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Category Archives: Europe

I’m no longer the bookworm I once was. Gone are the days where I would skip classes to hide in a special nook in my high school library just to read. But the thrill and comfort of being surrounded by books hasn’t left me. You can imagine my elation in learning that Dublin is one of […]

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There’s a bit of a rock and roll to the Dean Hotel in Dublin.  You wouldn’t necessarily think you stepped into a hotel upon entering where there’s a DJ spin table that separates the glowing bar and the welcoming lounge area.  By the elevators there’s a shelf filled with vintage items: cameras, video recorders and cases. I […]

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We were hurtling down the Grand Canal to the Westin Europa & Regina hotel in a water taxi with its small flag of Italy whipping in the wind. I wondered if the driver can go any faster because it’s well past noon, lunch was awaiting, and travel has a way of stirring up my appetite. As we breezed […]

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I was crouched next to a vine bush with orange shears in one hand and a bunch of green grapes in the other. My blue tray still looked fairly empty considering I’ve been working this row for 20 minutes while my friends, Giulia and Teresa, who have been much more diligent than I, have already […]

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If there’s a more tourist friendly city than Geneva then I haven’t come across it yet. At the invitation of the Geneva Tourism Board, I along with 11 others, spent a weekend in the home of the United Nations and Red Cross. I’ll admit I didn’t know much about the city (like how everyone speaks […]

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A few weeks ago I traded one grand city for another.  Joined by two other freelance friends, Christine & Kathy, we strolled through one arrondissement to the next over five days to take in Paris.  We couldn’t have picked a better week to be free from our day to day distractions and fuel up on our collective creative […]

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Bonjour! I just want to say a quick hello from Paris and share a few images of the One Fine Stay home my friends and I have been staying in over the last few days.  If you haven’t heard of One Fine Stay you’d do well to hop on their website and browse the hundreds of beautiful […]

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