April 18, 2014

On My Radar Screen ~ Lots of Love For Fellow Bloggers!!

Happy Friday and Happy Easter Weekend!
Don't you just love these Italian Easter eggs? We were in Rome once right before Easter and, let me tell you, the Italians know how to celebrate Easter! The decorations and the candy are spectacular!

The past couple of weeks have been filled with wonderful posts from my fellow bloggers and, today, I want to share a few of my favorites with you...

One of my fave bloggers, Tina, from The Enchanted Home has a serious case of wanderlust...you won't want to miss her post on Tina's Travel Bug ~ Italy

Jeanne, from I Dream Of, shares a Guide To Paris from two of her youngest readers, Penelope and Paloma. Be sure to bookmark this, no matter what age you are!
Janelle McCulloch, author of Paris A Guide to the City's Creative Heart and the fabulous blog A Library of Design shares How To Travel Cheaply, which offers great advice to all travelers, but especially those traveling on a budget.

I adore Inslee's illustrations, especially any that are related to travel...she captured life growing up in the city perfectly with her post and illustration called City Child.

I have really enjoyed following along vicariously with some lovely west coast bloggers on their bloggers' trip to Napa (my idea of a perfect girls' trip! ) on Instagram...Heather from Style Mind Chic led the way along with Adrienne of The Rich Life on a BudgetKim of Northern California StyleTamera of Tamera Beardsley and Jennifer of a Well Styled Life. #BloggersInNapaValley

I am just going on record here - Those of us on the East Coast really NEED to do something like this!

And, finally...

Nichole and Evan Robertson from Obvious State have published a book! The Paris Journal, Book One will be released on April 29th, but if you sign up for their e-mail list you can preview the first three chapters. I read the preview last night and loved it...I can't wait to read more. This talented couple can write equally as well as they take photographs!

So that wraps it up for this week...have a happy Easter weekend...wherever you may be wandering!!


April 16, 2014

Wednesday Wanderlust and A Winner!

The winner of the lovely mother/daughter travel memoir We'll Always Have Paris is...Marsha from Splenderosa!!! Congratulations, Marsha...send me an e-mail with your address and I will ship the book to you today!
Today's Wednesday Wanderlust transports us to a part of Italy not often visited by tourists...and to a hotel owned by none other than famed movie director,
Francis Ford Coppola.
Palazzo Margherita is located in Bernalda, Italy (halfway between the toe and the heel in the "boot" which is Italy). While the nearby region of Puglia has become more popular recently, Bernalda is one of a few beautiful towns where the food and wine have remained authentic and untouched by mass tourism. The townspeople welcome visitors with a genuine hospitality that makes every guest feel like a local.
Built in 1892 by the Margherita family, Palazzo Margherita is a true 19th century palazzo. The town was the birthplace and home to Agostino Coppola, Francis Ford Coppola's grandfather, who always referred to it affectionately as "Bernalda bella." Francis purchased the Palazzo in 2004 with the desire to transform it into a small, luxurious Italy boutique hotel, believing it was time to introduce visitors to this stunning and still undiscovered region.
One of my "bucket" list trips is to take a cooking class in Italy...Palazzo Margherita offers daily classes and demonstrations in the Palazzo Kitchen.
What is on your travel "bucket list"? Have you ever taken a cooking class while traveling? I would love it if you would share your own travel dreams and personal experiences!
(All photos via Virtuoso and Palazzo Margherita)

April 14, 2014

What Is Better Than Reading A Good Book On The Beach?

Sharing it with your favorite book loving friends!! 

There is nothing I like better than a girls' getaway...add an excellent book and the chance to meet a bestselling author (with a few umbrella drinks) and you have perfection!

Monica Hantho, a neighbor here Greenwich, has organized an opportunity for book lovers from all over the world to escape to the gorgeous tropical destination of Turks and Caicos to enjoy a fantastic two day event with bestselling author, Lee Woodruff.
The concept for this event originated when Monica's book group took a trip to Turks and Caicos and they all read the same book and then discussed it in the evenings (presumably over umbrella drinks). They had such a fabulous time, that she decided to craft an event in which others could participate. 

This event is being held May 12-13 at The Somerset on Grace Bay in Turks and Caicos. There are numerous activities during the event including a cocktail reception and dinner with author, Lee Woodruff, as well as two discussion sessions with her. Everyone attending has been requested to read Lee's debut novel Those We Love The Most in order to participate in the discussions. 
After talking to Monica about this event, I couldn't help but think of the many possibilities for other book club retreats...for anywhere in the world!

What do you think? Have you ever taken your book club on the road?


Speaking of books...the giveaway for We'll Always Have Paris ends at midnight tonight...don't forget to leave a comment to enter. Winner will be announced on Wednesday!

April 11, 2014

Mother/Daughter Travel and A Book Giveaway

There is something very special about a mother/daughter trip...in a world where everyone is busy and children grow up way too fast, it is a wonderful thing to take time for a trip with your daughter (or your mother).
When my daughter, Caroline, graduated from high school, I surprised her with a trip to Paris.  Yes, it was a bit of a splurge, but we used miles for our flights and, back in 2007, you could still find a nice hotel room in Paris without having to mortgage your home.    

Caroline looks SO young here...hard to believe it has been almost seven years!
Both of us had spent time in Paris before, so there was no need for us to hit up all the major sites - we enjoyed leisurely days of shopping, eating delicious French food and re-visiting all of our favorite places.  Caroline shared her new found love of art history with me at Chartres and the Louvre...I introduced her to macarons and Hermès, purchasing her very first twilly...and together we discovered the joy of Angelina's hot chocolate and Monet's Nymphéas  at the recently reopened Musée de l'OrangerieIt was the perfect girl's trip...and it is a lasting memory for both us!
Today, I am giving away a "hot of the presses" book which celebrates mother/daughter travel. I was fortunate enough to receive two copies of Jennifer Coburn's enchanting memoir of her travels with her daughter...one for me...and another to give to one of you! In We'll Always Have Paris, bestselling author Coburn shares her stories of traveling through Europe with her daughter from the ages of 8 to 16.  Next month, as part of her "blog book tour", Jennifer will be guest posting here sharing her experiences traveling with her daughter in Paris.  Just leave me a comment below to enter to win...comment on facebook for an extra entry.  I will choose a winner on Monday.

What's everyone up to this weekend? I am hoping to enjoy some sunshine and The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden. Have a fabulous weekend...wherever you may be wandering!