The Defacement of Royal Symbols in Architecture and Art: The French Revolution

The French Revolution began in 1789 and ended in the late 1790s with the ascent of Napoleon Bonaparte. During this period, French citizens redesigned their country’s political

We Have the Etruscans to Thank for Modern-day Society and Wine

After several days of marinating in the sweet life we found ourselves ready to delve into the ancient history of Tuscany and its namesake: the Etruscans. On a quest, we set off

Savoring La Dolce Vita in Tuscany

Villa Maramai, where we are encamped for a month during our 45-day trip to Tuscany and Normandy, is located in the Maramai vineyard of The Gracciano della Seta Estate in the

Celebrating New Years Eve on the Nile

We boarded Air Cairo the morning of New Years Eve for the short flight to Luxor where we were met by our guide for a tour of Karnak Temple prior to loading our luggage onto the

Zurich: Churchill’s Speech in Munsterhof Square 19th September 1946

As seen in the 17-Day Itinerary 50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration in Switzerland and Italy, 25-Day Itinerary Italian Wine Tour Through Lombardy, Piedmont. Emilia-Romagna, and

Champagne: The Widow Clicquot

A woman who understood how to navigate and seize opportunities during the time of the French Revolution, Barbe-Nicole Clicquot Ponsardin set about transforming a small family

Returning to Blenheim Palace

My first trip to Blenheim Palace occurred in 1980 after my graduation from college.  At the time, my father had an office in London with a flat.  My mother and I made

11-Day Itinerary Argentina & Uruguay

Purpose: New Years Celebration  Stops Along the Way: Buenos Aires, Colonia, Iguazu Falls, Mendoza, Uco ValleyDescription: Argentinian wine tripGroup Profile:

#5 Wine Region: Mendoza Planning Quick Facts

Located at the base of the Andes Mountains (one of the world’s longest mountain ranges with peaks as high as 22,838 feet), the region of Mendoza is home to approximately

Argentine Asado on New Years Eve

The legendary Argentine asado (cookout) originates from the colonization by the Spanish in the 16th century.  Upon the conquistadors’ arrival, the Spanish moved

Herding Goats Through Zermatt

We were on the second half of our trip celebrating the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents.  After unloading our luggage from the train onto the platform we were

Chasing the Golden Light of the Matterhorn

We awoke at sunrise and drew the heavy draperies to reveal the distant Matterhorn, glowing with the warmth of the rising sun.  The day was sparkling in its clarity and the