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 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 Portland, Maine

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert With its alluring rocky shorelines, rolling hills and majestic maples, oaks and pines, Maine and its marvels may surprise you. Portland, the state’s historic seaport and urban center, has something for everyone.  Its past is rich and its present even richer. The Portland peninsula, abundant with lobsters and clams, was…

Sail, Sip and Savor Beijing, China

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert From its culture to its cuisine, the bounties of Beijing beckon. One of the greatest ancient capitals, it is home to some of the finest remnants of China’s imperial past. Welcome to the land of exotic mystery where dynasties, temples, tombs and tea houses prevail.  Its history is alluring…