Weekend in Bermuda

In March 2022 I decided to fly out to Bermuda for a weekend to check it out. The island has been on my radar for a while. In part for the association with the Bermuda triangle but also because its geographic location in a sort of odd mid-Atlantic zone. Some consider it Caribbean, others do…

Review: Emirates “Game Changer” First Class Suite on EK 231 DXB to IAD

As mentioned in my prior post covering the Gulf Air Falcon Gold Business Class experience, for Christmas 2021 I managed to secure a last minute award booking on the Emirates “Game Changer” fully enclosed First Class suite, unlocking yet another aviation bucket-list item. So began my whirlwind Christmas journey to Dubai. Worth it? Live up…

Quick Guide to Healdsburg, Sonoma County, USA + Valette Restaurant

Northern California. What a wonderful place to visit. Food, wine, outdoors, and all within fair and easy reach from San Francisco. California wine country is vast and diverse. You have the most famous one, Napa Valley, its more quaint but equally great neighbor, Sonoma, and the many other dotting the entire state like Paso Robles…

Day Trip to Bosnia & Herzegovina from Dubrovnik

As mentioned in my Dubrovnik, Croatia post, during one of my days in the Balkans/Dalmatian Coast, I opted to book a full day tour to visit neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina, specifically to see the beautiful city of Mostar. A day trip or tour from Dubrovnik to visit Bosnia is well worth it if you do…

Review: Six Senses Douro Valley

Intro In September 2021, following a quick but delicious and productive 24 hours in Porto, I was off on a 2 hour train ride from Porto to Douro Valley, specifically the city of Peso de Regua, which is one of the biggest and main gateways to the valley. The 2 hour journey flies by as…

24 Hours Eating Through Porto, Portugal with Culinary Backstreets

In September 2021 I revisited Portugal, except this time I ventured to Northern Portugal to Porto and the Douro Valley. I can say that I like this part of Portugal more than Lisbon and its surrounding areas. They say Porto is the culinary capital of Portugal and I can certainly see why. It is also…

36 hours in Dufftown, Scotland; Scottish Highlands

Ah Scotland. What a place. Deliciously fresh food, whisky, friendly people, rich history and culture, and amazing scenery be it rain or shine. It is to this day one of my favorite parts of the world to visit. And I have only been twice. The first was a spectacularly luxurious journey aboard the Belmond Royal…

A Day in Woodinville, Washington and Stay at Willows Lodge

Background and Intro As mentioned in my prior post on The Herbfarm Restaurant, I spent Memorial Day weekend 2021 in Seattle. Part of the plans was to spend a night at Willows Inn in Lummi Island, 3.5 hours north of Seattle, but those dreams got dashed when the NYT Expose was published and we opted…

Review: The Herbfarm Restaurant, Woodinville, Washington

Background Over Memorial Day Weekend 2021 I visited Seattle for the first time, as in finally stepping outside the airport. I lucked out in the 5 days that I was there, sunny clear, occasionally overcast days, contrary to the stereotype rainy and gloomy weather expected of the region. Over all, I found downtown Seattle to…