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…

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…

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…

Sail, Sip and Savor with your Valentine!

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Love is in the air and February 14th is the day to celebrate! Valentine’s Day is the day of romance celebrated around the world. From loving notes or gifts to flowers and sweets, share that special something with your spouse, your sweetheart, your family and friends. Plan…

Sail, Sip and Savor Vancouver, Canada

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Located at the southwestern corner of British Columbia, Vancouver, the third largest city in Canada, is often referred to as “Manhattan with Mountains” because of its eclectic mix of cultures and cuisine similar to its Big Apple North American sibling. But beyond that, its majestic beauty with its ridges…

Sail, Sip and Savor Juneau, Alaska

By Mara Papatheodorou, your Tastes & Traditions Expert Alaska, land of glaciers, salmon, bears, moose, eagles, old gold mines and forest filled vistas, is a stunning destination to enjoy. And the natural beauty on every level in Juneau, Alaska’s state capital, is a sight to behold and a port full of fun and adventure. You can…