Independent reviews series: Ritz-Carlton, Okinawa

It was Ben’s birthday, so we headed to the best hotel of Japan’s top resort spot. We were only looking for great R&R, but we ended up with so much more…

Where to Go Next: Watch Leaves Fall in Portugal’s Douro

We know where to see the leaves turn this autumn: it’s the UNESCO-listed Douro River region of Portugal, whose undulating hills offer spectacular views and port wine.

Independent reviews series: Parador de Carmona, Spain

For many years I dreamt of staying at the Parador de Carmona, until last April when Ben made it possible. And now? Now I just dream of returning.

Israel: Impressions of Tel Aviv

The White City: in turns chaotic and relaxed, serious and carefree, ugly and beautiful. Here’s why we’re hooked…

Israel: Visiting the wine country of Galilee

Most tourists in the Galilee region of Israel come for one thing: a religious pilgrimage to the Holy Land. As for Ben and me? We were there for the wine.

5 ways to become enchanted with Hania

We tried not to become besotted by Hania, but it didn’t work. Find out how it all went down in our step-by-step.

Dolomites of Italy: The coral reefs of heaven

Follow us to the Dolomites of Italy, where alpine mountain huts feed the appetite and glowing pink mountains feed the soul.

Costa Brava: To visit, or not to visit?

We were wined, dined, and fêted. The entire region was open to us like an oyster – a gold-gilded oyster, with a big, fat pearl. We stayed at luxury hotels, were led about by the region’s best guides, fed until we couldn’t eat another bite, plied with insider tips, thrilled by hot air balloon rides […]

How to see the best of Norway in just a few long days

Our secret route includes coastline and interior, city and untouched wilderness. Experience it all in 1 – 5 days.

Adelboden: A Swiss Alps dream

Follow us as we traverse 2100 meters in elevation of storybook Alpine scenery by foot, bus, and gondola