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The Ravishing Rhone

I am excited today to talk about one of my favorite French wine regions – the Rhone Valley. And within that region, Terry takes us to one of my very favorite wineries, Guigal. I’ve long been a fan of their lush, smooth, full bodied wines and have frequently featured them at important occasions.…
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Wednesday Wine

Uruguay is fast becoming the new winter vacation destination. And Punta del Este is the spot to be – it’s the Riviera of the south. An hour and a half by car from capital Montevideo, it offers twenty miles of pristine beaches and since their summer season extends from December to March, it’s the ideal location for us northerners.…
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Wednesday Wine

At this point I think it is safe to say that we are all craving spring. So try not to be too envious that Terry, our wine expert, is reporting this week from the sunny Caribbean. Go ahead Terry, make us sigh.…
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Magic in Marbella

As many of you know, Friday is normally At the Movies  but because I delayed my post intended for yesterday to include the wonderful Valentine’s selections from Assouline, I will be presenting that today. If I can, I will post an At the Movies entry over the weekend, especially since Oscars are fast approaching.…
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Year of the Rabbit

As everyone now knows, this is the year of the rabbit, the 4th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. Past years have included 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and famous personalities born in these years include Albert Einstein, Leon Trotsky, Frank Sinatra, Brad and Angelina, Johnny Depp and Tiger Woods. …
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Provencal Perfection

When I read about the renovation of this beautiful house in the Luberon Valley in France, it captivated my imagination with the fantasy of owning a little piece of Provence. Like Peter Mayle or our own blogosphere friend and author Vicki Archer, this owner’s tale is full of enchanting stories and slow progress.…
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Viva Vivat

There are many agencies and organizations that rent houses, apartments or villas for vacation throughout the world, but none that I am aware of quite like the Vivat Trust. Established in 1981, it is small and not terribly well known, but it should be.…
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Wednesday Wine

For all of you who would rather be on a beach than on the slopes, this wine pick today is with you in mind. If you’ve ever considered taking a trip down under and were wondering where you could enjoy both the beauty of the land and a wine tasting and vineyard experience, you need look no further than South Australia.…
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My Alpine Fantasy

Clearly I haven’t gotten over my alpine obsession. While many of you crave winter warmth, I’m still fantasizing about a chic chalet. I think I’d better start planning now for next winter since soon I’ll need to be getting my head situated for spring.…
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New Year’s Resolution: Change Your Mind

I hadn’t planned on writing a post about new years resolutions, but after reading the New York Times Saturday morning, I was inspired to post one for the onset of this new year. Many of you may be familiar with Oliver Sacks.…
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