Snowflakes are one of nature's most fragile things, but just look what they do when they stick together. In Telluride, Colorado, their sticking together has produced a magnificent, world-class resort for all manner of winter sports.
There's a famous quote that says: “Paradise is not a place, it is a state of mind.” Wrong. Paradise is, very much, a place. Once at this “place,” your state of mind kicks in and then, voila: Paradise! This was my profoundly pleasurable experience recently on my first visit to Costa Rica.
During the Christmas season, typically from mid-November through 23 December, all Europe comes alive with holiday festivities and none are more joyous and all-encompassing than the Christmas markets. I had the opportunity to experience these merry events when I joined a Uniworld River Cruise sailing down the Rhine to visit cities from Cologne, Germany all the way to Basel, Switzerland.
Guanajuato, Mexico is a city that is also the capital of the state of the same name and is 175 miles from Mexico City. The origin of this city resulted from the discovery of gold and silver in the mountains surrounding it.
Some dream of exploring the mysterious, the exotic, the tropical - locales rich with cultural ruins and vibes that are decidedly laid-back. Machu Picchu and Angkor Wat come to mind. But for me, what floats my boat – and always has – is to feel the exhilarating pulse of Rio de Janeiro at Carnival time.
I recently visited the Napa and Sonoma, California wine regions and sampled Chardonnays and Pinots, both Noir and Grigio, as well as a bevy of other varietals; it brought to mind what a wise sage once said: “The best wines are the ones we drink with friends.” Agreed!
The gorgeous lyrics of “Moonlight in Vermont,” the 1944 standard, perfectly extol the enchantment one finds here, and romantic settings abound at the Stoweflake Mountain Resort & Spa in Stowe, Vermont.