Travel & Leisure

The Old New Cooking in Roanne

Written by Ira Katz on Tuesday, 01 July 2014. Posted in Travel & Leisure, Food, LifeStyle

Life in France often revolves around food, and a visit to the famous Michelin three-star restaurant Maison Troisgros will always be a wonderful family memory.

The Old New Cooking in Roanne

My wife Elisabeth was born in Roanne, a town on the Loire River about 60 miles northwest of Lyon, France. Her mother has lived there almost 50 years.

Vas You Effer In Zinzinnati?

Written by Lisa Becker on Thursday, 10 April 2014. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

You know you’ve made it to Cincinnati when the beautiful skyline rises up to greet you, there is a distinct aroma of cinnamon and cloves in the air, and no one will let you pass them on the highway.

Vas You Effer In Zinzinnati?

Sit back, grab a cold, sudsy one (preferably brewed right here), and let this native Cincinnatian give you the heads up on what you need to know about the Queen City and the people who love her, because you’re in Cincy now, where pigs really do fly. 

Door County: Stunning in Any Weather

Written by Dennis Behreandt on Monday, 09 December 2013. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

“Country” magazine has launched a special issue describing some of America’s most spectacular driving destinations. Among them is Wisconsin’s Door Peninsula.

Door County: Stunning in Any Weather

The landscape of America has never ceased being an inspiration. From spurring the artists of the Hudson River School to depict the grandeur of the New England landscape to inspiring the literary efforts of writers like Henry David Thoreau and Ralph Waldo Emerson, the romance of the American landscape has been tied directly to the uniquely American urge for freedom to live in and enjoy nature free from artificiality and tyranny.

Architectural Must-See's of Osaka

on Monday, 12 August 2013. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

Japan's third largest city offers the traveler many unique experiences, especially for those interested in innovative and impressive architecture.

Architectural Must-See's of Osaka

As the third largest city in Japan, Osaka is a rich cultural hub for the island nation. Its long history of architectural innovation makes it a rich place to find urban oddities of all shapes and sizes, from conventional Japanese skyscrapers to rare sprawling structures spanning several blocks. Some of Osaka’s buildings also incorporate inspiring environmental features, which highlight the city’s effort to make the tough transition to sustainability––an effort we will have to make on a worldwide scale in order to overcome our mounting environmental woes. But whether you are interested in environmental design or not, these six buildings are the must-sees of Osaka’s skyline. 

5 Most Kid-Friendly Hotels In Spain

on Friday, 26 July 2013. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

Spain is a nation of incredible beauty, culture and historical significance, making it a great place to take a family vacation.

5 Most Kid-Friendly Hotels In Spain

International travel and exposure to other cultures will open new vistas on the world for your children, and Spain is the perfect place for them to start this great adventure. Every stop along the way will provide cultural, intellectual, and social growth opportunities that will transform their lives. But it’s also a good idea to make sure that they have time to simply enjoy themselves and just be kids. What better way to achieve this goal than to seek lodging in a hotel that has lots of kid-friendly options?

“Are We There Yet?" Staying Sane While Traveling with Kids

on Thursday, 09 May 2013. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

Having fun on any trip will always make the time go by much faster and help with less questions like "Are we there yet?

“Are We There Yet?

Traveling long distances can be stressful on parents and finding activities that entertain your family can prove challenging. Before heading on your next adventure, you want to ensure you have the right gear at the ready to alleviate arguments, whining and boredom for the various stages of childhood.

Island Getaways for Lifetime Memories

on Wednesday, 03 April 2013. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

Sure, you can visit the Bahamas or the Keys or Hawaii for a great vacation. But for a unique tropical experience, other magnificent island getaways beckon.

Island Getaways for Lifetime Memories

Unless you happen to be a millionaire, you probably haven't taken a lot of vacations to exotic island destinations before. Maybe it's something you always dreamed about, as it is for many people. White sand beaches, lush palm trees, incredible marine life, and the ultimate in relaxing resort vacations make a island getaway the number one fantasy for most travelers of all ages. If you've saved up for that island trip of a lifetime, how do you choose where to go? Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean all offer dozens of options for paradise holidays. It's likely there are more than a few you've never really considered. These are a few ideas for island voyages you will never forget.

L.A.'s Shopping District - Worth the Trip

on Tuesday, 08 January 2013. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

L.A.'s shopping district is more than just shopping. In addition, the region features fine dining, proximity to art galleries, and a historic connection to the city's past.

L.A.'s Shopping District - Worth the Trip

The L.A. Fashion District and Olvera Street are considered premier shopping destinations in the Los Angeles area for their many cutting edge garments, designs and discount bargain prices. Virtually every designer in the vicinity and many prominent designers from around the world regularly feature their clothing lines in this region.

A Houston Holiday: 5 Things You Must See and Do

on Thursday, 06 December 2012. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

If you’re planning to travel with the family this holiday season, Houston, Texas has a bevy of activities and attractions visitors won’t want to miss.

A Houston Holiday: 5 Things You Must See and Do

Houston is an amazing city with a number of attractions to keep guests busy throughout the entire year. For your next holiday vacation you might want to pack up the family and traverse over to Houston which comes alive during this magical time of year with elaborate seasonal decorations, and a host of activities. The weather couldn’t be more perfect for strolling outdoors, as you’ll find the temperatures to be mild and in the 60s and 70s. The following are some of Houston's must see attractions:

4 Alternatives to Investing in a Second Vacation Home

on Monday, 19 November 2012. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

Frequent travelers and their families have numerous options these days when it come to investing in a comfortable stay away from home.

4 Alternatives to Investing in a Second Vacation Home

Purchasing a vacation home can be based more on a compulsion than on a viable financial decision. Turning these properties into a profitable investment can be an uphill battle. Given the uncertainty of the real estate market, areas known as desirable vacation home destinations have seen a slump that has affected home values and longevity. In addition, turning a vacation home into a rental property can be labor intensive and an investment in itself. These days there are other less stressful and more affordable options for those looking to invest in their own hard-earned travel and leisure time and that of their families. Listed below are four fresh alternatives to investing in a second vacation home.

4 Offbeat Destinations for the Holidays

on Tuesday, 30 October 2012. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

Traveling this Christmas season? Try thinking outside the box and visit these great destinations.

4 Offbeat Destinations for the Holidays

As we count down the days until December, many of us are already planning travel destinations for the coming holidays. While there are the usual holiday attractions such as big cities, theme parks and of course, our parents’ homes, the following attractions are not usually on everyone’s checklist. Still, if you are eager for a change of pace, these four offbeat destinations can make your holiday a life changing and memorable one:

See the Big Apple From a Fresh Vantage Point: Alternative Ways to Experience New York City

on Friday, 26 October 2012. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

Traveling to the Big Apple? Here are a few tips to make sure your vacation is interesting and enjoyable.

See the Big Apple From a Fresh Vantage Point: Alternative Ways to Experience New York City

Every year, an estimated fifty million people visit New York City. There are many exciting ways to experience the Big Apple. One of the best things about the city is that renting a car is unnecessary. In fact, many New Yorkers do not own cars. In a city that never sleeps, there is more than enough to see and do. Below are some alternative ways to consider enjoying one of the most popular cities in the world.

The Most Romantic Getaways of Bygone Days: How to Go Back!

on Tuesday, 09 October 2012. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

There is a style and a passion to classic films that is rare in Hollywood productions today. You can recapture some of that emotion and feeling by traveling to visit locations from classic films, or you can decorate your home with memorabilia.

The Most Romantic Getaways of Bygone Days: How to Go Back!

The most romantic films from the past often transport the viewer to another day and time, and they can make you long to escape to that particular inspiring destination. You can capture some of that heat that is found in most classic love stories by embarking on your own passionate adventure. Whether you are ready to travel the earth in search of a romantic getaway, or you’re looking to set the mood by decorating your home with romantic movie posters, the following ideas are sure to ignite a spark.

5 Surprising Health Benefits in Fresh Ocean Air

on Sunday, 09 September 2012. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

For hundreds of years, people have sought salt baths as a healthful way to relax and heal. Less well-known are the potential benefits of breathing salty air.

5 Surprising Health Benefits in Fresh Ocean Air

The benefits of breathing fresh salt air are well-known around the world. Too often the only things we hear about salt in the U.S. are the potential issues surrounding salt in our diets. There are other important medicinal and therapeutic uses for salt that can ease the symptoms of some health issues.

7 Simple Ways to Prevent a Ruined Vacation

on Thursday, 06 September 2012. Posted in Travel & Leisure, LifeStyle

Going on vacation? Here are seven helpful tips that can help you avoid a terrible time.

 7 Simple Ways to Prevent a Ruined Vacation

It has happened to all of us; you schedule the perfect vacation, only to have a vastly less than perfect experience. There are some things that are out of your control, but most issues that happen on a vacation are the direct result of something that you did or did not do. The following seven tips will help you avoid some of the issues that can ruin your next vacation.

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