Costa Rica

I can't remember what triggered our desire to vacation in Costa Rica. Whatever the reason was, I'm more than glad we visited. We reserved rooms at the Riu Palace, Guanacaste, on the northern Costa Rican coast. Kenny and I had stayed at several other resorts under the Riu name and they were always comfortable, clean, and well organized – and you can’t beat an all-inclusive resort on a holiday so you don’t have to worry about your bar or meal tabs growing out of control.  Though the resort appears quite isolated, nestled between the surrounding forest hills, we were very [...]

By |2019-06-10T15:40:50+01:00January 30th, 2018|Travel Blog|0 Comments


The Maldives is one of only a few destinations in the world that I’ve found that truly lives up to its reputation. It is an atoll in the middle of the Indian Ocean made up of hundreds of small islands, both inhabited and uninhabited, on which I’m sure every ‘stranded on a desert island’ poster, film, or postcard was based. The Maldives are usually reserved as a luxury or once-in-a-lifetime trip to celebrate something special. Kenny and I had just celebrated our wedding in Washington DC a couple of weeks before, so our special occasion was our honeymoon. We travelled [...]

By |2018-02-13T14:42:57+01:00January 30th, 2018|Travel Blog|0 Comments


As quintessential European destinations go, you can’t beat Venice.  Its history, architecture, cuisine, and art all combine for an unparalleled ambience and experience. The uniqueness of our Venetian experience began the moment we arrived at the airport.  I’ve strolled through countless airports and I usually can’t wait to see the back of them.  So it was a nice surprise to see something at the Venice airport that I’d never seen before. They had turned the luggage carousel into a giant roulette wheel! Our fellow travellers placed imaginary bets on where their baggage would land and it broke the ordinary monotony [...]

By |2018-02-07T14:43:24+01:00January 30th, 2018|Travel Blog|0 Comments


One of Kenny’s former clients was in Geneva, Switzerland, and his work required him to spend several months living and working there.  Fortunately, it gave me the perfect excuse to come visit and explore the city.  Nestled between the banks of its namesake lake and the Alps, Geneva showcases the confluence of old Europe, modern sensibilities, and the opulent wealth for which Swiss banks are known. Geneva is bisected by the River Rhone leading to Lake Geneva and its life very much revolves around the water.  One of Geneva’s most iconic landmarks is the Jet d’Eau, a giant fountain in [...]

By |2019-06-11T15:53:28+01:00January 30th, 2018|Travel Blog|0 Comments


“No.” “Aw, c’mon. Please?” “No way. I didn’t do it when I was young and I’m sure as hell not going to do it in my late thirties.” “How many times will we actually BE in Kings Landing?” “Forget it, fanboy. Why the hell should I do it? Why don’t you do it?” “Because I’m already blond-ish.” “Not Targaryen blond.” “Pleeeeeease?!” This is Dubrovnik.  You may recognize the terracotta rooftops and the slow rise to a cliff’s edge as the setting for King’s Landing in Game of Thrones. Once a republic of Yugoslavia, Croatia declared independence in 1991. Dubrovnik has [...]

By |2019-06-07T14:34:28+01:00January 30th, 2018|Travel Blog|0 Comments


Paris in a Day – A French Day Trip from London Few cities on earth offer more than Paris.  You could live there for years and not take in all the culture and gastronomy on offer.  But most of us don’t have the luxury of years – or even weeks – and we have to economize and prioritize.  If you’ve only got a day to spare, you still can take in the highest of highlights of Paris.  You’ll be knackered at the end of the day, and it will only leave you wanting to see and experience more, but at [...]

By |2018-02-07T15:21:36+01:00January 30th, 2018|Travel Blog|0 Comments


In 2014, Kenny spent a lot of time working with a client in Geneva.  To break up the time apart, I flew to Switzerland and on Easter weekend we traveled by train from Geneva to Zermatt, probably best known as the home of the Matterhorn (the actual mountain, not the ride at Disneyworld named for it). It was an easy journey in a comfortable carriage made even better by a fantastic landscape to watch go by. On our arrival at the train station, we took an electric taxi to the Chalet Hotel Schönegg, set at the top of a small [...]

By |2019-06-10T15:34:47+01:00January 30th, 2018|Travel Blog|0 Comments