Sail, Sip & Savor Rio De Janeiro, Brazil

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Set between mountains and beaches, the stunning, seductive sights of Rio de Janeiro beckon. Enjoy the vistas of Pao de Acucar  (Sugar Loaf) or ride the Corcovado Railroad to see the renowned Christo Redentor (Christ the Redeemer). Stroll Ipanema, Leblon or Copacabana beaches and get a cultural overview…

Sail, Sip and Savor Sydney, Australia

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Sydney is a spectacular combination of cosmopolitan cool meets casual fun. Called Harbour City due to its picturesque waterfront setting, the Harbour Bridge and the Sydney Opera House are two of the most recognized and visited landmarks. To appreciate this fine city’s celebrated skyline take a harbor cruise, walk and climb the harbor bridge…

Sail, Sip and Savor Montréal, Canada

Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes and Traditions Expert Situated in the Canadian province of Quebec, the secret to the magic of Montreal is the irresistible blend of its French Old World  “joie de vivre” and its New World cosmopolitan zip. Named after the triple-peaked hill located in the heart of the city, Mount Royal or Mont Real is also an amazing park…

Sail, Sip and Savor Barcelona, Spain

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert  As the capital of Spain’s Catalonia region, cultural Barcelona beckons and the delights of Catalonian cuisine abound. Enjoy art, architecture, cathedrals, tapa bars and restaurants. Revived thanks to the 1992 Summer Olympics, the traditional and modern looks blend well here and walking is the best way to absorb the…

Sail, Sip and Savor Singapore

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Singapore sizzles on every level. This multi-cultural metropolis is a prosperous port and financial hub that flaunts great food, shopping and sights to see. A former fishing village that became a British trading colony in 1819 thanks to Sir Simon Raffle, the National Museum highlights its intriguing history and the Singapore…

Sail, Sip and Savor Copenhagen, Denmark

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert As the gateway to Scandinavia and the capital of Denmark, charming yet contemporary Copenhagen, mixes the old with the new. Danish for “merchants harbor”, waterways and small islets dominate this City of Spires known for its glorious palaces and churches. Overflowing with culture and cafes, stroll picturesque 17th century Nyhaven Harbor or shop…

Sail, Sip and Savor Florence, Italy

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert As the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, the heart and soul of Florence is all about the appreciation of art. Situated on the banks of the River Arno, this scenic city is truly a cultural oasis of fine frescoes, sculptures, paintings, palaces, churches and cathedrals. Its treasured talent dazzles…

Sail, Sip and Savor Monte Carlo, Monaco

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Set atop craggy rocks of Southern France’s captivating coastline, Monte Carlo, the capital of Monaco, embellishes its international reputation as a glamorous playground for the rich and famous. Created in 1866 and named in honor of Prince Charles III, it is the 2nd smallest country in the…

Sail, Sip and Savor Montevideo, Uruguay

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert What makes Uruguay unique? Although one of the smallest countries in South America, it is also considered the most European, thanks to the vast number of Spanish, Portuguese and Italian descendants who settled here in the early eighteenth century. The capital is Montevideo an important port also known for its gentle…

Sail, Sip and Savor St. Patrick’s Day!

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Love of life, national pride, Celtic music and folklore are all parts of Irish heritage to be honored. And with them are blessings, good wishes, poems and toasts. Irish or not, get in the spirit and celebrate the day of Ireland’s patron saint, St. Patrick on March 17th.  ‘Tis…