December 16, 2010
Don't just dream about the turquoise waters of the Aegean or the sunset seen from the island of Santorini when you can drink this stunning white wine made there. Vineyards have been established on Santorini for a while ? oh, about 3,500 years. Put away any outdated ideas about Greek wines tasted years ago: The wines have come a long way. Estates such as this one are producing some terrific, very contemporary wines. This 2009 Domaine Sigalas Asirtiko Athiri made from a blend of the two white grapes from 50-year-old vines is a great example.
June 19, 2012 |
Those looking for a last-minute Mediterranean cruise with some sweet savings may want to check out a seven-night sailing in the fall from Rome to Istanbul aboard the Seven Seas Voyager. The small-ship cruise offers a special rate of $5,499 a person for a limited time. The Classical Havens cruise begins in Rome and proceeds to Italian ports in Capri and Sicily then on to Olympia and Santorini in Greece and Ephesus in Turkey before ending in Istanbul. There are more than 20 free shore excursions that come with the sailing on the ship, which holds just 700 passengers.
February 7, 2010
You can't sweat the small stuff I'm not sure the blanket answer in the Jan. 31 On the Spot ["When a Hot Tub Is Not"] about a nonworking hot tub was carefully thought out. The big question, in my mind, was whether the presence of a hot tub was a determining factor in choosing a particular hotel. If it was, and if, as is the case with the particular writer, you've called and talked about the hot tub, you have reason to expect compensation. But I don't think it's realistic for a hotel to be able to say that on a particular date (often far in advance)
April 27, 2013 |
When packing, pick one basic color around which to create your "fashion palette" so you have plenty of mix-and-match outfits to choose from. Marlene Hassel Newport Beach Keep extensive notes on your trips. I have traveled a great deal and have kept those notes. I filled up a notebook on my 30-day trip across Europe on a Eurail pass. Now that I am about to celebrate my 100th birthday and am writing my memoirs, I have all the juicy details of things that happened on my trips: forgetting to take a towel to swim in the Olympic pool in Munich, Germany; the reception I went to in Salzburg, Austria; the green and red figs in Dubrovnik, Croatia; the 550 steps at Santorini, Greece.
May 16, 1999 |
For Europe-bound independent travelers who have plenty of time but limited money, guidebook publisher Lonely Planet has introduced an extensive new source of helpful information--the 1,224-page "Europe on a Shoestring." And for travelers who don't want to tour completely on their own, the European backpacker bus service, Busabout, is expanding its tour routes so that travelers can stop in any of 60 cities. A well-researched guidebook should save you its cost many times over.