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23 05, 2020

Bodacious Belmond reversing the coronavirus ‘pause’ button plans global reopenings

By |2020-05-23T21:42:44+00:00May 23rd, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Ports, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

The storied Splendido returns to service in June By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva   Staying at the Splendido in Portofino, Italy is a little slice of heaven. Belmond Splendido The staff makes you feel like royalty. The food is fantastic.  And it’s right in the heart of a storybook part of the country [...]

20 05, 2020

Hawaii Gov. extends 14-day visitor quarantine to combat Covid19 spread

By |2020-05-20T18:16:46+00:00May 20th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Restaurants|0 Comments

Aloha spirit at its low as Islands suffer low tourism and visitor frustration Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Governor extends visitor quarantine to end of June Swaying palm trees, white sand beaches, heady scents of plumeria and vibrant rainbows normally welcome visitors  Hawaii's archipelago paradise. But anyone going to Hawaii between now and June [...]

6 04, 2020

Top chefs share recipes that comfort and help us cope while ‘sheltering in place’

By |2020-04-21T22:49:34+00:00April 6th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

Delicious dishes that make you feel like you're dining out By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva If anytime that food is comforting to the soul, it's now. With most of us are 'sheltered in place' some top US chefs are sharing delicious recipes you can make at home for the family or a special date night [...]

11 03, 2020

Memories are made of this: a magical Hawaii cruise on Crystal Symphony

By |2020-03-05T19:49:16+00:00March 11th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Restaurants, Riverboat Cruises, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

A little nautical nostalgia By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva Patti and Richard in their Penthouse home away from home I have a story to tell about a most memorable cruise on Crystal Symphony we took a few years ago. We sailed from Los Angeles to Hawaii on Easter Sunday and returned to LA on Mother's [...]

6 02, 2020

Two little words define Seabourn Cruises: caviar and Champagne

By |2020-02-24T17:07:01+00:00February 6th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Dining, Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|1 Comment

And you can enjoy both anywhere, any time for free on the fleet By Patti Pietschmann, Travel Diva On every Seabourn cruise my husband Richard and I  consume copious amount of caviar and Champagne.  The tasty roe comes on a gorgeous platter with all the dressings and the bubbly in beautiful flutes. What a luxury [...]

16 01, 2020

Dine like a rock star during DineLA Restaurant week

By |2020-02-01T22:28:50+00:00January 16th, 2020|Blog Homepage, Destinations, Dining, Restaurants|0 Comments

Restaurants drop prices while chefs strut their culinary stuff By Patti Pietschmann Travel & Dining Diva Sample dineLA dish (carpaccio) by Richard Pietschmann If you’re heading to Los Angeles  around January 17 to catch a ship, visit friends or relatives, or take a vacation, you hit the jackpot.  It's the start of the [...]

1 01, 2020

20 New Year’s resolutions for savvy travelers

By |2020-02-03T18:07:23+00:00January 1st, 2020|Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Resolve to travel more in 2020 By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tips for hassle-free travel and more Pack prudently. You really won’t need all those clothes. Book your trip with a travel agent.  Trying to do it yourself can be daunting. It will take all the angst out of it and get you right the [...]

25 11, 2019

Sleep in castles, paradors and luxe hotels in Spain on this Tauck tour

By |2020-02-03T18:07:43+00:00November 25th, 2019|Destinations, Land Tours, Ports, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva On our first trip to Spain my husband and I stayed in wonderful paradors. We were fresh out of college and on a budget. But these government owned accommodations were anything but budget looking. There was a fabulous castle and other historic buildings. Well fast forward to today and Tauck [...]

5 11, 2019

Skate, shop and stay in the City by the Bay

By |2020-02-03T18:07:47+00:00November 5th, 2019|Destinations, Dining, Restaurants, Stuff|0 Comments

 Pair of San Francisco hotels gift-wrap packages for holiday visitors By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Tis the time to start thinking about your holiday travel plans. Stores are already streaming Christmas music and putting up decorations. And San Francisco hotels are creating fun packages for your holiday happiness. The Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc [...]

9 10, 2019

When craving Champagne on a Virgin Voyages cruise there’s an app for that

By |2020-02-03T18:08:04+00:00October 9th, 2019|Dining, Restaurants, Ships, Stuff|0 Comments

Quirky up and coming cruise line to offer bubbly by demand By Patti Pietschmann Travel Diva Sir Richard Branson is really working it.  The dare-devil billionaire, entrepreneur keeps creating eccentric experiences for his Scarlet Lady. His newest  attention grabber  is the  offering  of a Champagne on Demand app that delivers a 750ml bottle of  Möet Chandon [...]