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In the Oeno File: The Côtes du Rhône AOC encompasses 171 villages throughout the Northern and Southern Rhône and is one appellation that one hears little about, though some quite important vintners are in the area. By M. Angelakis      Read More... 

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In Destinations: Memories from the days of my youth. 64 years ago, I got my first taste of European travel when my father said, “we should instill some culture to the children”. So my mother, a couple of her friends and I embarked on an escorted summer trip to Austria and Germany.  By M. Angelakis      Read More...

Dark and Stormy Rum Cocktail

In Lifting the Spirits: Ron Barceló Organic is a limited production rum made from fresh Dominican sugar cane juice, grown in a plot only 150 hectares in size. The sugar cane thrives without the use of chemicals, fertilizers or pesticides. The rum is aged in first-use oak barrels. By M. Angelakis      Read More...

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Additionally in Hotels & Resorts: I’m checked into a duplex with balconies opening off both the living room and bedroom.  Red velvet curtains frame floor length windows overlooking the surrounding woods.There’re all the comfort of a luxury suite, with one additional feature: I’m hovering above the ground in an opulent treehouse. By Sharon King Hoge  Read More...

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Plus in Hotels & Resorts: The Peninsula, Kowloon, the “Grand Dame of the Far East” is one of the world’s legendary hotels with an atmosphere of unmatched grandeur and timeless elegance. It is a very prestigious address. By N. Ross   Read More...

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In Hotels & Resorts: Many hotels fancy themselves as “Grand” and “Royal,” but in the case of Vienna’s Hotel Imperial  the description can be taken literally as it was custom built in 1863 as Palais Württenberg. By Sharon King Hoge        Read More...

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In Gastronomy: I’ve always had a problem with gluten free, sugar free, salt or sodium free etc. products. When I see “something-free” on a package my immediate reaction is ”and taste free!” I recently stumbled onto the “Feel Good” appetizers and, surprise, they tasted good! By M. Angelakis    Read More...

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Also in Hotels & Resorts: Through my 60 years of worldwide peregrinations, from the days of living in a rundown room at the Parisian “Beat Hotel” of Mme. Rachou, to my days as consultant to the Leading Hotels of the World I’ve stayed in some top luxury hotels. By M. Angelakis      Read More...

Gloucester #1 red fishing shack

And in Destinations: On its 400th birthday, Gloucester has experienced numerous immigrant waves. The English already knew there was an abundance of codfish in the waters. Soon Irish and Scandinavians began occupying its shores and, Portuguese fishermen arrived in large numbers. By Bo Zaunders                       Read More...

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Also in Destinations: In Homer’s day, the waters between Italy and Sicily were thought of as being fraught with hidden horrors awaiting the adventurer willing to leave the safety of home for uncharted seas and lands. By B. & M. Angelakis   Read More...

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