Our temporary Italian home away from home could have been in an upscale hotel – but it wasn’t. Its two spacious bedrooms, comfortable living room and full kitchen had recently been renovated. The antique furnishings, heirlooms of the family that owns the property, were casual and comfortable. Yet the setting, in the midst of gently rolling hills blanketed by olive trees, was unlike any traditional accommodation my wife Fyllis and I have experienced elsewhere.
St. Augustine Florida celebrated its 450th anniversary during 2015, and with such a long history, it’s no surprise that the city has its share of ghosts. The St. Francis Inn, the former home and current haunting place of Lily, shares much of the city’s history.
During our first visit to Japan, my wife and I marveled at the countless temples, shrines and other historic structures In Kyoto, which have embellished the city since it was the country’s capital from the 8th to mid-19th century. In Tokyo, we delighted in discovering gems from the height of its historic “Edo” period (15th to 19th centuries) which are hidden beneath the veneer of a bustling ultra-modern city.
This Rooms to Explore feature focuses upon places to stay throughout the country and the world that become part of a visit to a destination. This segment features Kura Hulanda in Curacao. These are hotels, inns and other accommodations that help to bring the local history, culture and lifestyle alive in a very meaningful way […]
The Zamek-Zabreh Hotel has a spa with a twist — the local brew is mixed with the warm waters that ooze from the earth. It provides a step back in time.