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 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 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 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…

Sail, Sip and Savor the New Year!

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert December 31st, New Year’s Eve is the time to celebrate with a song, a kiss, a toast,  a special dish, a wish, a cheer. And January 1, New Year’s Day is a time of hope, promise and renewal. Now, as we embark on the New Year 2013,…