Author: Janice Nieder

Park City: The Premiere Winter Destination in the U.S.

Share: We’ve all heard that the best things in life come in small packages (diamond rings, Krugerrands, chocolate truffles) but Park City has dispelled that myth with the recent opening of Park City Mountain Resort. The resort completed a $50 million improvement project last December, the highlight being the Quicksilver Gondola which connects the old Park City Mountain Resort to Canyons Resort. The result is an astounding 7,300 acres of ski-able terrain (300 trails and 41 lifts), making fun-filled Park City Mountain Resort the largest ski and snowboard resort in the U.S. For a slightly quieter, more sophisticated scene...

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Taiwan’s Top 12 Taste Treats: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

Share: Taiwan still remains largely undiscovered, particularly by Western travelers, but this seriously underrated, economically successful (it has become one or the world’s richest countries in less than fifty years) democratic little island is poised to nab the title of “Best Hidden Travel Gem of 2015.” Visitors will be blown away by the country’s eight pristine national parks, majestic Buddhist temples, line-up of spectacular festivals, which range from the traditional Dragon Boat Festival to the Fat Pig Festival, plethora of modern designer shopping malls, the 150 natural hot springs (and  many luxurious spa resorts) and the overwhelming friendliness of...

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My Continuing Love Affair with Viking River Cruises

Share: Me: “I’ll take ‘Unforgettable Vacations’ for $2000 please, Alex.” Alex Trebek: “And the clue is: This cruise line recently received its 9th win as the Best Overall Cruise Line for River Cruising by the prestigious travel industry publication, TRAVELAGE WEST; was awarded ‘Best Luxury River Cruise Company’ by Luxury Travel Advisor in their annual Awards of Excellence; and was declared ‘Best River Cruise Line’ in 2014 by Cruise Critic’s discerning international team of editors.” Me: Frantically pushing my little button thingy as I excitedly exclaim: “Having just returned from a fantastic cruise with them, I so have this...

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A Tale of Two Israeli Cities, Part 2 : Tel Aviv

Share: Cosmopolitan Tel Aviv is really having a moment. With over 1,200 high-tech companies, it is often referred to the “Next Silicon Valley,” so it’s no wonder that their economy is booming. What this means to visitors is a seemingly endless array of fashionable new restaurants, funky art galleries, re-purposed hipster neighborhoods  and a variety of shopping choices that include everything from world-class designers to eclectic street markets. If/when you’re ever too tired to shop you can simply flop on one of the city’ golden beaches and soak up the sun. Suite Sleep The Intercontinental David Tel Aviv is...

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A Tale of Two Israeli Cities, Part 1: Jerusalem

Share: One of the best things about visiting Israel is that even though its two major cities, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, are only an hour’s drive apart they provide completely opposite experiences.  Jerusalem, as one of the world’s oldest cities, is the undisputed historic heavyweight, overflowing with important spiritual sights, while welterweight Tel Aviv is more like a sassy little sister who just wants to have fun. Together they offer a one-two punch for a knockout trip you’ll never forget. Jerusalem If this is your first visit you’ll definitely want to hire a guide or join a good walking...

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