Browing category travel

Santa Barbara, Tacos and Julia Child


Julia Child’s favorite restaurant in Santa Barbara, where she lived late in life, was La Super Rica Taqueria, a down and dirty taco joint. The reigning goddess of French cuisine openly shared her love of dining there in interviews with Bon Appetit, Good Morning America, which inspired an article in The New Yorker. I just

A Southampton Swan Song


How often does a swan crash a pool party and steel the show? Well that’s what happened to me recently when I was visiting a dear friend at her home in Southampton, Long Island. One minute, I’m happily floating around her pool on a giant inflatable griffon and the next I’m doing the backstroke next

Everybody Behaves Badly


In between the covers of  Everybody Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway’s Masterpiece The Sun Also Rises is a gloriously gossipy, compulsively readable account of Hemingway’s early years in Paris with his first wife, Hadley, and the rest of the Lost Generation.  If you’re looking for a good summer read, this is it! The

Alexander Hamilton and I!


  Wow, that does have a nice ring to it! This title, however,  is not hyperbole but based on truth. Alexander Hamilton and I did have a romance once upon a time. And no it was not with the founding father of the United States! Humph…I am not THAT old YET! My fling was with

Fur Real!


Now here’s an interesting twist on things. The Meow Parlour in Lower Manhattan is the perfect place if you need a quick pick me up cup of tea or a perfectly purring cat, which could ultimately result in a much needed cat adoption. Sound complicated…not quite. Cat Cafes started in Asia in the 90’s, due

Black and White Fashion for Spring!


  Pairing Black and white clothes is perfect for spring or an anytime look. Like the ebony and ivory keys on the piano, black and white outfits are classic and meant to be played off of each other. Black is usually associated with sophistication. It also has an added benefit of making you look slimmer, especially

#TBT: A Visual Romp through the Oldest Pharmacy in the World! 


#ThrowbackThursday Stepping through the doors of the Santa Maria Novella Pharmacy in Florence made me feel as though I had just entered Marie Antoinette’s very large and elaborate boudoir (just as Sofia Coppola would have imagined it in her 2006 feature film “Marie Antoinette”) Established in 1221 by Dominican monks, who started making herbal remedies and potions

Treasure Hunting in Florence


There is an over abundance of treasures to be found in Florence.   Breathtaking masterpieces by Michelangelo, such as the iconic statue of David, which is housed at the Academia di Belle Arti di Firenze, the Medici’s Renaissance art collection at the Uffizi Gallery and of course the hand made gold jewelry on display along the

La Vita Bella!


The Italians have it right in so many ways!  Having just returned from ten days in Tuscany with my family, I am reminded that Italians live a beautiful life.  It’s an idyllic lifestyle, that is both relaxed and family centric. The beautiful country house we rented in Greve, in the Chianti area of Tuscany, was one that

CIAO, BABY!


PACKING TIPS! Packing for vacation always involves a lot editing as you go.  My rule of thumb is to lay out everything on my bed that I think I need and then remove half of them.  This also saves you the trouble of having to write a packing list.  It’s always a good idea to

Subscribe!