Destinations

River of Food, Wine and Chocolate
Chronological / Cruises / Destinations / Europe

River of Food, Wine and Chocolate

Vibrant tulips, buttery coffee cakes and local wines were just the beginning as I was welcomed on board my river cruise. 7 days ahead and I was ready to partake of as much as possible, and why not? It was vacation and more highlights were about to unfold. Usually boarding […]

Apalachacola Working Waterfront
Chronological / Destinations / Florida / United States

Forgotten Natural Florida

I am eye to eye with a bald eagle again. They seem to be everywhere in Franklin County, Florida. Forgetting how close this is to popular tourist destinations is easy, since just south of Tallahassee and east of Panama City lurks the environmentally serene and ecologically rich county bearing Benjamin […]

Yosemite Falls is at full strength, and its the second week of March!
California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

California’s Drought has a Silver Lining for Visitors to Yosemite and Sequoia National Park

What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a perfect day in Yosemite Valley. The sun is blazing, the sky is a robin’s-egg blue, the waterfalls are gushing, trees are flowering, visitors are bicycling in short sleeves, frogs are croaking and the park’s famous bears are making their presence felt. So what’s […]

Duck Master Anthony Petrina
Chronological / Destinations / Tennessee / United States

The March of the Peabody Ducks

Every day, the Peabody Ducks leave their palace on the roof of the Peabody Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee, waddle into an elevator, descend to the main floor, and parade along a red carpet to the hotel’s grand fountain under the tutelage of Anthony Petrina, the current Duck Master. Anthony is […]

Credit Jorg Photo (Andrew Jorgenson)
California / Chronological / Destinations / United States

Culinary Prowess on Point at Kettner Exchange Restaurant San Diego

San Diego’s Little Italy section has morphed into a culinary craft hotspot, with exciting new restaurants pushing food and beverage boundaries like never before. Among the array of notable establishments that have cropped up is the hip hotspot Kettner Exchange. This lively, impeccably-designed, multi-level restaurant (boasting Little Italy’s only rooftop […]

Fresco of fishman holding his catch
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

The Ancient Allure of Akrotiri in Santorini

The ancients once attributed a massive volcanic eruption on the island of Santorini to a battle between giants and the gods. It was seen as punishment meted out for the moral degeneration of the people in the prosperous kingdom of Atlantis. Interestingly, the myth of Atlantis—which originates from Plato—coincides with […]

An exhibit at the interactive Karel Zeman Museum (Prague)
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Famous Films Shot Here

Add “location” to the well-known “lights, camera, action” adage and the focus for the travel industry becomes film tourism. Many destinations know the allure this growing niche has for movie-lovers to walk in the footsteps of a favorite star or to stand in a location where world-class Hollywood and international […]

Pineland Farms
Chronological / Destinations / Maine / United States

Maine’s Connection to the Silicon Valley

Last year my wife and I had a travel feature assignment and headed to New England to research those famous Fall season colors and soon learned why everyone should consider adding this trip to their travel bucket list. And we also discovered an amazingly interesting human interest story that connected […]

Luxury Weekend Getaway to London!
Chronological / Destinations / Europe

Luxury Weekend Getaway to London!

How would you spend a weekend getaway in London? That very question was posed to us by Virgin Atlantic, which challenged us to design a dream itinerary for two days of gallivanting in London, one of the world’s most exciting and attraction-rich cities, and a favorite of BonVoyageurs since we […]

Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla
California / Chefs of Distinction / Food / United States / Wine Masters of Distinction / Wines & Spirits

Epicure Events Aplenty at Bijou French Bistro La Jolla

“Bijou” is French for “jewel,” which is a fitting moniker for this enchanting eatery nestled in the heart of La Jolla, boasting a plum position on Prospect Street. While Bijou French Bistro is relatively new on the scene, celebrating its first anniversary in June 2015, Bijou’s roots extend much deeper […]