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Seattle Architectural Foundation Walking Tour

By |2018-06-12T14:20:04-05:00May 15th, 2017|Blog|

During my last trip to Seattle, the Executive Director of the Seattle Architectural Foundation hooked me up with a private walking tour around downtown. I had the pleasure of spending two hours with Eva Weaver, one of SAF's deeply knowledgeable tour guides. The customized tour focused on Art Deco skyscrapers in the Northwest style, built in the late 1920s [...]

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A Modern Grand Dame: Boston Harbor Hotel

By |2018-06-12T14:20:05-05:00January 5th, 2017|Blog|

This waterfront building has always held a particular allure for me.  The enormous flag billowing in the archway. The perfect location between harbor and city. Back door airport water taxi service. For decades, I admired this hotel from afar. It was now time to see what all the hubbub is about, especially after reading about the massive [...]

UA Parks & Rec Bring French Luncheon Close to Home

By |2017-01-03T13:42:55-05:00January 3rd, 2017|News|

CityScene's TriVillage Magazine covered our upcoming Elegant French Luncheon cooking class, held on February 21, 6:30-8:30. It is offered through Upper Arlington's Lifelong Learning program and held in the demo kitchen at the Kingsdale Giant Eagle Market District. Gather your favorite people for a sophisticated afternoon meal, which will impress with both its ease and [...]

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Picturing Christmas: The Nativity in Renaissance Art

By |2018-06-12T14:20:05-05:00December 7th, 2016|Articles, Blog|

By Shawnie Kelley, as published in Renaissance Magazine, Issue 58.      " ... she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn ...     This line of text has been visualized a thousand times over. [...]

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Flying Fish & Other Delicacies from Pike Place Market | Seattle

By |2018-06-12T14:20:05-05:00September 7th, 2016|Blog|

My first trip to Seattle was centered on food and of course, I had a mile-long agenda. The iconic Pike Place Market was at the top of the list, and conveniently at the bottom of the hill from our hotel. By the time we arrived, the vendors had packed it in for the day, but a quiet stroll through the [...]

A Taste of Travel: Lavender Lemon Shortbread Bars

By |2018-06-12T14:20:05-05:00August 28th, 2016|Blog, Recipe|

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  Channeling the wild heather of the Scottish Highlands, the lavender combines a floral note with the vibrancy of lemon curd–like filling to make an unforgettable flavor combination. Make the [...]

Sanctuary Under the Sea

By |2018-06-12T14:20:05-05:00August 27th, 2016|Blog|

The Atlantic Ocean along outer Cape Cod is considered one of the world's top ten places for whale watching. Our favorite tour company, Dolphin Fleet out of Provincetown, has been in business since 1976 and is committed to responsible whale watching and protecting the marine environment. Every trip includes a naturalist commenting on what we are seeing while actively collecting scientific data. [...]

Travel Smart!

By |2018-06-12T14:20:05-05:00August 24th, 2016|Blog|

When traveling, we suggest you register all international trips with the U.S. State Department’s Smart Traveler Program. STEP's (Smart Traveler Enrollment Program) online form allows the State Department to know where you are in the event of national security issues. Plus, they send out pre-travel alerts and updates regarding political and military problems or natural disasters in your destination country. This should be done [...]

On the Trail of the Holy Grail: Knights Templar and Cathars

By |2016-07-05T14:43:02-05:00August 17th, 2016|Articles, Blog|

On the Trail of the Holy Grail: Knights Templar and Cathars Château Montségur, a seemingly impregnable castle perched in the Pyrénées Mountains, became the final stronghold of the Cathars–a heretical religious sect against whom the Catholic Church launched a ferocious crusade in the mid-thirteenth century. The Cathars supposedly fled to this mountaintop château with their [...]

A Taste of Travel: English Cottage Pocket Pies

By |2018-06-12T14:20:06-05:00August 14th, 2016|Blog, Recipe|

A Taste of Travel looks at the ways food connects us with a culture and each other. Sharing the recipes and restaurants we have encountered along the way...  Filled pastry dough is a culinary tradition found in most cultures: think pierogies, dumplings, and empanadas. The English have a knack for filling puffed pastry with stew-like fillings, [...]

On the Trail of the Holy Grail: Pyrénées Mountains

By |2018-06-12T14:20:06-05:00August 10th, 2016|Articles, Blog|

On the Trail of the Holy Grail: Pyrénées Mountains Holy Grail traditions and Mary Magdalene’s enigmatic legend persists from the southern French coast inland to the mountains. Rennes-le-Chateau, a sleepy village in the foothills of the Pyrénées Mountains, plays a central role in several Grail stories.  In the 1890’s a poor parish priest named Father Bérenger [...]