St. Petersburg is a charmer from first sight. Pastel-painted 18th and 19th century buildings are like jewelry boxes begging to be opened.
Thankfully, we had five days and six nights to explore Russia’s second largest city of 5 million.
Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, this once swampy, flood-prone land with access to the Baltic Sea became the emperor’s Naval headquarters and his grand experiment in building the city of his European travel dreams. Just stroll the streets and you'll see that he succeeded, thrusting Russia onto the cultural world stage.
Here's my snapshot of trip bests, eats and treats.
View from balcony at Palazzo Avino in Ravello, Italy
Choosing the right hotel for a romantic getaway can make or break your love celebration.
In a labor of love, my husband and I reminisced to come up with our list of the 10 most romantic hotels we’ve found over our travel years. What better way to celebrate the summer of our 10-year anniversary.
Ignite your passionate side by booking one of these swoon-worthy stayovers.
Southeast Asia has been on my travel wish list for years.
I’m no 20-something looking for price-conscious adventure. Admittedly, that’s how I envisioned the stereotypical tourist visiting Southeast Asia.
Instead, the region’s reputation for incredible food, enchanting temples and friendly people drew me here. Not to mention, every person who has visited the area raves about it.
Southeast Asia is what I’d call restrained exotic. It’s different enough to stimulate all of your senses, but sprinkles in plenty of smiles to make you feel comfortable.
Let’s start with the sunsets. Tourists descend along the beach like paparazzi to get the perfect shot. And it’s perfect pretty much every night.
Just when I say to myself, “No, I can’t take another beautiful sunset shot.” I pull out my camera. I can't help myself.
Even better are the rainbow-streaked mornings over the Pacific. I kicked myself for not getting out of bed sooner during our stay to watch the magic unfold during the early morning light.
It’s not just the rainbows framing the shot. It’s also how the sun catches the surf, creating lines of blinding white against the blue-gray water.
The Four Seasons Hualalai isn’t responsible for Mother Nature, but it can take credit for creating the perfect environment in which to appreciate it.
If you love rain-soaked, lush locales, you’ll find them on Hawaii’s Big Island. If you prefer sunny, black-sand beaches and lava fields, they’re here, too.
As we drove from Hilo up the east coast and wound around to the Kona area, it felt as if we had entered some kind of time warp to experience both climates and terrains within minutes of one another. One moment we were flipping on our windshield wipers and the next we were slipping on our sunglasses.