Boutique Hotel Pick – Villa Pliniana – Lake Como, Italy

One of my favorite places on earth is Lake Como. The hubs and I, or maybe me mostly, have expressed a desire to move there and live out the rest of our lives… Well, although there is a sense of uncertainty with my life right now, that dream still holds true. I am hopeful I […]

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Travel: Some Advise From This Former Travel Agent

I miss running a travel agency, over a decade ago, when travelers alike walked into an actual brick and mortar to discuss their plans.  But even though those days are long gone, I still feel the urge to share all things travel on RS&S.  So, with that said, I share with you the latest bit […]

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Gift Ideas for The Graduate

After Mother’s Day, we must consider a gift for that high school or college grad – yours, theirs, and the ones who call you aunt/uncle just because :).  While a gift card is the safest bet, or a couple of hundred $$$ bills stuffed inside a card, I think an actual grown up gift with […]

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What Are You up To This Weekend?

Every Thursday I thumb through articles and event announcements for something to do over the weekend, and when nothing sparks an interest, I create my own fun. Meaning to say, I pray for good weather in the city and then go for long walks across town. Seven plus miles and then ride the Muni back […]

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Boutique Hotel Pick – Le Roch Hotel and Spa – Paris, France

In my opinion all hotels in Paris are boutique, no matter the grandness or the uniqueness or even the simple 2-star rated tucked away in some alleyway unfamiliar to tourists and frequent visitors of the city. I decided this to be the case when I first arrived in the beautiful city over a decade ago […]

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Travel: Rooftops Around The World

I watched a film last night on television, where they had blue-screened a backdrop to a rooftop scene and it got me thinking about this topic – rooftops I’d love to see from around the world:

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What Books To Read in 2017

Personally recommending books to read is difficult since everyone’s interests are different. But as you know there are a dozen lists out there of the best and most recommended reads for 2017, some of which I have dropped the front covers right here for your consideration: What have you read so far? And what do […]

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Travel: Topics of Interest For Here And There

When I worked as a travel agent, I spend a good amount of time listening to my clients, and getting to know them before I came up with their next trip or get-away, even for destination weddings and anniversary celebrations. To me every detail mattered. Travel has always been my top passion and I feel […]

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Boutique Hotel Pick – Le Regina Biarritz, France

The weather has been crazy lately, with a glimpse here and there of warm sunny weather and then all of a sudden a downpour, thunder, lightning, and high winds, overall, making me want to get away even more – to a tropical or seaside destination somewhere in the world. While I was going through a […]

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Travel: San Francisco’s Finest Bars

I sometimes forget that I live in one of the most amazing cities on the planet, and that we too have the best of restaurants, and bars to add to your must-try list when you come hang out in my fair city. Now, although I have sampled  on a personal level a handful or so of […]

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