Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 5 (Portoferraio, Italy on the Island of Elba)

Island of Elba Italy Windstar Star Pride May 2014-025

Our last stop on Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise was to Portoferraio, Italy on the Island of Elba. I woke up early and was able to watch us dock right next to town. I had a quick breakfast and then asked the nice tourism people who set up a stand just outside of the ship […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 4 (Monte Carlo, Monaco)

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Day four on Windstar’s Star Pride took us to my dad’s favorite port, Monte Carlo! Monaco is located on the French Riviera in western Europe. It’s bordered by France on three sides, with one side bordering the Mediterranean Sea. Its center is about 16 kilometers from Italy and is only 13 kilometers northeast of Nice, […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 3 (Sanary-sur-Mer, France)

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Day three of Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise brought us to Sanary-sur-Mer in France. This was my favorite port of the trip since we arrived on a beautiful sunny Wednesday and that’s when they have their massive outdoor market that has everything you can possibly imagine from local fresh produce to mattresses! Get up early […]

Windstar’s Star Pride Mediterranean Cruise: Day 2 (Sete, France)

Sete France on Windstar May 6 2014-006

Our first port on Windstar’s Star Pride was Sete, France. This sleepy little French seaside port was known as Cette until 1928. The highlight for me besides getting one of the best ham and cheese sandwiches was finding a pharmacist who not only spoke English but filled my dad’s prescriptions with enough medication to last […]

Photos from Barcelona, Spain Before Windstar Cruise

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Buenos días! I’m back from Europe after sailing on Windstar’s newest ship… Star Pride. I was invited on the inaugural cruise along with several other journalists, travel agents, executives and paid guests. Windstar paid fro my flight to Europe but I paid for my dad’s (I used way too many Delta miles). Like smart cruise […]

9 Reasons to Stay at The Fairmont San Francisco

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Arguably, The Fairmont San Francisco is one of the world’s most famous hotels. It’s been sitting atop Nob Hill for over a hundred years and was made famous by the hit 80s TV series Hotel. Thanks to the Canadian Media Marketplace (an industry conference) I recently got to experience one of their 591 guest rooms and suites […]

11 Reasons to Stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

Hilton Hawaiian Village Hawaii

Aloha! The first hotel I ever stayed at in Hawaii was the Hilton Hawaiian Village. I was there for my first job out of college (an Admissions Officer for what was then Marymount College Palos Verdes but has since changed to Marymount California University). I’ll never forget when I arrived in the evening and it […]

Does the ‘Love Lock’ Trend Need to End?

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When my wife (@NatalieDiScala) and I visited Paris in April 2013, the first thing she said she wanted to do was to go over to the Pont des Arts, located near the Louvre. I knew she had something up her sleeve because who wants to visit a bridge unless you’re in Sydney or San Francisco? […]