The Ritz-Carlton in South Beach, the currently oh so hot enclave in Miami, employs a tanning butler. This fellow’s brief is to walk the pool area in search of those who may need assistance applying sunscreen to those areas of the body that may be difficult to reach. He carries a small selection of oils because some of us are butter people and some of us aren’t. Continue Reading »
The Traveler’s Cheque card from Amex and the Visa Travel Money cards seem like a good idea. You pay for the cards in advance and then simply use them at ATM’s throughout Europe until you’ve used up your money.
But be careful. There are activation fees and “reload” fees. You are, in essence being charged to use your own money. Continue Reading »
Look for 2006 to be the year River Boats in Europe and Asia come into their own. Cruising the Danube, the Rhine, the Soane, or the Yangtze with just a few hundred fellow Americans is perceived as a safe, cost effective, and almost intimate way to experience important parts of the world. You can see China, albeit in a somewhat sanitized way, experience “The Path of the Czars” or simply glide through Burgundy and Provence on a one-week idyll. Continue Reading »
The first thing to know about the French is that the drinking age is 16 and is never, ever enforced. In fact, French mothers have been known to mix a bit of wine with baby’s formula to begin the path to maturity.
It appears to work because the only drunks I’ve ever seen in Paris were over-the-edge hooligans from countries where pints outsell happy meals. Continue Reading »
The anecdotal evidence is in – and Europe has officially been labeled a “rip-off”. Cruises and escorted tours to Europe are booming while independent travelers are returning from France and Italy with tales of $300+ lunches and plans to re-mortgage the house.
The European-bound traveler needs to consider paying in dollars up front. The romantic notion of negotiating hotel rates in the lobby of some quaint left bank family-run three-star on the fly is but a dream. Continue Reading »
I was strolling the back aisle of a small bookshop in the Notting Hill section of London the other day, thinking how very unlike Hugh Grant I am, when a new title by BBC producer Jessica Williams (Disinformation Company Ltd.) caught my eye.
“50 Facts That Should Change the World” is a book that could well change the way that you view the world. Continue Reading »
Yesterday – a slow news day until two academics got us thinking ……….to whit, two profs in the Geriatric Medicine field at Chicago’s prestigious Northwestern University.
Doctors Robert Golub and Lee Lindquist wrote an article in the Journal of The American Geriatrics Journal that suggests that a modern cruise ship is well equipped to fill the role of a floating assisted living facility. Continue Reading »