower paris france

My renewed faith in the French

Posted by loretta on  September 6, 2015

Category: Destinations, Europe, France
Paris is undeniably one of the most beautiful cities in the world, a destination that is on almost everyone’s list of must-sees.  I am fortunate to have visited the City of Lights on three different occasions, an enviable status, I suppose. Despite my love of the city’s architecture, rich culture and historical/fashion intrigue, I often wonder why I ever returned, considering some very unpleasant encounters I had with Parisians along the way. My first visit
San francisco over 40 - Land's End Trail
Exploring the popular sights of #San Francisco can still be exciting but more challenging for #travelersover40, given the city’s topography and diverse #popculture. Here are some tips to make it easier to get around the city and find the right mix of fun and #adventure for your particular interests and fitness level. I first visited San Francisco when I was in my early 20’s, and it has since been one of my favorite cities.  I
rediscovering miami: street art wynwood murals
Home to internationally acclaimed #artbasel, Miami has become an art-centric city, with galleries, outdoor exhibits, exotic tropical gardens and skylines rising to the occasion. Returning to Miami two years after moving away, I’ve rediscovered this vibrant city in a new way.  No longer consumed by the daily grind, I have ventured beyond my customary boundaries to experience the “magic city” as a tourist. Serving as home to one of three internationally acclaimed Art Basel shows,
abu dhabi heritage village

Arrival in Abu Dhabi

Posted by loretta on  February 14, 2010

It is Friday, “family day, in Abu Dhabi, and we park along the corniche, a popular common denominator of these Gulf port cities. There is a strange, wooden structure, which looks as though someone piled together a bunch of two-by-fours to build, in the center of the plaza by the newly built “public” beach. A vendor is renting motorized mini cars and scooters, and children are scurrying after their parents to sample a few turns
aloft abu dhabi

Aloft…Almost perfect!

Posted by loretta on  February 9, 2010

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With many hotel options to choose from, I decided to book the Aloft Abu Dhabi, in part because I had read good things about this new concept brand by Starwood, but primarily because of its free internet access.  My expectations were exceeded, with super-comfy beds with high-grade Egyptian cotton linens; ultra-modern yet functional furnishings and bathroom fittings; extra feather pillows; soothing colors and perfectly opaque black-out blinds that let you sleep in! The bonus:  FREE