Every year we travel to Seattle for several weeks to visit family and escape the heat in Phoenix, but it had been years since I'd been to Victoria, British Columbia. I decided to take Christina up on the Victoria Clipper to see the beautiful city and stay at the Fairmont Empress, which presides regally over Victoria Harbor. Known for its history and world-famous high tea, staying at the Empress has been on my bucket list for years. Plus, we have relatives in the area, so it was a terrific opportunity for some quality family time. All in all, we had a wonderful, memorable trip and can't wait to go back! Leaving ...Read more.
San Francisco is a terrific place to take your kids! From the cable cars to the museums and bay cruises, there is a lot to do. The City by the Bay has a super unique personality too, which makes it a fascinating place to soak up a different city culture, while still in the US. I used to live in the Bay Area in the early 1990s and spent a lot of time in San Fran, but I hadn't been in several years, nor had we taken Christina to one of our favorite US cities. We decided to stay at the Fairmont on Nob Hill, which is fabulous and top-notch with terrific bay and city views, plus you can walk out the door and catch a ...Read more.
Paris... say the word and most people (especially women, amirite?) get a dreamy, faraway look in their eyes. It truly is a magical place. From the beautiful art everywhere you look and incomparable culture to the gorgeous architecture and out-of-this-world food, it's likely on your bucket list if you have yet to go and experience the City of Lights. Or, just haven't been in awhile. And, let's not forget the shopping... it is like no other. I recently took my daughter for spring break -- girls' trip! -- and we had the most incredible time. A number of you have asked me what we did on our trip and if I have any ...Read more.