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…

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 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 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…

Sail, Sip and Savor Venice, Italy

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert The “city of water, bridges and romance” are all synonyms for Venice, this 5th century former Italian maritime empire. Built on a lagoon that flaunts magnificent palazzos, piazzas and Renaissance art, its treasures will take your breath away. Comprised of 117 small islands connected by 400 bridges over 150 canals,…

Sail, Sip and Savor Athens, Greece

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Ancient ruins, Byzantine churches and groves of olive trees scatter the hillsides of Greece’s historic capital, Athens. Named after Athena, the goddess of wisdom, this is where democracy and philosophy began thanks to scholars Aristotle, Socrates and Pluto. Syntagma Square (Constitution Square) is the pulsating heart of the city…