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…

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…