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  • Lisbon – San Francisco Sister City

    I look out the plane window and I see this beautiful terra-cotta red roof landscape ordering the Mediterranean Ocean and I think, “Wow, Lisbon?” As the plane lands, I realize I know nothing about Lisbon. I’ve read nothing about Lisbon. And I have no idea…
  • Milan by Night

    There is something about the Milan night sky. Maybe it's something about this particular latitude? No, because Nice and Monaco had the same beautiful blue sky late at night. Maybe it's the ocean air? No, Milan is quite a ways inland and no ocean breeze…
  • Amador County: The Other…Other Wine Country

    When my wife asked where I was taking her for her birthday, I wanted to do something special and romantic. We've done Miami, New York, San Francisco, so I was really pondering the next trip. Then it hit me: Let's go drinking! Yes, wine country…
  • Waldorf Astoria Beverly Hills

    hen the new Waldorf Astoria opened in Beverly Hills, it seemed odd. Waldorf Astoria, one of the great names in hotels, weren't they here already? Is this a reopening? It seemed no way could it be that there hadn't always been a Waldorf in Beverly…
  • Park Hyatt – Paris-Vendôme

    The second most exciting part of our trip to the Monaco Grand Prix 2016, was the fact that we would leave Monaco and then fly to Paris and spend four nights in the city of lights. What was so much exciting  was the fact that…