Sail, Sip & Savor Dubai, United Arab Emirates

By: Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Dubai is a destination that dares to be different!  This desert oasis is a man-made city of contrasts and contradictions. Glitz and glamour shimmer alongside discretion and diversity. Mix and match your time here by combining the new with the old. Burj Khalifa, is an architectural modern marvel….

Explore More: A Culinary Tour in France’s Largest Port and Cultural Capital

By: Terry Ward To be sure, you’ll always have Paris. But of late in France it’s Marseille – the cosmopolitan Mediterranean city that was named one of two European Culture Capitals for 2013 (Kosice, Slovakia shares the honor) – that’s commanding the lion’s share of the buzz du jour. From the moment you arrive in France’s largest…

Wine Lovers Voyage to New Zealand

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert A delicious voyage from Sydney to Auckland on Seven Seas Voyager beckons! Please join me on this exciting January 2014 cruise where we will sail, sip and savor our way together through scenic and enticing New Zealand. We will carry our culinary compasses and our cultural passports to taste…

Sail, Sip and Savor Cozumel, Mexico

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert It is all about Mayan magic and water sports on Cozumel, the picturesque island off of the Eastern coast of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. Initially a port of trade for Mayan seafarers, ancient relics of their endeavors are now scattered throughout the area. El Cedral has little trace of…

Sail, Sip and Savor Sette Mari at La Veranda

By: Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Here’s a mouthwatering food fact: Italian cuisine is one of the top three favorites for foodies around the world. Regent Seven Seas Cruises’ brilliant culinary team digested this information and recently added a delectable dining experience for their travelers. At night, La Veranda restaurant becomes the casual,…

Sail, Sip and Savor Boston, Massachusetts

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Happy 237th Birthday United Stated of America! As one of the 13 founding colonies whose fathers signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, brave and beautiful Boston glistens with patriotic history, culture and charm. This waterfront city and economic hub of New England is filled with…

Sail, Sip and Savor Rome, Italy

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert It may no longer be the Holy Roman Empire, but regal Rome remains an epic cosmopolitan capital with piazzas (squares) and boulevards that proudly reflect the past. Architectural heirlooms, amazing artifacts, alluring shopping and phenomenal food grace this Eternal City. Start at the Colosseum, the city’s most…

Explore More: Old meets new in the fascinating hutong neighborhoods of Beijing

By: Terry Ward In the middle of Beijing – not far from the tourist masses that flock to the Forbidden City and the contemporary crush of humanity transiting the city’s endless ring roads – you can walk the quiet narrow streets alongside locals in the world-renowned hutong neighborhoods. Hutongs are the last remaining traditional villages…