As gray clouds rolled in on the setting afternoon sun in the Highlands of Scotland, a bagpiper stood guard at the entrance, ringing a melody in front of the Crieff Hydro hotel. Once a Victorian spa retreat built in 1868, the resort is just over an hour's drive from Glasgow.
The city of Sochi in Russia is in the news still for the next two weeks, and many reports have created the impression that the city by the sea is the last place on Earth one would want to be. But Sochi might very well be on your bucket list of places to see before you die. Here is why.
Maybe you don't have kids. Or maybe you do, but need an escape from a world of dirty diapers and dancing dinosaurs. If you're seeking relaxation and romance instead of rampaging rug rats, check out our top five destinations for adults only.
It's pretty rare that my best friend and I get away for our own mini-break, and it's even rarer that we get the chance to take on a new adventure. But if you've read any of my previous travel posts here on the blog, you know that if there is some kind of adventure sport to try, I'm going to try it.
Palazzo Margherita, a restored 19th Century Italian Villa, is the latest addition to Francis Ford Coppola's collection of resorts. First built in 1892, the block-long palazzo embodies Italian elegance.
The $122 million resort is the first in North America to incorporate Swarovski crystal elements into every aspect of its design. They're everywhere and they look like icicles, which is in keeping with a theme.
There's always something about an Oscar show. Some sequined dresses, which I adore, walk by. I keep thinking secret agents should wear the gowns when they throw down a red chip in a Moroccan casino or snoop at a black tie gala.