Charleston Hotel and Restaurants

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Charleston South Carolina Restaurants Although we have long been drawn to Charleston’s beauty and history, we have been equally enchanted by many of the city’s restaurants. Slightly North of Broad (SNOB). SNOB remains one of our favorite restaurants in Charleston. In 2021, we both had 3-course meals so that we could get a wide range [Read more …]

Daytrip to Lanai’I Hawaii

The so-called “Pineapple Island” was once effectively owned by pineapple plantations, and especially the Kiheiwaiian Pineapple Company (renamed Dole), who was the primary U.S. source of Maui Gold pineapples. This changed in the 1980’s, when the plantations scaled back operations and entrepreneur David Murdock enticed Four Seasons to build two five-star resort hotels on the [Read more …]

Ka’anapali and Maui’s Northwest Coast

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While in Maui Hawaii, we mainly stayed at on Kaanpapoli Beach and our local town was Lahaina. Kaanapol is lined with generally upper-mid-range resort hotels (most upper-range resort hotels are further south, in Wailea), pools, cabanas and casual outdoor restaurants. Given that we have little interest in most beach and resort activities, we spent little [Read more …]

San Francisco's Italian Wine Week

The San Francisco Bay area is at the center of the nation’s premier wine-growing regions and has far more than its share of tastings. Wine-centric Web sites typically list dozens of relatively small, focused tastings and wine pairing dinners weekly. The city is also home to more large-scale (often more than 100, and occasionally several [Read more …]

Hana and Beyond

Hasegawa General

We finally made it to Hana. To call Hana a sleepy little town is to understate its quaintness. This is not to say it’s a one-horse town: We actually saw two horses at the Hasagawa General Store, whose long monopoly has now been broken by the Hana Ranch General Store. Still, you can find almost [Read more …]

Amsterdam Travel Tips

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda, who spent a month living there. After spending a month exploring Amsterdam, I walked away with a number of tips for anyone who wants to visit this wonderful city. OV-Fiets (Bicycle Rentals) Bicycles are by far the best way [Read more …]

Amsterdam Day Trip to Haarlem

Haarlem

This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. Haarlem is a very interesting, very easy day trip from Amsterdam. Founded in 1245, Haarlem has a population of 156,000. It is a short 15-minute train ride from Amsterdam, with trains running between the cities every 15 minutes, up [Read more …]

Other Interesting Things to Do in Amsterdam

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda who spent a month in Amsterdam. My month in Amsterdam gave me plenty of time to explore different sections of the city, partake in interesting activities (especially an annual garden tour), visit a number of secondary museums and most [Read more …]

Amsterdam Museums

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This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda. I visited a number of museums during my month in Amsterdam: Especially history and art museums. I was particularly impressed with two of each: Amsterdam Resistance Museum Located just outside the Jewish Cultural Quarter, the Resistance Museum explains and [Read more …]

Amsterdam Historic Sights

Royal Pallace Main Hall

This is part of a series of posts on Amsterdam written by guest contributor, David Gavenda, who spent a month in Amsterdam. Most of Amsterdam’s important historical sites are located around Dam Square and the Jewish Cultural Quarter. The following are a number of those I found to be most interesting: Royal Palace Built 350 [Read more …]