Author Archives: Sharon Kenny

Some of My Favorite South Beach Hotels

Maybe it’s just me but it feels like Miami’s South Beach has changed. Perhaps we’ve both gotten older and wiser, but we seem to appreciate each other a little more these days. I no longer feel confused and unwelcome, like I’ve stumbled into a private party that I wasn’t invited to, and South Beach hotels and restaurants, while still seriously ...

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Seabourn’s Marina Day

On Seabourn’s luxury cruise ships, they can make their own fun!  On nice calm sea days the ship will launch a marina off the back of the ship for small watercraft fun, and a separate pool area right in the ocean!

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Shopping in Istanbul Bazaar and Spice Market

Rug shopping in Istanbul can be a challenge, or an adventure.  Depends on your attitude.  The bazaar in Istanbul is a dizzying array of rug shops, jewelry stores, pottery stores, virtually everything.                           The Spice Market is much more focussed and smaller in size.  I bought saffron from ...

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Staying on Mont St. Michel

I think millions of people probably visit Mont St. Michel in Northern France every year, but staying the night here is really something special.   There are only a couple of small hotels on this island, so the overnight visiting population is naturally limited, which is good. At night, especially in the off-season, the streets are almost empty and the ...

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Chef Vincenzo Betulia

After years at Campiello, Chef Vincenzo Betulia and his wife Anna struck out on their own and opened Osteria Tulia on Fifth Avenue South in downtown Naples.  The restaurant has been one of the biggest success stories ever and has changed traffic patterns on this popular street, moving more people to the quieter west end.  Within a year of opening, Vinnie ...

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Bonsai Village tour outside Tokyo

About 45 minutes outside downtown Tokyo is a suburb known as Bonsai Village.  The homes here sit amongst the most beautiful bonsai gardens, both personal and retail greenhouses.   Walking the streets of Bonsai Village is an adventure.  If the garden gates of a home are open, it means visitors are welcome to stop in and look around.  Many of the ...

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Retail Heaven in Japan

Japan is full of cool things to buy.  Everywhere you travel the stores are beautiful to look at and usually specialize in a single thing or a single style.  Outside Tokyo there are more small retail stores set up in homes along the street.  And everywhere in Japan, the packaging is all important.  Even the smallest item is carefully, beautifully ...

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I love Japan

Throughout Japan I am confronted with things that astound me either for their beauty, design, or just how different they are from Western culture.  Here are just a few examples:

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Fathom is Here – A New Cruise Option

Today, April 10, 2016 is the first day of cruising for Carnival Corporation’s new social impact cruise line called Fathom.  The seven day cruises leave out of Port Miami to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic (just outside Puerto Plata).   I was lucky enough to get a preview of the social impact activities Fathom has organized with Dominican organizations ...

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