Once (or Twice, or Third Time’s a charm) In a Lifetime Wedding Planning Advice

Congratulations,  you’re engaged! What’s next? Every year in the United States, there are approximately 2.5 million weddings, and the wedding industry has grown to an empire of 40 billion dollars per year—that’s a lot of starry-eyed lovers tying themselves up in knots!         As a much-married woman myself , I’m a wedding […]

Christmas Market River Cruising

The Christmas markets of Europe have been around long before international tourism turned them into a “thing.” The long dark days of winter in Northern climates bring out the need for socializing, conviviality, celebration, and (let’s face it) alcohol. Think about this: back when people worked during every daylight hour to keep themselves sheltered, fed, […]

European River Cruising

River cruising is so popular that cruise companies are scrambling to build new ships fast enough to keep up with demand. New itineraries are opening up every season  and the most popular itineraries sell out a year or more in advance. What’s it all about? A river cruise, at first glance, seems like a wonderfully tranquil […]