Lisbon

Lisbon Travel

Welcome to Lisbon!

Lisbon is a fascinating, vibrant city that boasts a wide choice of activities. It is filled with large squares, history and monuments as well as a wide number of things to do. Lisbon Portugal will appeal to every traveler’s taste and budget. First of all you will find cultural experiences, a buzzing nightlife, a foodie’s paradise and a shopper’s extravaganza. In addition, it also makes for a great family holiday and relaxing city break. Not to mention, Lisbon also makes a great base for beach and daytrips to other beautiful areas. I was impressed by this city – it has many wonderful things to offer! 

Lisbon, Portugal
Lisbon!!
Lisbon, Portugal
Ornate doors with blue ceramic tile decor
Lisbon pastries
Lisbon is built over seven steep hills. Expect a lot of stairs! Bring comfortable walking shoes!

Equally wonderful is finding that the people of Lisboa are extremely friendly. To be sure, it is a spirited city with musicians serenading the streets at every turn. All things considered, Lisbon is truly a happy, energetic place.

The Lisboa Food Scene

The restaurant scene in Lisbon is hopping with outdoor eateries everywhere. Furthermore, there is a plethora of restaurants to choose from. Bacalhau a lagareiro (codfish in olive oil) is this area’s favorite traditional dish. Definitely give it a try! In addition, Octopus is a staple on all the menus. To be sure, you will enjoy the delicious cuisine of Lisbon.

Lisbon, Portugal
You will find an abundance of bakeries and cafes. Portugal is famous for delicious pastries and strong coffee.
Rua Augusta, the shopping area of Lisbon, is worth a stroll
Rossio Square
Rossio Square
Commerce Square
Praca do Comercio – Commerce Square
Lisbon, Portugal
A beautiful viewpoint
Castelo de S Jorge
Castelo de S Jorge – Saint George’s Castle
Lisbon, Portugal
Saint George – inside St. George’s Castle
Lisbon, Portugal
Wandering around Lisbon
Tram 28 Lisbon, Portugal
Famous Tram 28
Lisbon, Portugal
Beautiful Architecture
Lisbon, Portugal
Ginja – a delicious cherry cordial

Mosaic sidewalks of Lisbon – Calcada

In the first place, I immediately fell in love with the streets and walkways here. For one thing, they sparkle like diamonds in the sunlight and night-lights. In fact, they are public works of art! They are made from little pieces of basalt and limestone. Craftsmen create black and white designs, which form a beautiful mosaic called Calcada. Truly, it is a delight for the public to enjoy. It is important to remember to wear sturdy, comfortable shoes for the many steps and walkways

Lisbon, Portugal
Calcada
Walkways
Sparkling streets at night in Lisbon Portugal


Venice Italy

Venice Travel Guide

Let me take you on a journey to amazing and romantic Venice. You will discover all that this magical city has to offer . Find top attractions, best hotels, delicious restaurants and much more advice on visiting this amazing city.

Venice ItalyIn my opinion, this is the most enchanting and unique place in the world, not to mention one of the most visited. It is a city of canals, bridges and beautiful architecture.  Where else can you get serenaded on a gondola, lost in a maze of narrow cobblestone walkways and let your eyes feast (more…)


Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival

VENICE CARNIVAL 2019 – February 16th – March 5th

Make a dream come true and visit Venice during the Venice Carnival. This is a truly amazing, one of a kind event in Venice!  First of all, the exciting and world-famous Venice Carnival is about three weeks long. During this time there are daily competitions for beautiful costumes and masks. In addition, there are also exhibitions, cultural events, ceremonies, theatrical readings and DJ Sets.   Furthermore, night visits to main museums and other places of culture are available. A festive atmosphere fills the streets and waterways.  Surely, you will encounter countless people in traditional masquerade costumes and masks.

Secondly, there are many exclusive events and dinners and available to attend. Have a magical evening at an authentic Venetian Ball.

DINNER SHOWS AND BALLS

Venice Carnival

Definitely dress up in masquerade and have the time of your life.  There is nothing more exciting than soaking up the atmosphere and becoming a part of Venice Carnival. Not only are carnival parties and masked balls held at the best hotels and palaces of Venice but they also have international entertainers, musical guests and comedians. Not to mention, there are so many to choose from, therefore learn about what each offers and the dress code before you purchase your tickets.

VENICE CARNIVAL 2019Venice Carnival

Dates: Saturday, February 16th – Tuesday, March 5th 2019

Plan your Venetian Carnival Experience 2019 to perfection.  Take a look at Balls and Parties for Venice Carnival 2019 in this calendar of events! Stay tuned for comprehensive information on Venice Carnival 2019

Highly Recommended:

Carnevale di Venezia Dinner & Ball

This is the official Dinner and Ball of the Carnival – where the pleasures of palate and party come together!

  • Saturday, February 23, 2019
  • Masked

Mascheranda Grand Ball

  • Sunday, March 3, 2019 Enjoy a sit down gala dinner in the elegant frescoed rooms of this breathtaking palace
  • Compulsory dress code for the Mascheranda Grand Ball is full period costume. Therefore, evening dresses and tuxedos are not allowed
  • Entertainment

Casanova Grand Ball

  • Saturday, March 2, 2019
  • In the beautiful majestic Venetian Palace Ca’Zeno
  • Dress Code – precious fabrics, brocades, pearls and laces

Carnival PackagesVenice Carnival

You can even choose a Carnival Package.  Packages includes, hotel, transfers, costume rentals with fitting, lunch, dinner and Masquerade Ball, gondola tour etc.

To learn more about the fabulous Venice Carnival click here.

VENICE CARNIVAL

Amazing and thrilling performances occurred  during this 17-day event. To begin with, the official kick-off features the Marie Festival*.  The festivities started with a water procession of chosen girls. The procession departs from San Giacomo dall’ Orio and arrives in Piazza San Marco where they made their public debut in traditional costumes. At that point, the Doge crowns one lucky girl to be Maria of the year – the most beautiful maiden of the Venice Carnival.

Festivities continue with the traditional Flight of the Angel.  The Flight of the Angel is one of the most awaited events in Venice. It is held from 12 noon to 1:00pm in Saint Mark’s Square. An Angel flys along a rope from the top of San Marco bell tower to the middle of Piazza San Marco.  A multitude of participants dressed in traditional costumes welcome the Angel. In addition, the first two days also kicks off with a water parade transforming the Rio di Cannaregio canal into a water stage!

The Ballad of Masks and the beheading of the bull is performed on Fat Thursday, February 28th.  Then the final stage of the competition for the most beautiful mask. In addition was the Flight of the Eagle and performances of various musical concerts. Mardi Gras, brings the proclamation of the Maria of Carnival and the Svolo del Leon.

*The Marie Festival

The Marie Festival harkens back to the abduction and liberation of twelve brides in the year 1039. Every February 2nd, the day of the purification on Mary – since the 9th century – twelve beautiful maidens represent the city and gathered with their betrothed in the Church of S. Pietro di Castello, to receive the Wedding Sacrament.

Venice Carnival

Venice Carnival


St. Tropez Hotels

Best Hotels In St. Tropez

St Tropez France Hotels…..

are some of the best in the world. Welcome to St. Tropez! Here are my recommendations on the best luxury and moderately priced hotels in fabulous St. Tropez.

Hotel Byblos St Tropez

Hotel Byblos St. Tropez

Luxury with pool: The Hotel Byblos is an iconic hotspot for international jet-setters and is spectacular in many ways. It is in a perfect location in the heart of the village. From the moment you arrive, you will be in the lap of luxury and treated like royalty. Byblos is one of the best in St. Tropez if not in all the Cote d’azur! Brand new luxury suites were added last year as well as the Rivea Restaurant. Not only is staying here fabulous, but it is one of the best hot spots in St. Tropez. With a nighttime summer party around the pool and the famous Cave du Roy Club, Hotel Byblos is a destination for all who want to party and stay the St. Tropez way!
Address: 20 Avenue Paul Signac, St. Tropez

Pan Dei Palais

St. Tropez Pan dei Palais

Luxury with Pool – This elegant hotel is located in the center of the village, although when you step inside it is an oasis of zen and calmness. With an excellent staff, beautiful gardens and superior rooms this is for the traveler who wants calm after the hustle and bustle of St. Tropez
Address: 52 rue Gambetta, St. Tropez

Le Yaca

Le Yaca St Tropez

Luxury with Pool – Le Yaca is a charming 18th-century residence with excellent service in a superb atmosphere. The rooms have been fully renovated in the best taste. In addition to the luxurious comfortable rooms, Le Yaca has a pool and a beautiful garden. This 5* hotel is also in an excellent location in the center of everything.
Address: 1 Boulevard D’Aumale, St. Tropez

Hotel La Ponche

LuxuryHotel La Ponche is fantastically situated in the old town of Saint Tropez, with views over the bay, and an excellently situated restaurant terrace. In addition, there is a small local beach at their doorstep.
Address: 5 rue des Remparts, St. Tropez

Hotel Sube

Moderately Priced: Hotel Sube is a 3-star hotel in a fantastic location directly on the port. The rooms are simply decorated but lovely. Rooms with balconies will catch an amazing sunset and all the happenings of the yachts and people below. It is great value by St. Tropez standards. Enjoy!
Address: 23 Quai du Bailli du Suffren


St. Tropez Restaurants

Best Restaurants in St. Tropez

St. Tropez will dazzle you with an array of amazing restaurants, delicious food and unique dining experiences. Explore the best restaurants in St. Tropez with me. You will savor the freshest seafood and the very best of traditional culinary delights, not to mention the creamiest tarts. Of course, food plays an amazing part in the culture and daily life of Saint Tropez, which is certainly a place for foodies. All my suggestions are within walking distance from the port. Remember that Rose wine is the life blood of St. Tropez! While you are there, forget the reds and whites – drink the pinks! Santé! (to your health)

We all have priorities in restaurants. For some it’s strictly the food – others require ambiance or a chic scene and for yet another service is tops. My recipe is to mix all these ingredients and suggest the very best to you!
Bon appétit!

L’Auberge des Maures

L'Auberge des Maures Restaurant, St. Tropez

Romantic, Fine Dining – Since, L’Auberge des Maures was recommended by our hotel we went. It certainly did more than impress us! As a matter of fact, it is an oasis of culinary excellence which serves traditional provencal cuisine at its best. In addition, delicious wine, incredible service and a charming atmosphere definitely make this restaurant a must.
Address: 8 rue du Docteur Boutin, St. Tropez

Restaurant Le G’ envie

Restaurant Le G'envie

Moderately Priced – Not only does L’e G’envie have superb food, but it is combined with excellent service. The menu of French/Mediterranean cuisine is beautifully plated and tastes divine. Furthermore, you will enjoy the view of the beautifully domed Chapel of Mercy (la Chapelle de la Miséricorde). Since it is a small, cozy place, I suggest making a reservation.
Address: 67 rue de Portail Neuf, St. Tropez

RIVEA at Byblos

Rivea Restaurant, St. Tropez

Romantic, Fine Dining – Perfectly located in the beautiful Byblos Hotel Rivea offers delicious Mediterranean cuisine in a gorgeous atmosphere. Enjoy a charming terrace, lounge music and a casual chic vibe. After dinner head over to the pool area and enjoy one of the best lounge scenes in St. Tropez. I love it here!
Address: 24 Avenue Foch, St. Tropez

Le Patio

Le Patio Restaurant, St. Tropez

Romantic, Fine Dining – Enjoy delicious Italian cusine in a beautiful poolside garden under the stars. One of my favorite restaurants is Le Patio located in Le Yaca Hotel. The menu is refined Italian cuisine. Excellent food and great service in a beautiful atmosphere! Surely try the tagliatelle with lobster – it is delicious!
Address: 1 Boulevard D Aumale, St. Tropez

L’Opera

L'Opera, St. Tropez
L'Opera, St. Tropez

Lively, Fine Dining –  In the first place, this is the best restaurant/club I have ever been to in the world! My favorite nights out in St Tropez are always spent at L’Opera. The food is delicious and service is excellent. That is only the beginning – together with unbeatable atmosphere and entertainment so amazing – you won’t want to leave! Try the truffle gnocchi, it was superb! If you are looking to really party, book the 10 PM seating. It turns into a club. By all means, don’t miss it!
Address: Residence du Port, St. Tropez

Le Senequier

Sénéquier, St. Tropez

Moderately Priced – Le Sénéquier is in a prime location on the port. Not only is its red awning an iconic part of St. Tropez, but the entrees are excellent. Enjoy dining al fresco while looking at the harbor under the stars. Moreover, this past summer, our table was right next to designer, Karl Lagerfeld! Therefore, you know that the food must be good since he dines here! Also, Sénéquier is a perfect sunny daytime spot to have coffee or lunch on the harbor. Great for people watching.
Address: Quai Jean Jauras, St. Tropez

BanH-Hoi

Moderately Priced – If you would like a change from French cuisine try BanH-Hoi. This restaurant offers the best authentic Thai and Vietnamese food on the French Riviera. Inside you will find a plush, sexy and intimate atmosphere. You can also dine outside under the stars. It is one of the most exclusive restaurants in St. Tropez.
Address: 12 rue Petit Saint Jean, St. Tropez

La Villa Romana

Lively, Fine Dining –  La Villa Romana offers great food with an Italian Mediterranean flair. There is entertainment, fun bar and dancing. 
Address: Chemin des Conquetes, St. Tropez

Writing about the best restaurants in St. Tropez is a difficult task since there are an abundance of good ones! Although French cuisine is one of the most excellent in the world, St. Tropez is a small cosmopolitan city with foods from different countries. My wish for you is to savor the culinary delights of this marvelous country.

 
 

Verona things to do

Things to do in Verona Italy – Tours

Captivating Verona offers something for everyone! Your options will be overflowing when it comes to things to do in Verona. Wine enthusiasts, foodies and culture vultures will be in heaven! In addition you can find bike, Segway and rafting tours. Furthermore, if Verona is your home base, I can suggest a few fantastic day trips to take. You will love it here, there is so much to do in this fantastic, vibrant city. Here is my list of top tours in Verona.

What to do in Verona

Of course, you will find plenty of free attractions in Verona. On the other hand, here is a great list of tours and things to do during your visit which I highly recommend. Immerse yourself in the culture of this wonderful area of my favorite country, Italy!

Tip: Book early! In order to get your first choice of the day and time, schedule your activities a week or two before you arrive. This is true especially if you’re only here for a few days.

Food and Wine Walking TourVerona food and wine tour

This is a fun, delicious tour that we loved! Take a 3.5 hour walking tour with a friendly enthusiastic foodie guide. Enjoy visiting the local bottega’s and wine stores as you walk through old town on narrow streets and cobblestone lanes. Try local cheeses, fresh pastas, homemade bread and handmade gelato. Of course, let’s not forget the wine! Enjoy amazing Amarone wine, which is only produced in Verona. Then try some other Valpolicella wines, while hearing interesting stories behind the flavors. This was a great way to spend a morning. We really enjoyed and recommend the Veronality Food and Wine Tour.

Biking ToursVerona Bike Tour

I highly recommend going on the Veronality Bike Tour. Not only is it a great way to explore Verona, but you will learn interesting bits of history and culture on the way. Enjoy an easy 3 hour tour through the city’s main squares and ancient monuments. Some of the highlights will include; Piazza Erbe, Piazza Bra, Juilet’s House, the Verona Arena and the Medieval Bridge among other sites. The local guides are warm, friendly and knowledgeable. It was a really fun morning for our group – we loved it!

Verona Winery ToursVerona Winery Tours

Verona is located in the most prestigious wine making regions in Italy, Valpolicella. Therefore, there are countless – and I mean countless – winery tours to choose from. This is where you have to do your homework. There are full day, half day, far drive, short drive, with meal, with snack, this wine, that wine, private, semi private, group….the list goes on and on. It literally took me a few weeks to finally decide on a tour that was just right for us. Finally, we picked an AirBnB Experience at  Santa Maria Valverde Estate which was great for us. Anna picked us up and drove us to her beautiful winery for a private tour. Here are other great options for wine tours: Get Your Guide Tours, Veronality Tours, Viator, and AirBnB Experiences.

Verona ArenaVerona Arena

When in Verona you must experience an opera at the Arena. Summer opera season draws fans from far and wide. Operas such as Aida, Carmen, La Traviata and Tosca are on the 2019 schedule. It’s an amazing experience. Furthermore there are various concerts and performances. Placido Domingo will perform on August 4, 2019.  Verona Opera Aida
Opera Dress Code Tip: If your seats are in the gold section, men must wear pants. If a man wears shorts (even though it may be sweltering outside) he will not be admitted. For his convenience, black pants are sold at Gate 1 for 35 euros. Of course, this was the case with us, but the pants are really nice! We consider them a souvenir from Verona!
Prices: Opera tickets range from 25euro (top rows, non-numbered seats) to 192 euros in the gold section. Discounted for seniors and those under 30. Concert prices vary according to the artist. For schedule and tickets go to the Official Ticket Site.

Verona Rafting TourVerona Rafting Tour

Discover Verona from the river. Rafting is a unique and fun way to admire the charm of Verona. This city was built and developed on the banks of the Adige River. As a result, you will ‘soak up’ a different perspective from the water. Enjoy an unforgettable experience with Adige Rafting Tours.

Mini Train TourVerona Train Tour

Of course, it is always fun to take the mini train tour around town! It is a short 25 minutes and brings you past all the major sights. Ticket prices: Adult 5 euros, Child (5-15) 3 euros.

Verona Segway Tour

Experience historic Verona from a unique perspective. Glide through the historic center and see the main attractions. A Segway Tour is definitely a fun way to explore this beautiful city.

Romeo and Juliet Experience

This is a unique multimedia exhibition. Thanks to a careful use of state-of-the-art immersive technologies, it will give visitors the possibility of physically and emotionally immersing themselves in different environments, experiencing first-hand the essence of the famous tragedy.

Obviously, it is so easy to fall in LOVE with Verona!

Verona Italy


Verona - What to see in Verona

What to see in Verona Italy

Visiting Verona?    See these attractions!

First of all, you will be captivated the minute you arrive in this ancient city. Verona is vibrant, lively and totally walkable. You can lose yourself for hours meandering through the attractive lanes and gorgeous piazzas finding a multitude of restaurants and wine bars. Practically surrounded by the Adige River, there are many beautiful bridges as well as waterfront restaurants and pubs. Rich in history and crammed with love, here are the top sights to see in Verona.

Piazza delle ErbePiazza Erbe Verona

This is my favorite and most picturesque piazza. Beautiful pastel buildings with faded frescos. Two clock towers stand at each end. The center has a lovely fountain and also an ornate water-well. Café umbrellas line one entire side of the piazza. During the week there is a festive open-air market in the middle. Tip: If you want to have a bird’s eye view of Piazza delle Erbe, stay at Corte Reali Suites. I enjoyed a huge balcony overlooking this beautiful piazza. This was my view every day!

Piazza BraPiazza Bra Verona

You can enter Piazza Bra through Portoni della Bra which is a double-arched medieval gateway. This tremendous cobbled piazza has a park on one side and a line of restaurants and cafes along the other. Relax, have a cappucinno and watch the people go by. This will also lead you to the oldest Roman amphitheatre in Italy, the Verona Arena. In addition, you can also catch the mini-train here for a Verona tour.

Verona ArenaVerona Arena

Built in 1st century A.D., this ancient arena held up to 30,000 spectators to view gladiator fights and hunting. It is also the third largest amphitheatre in Italy. At the present time, because the stage area is so tremendous, it seats 15,000 people. The Arena hosts various concerts and performances. Moreover, summer opera season draws fans from far and wide. Operas such as Carmen, Aida and The Barber of Seville are on the 2018 schedule. It’s an exciting experience.  Tickets start at 25E with discounts for seniors and those under 30. Tickets in the gold section are 189E.
Dress Code Note: For tickets on floor, men must wear pants, not shorts.

Juliet’s HouseJuliet's House, Verona

Verona and love go together like Romeo and Juilet. One of the most crowed spots in all of Verona is Juilet’s house. Get there early for an unobstructed view of the courtyard and Juilet’s balcony. You can even purchase tickets to enter and see the place where the love letters are answered and walk out on the balcony. This is one of the most popular of ‘what to see in Verona’.

Sant’ Anastasia ChurchSaint Anastasia, Verona

Located by Piazza dei Signori, St. Anastasia is a majestic gothic church and the biggest in the city. The façade is a mixture of colored marble and a beautiful gothic arch. Obviously, this church is simply beautiful inside and out.

CastelvecchioCastlevecchio, Verona

This spectacular medieval fortress was built in the 14th century. It is a masterpiece of gothic architecture and now houses a history museum. There is a medieval bridge attached which crosses over the Adige river. The bridge was totally destroyed in World War II but was rebuilt in 1951. Enjoy wonderful views from both the castle and the bridge.

Basilica of San ZenoSan Zeno, Verona

San Zeno Church is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture.  In addition, it has magnificent bronze doors leading into the church and many artworks inside. The church is dedicated to the patron saint of Verona, Saint Zeno.

Funicular of Castel S. PietroVerona Funicular

 

 

 

Take this funicular up to Castel S. Pietro and get a spectacular view of the city!

Via MazziniVia Mazzini, Verona

Evening strolls and chic boutiques are the highlight of the most popular shopping street in Verona. This is the best place to shop in Verona. Make sure you have room in your luggage to bring home some fashion finds. Not only is the shopping great, but there are a number of cafes and restaurants to stop at between shopping. I was also impressed by the beautiful shiny limestone pavement.

Porta Borsari

Verona things to see

This majestic Gate dates back to Roman times and it still marks the entrance into the city. Porto Borsari was built between the 1st century BC and 1st century AD. It has magnificent double arches and an external facade of white stone. Of course, it is certainly a beautiful historic sight to see in Verona.

Now that you know what to see in Verona Italy, you have to discover what to do when you’re there. Verona offers a wide variety of wonderful tours to take.

Tours

In addition to all these free sights to see, you can pick from a tremendous amount of tours available.  Enjoy wine and food tours in addition to biking, walking and rafting tours.
Jump to my Top Tours to do in Verona.


St. Tropez

St. Tropez Travel

Saint Tropez, French Riviera

Saint Tropez, France is truly one of the chicest and sexiest places on our planet. The most glamorous town on the French Riviera has sunny weather, white sandy shores and the sparkling Mediterranean to play in. This is just the beginning of the magic. For one thing, St. Tropez has the most spectacular, amazing nightlife and beach clubs. There is an abundance of hot spots with entertainment that only St. Tropez can offer. On the other hand, you can get off the beaten path, finding serene and romantic places to spend your time. Also, let’s not forget first class dining with amazing local cuisine. There is so much to discover in this picturesque, vibrant village.St. TropezSt. Tropez boasts a charming old town. As you roam the narrow cobblestone streets you will discover unique and beautiful places that will inspire you. Saint Tropez is filled with fabulous restaurants, cafes, galleries and boutiques. Of course, there are many luxury shops also, such as Channel, Dior, Louis Vuitton, etc. Furthermore, there is a fantastic open air market on Place des Lices every Tuesday and Saturday. The market has delicious food products as well as an array of merchandise from fashion to antiques.

St. Tropez Harbor – The Gathering Spot

St. Tropez, French Riviera

St. Tropez is also known for its bustling port. Not to mention that it is the focal point of town. You can grab a cocktail or coffee in one of the many open-air restaurants and watch the crowd go by. The harbor is a busy area lined with restaurants, cafes, and stores. Not only is the harbor a magnet for people, but also for the incredible mega yachts that are docked. Part of the allure is walking along the dock and browsing at all the yachts – any Below Deck fans?

St. Tropez Beaches

St. Tropez Beaches

Not only is the weather beautiful in Saint Tropez, but the beaches are beautiful as well. Furthermore, the beach clubs are insane! Crazy mad with great food, a great vibe and then voila – a thumping dance club that doesn’t stop till dusk!

Charming Old Town

St. Tropez

In St. Tropez you can have it all from a romantic relaxing vibe to a non-stop party vibe. All wrapped up in a gorgeous Saint Tropezian bow!  Oh yes, it is still the home of Brigitte Bardot, who put St. Tropez on the map. Thank goodness!

Rosé Anyone?

St. Tropez Rose

You will be sure to raise a glass of Rosé when you’re in Saint Tropez. This is just a small selection of Rosé that the French Riviera has to offer! Raise a glass and say “santé”

Sooo pretty!St. Tropez, Cote d'azur

St. Tropez is a village with winding alleys and colorful façades – a picturesque and characterful maze of pastel homes and cobblestone lanes.

St. Tropez Linda


Shelter Island

Destination Shelter Island

Shelter Island is located between Greenport and Sag Harbor on the east end of Long Island. It is definitely a hidden gem and a perfect summer vacation spot. Many people decide to make it their year-round home. In the first place, you’ll discover a wonderful mix of natural beauty, gorgeous beaches and beautiful wildlife. Shelter IslandSecondly, there are many delicious restaurants, a few hotspots and lots of fun. Let’s not forget sports. Shelter is a boaters paradise and a golfers haven. In addition kayaking, stand up paddle boarding and other water sports are available. Shelter IslandFurthermore one of the best ways to explore the island is by bicycle. Many hotels offer complimentary bicycles. Therefore you can get some exercise before hitting the beach. There is something to do for everyone on Shelter Island. Let’s start exploring……

Getting to Shelter Island

. The only way to reach Shelter Island is by ferry or boat. There are two ferry stations on Shelter: the North (Greenport) and the South (Sag Harbor). My favorite way to get here is from Greenport via the LIE and Sound Avenue. It is a pleasure to pass all the beautiful wineries and lively farm stands. The ferry ride is about 5 minutes.  Alternatively, you can also take Sunrise Highway into Sag Harbor and then ferry (three minutes) to Shelter Island.
North Ferry Prices:
One way vehicle + driver $11. Same day roundtrip $16. Passengers in vehicles or on foot $2
South Ferry Prices:
One way vehicles $14. Same day roundtrip $17. Passengers in vehicles or on foot  $1

Shelter Island Sights

Shelter Island

Stars Cafe – a great little breakfast place

 

Shelter Island Shelter Island

BEACHES

Shelter Island Crescent Beach

Crescent Beach

My favorite beach is Crescent Beach. You will find a beautiful view, calm water and many yachts and sailboats. Not only can you play volley ball on the sand and indulge in various water sports, but  there is a huge tent for massages on the beach. In addition, you can cross the road and have lunch or a drink at Sunset Beach Restaurant.

Silver Beach, Shell Beach, Wades Beach, Upper Beach and Lower Beach are beautiful and quiet. These are typically in residential neighborhoods and used by the residents.

Sleep – Shelter Island Hotels and Guesthouses

There are a handful of great hotels and guesthouses here, so book early – especially on July 4th or Labor Day weekends. Read on for some of my favorite picks.

Sunset Beach Hotel

Sunset Beach Hotel

Escape to Sunset Beach and you’ll feel like you’re waking up in a different world.  Feel a European vibe in this unique, charming hotel located on Crescent Beach. Large studio rooms all have spacious sundecks facing the bay. Enjoy complimentary beach chairs with towels, bicycles and paddleboards. Play petanque and pingpong.

Sunset Beach Hotel, Shelter Island

Sunset Beach’s restaurant

Sunset Beach has a terrific outdoor lounge area with a fire pit and occasional live music. The three-level restaurant and bar area are always filled with a lively crowd.  Rosé wine is flowing and a Frosé  is perfect on a hot summer day. Of course, DJ music plays from the afternoon into the wee hours of the night. Being right on the beach makes this the ultimate spot with a French twist.

The Pridwin HotelShelter Island

The Pridwin reminds me of a grand hotel. It has a huge lobby, very nice rooms and a pool.  In addition, the upstairs balcony has one of the best dining views on the island, and great food. It is a 5 min walk to Sunset Beach, which is a hot spot both day and night.

Shelter Island House Shelter Island Hotels

You will discover casual sophistication and a chance to explore the local feel without sacrificing luxury. The property has a pool and is close to Crescent Beach. The property opened a delicious new restaurant, Caci.

West Neck Guest HouseShelter Island Hotels

West Neck Guesthouse, is only about two years old. The property offers comfy and beautifully appointed guest rooms all with king beds, private baths, flat screen TV’s with cable, and Wi-Fi. Just a 10 minute walk from Crescent Beach.

 

For EATS  go to: Shelter Island Restaurants


Verona Italy

Verona Italy the City of Love

Discover Verona

I just spent 4 amazing days in Verona Italy. It is known as the city of love and the story of Romeo and Juliet. I found it to be one of the most beautiful cities in Italy. For example Verona boasts stunning architecture, Roman and medieval bridges, ancient frescos on building facades, beautiful churches, lovely piazzas – the list of WOW just goes on and on!

Verona

Not to mention that flowers and greenery are everywhere. It’s a photographers dream city. In addition, it is also the home of Valpolicella and Amarone wines! That raises the wow factor to the roof!  This ancient city is built on the banks of the Adige River and it is one of the main tourist destinations in Northern Italy. Once you visit, it is easy to see why. This city of love and passion is a must see.

Verona Piazza della Erbe

Every step is a surprise….

To truly discover Verona is to take hidden little streets. There are  wide roads dating back to Roman times, but also little, narrower medieval ones which hide treasures and amazing sights.

Explore VeronaVerona City Map

As you can see from the map above, the historic center of Verona is built between a narrow river bend. It has many popular attractions and is a totally walkable city. For example, to walk from the top of the map to the bottom is no longer that 20 minutes.

‘What to see in Verona’ Get the scoop on the most popular attractions.

Things to do in Verona’ – Check out the best tours – walking, biking, rafting, wineries……

Pictures of Verona Attractions

Piazza delle Erbe

This is my favorite and most picturesque piazza.

Piazza BraPiazza Bra Verona

This tremendous cobbled piazza has a park on one side and a line of restaurants and cafes along the other.

CastelvecchioVerona Castelvecchio

A spectacular medieval fortress which now holds a museum.

Verona ArenaVerona Arena

This ancient arena still has performances to this day.

Juliet’s HouseJuliet's House

Verona and love go together like Romeo and Juilet. This is a must-see attraction.

Sant’ Anastasia ChurchSaint Anastasia, Verona

Located by Piazza dei Signori, St. Anastasia is the biggest church in town.

Basilica of San ZenoSan Zeno, Verona

San Zeno Church is a beautiful example of Romanesque architecture.

Via MazziniVia Mazzini, Verona

Evening strolls and chic boutiques are the highlight of this most popular shopping street.

Pictures

VeronaVerona Market at Piazza Erbe