Eyes on Mendoza’s Uco Valley

May 23, 2014

In late March, my husband and I embarked on our annual road trip over the Andes from Santiago to Mendoza, Argentina, one of the most scenic routes in South America. We said tchau to the sprawling metropolis of Santiago and cruised past arid, caramel-colored hills north of Santiago into the Aconcagua Valley, carpeted with green […]

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A Mid-Summer’s Dream of Buenos Aires

December 4, 2013

Can you believe it is December already? How did that happen? I realize I have seemingly been in hiding (at least on the blog) for the past couple months. Truthfully, we have been continent hopping around South America, the US, Europe, and N. Africa.  It has been awesome…but I am glad to be home. You […]

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Mendoza Terroir 101

August 20, 2013

Mendoza, fittingly known as the Tierra del Sol, is a sun-drenched land that, in actuality, is an irrigated scrubland in the arid rain shadow of the towering Andes. Most of Mendoza remains a desert although parts of it were converted into a series of oases over 700 years ago by irrigation channels built by the […]

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South American Fall Getaways

February 28, 2013

Yesterday evening, I needed to blow off steam from the office and went out for my favorite vuelta, walk, around Parque Forestal from the Fine Arts museum to Plaza Italia and back. Earlier that afternoon, it had been an infierno outside but now, as the golden sun sank into the western horizon, a coolish breeze […]

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How Can I Help You?

June 11, 2012

What makes a stay in a luxury hotel, or any kind of visit for that matter, be the best? What do guests most desire and how can a hotel respond? The answer, I believe, lies in the details of personalized service. For affluent passengers, with routines that never stop, good service is everything. The innovative […]

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Caffed in BA

May 2, 2012

Think it’s possible to overdose on caffeine? It is. Especially when you’re slipped it, unknowingly. Most serious coffee drinkers, like myself back in the day, scoffed at the decaf crowd. A bunch of wimps and health freaks that were missing the whole point of drinking coffee in the first place. In fact, I was such […]

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