More to Explore: Seven Gems of Northern Europe

Northern Europe is much more than the land of Vikings, kings and warriors. The region is home to many of Europe’s most vibrant cities and grand edifices, as well as envelope-pushing artists, thinkers and writers. To encapsulate the magic and splendor of this region, we compiled seven of our favorite travel moments – all of…

Sail, Sip & Savor Dubrovnik, Croatia

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Croatia, often referred to as the Casual Riviera, is the new chic spot to visit. Lord Byron was right when he called splendid Dubrovnik “the pearl of the Adriatic.” And it really is the crown jewel port of the beautiful pine tree-lined Dalmatian coast and lives up…

Sail, Sip & Savor New Year’s!

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert International tastes and traditions flourish on New Year’s Day to celebrate hope, promise and renewal. Rituals abound to let go of the old and welcome the new. Flavors and flair from special dishes and drinks to heartwarming toasts, songs and festivities are believed to bring happiness, health,…

St. Petersburg and the Hermitage

By Lori Verderame As an art historian and professional fine art and antiques appraiser, I have spent my fair share of professional and personal time in the world’s museums. I have had the good fortune to visit and lecture among fine works of art and antiques from various cultures. I started my museum career at…

Sail, Sip & Savor Winter Holidays!

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Winter is here and with it comes the wonders of the season and the spirit of worldwide celebrations. No matter what the country or whether it is Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa, or Joyous Epiphany, these various holidays all have timeless traditions that revolve around lights,…

Sail, Sip & Savor Thanksgiving!

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert ‘Tis the season to give thanks and spend time with good friends and family sharing a delectable meal. Thanksgiving, which will be celebrated on Thursday, November 28, is an authentic American holiday that is all about pausing, appreciating and celebrating the bounties of the autumn harvest. No…

More than just Seashells in the Eastern Caribbean

By Lori Verderame The Caribbean is a great site for sun worshippers as well as collectors. Seashells were the first collectibles dating back to the golden age of sea exploration. In the 1500s thru the 1800s, sailors brought home seashells of all kinds from exotic locales. These seashells were made into many different conversation pieces…

Sail, Sip & Savor Seoul, South Korea

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Seoul is a capital of contrasts—different but united–as emulated by the yin and the yang symbol on the South Korean flag. Steeped in history and tradition interwoven with its enormous commercial and technological success, this electronic wonderland is now one of the world’s largest city centers and…

Sail, Sip & Savor Halloween!

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Happy Halloween! Ghosts, goblins, black cats, bats and witches’ hats mark October 31st as a day and night filled with mystery and magic. Harvest folklore and festivities, celebrations and superstitions, tricks and treats, savory and sweet bites all play a part in the world’s oldest unique holiday….