3 Paris day trips for remembering America’s role in World War I

La Croix Rouge Farm in Picardy

World War I engulfed Europe from 1914 to 1918, and a century later commemorative activities are now underway across the continent. Americans joined the war in 1917, and for those who wish to walk in the footsteps of the “doughboys”—as American troops were then called—there are plenty of things to see. The American Battle Monuments […]

Discovering Provence at Christmas (it’s not over yet!)

"Bravade Calendale in Aix-en-Provence Photo Credit: Philippe NOU"

You’ve probably seen photos of endless lavender fields, tanned vacationers strolling Mediterranean beaches and promenades, and couples sipping Provençal rosé wines on countryside villa terraces. That’s the Provence, France, of spring and summer most well-known to travelers. Those are all beautiful sights to see and activities to enjoy in this part of southern France, but […]

Travel Contests: Week of January 7, 2014

ISU

This week’s travel contests include: Win a two-night package to Lake Morey Resort’s Ice Sports University Weekend (January 23-25) in Fairlee, Vermont! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a four-night trip for four to the Bahamas including $1,000 spending money Win a seven-day Mexico cruise for two Win a six-night trip for two to France including hotel stays in Paris […]

Travel Tip of the Day: Photograph Your Prescriptions

Prescription

Photograph Your Prescriptions Back in May, my dad and I went on Windstar Star Pride’s inaugural cruise from Barcelona to Rome. Our first port was Sete, France, a sleepy little French seaside port known as Cette until 1928. The highlight for me, besides getting one of the best ham and cheese sandwiches I’ve ever had, was […]

Travel Contests: Week of June 18, 2014

Hawaiian Airlines

This week’s travel contests include: Win 120,000 HawaiianMiles plus a two-night stay at The Modern Honolulu! (JohnnyJet.com contest) Win a trip for two to the Tour de France from Belkin Win a transatlantic cruise to Hamburg, Germany from Cunard Win a weeklong cruise for two from Holland America cruise (on Facebook) Win a 12-day trip for two […]

A Massage I Will Never Forget — Club Med Opio in France

Club Med Opio spa receptionists

In 2007 I was invited to Club Med Opio, which is 30 kilometers (18 miles) from the Nice airport, high in the hills above Cannes, in a truly delightful corner of Provence. I quickly learned one of the most popular places is the spa, complete with a mosaic-tiled Hammam steam bath and sauna. Like most spas, this one offers a […]

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

Windstar Star Pride Sanary France May 7 2014-045

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 […]