Metropole Hanoi’s Amazing Legacy

The plush Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is a standout of French colonial architecture and was a favourite place of mine to have an afternoon coffee, evening cocktail by the pool or special birthday dinner. Why? It boasts a rich history … Continue reading

Activities and Legends of Halong Bay

Halong Bay is around a three-hour drive northeast of Hanoi and well worth the trip. The UNESCO World Heritage Site’s name translates to “descending dragon” and the bay features thousands of limestone karsts and isles in various shapes and sizes. … Continue reading

Truc Bach, Me and John McCain

When I lived in Hanoi, I had an apartment in the quiet enclave of Truc Bach. It is on tiny Truc Bach Lake, a diked off portion of Tay Ho Lake. I was a little shocked to learn this is … Continue reading

Tet Flower Power in Hanoi

In Hanoi, the biggest holiday of the year is Tet, celebrating the Lunar New Year. Tet usually falls around late January/early February and has to be the biggest season for flower sellers, especially at Quang Ba Flower Market, in Tay … Continue reading

Hanoi’s Imperial Citadel

Hectic Hanoi is full of history and while living there I found a little slice of peace on the grounds of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. Bonsai plants and random buildings were scattered throughout the complex’s almost 20 hectares. … Continue reading

More Good Eating in Banff

I don’t eat a lot of red meat at home, but when in Rome…or I should say, Alberta, I do. Striking out from the delicious Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, I was determined to see what else the mountain town had … Continue reading

Biting into the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel

I knew Banff’s mountains were jaw-dropping, but I had little knowledge of the culinary treasures to be found there until visiting this November. It all began in the Scottish baronial castle known as the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. After checking … Continue reading

AUTHENTIC TENERIFE: Go north for the real Canary Island lifestyle.

Are there canaries on the Canary Islands? Not the bright yellow types that get hoodwinked into going down coal mines.The ones that live there are small and brownish as I discovered on a recent trip. How did these humble creatures … Continue reading

The Food of Tenerife

What is travelling without eating? Might as well stay home! In the Canary Islands, I found the cuisine to be simple, basic and wonderful. Many fruits and vegetables grow here including avocados, papayas, apples, potatoes and squash. There is a … Continue reading

Nashville’s Musical Heartbeat

Music, music, music everywhere! In Nashville, it’s hard to go around the corner without bumping into a songwriter, performance venue or recording studio. Music City truly lived up to its name on my recent visit. My first stop was RCA … Continue reading