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Frank Family Vineyards, Copenh ...

       Two of my favorite photo’s of our group aboard Silver Whisper with Frank Family ... Read More

But I’m not a cruise per ...

Author’s Note: In May, I had the opportunity to go on one of our Taste of Life sailings.  I wrote the essay below 4 days after I returned.  It’s been so busy, I haven’t had the chance to post it, or even continue processing my experiences.  As a travel agent I often hear this phrase; “we aren’t really cruise people, I’ll get bored”.  I’m not really a cruise person either, heck my last vacation involved jumping off a 30′ cliff and rappelling down multiple waterfalls.  But I also enjoy cruising. As ... Read More

The S.S. Epicure ...

MmMmTravel’s “Taste of Life” cruises offer fine food and wine amid the motion of the ocean.  Imagine packing up an entire wine cellar, toting it aboard an all-suite luxury seagoing vessel and setting sail for some exotic, sun-soaked destination. Welcome to the Taste of Life wine cruises. This series of boat and beach-bound extravaganzas is the brainchild of Michael Mastrocola of MmMmTravel, whose passion for wine, food and the well-lived life is evident from the moment you first encounter him. “I grew up in Italy for part of my ... Read More

Justin Vineyards (South Africa ...

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Domaine Serene (Rome to Venice ...

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Palmaz Winery Rio to Buenos Ai ...

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Life is for Living ~ Michael&# ...

Do you remember your first international travel that sparked a fire of curiosity inside? Travel that discovered a world beyond your inner self. . . the melody of spoken foreign languages,  foods tasted, cultures that differed from our American way of life. The excitement and effects of a day spent in a piazza, along a river, or gazing at the art in museums, or the first time you entered a cathedral older than America. I do and it caused a tremendous renaissance within me. Memories I recall are my first TWA transatlantic Constellation ... Read More

Feeling compelled ...

My parents aren’t big drinkers.  Thus it was surprising when my father suggested a brilliant solution to a wine dilemma I was discussing with him over the phone. You see,  I have a compulsion to share things (goods, not personal information), especially when I’m playing hostess.   When I have friends over for dinner,  I sometimes get overly excited about sharing wine and I open a bottle I’d meant to save.  Or, I’ve failed to properly hide a bottle and a friend has unwittingly opened a special bottle I was saving. ... Read More

It’s the little things. ...

Isla Contadora Airport, where you await your delayed flight by going to the beach, and where your suitcase full of dirty laundry accidentally gets loaded into a private plane, never to be seen again. It’s Candace again, and I’m back from my vacation to Panama, Columbia, Aruba, and Bonaire.  I had a wonderful time, along with a misadventure or two, and am happy to be home and back at work.  One of the nice things about flight delays is the opportunity to catch up on my reading.  I finished reading Grimm’s Fairy Tales, The ... Read More

A suitcase and an eBook Reader ...

I am gearing up for travel.  For Christmas this year I asked for a suitcase and an eBook Reader.  These are magical gifts, like a car…they open up worlds.  When I traveled to Europe I carried far too many pounds of books, since I’m an avid reader and was anticipating a lot of time in trains and train stations. I’ve had my Kobo for a week, and I’m in love with it, I’m almost looking forward to all the time I’m going to spend in airports and on airplanes this year. I leave for Panama on December 29 and return on January 10.  ... Read More