Author Archives: Sharon Kenny

Want to Choose a Cruise? My Top 5 Tips

Whether you are a first-time cruiser or have spent weeks at sea, choosing the right cruise for the right time can be challenging. Even after many cruises I still have to do my homework to pick the perfect cruise from all the options out there.  While I might have a favorite cruise line, I choose different brands and ships depend ...

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Miami Spice is Back!

I usually don’t need any encouragement to try a new restaurant, especially in these quieter days of summer when the restaurants are less crowded, specials abound, and I think service is better. I also don’t need much encouragement to spend a couple of days visiting restaurants in Miami, one of the country’s greatest restaurant cities. But during August and September ...

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Naples Only True Beachfront Restaurant

HB’s on the Gulf is the only true beachfront restaurant in Naples. Located inside the Naples Beach Hotel on Gulf Shore Boulevard, it is a rarity these days…a family-owned resort that is a vibrant, thriving hub of activity in Naples. How lucky we are to have the Watkins family as responsible stewards of this hotel and golf course that sits ...

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Summer Fun at Barbatella

I’ve always loved to paint but I’m not very good. I’ve always loved to eat and I can do that pretty well. So when Barbatella restaurant invited me to their Art Experience night last week I thought okay maybe the Italian food and wine might loosen up my inner Picasso. Barbatella is the fun and casual Italian restaurant on Third ...

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Cuban costume jewelry

They say necessity is the mother of invention and that’s certainly the case in Cuba.  Here are some pieces of costume jewelry I found for sale around Havana last month.  Some were incorporating colorful telephone wire, others what appeared to be plastic zip ties, and the elaborate cuff bracelets were repurposed forks and spoons.  I think my millennial friends call this ...

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Historic Cruise to Cuba a Step Back in Time

[ This is not your father’s Cuba.  Oh wait, yes it is.  At least for now.  I spent last week on the Adonia, the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to Cuba from the U.S. in more than half a century, and while the cliché is true–it is like stepping back in time—even more overwhelming is the sense that this is ...

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In Honor of Prince

In honor of the singer Prince, this week I decided to party like it was 1999 at his hometown Minneapolis restaurant Campiello, which opened in Naples around 1999. I visited Naples for the first time in 1999 and moved here permanently the following year when Campiello was the hippest, hottest restaurant in town. Lines of customers would snake through the ...

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How 17 Fathom Travelers Changed the Life of One Family in One Day

I just spent three days in the Dominican Republic with Carnival Corporation’s new cruise line Fathom, which offers a unique social impact travel experience.  After a day on the ship sailing towards Puerto Plata, we arrived in Amber Cove where we could choose to participate in a variety of impact activities, more traditional touring of the area, or a range of ...

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The Broken Shaker

The Broken Shaker is a little bar that will remind you of Havana. Located in the Freehand Hotel off Indian Creek in South Beach, it’s the epicenter for mixology in Miami Beach.  Mixology is the art of creating a cocktail to suit you and is responsible for reviving the prohibition cocktail and the use of gin. Broken Shaker makes you feel like ...

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