October 9, 2015

On My Radar Screen ~ Columbus Day Weekend

Happy Friday!! Anyone else ready for a long weekend? Our youngest son will be home from college for the weekend...I can't wait!!

Here's what is hitting up on my radar this week...

On Tuesday, I was lucky enough to attend this fabulous lunch event to help launch Eddie Ross' new book, Modern Mix...what a treat to spend time with some of my blogging buddies!!!

Some of my favorite bloggers share the items they cannot leave home without...

The sweetest street in Paris (which, no surprise, is one of my favorite streets too)...

What is catching your attention this week??

I hope your weekend is filled with pumpkin spice and all things nice...wherever you may be wandering...


October 7, 2015

Hermès in Wanderland

In my fantasy world, I would hop on a flight bound for cities around the world to experience the latest art exhibits first hand...in that world, I would not have missed the Wanderland showcase presented by Hermès displayed on the banks of the Seine in Paris until earlier this week. 

The central theme of the exhibit was dans l'oeil du flâneur - which roughly translates as, 'through the eyes of a wanderer or social observer'. The concept is built around the act of flânerie - wandering around a city and getting lost in its unexpected sights and sounds.

Wanderland featured 11 rooms, each with a different theme or wonder to behold.  Created by set designer Hubert le Gail, each window was set up to take viewers on a Paris-inspired journey - featuring familiar scenes like the town square or café - but with a fantastical or magical undertone. Hermès products were featured - with objects selected from the luxury house's archives, Emile Hermès Paris museum and contemporary collections. From a bike, to bags, boots, travel writing cases and card decks - the objects are as much a celebration of Hermès design as the spirit of travelling.
The exhibit will be moving on to Torino, Italy in December and China in 2016. 

Anyone want to join me in a campaign to add NYC to the list? 
For another exhibit worthy of a special trip to Paris - Volez, Voguez, Voyagez featuring Louis Vuitton in all its glory will run from Dec. 4 and run through Feb. 21, 2016, at the Grand Palais. 

October 5, 2015

Flying Solo? Featuring The Women's Travel Group

The #1 desire of many women, particularly once they become empty-nesters, is to see the world. Women over 55 have become one of the fastest growing audiences for travel. But what happens when some women do not have a  partner with whom to share their travels?

Recently, I had a chance to meet with Phyllis Stoller, founder of The Women's Travel Group.  When she wanted to travel the world but her husband was busy working, she decided to fill the void, often discovered by women who find traveling solo to be daunting, by creating The Women's Travel Group offering "smart luxury tours"  for women.  


The mission of The Women's Travel Group is "To give women insightful travel experiences, as well as new travel friends with whom to share the memories. We see countries as our mutual destinies not just vacation destinations." Their goals are:
  • To exceed your travel expectations with unique experiences alongside area highlights.
  • To help you appreciate the nuances of a society and country.
  • To fill each day with anticipation, and each evening with friendly conversation.
  • To leave you with a new world perspective, shared with new travel friends
The group specializes in exotic destinations where women may not feel comfortable traveling on their own: China, India, Mongolia,Argentina, Chile, Morocco, and others. Itineraries are designed to cover both highlights and extras: such as new artsy districts in Beijing, a yoga lesson in India, or extra time in souks in Marrakesh. Hotels and restaurants are hand picked for comfort, safety, location and size of room.  Trips cover hidden sides of a country, often with outspoken speakers and private visits to homes. All groups are accompanied by a guide and/or escort.

An important aspect of The Women's Travel Group is its inclusive camaraderie. Phyllis described groups of women, who had previously been strangers, banding together while on their trip to help those who might need a little assistance. Indeed, many women make life long friends with the other women in their group. Sometimes women who have recently lost a spouse or suffered a difficult breakup feel their relationship status becomes their identity - starting out fresh with a new group of travel buddies offers a chance to emphasize other aspects of one's personality beyond their "solo" status.

Upcoming 2015 trips include India and Turkey in November, Paris at Christmas, and a Rhine river cruise for New Years. Plans for 2016 include a South African Safari, Cooking in Tuscany, Ethiopia, Colonial Mexico, Iran, China and Christmas in Morocco.
 We all know someone who wants to experience the world, but is single, widowed, divorced or who has a husband who works all the time and cannot travel as often as they would like. Please pass this post along to them and have them email me - they will surely thank you for it!

October 2, 2015

The Best Laid Plans...

Sometimes life just doesn't go as planned...

On July 16th I booked my trip to Ireland. On July 17th, I fractured my humerus. For the past 11 weeks I have worked towards the goal of leaving for Ireland next Friday. In the past week, it has become quite clear that a trip of that magnitude is NOT in the cards for me right now. It was with great disappointment that I had to cancel my plans. 

Ireland will still be there next year...hopefully, I can join Tourism Ireland for their 2016 trip. 

Wishing all of you a lovely weekend...wherever you may be wandering...