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the gastromarket mercado merced in Malaga

A Must-Visit Gastromarket For Foodies – Mercado Merced in Malaga

Recently opened in the fall of 2015, the Mercado Merced in Malaga is another star in the constellation that is the city’s recently burgeoning foodie scene.  The best known of the Malaga food markets is the Mercado de Atarazanas located in the old Moorish arsenal building close to the harbour.  The Mercado Merced is a

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shangri la muscat oman

Luxury Family Fun at the Shangri La Muscat in Oman

The half-hour drive from the airport to Shangri La Hotel on the outskirts of Muscat takes you through a dusty sandy-coloured landscape of mountains and valleys.  Although the Middle East that I pictured had sand, this land looked completely different with its winding mountain paths through sand.  After a tunnel takes you through the last

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The Hotel Val de Neu in Baqueira

The Hotel Val de Neu in Baqueira, A Family-Friendly Design Hotel

When I saw that our hotel was set in a Spanish mini-mall, I was not exactly thrilled.  After all, I was expecting a 5-star design hotel. Once we were through the revolving doors, however, the Hotel Val de Neu in Baqueira was full of surprises.  A luxury hotel that was a design hotel and also

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taking the kids skiing in Spain

10 Reasons Why You Should Take The Family Skiing in Spain

Skiing in Spain?  Yes, Spain.  Not only does the country have miles of beautiful beaches along its coastline, the Pyrenees border with France has a world-class ski resort, Baqueira-Beret.  Throw in the great food and wine, could I love this country more?!  Here are my top 10 reasons for why you should take the family

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Temple of Horus at Edfu

Visiting The Temple of Horus in Edfu on an Egyptian Ferrari

As the ship glided into the docking area, the warmth of the early morning sun promised another a beautiful day. After a hearty breakfast on board the Oberoi Philae Nile cruiser, we were setting out on a visit to the Temple of Horus in Edfu nearby.  Edfu is a small city of about 60,000 people

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The Chedi Hotel Muscat

Luxe Minimalism at the Chedi Muscat Hotel

We waffled back and forth on booking the Chedi Muscat Hotel.  It was a choice between The Shangri La Hotel in Muscat and the Chedi Muscat Hotel.  I know, I know – #firstworldproblems.  We booked The Chedi, then changed over to the Shangri La because everyone said it was better for families. After 3 days

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Casa Mathilde best Portuguese Bakery in Sao Paolo

Casa Mathilde, The Best Portuguese Bakery in Sao Paolo

Given that Brasil was a colony of Portugal, you know that there are going to be Portuguese influences everywhere in the country especially in the food.  For example, the Mercado Central has rows of vendors selling bacalao (salted codfish).  I’m not such a big fan of bacalao but Portuguese pastries are a completely different story.

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a family vacation in zanzibar

5 Reasons For A Family Vacation to Zanzibar

Zanzibar.  The  name rolls of the tongue evoking images of distant lands and foreign climes. How could the island of Zanzibar not be exotic when the name itself is so cool? My children have been begging me to visit the island ever since one of their school friends had a family vacation to Zanzibar. Zanzibar

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Hemingway's Key West House

The Cats That Usurped Hemingway’s Key West House

I feel it is deeply unfair when a woman has an unabashed love of cats she’s known as a crazy cat lady.  When a man, however, is a cat lover no one comes up with such a pejorative nickname.  Relatives of mine (ahem! my brother) are crazy about their cats. He’s got three cats who

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