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Ten Top Mediterranean Cruises for Every Budget and Taste

  For cruise lovers who want to dip a toe into the Mediterranean, ten cruise lines offer scores of ships sailing scores of itineraries. The first choice, of course, is: Western Med or Eastern Med. For me, the Western Med has a slight edge because I favor the cultural attractions in Spain, France and Italy, as well as the shopping and dining. However, if a client favors pristine beaches, ancient ruins and perhaps a religious pilgrimage to Israel, then the Eastern Med is the obvious choice. 1. When luxury is the main consideration, Seabourn consistently gets high marks. The...

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Arctic Cruises: High Adventure for Everyone

For adventure seekers, the Arctic is a wish-list destination that’s easier to reach than Antarctica and easier to experience. It’s a vast area, stretching across the North Pole and including Alaska and northern Canada, as well as the northern regions of Russia, Finland, Sweden, Iceland, Greenland, and Norway. Because it is so vast, there are many ways to experience the Arctic, from “soft” adventure options, like coastal sailings from Norway that might include a photo op at the Arctic Circle to expedition sailings that could feature glacier walks and dog sledding. In addition to the natural phenomena of Midnight...

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Global Etiquette

Valentine’s Day Etiquette Tips

By Maralyn D. Hill and Sherrie Wilkolaski My column, Global Etiquette, has been a great success, thanks to all our readers around the world. When Sherrie Wilkolaski, Luxe Beat Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief, and I started discussing what topic I should focus on, etiquette and customs from my travels seemed to be just the right fit. The column has continued to be one of our most popular. Moving forward we’ll be introducing new columns featuring etiquette experts from around the globe, and Sherrie will be co-authoring along with me. Welcome to Sherrie for joining me on this worldwide etiquette adventure, and...

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Global Etiquette: Holiday Gifting/Re-Gifting

It’s the time of year that can be challenging for most of us—who, what and how much to gift for the holidays. I’ve many of my own thoughts, but I came across Sharon Schweitzer’s list of 10 rules of holiday gift giving etiquette and she makes excellent points covering most situations. Sharon, is an international etiquette expert, author, and founder of Access to Culture. When discussing gift etiquette opinions are all over the place. For me, it is important to stick to a budget and choose gifts for the individual, not by the dollars you spend. Most people discover...

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Global Etiquette: Enjoyable Conversations

What’s acceptable conversation around the globe varies somewhat, but the common courtesies seem to remain. I’ll try to include as many as possible. Many of us know those who appear to be the life of the party, but are they really? Or do they seem to be taking center stage and becoming bores? Others have a tremendous fear of speaking up because they don’t think they have something interesting to say. Hopefully, we will have some hints that will help both categories. A good conversation consists of an equal amount of give and take from the parties involved, allowing...

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Luxe Layovers: PHL

Remember the days when the thought of an airport layover brought shudders and a sense of dread? Today’s airports are breaking out of that mold — and breaking all the old rules — to offer bespoke services to modern travelers. From luxury lounges, modern spas and art museums, to wine bars, gourmet restaurants and markets filled with fresh produce, airports around the world are revolutionizing the travel experience. Discover a new place each month for your next luxe layover. Philadelphia International Airport: PHL PHL—Philadelphia International Airport—opened in 1940 as Philadelphia Municipal Airport with just four carriers. Today, PHL is owned and...

Nambia’s Epic Deserts and Dunes Offer Adventure and Wildlife

Everyone touts the Big Five in Africa –the lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo. They’re the photogenic celebrities of the savannah that travelers yearn to see on safari. And as each is sighted, you can almost hear the sound of a check mark being made on the proverbial bucket list. But, there’s another group of creatures who fly way below the radar, yet deserve attention for their own star-studded qualities. The Little Five of the Namib Desert consists of the lizard, snake, gecko, chameleon and spider. These creatures live in the world’s oldest desert, covering an area of around...

Leah Travels France–February

Check In Tucked away in the Poitou-Charentes region in the southwest of France is Châteaux de L’Yeuse. This 19th century hotel sits in the outskirts of Cognac, overlooking the Charente Valley and its villages and vineyards. Owned and operated by Céline Desmazières, the property is the perfect base for exploring the underrated Cognac area. A nice combination of comfort and elegance, L’Yeuse feels like a private residence, but with the perks of a four-star hotel. Rooms and suites are large and decorated in classic French style, but it’s the common areas that stand out most. A large, sweeping terrace...

Quality Business: Please Your Fans

During my more than thirty-five years in the business industry, I have learned, through experience and benchmarking best practice companies, what it takes to run not only a business, but a successful one.   What follows is the ninth article in a series of twelve that will position any business for success. In my last column I discussed the importance of effective communication, which is essential within any successful organization.  While communicating to win, successful businesses need to make sure they are pleasing their fans. All businesses want lots of loyal fans or customers, and every team has to work...

Green Pea & Mint Soup

A simple spring soup recipe from Chef Katherine Frelon. This recipe came out of the Love Your Local Market Market Basket Challenge. It is perfect for quickly serving a hungry crowd and a great way to try out inspirational treats from the Borough Market producers. Try it with my trio of bruschette. Serves 8-10, Prep 10 mins, Cook 15 mins INGREDIENTS 1 tbsp olive oil 1 bunch of spring onions, cleaned and finely chopped 2kg petit pois 4 potatoes, peeled and diced 4 cloves of garlic, smoked if you can find it 2½ litres vegetable or chicken stock, hot 3 tbsp...

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Easy-Peasy May Day Cake

Chef Katherine Frelon shares her easy-peasy recipe for lemon drizzle cake. Perfect for your May Day celebration. This makes such a pretty centre piece and you don’t have to be a great baker or arty to achieve it! I decorate a cake board with fondant icing or use a lovely cake stand wide enough for the round cake and the cupcakes. You can buy a two-tiered victoria sponge or lemon drizzle from the Market or for those who wish to make the cake themselves, I have included my grandmother’s recipe for lemon drizzle cake.- Chef Katherine Frelon INGREDIENTS For...

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Romantic Valentine’s Dishes For Two

This Valentine’s Day wow your other half with some of the world’s most romantic dishes by creative Chef Katherine Frelon. This year if you find yourself on Google on the eve of February 13th with sweat on your brow or browsing the aisles of your local supermarket desperate for inspiration and steadily panicking, worry not. Creative Chef and founder of Gourmet cookery school in Burgundy, Katherine Frelon has developed a selection of Valentine’s suppers sure to make even Casanova go weak at the knees. Warm the heart and soul with this simple romantic salad Prep: 15mins Cooking time: 30mins...

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