Jetsetting

My Return to Galway | Discovering Ireland

It all sounds very theatrical but I did return to Galway, and oh my, how it had changed in seven years. On my most recent visit to Ireland, I had been twice before, so the third time was an absolute charm- especially in Galway. I was exploring the west coast of Ireland, traveling up from… Continue reading My Return to Galway | Discovering Ireland

Jetsetting

Visiting Minsk – A Memoir | Discovering Belarus

Due to the conflict with Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, I was debating on posting this blog. The country is currently in the red zone of Travel Advisory, of do not travel. I am doing it anyways, in the hopes that Belarus soon will be once more be free to travel in. I was standing at… Continue reading Visiting Minsk – A Memoir | Discovering Belarus

Jetsetting

The Cultural City of NOVI SAD | Discovering Serbia

Stari Grad I had an extra day or two while I was visiting Belgrade in Serbia, and decided on a quick solo trip to the second largest city, Novi Sad. This was a very easy trip that I strongly recommend for those who are visiting Belgrade. The travel time was only 1.5 hours, and the… Continue reading The Cultural City of NOVI SAD | Discovering Serbia

UNESCO

Berat – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering Albania

The Ottomaon-era town of Berat, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is an exceptional location in Albania with centuries of historical and cultural significance. This is a town that is known for its religious tolerance, unique architecture, and is famously called the "Town of a thousand windows." Berat - Town of a thousand windows When I… Continue reading Berat – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Discovering Albania

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Beautiful Budapest – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Hungary

The Queen of the Danube, the beautiful city of Budapest lives up to that noble title. Once upon a time this city was two separate towns, Buda and Pest, with Buda being the royal capital and Pest the commercial side. Both sides being divided by the grand Danube River. It was not until 1837 when… Continue reading Beautiful Budapest – A UNESCO World Heritage Site | Exploring Hungary

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Beautiful Bamberg in Bavaria- A UNESCO a World Heritage Site | Exploring Germany

The beautiful town of Bamberg was one of many reasons that I had fallen in love with Bavaria. After I first saw photos of the Atles Rathaus, the Old town hall, which is positioned on the river with bridges on either sides, I thought how stunning! I had seen various photos of towns in Bavaria… Continue reading Beautiful Bamberg in Bavaria- A UNESCO a World Heritage Site | Exploring Germany

Global Dining

The Wild Plum Tea Room | Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Hidden within the Smoky Mountains of Gatlinburg, Tennessee is a little gem of place called, The Wild Plum Tea Room. Locals had suggested this restaurant to me, thinking that I would enjoy it, and they were correct. This dining experience was exactly what I was looking for during my day trip to Gatlinburg. It was… Continue reading The Wild Plum Tea Room | Gatlinburg, Tennessee

Global Dining

Café Belvedere | Cream Cake + Views of Lake Bled, Slovenia

Bled Cream Cake, Rosé, Caffe and a Fairy Tale View - That was all that I needed to seal the deal on my love for Slovenia. It all happened at Café Belvedere, a graceful spot along Lake Bled, which boasts the best church and lake views. Café Belvedere not only had breath taking views, but… Continue reading Café Belvedere | Cream Cake + Views of Lake Bled, Slovenia

Global Dining

The Grand Cafe | Luxurious Dining in Minsk, Belarus

The Grand Café in Minsk, Belarus was so very grand! This luxurious and sumptuous restaurant was one of the most beautiful old world dining establishments of its kind, that I have been to in Eastern Europe. One of my other favorite grand cafes was Gundel Restaurant in the heart of Budapest, Hungary. Minsk, Belarus -… Continue reading The Grand Cafe | Luxurious Dining in Minsk, Belarus

Food Journals

What I ate in LOUISIANA – A Food Journal

I had spent almost a week in Louisiana while taking a road trip from Las Vegas to Florida, and New Orleans was the centerpiece of my stay. I had never been to this state before, and found it very friendly, pleasant, and slow paced. I loved New Orleans, and it was a remarkable city to… Continue reading What I ate in LOUISIANA – A Food Journal

Global Dining

Zlata Ribica | A classic restaurant in Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Triple Bridge in Ljubljana As a traveling gastronome, one of my goals is to taste as many traditional dishes in the country or city that I am visiting. Slovenia had several regional dishes that I was curious on trying, and I found three of them under one roof. Restaurant Zlata Ribica is considered one… Continue reading Zlata Ribica | A classic restaurant in Ljubljana, Slovenia

Global Dining

Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

I had finally made it to the oldest restaurant in London! I had been wanting to dine at Rules for over a decade, and after numerous trips to England I finally made it a top priority. As a food enthusiast, I take my eating seriously and have a restaurant bucket list. Rules was on that… Continue reading Lunching at RULES | London’s Oldest Restaurant

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Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

Crossing into Tallinn, Estonia by bus from Riga, Latvia marked a huge travel milestone for me. It was the moment that I had accomplished one of my big travel goals; to visit every Baltic State, Eastern European, and Balkan country.  I did it in four years from the time that I fell in love with… Continue reading Kalev-Maiasmokk Café | The Oldest Cafe in Tallinn, Estonia

USA Travel

Desert Botanicals Gardens & the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion | Phoenix, Arizona

As my sun sign is in Capricorn, an earth sign, I enjoy anything with a grounding nature. That is why I have a deep fondness for mountains, forests, vegetable dishes and gardens. One of my favorite things to do while traveling is visit a garden, if my schedule permits. This might have to do with… Continue reading Desert Botanicals Gardens & the Marshall Butterfly Pavilion | Phoenix, Arizona

Global Dining

At the Legendary Café Gerbeaud | Budapest, Hungary

Budapest, Hungary - This goes out to the lovers of fine chocolates and the connoisseurs of divine pastries, I share your passion and would never steer you wrong. Café Gerbeaud has been a gastronomic delight since 1858, and is one of the oldest cafe's in Europe. Stepping inside the saloon is a lavish step back… Continue reading At the Legendary Café Gerbeaud | Budapest, Hungary

Food Journals

What I ate in SIWA OASIS, EGYPT | A Food Journal

Siwa Oasis is one of Egypt's most isolated communities that is deep within the western desert, and approximately 30 miles from the Libyan border. This small community of 33,000 citizens has their own language called Siwi, own customs, and significant dishes to their region. Siwa Osasis, Egypt With that said, while I was in Siwa… Continue reading What I ate in SIWA OASIS, EGYPT | A Food Journal

Food Journals

What I ate in IRELAND – Part 1 – A Food Journal

Ireland has been one of my favorite countries to visit and have visited three times since 2011. My love for Ireland was there even before I had a DNA test done, and found out that I have a wee dram of Irish blood in me. I am sure that is where my love for gin,… Continue reading What I ate in IRELAND – Part 1 – A Food Journal

Food Journals

For the Love of Afternoon Tea – Part Two

Is it love or an obsession? I may be obsessed with my love for afternoon tea, or I may be in love with my obsession. At this point in the game, I doubt it matters. Tea Lounge - Waldorf Astoria, Las Vegas I have always delighted in the whole experience; the formality and the deliciousness… Continue reading For the Love of Afternoon Tea – Part Two

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The Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria – The Swankiest Afternoon Tea in Sin City

Las Vegas, Nevada - They say that the third time is a charm, meaning when the third time something is attempted, luck will prevail. That lucky rule did prevail one Sunday afternoon, after several years of attempting to sit inside the Tea Lounge at the Waldorf Astoria in Las Vegas. It was for their afternoon… Continue reading The Tea Lounge at Waldorf Astoria – The Swankiest Afternoon Tea in Sin City

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What I ate in BRUSSELS – A Food Journal

Eating my way through a city is not uncommon, especially in a city where the food is part of the culture.  I love to eat, and love to learn about culture; Brussels was just one of those cities that had it all. This is a city where I could go back to again, and eat… Continue reading What I ate in BRUSSELS – A Food Journal