JUST A SHORT RIDE FROM PALMA ARE THREE DIVINE MALLORCA TOWNS

BY: TERRY WARD Often likened to a miniature Barcelona, Mallorca’s lively capital city of Palma de Mallorca (locals just call it Palma) could keep you busy enjoying yourself and basking in the Balearic good life for days on end. But to delve deeper on this magical Spanish island that inspired artists and writers like Joan…

IBERIAN PENINSULA TECHNOLOGY DURING THE AGE OF DISCOVERY

BY: JOE WALL In an age where news spreads worldwide in seconds and a universe of knowledge is a web search away, it’s easy to forget there was a time when oceans represented the ultimate boundary for explorers. In an era lasting roughly from 1450 to 1750 – known as the European Age of Exploration…

5 QUINTESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES TO HAVE IN PROVENCE

BY: TERRY WARD Early on in British author Peter Mayle’s beloved 1989 travel memoir, “A Year in Provence,” an evocative tale of life in the south of France, there’s a moment of simple clarity for the author. It’s shortly after Mayle and his wife have made the move from England. He’s marveling at the weather…

Destination Cooking: A Taste of Italy with Chef Noelle

Explore the flavors of Pesto alla Genovese, a classic dish originating from the Liguria region of Italy with Chef Instructor Noelle of our Culinary Arts Kitchen. Discover the perfect pairings of freshly grated Parmesan cheese, buttery pine nuts and aromatic basil leaves used to create this easy recipe that brings the flavors of Italy to…

DESTINATION COOKING: A Taste of Morocco with Chef Kathryn Kelly

Discover the culinary traditions of the beautifully diverse country of Morocco with Executive Chef Kathryn Kelly. In this charming cooking demonstration, Chef Kelly expertly pairs exotic flavors of the region to create a savory Chicken Tangine dish with three delicious sauces. Welcome our signature Culinary Arts Kitchen into your home with these featured recipes: CHICKEN…

LADY IN WAITING

BY: CHEF KATHRYN KELLY If you’ve been downtown at Fernandina Beach recently, you may have caught a glimpse of the cruise ship docked at the port. While beauty is unquestionably in the eye of the beholder, for those of us in her orbit, her undisputed beauty has spawned an exquisite love affair. Seven Seas Explorer,…

DREAMING OF MY NEXT VACATION

BY: JANICE DAVIDSON It’s hard to believe that the world was such a different place at the beginning of the year. Words like ‘coronavirus’ and acronyms like ‘PPE’ were not in my lexicon. However, as the weeks progressed and we became more limited in our movements, dreaming about traveling became the hopeful highlight of so…

EUROPE FROM BEHIND THE LENS

By: JANICE DAVIDSON Part of what makes Europe so magical is that it’s never the same experience twice, especially from one season to the next. For instance, you can travel to St. Tropez in July or August when the beaches and the people are at their most glamorous, or you can go one month later…

At Home with the Medicis

BY: MARI DE ARMAS Filippo Brunelleschi’s dome over the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. Sandro Botticelli’s The Birth of Venus, which hangs in the Uffizi. Michelangelo’s Madonna of the Stairs that is on exhibition at Casa Buonarroti. The incomparable Boboli Gardens dreamed up by Bernardo Buontalenti. Each one commissioned by a member of the…

SAILING IN ST. MAARTEN: America’s Cup Style

BY: JANICE DAVIDSON The weather was perfect. The sun was high and the trade winds kept us from getting too hot as we prepared to board our tenders from the dock. I was here for another photo/video shoot with my team. We’d already experienced the excitement of soaring through the sky, thanks to the Flying…