I am always amazed when I am invited for a party or homemade meal during the holidays. Out come beautiful Christmas plates. We have a set, inherited from my in-laws when they moved out of their New Jersey home 12 years ago. I either forget. Or convince myself I don't have room for them to be out. Or can't remember where they are. Or. Or. Or.
When the Senate approved the omnibus spending bill to prevent the government from shutting down, it also delivered a blow to some retirees who collect pensions. In a little-discussed provision of the bill, certain multi-employer pension plans were given the go-ahead to reduce pension checks to current recipients by up to 60 percent. Didn't see that coming, did you?
Shiny and new has a certain charm (hey, I'm from Las Vegas, epicenter of shiny and new). But sometimes I like hotels that come with a little baggage. Love of history can be such a personal thing, but I swooned for the stories behind this particular bunch. So pack your suitcase and join me on a historical trip around the world, with stops at my favorite "hotels with history."