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

Barcelona Spain May 2014-017

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

The Fairmont San Francisco Hotel April 2014 -006

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?

Paris France April 2014 -048

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? […]

Pullman Eiffel Tower: A Room With a View

Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower head chef

Bonjour! If you are following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know that my wife (@NatalieDiScala) and I were recently in the world’s most visited country … France! We were invited by Pullman Hotels to check out their new, fabulously redesigned Pullman Paris hotels. If you aren’t familiar with Pullman, that might be […]

9 Reasons to Stay at the Pullman Paris Bercy

Pullman Bercy

Bonjour! If you are following me on Facebook, Instagram and/or Twitter then you know that my wife (@NatalieDiScala) and I were recently in the world’s most visited country … France! We were invited by Pullman Hotels to check out their new, fabulously redesigned Pullman Paris hotels. If you aren’t familiar with Pullman, that might be […]

Travel Scams Mentioned on The Social TV Show

Toronto | April 15

I’m in Toronto right now, where yesterday I was a guest on The Social, which is Canada’s version of The View. It was fun—even though it was freezing out! Can you believe the temperature went from 72F to 18F (and snow) in about 36 hours? Yikes! Here’s a link to the segment, in which I […]