Uncategorized · United States · Washington D.C.

Guide to the Memorials of Washington D.C – National Mall and Tidal Basin

I had to be in D.C. (or “the District” as the locals call it) for work last Friday so I tacked on an extra night and my husband came up for the weekend.  We went to the National Gallery Museum on Friday afternoon and spent Saturday walking about 8+ miles to visit all the major… Continue reading Guide to the Memorials of Washington D.C – National Mall and Tidal Basin

New Mexico · Santa Fe · Uncategorized

What to do in Santa Fe for 3 Days

Shopping around the Plaza Santa Fe is a very walkable city, especially around the main historic plaza and downtown area.  There are so many boutiques in a small few block area, selling jewelry, clothing, outdoor gear, home goods, pottery and local food products. Like any touristy area, some of the shops are pretty junky but… Continue reading What to do in Santa Fe for 3 Days

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The Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe

The Inn of the Five Graces is probably my favorite hotel in the United States and I know that is saying a lot.  The hotel is owned by Ira and Sylvia Seret who are interior designers and own a business that imports furniture, textiles, rugs and art pieces from the Middle East and Asia.  Their… Continue reading The Inn of the Five Graces, Santa Fe

New Mexico · Santa Fe · Uncategorized

High Road to Taos from Santa Fe in October

Stephen and I have driven what is known as the “high road” to Taos once before but it was about 15 years ago, so we decided this trip that we were due to revisit this scenic U.S. byway.  The drive to Taos, New Mexico via the high road takes about 2 hours from Santa Fe… Continue reading High Road to Taos from Santa Fe in October

Santa Fe · Uncategorized

Visiting One of my U.S. Favorite Places

My husband and I are off to spend a 3 day weekend in one of my favorite places, Santa Fe, New Mexico.  I have never been during October so I am hoping to catch some fall color from the aspen trees and maybe a little snow in the higher elevations.  I’m just hoping that we… Continue reading Visiting One of my U.S. Favorite Places

France · Paris · Uncategorized

Hotel Esprit St. Germain

We also stayed at the Hotel Esprit St. Germain for our first two nights in Paris and I can highly recommend this lovely boutique hotel in the 5th arrondissement.  This small hotel has only 28 rooms and is located on a quiet side street, Rue St. Sulpice.  The hotel’s philosophy is that guests should feel… Continue reading Hotel Esprit St. Germain

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Hotel de Crillon, Paris – Stay like a Princess in a Palace

Wow!  What a hotel.  I decided to end our trip with a one-night stay at a “splurge” hotel as I thought that would be a nice way to put the cherry on top.  After looking at many high end hotels like The Ritz, Mandarin Oriental, Le Meurice and Le Bristol, I settled on the Hotel… Continue reading Hotel de Crillon, Paris – Stay like a Princess in a Palace