Category | Getaways

German Odyssey, Part 4: Weimar, Thuringia’s Cultural Capital

Posted on 11 September 2016

By Monique Burns   Bid farewell to Dresden, capital of Saxony, and head to the neighboring state of Thuringia and its cultural capital, Weimar, about 2 ½ hours west via… Continue reading »

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German Odyssey, Part 3: The Saxon Elblands

Posted on 29 August 2016

By Monique Burns  When Saxony’s rulers really wanted to let down their hair, they headed just outside Dresden to castles and country houses along the River Elbe.  There they hunted… Continue reading »

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German Odyssey, Part 2: Glorious Dresden

Posted on 11 August 2016

By Monique Burns  South of Berlin, north of Prague and west of Warsaw, Germany’s eastern reaches are rarely associated with the kind of over-the-top grandeur found at Louis XIV’s Versailles… Continue reading »

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German Odyssey, Part 1: Berlin Portrait

Posted on 01 August 2016

    By Monique Burns Since the 25th anniversary of German Reunification in 2015, thousands of Americans have headed east to Berlin, Europe’s newest “Capital of Cool,” where hip cafés… Continue reading »

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The Hotel Café Royal: Legendary London at its Luxurious Best

Posted on 18 July 2016

By Ruth J. Katz Steeped in history ever-so-glamorous, the Hotel Café Royal is, simply put, a London legend. Established in 1865 by Frenchman Daniel Nicholas Thévenon (who later anglicized his given… Continue reading »

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Sailing on the Europa 2

Posted on 12 July 2016

By Gary Walther DAY ONE: The Hotel Detective is sailing on a sea of superlatives, The Europa 2, a 500-passenger ship belonging to Hapag-Lloyd Cruises. According to the 2016 Berlitz… Continue reading »

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One Aldwych

Posted on 25 June 2016

By Richard West I am here to relieve your angst and ennui that often arises whence cometh that seasonal oxymoron, Summer Vacation.  Your concern that the undiscovered city doesn’t deserve… Continue reading »

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The Hotel Detective File: Crystal Serenity

Posted on 21 June 2016

By Gary Walther Altitude condenses eye-level chaff. From the Bridge Deck, the bow of the Crystal Serenity becomes an elegant geometry, circle-in-triangle with planes of blue as background. And a… Continue reading »

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Cruising with Fathom

Posted on 13 June 2016

By Kay Showker So much attention has been showered on Fathom’s historic cruises to Cuba, they have overshadowed the new company’s earlier launch of alternate cruises to the Dominican Republic… Continue reading »

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The Hotel Detective File: Hotel Due Torri, Verona

Posted on 04 June 2016

The Due Torri in Verona is just The Hotel Detective’s type. Of a certain age, but still beautiful, with a lobby built for another era and where a pleasing dusk… Continue reading »

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