Normandy and Hauts-de-France: A Relais & Chateaux Odyssey

Visiting Normandy is powerfully emotional and especially impactful when considering the region's role in changing the course of World War II and the countless souls who selflessly gave their lives for the freedom we enjoy today. What some might not now is that the region of Normandy has impossibly picturesque towns, spectacular culinary delights, and wonderfully hospitable hotels.

The Rhône Valley: From Lyon to Avignon

The Rhone valley has diverse and very high quality red and white wines that will impress any serious oenophile and satisfy more any palate. The wines can perfectly compliment most world cuisines. They can be much better values than what you will find in Bordeaux and Burgundy, yet it astounds me that many wine drinkers don't appreciate this section of the wine list as often as they should. The gastronomy, charming villages and cites, and lovely weather make the Rhone an absolute home run. Ill be back!!

The Costa Brava: From the Coast to the Countryside of Catalunya

The Costa Brava or "Wild Coast" is an incredibly gorgeous stretch of coast in the Catalunyan province of Spain easily reached 90 minutes north of Barcelona and runs all the way to the French border. The area is famous for stunning beach hiking trails and miles of cycling through vineyards and medieval villages. With the …

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Barcelona: Beyond the Basics

Barcelona is a city that always pleases and is fun for everyone! Cutting edge, artsy, playful, Mediterranean, and proud. It is also a city that is often over-touristed and busy so traveling in 2021 was the perfect time to experience this architecturally-stunning sea-side gem without the crowds. We stayed at the delightful family-owned boutique hotel …

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Champagne, anyone?

Champagne, the finest symbol of the French art de Vivre! The region can easily be reached in a day trip from Paris - 2 hours by road or 45 minutes by train - yet, not spending a few days staying in the region would be a scandal! 🙂 I landed in Paris from Atlanta, and …

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Menorca: Gem of Spain’s Balearic Islands

Welcome to Menorca: wild and preserved nature, endemic cultures, exceptional architectural heritage, white sand beaches, crystal clear water. Menorca is the most laid-back and tranquil of Spain's popular Balearic Islands — less clubby than Ibiza, less touristed than neighboring Mallorca. Authentic towns filled with locals and Spanish, unreal beaches, nature, active adventures, and wonderful little …

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VINO: Spain’s Priorat, Ribera del Duero, and La Rioja Wine Regions

Many food and wine enthusiasts agree that Spain is one of the most exciting gastronomic countries in the world with a vibrant passion for producing and enjoying outstanding culinary and oenological experiences.

Madrid: Sophisticated & Authentic

Madrid has always been one of my favorite European capitals, and no, not because of the name! 🙂 Madrid is elegant, sophisticated, understated, and authentic. It does not get as much fanfare as Barcelona, which is perhaps one reason it has been able to maintain its poise and grace despite the pressures of over-tourism in …

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