Dear, Dear Santa Fe

We had the opportunity to take a 36 hour jaunt to Santa Fe, New Mexico, over Memorial Day weekend.  The initial purpose of the trip was to see Lyle Lovett and Robert Earl Keen in concert together at the Santa Fe Opera, but we managed to get a couple of great meals in as well.  But what was our first stop the minute we walked …

New York Minute

I recently took my son to NYC to visit his godmother (lil’ sis came too), and one thing I really enjoyed was seeing the city from a child’s perspective.  We’ve learned that when traveling with kids, what works for us is to try to do only one big thing a day.  Since my son was reading Hugo, I thought it would be fun for them …

Hacienda de San Antonio

Feliz Mayo!   I cannot believe the month is almost over and June will be upon us soon.  Lately I have been dreaming about a trip we took in May six years ago to Mexico in celebration of Hubby’s birthday.  I love to go off-the-beaten-path in Mexico, and this has to be one of the finest spots I have ever seen.  Called Hacienda de San Antonio …

Turkey Wrap (Up)

As I was sorting through my photos over the weekend, I realized that I have some memories and photos from our trip to Turkey in March that are definitely worth a mention before calling it a wrap. Sumptuous breakfast buffet at the Kempinski Ciragan Palace Hotel, which is included in the price of the room. Quail egg omelets – how decadent! And speaking of the …

Summer is Here

With temperatures rising above 100 here in the Valley of the Sun, it is time to say goodbye to spring and hello to summer.  Springtime in the Desert Southwest is a brief period of time, but it is stunning in its beauty.  I will have to hold on to these images in my mind in order to get through the next five months of 100 …

Argentina

As I write this post on May 5, I am reminded of where I was a year ago today: on a flight returning from Buenos Aires. Hubby and I had flown to Cordoba, Argentina, for a three day dove shoot with my siblings, and then with another couple, on to Mendoza to spend a few nights at the incomparable Cavas Wine Lodge. It was autumn …

AZ Tidbits

I swung by my local florist last week, the Camelback Flowershop, and saw something that made my heart flutter: My initial thought was that I would take advantage of this the next time I host a dinner party on a weekend.  But, then again, why wait for a special occasion?  At 50% off, I want to treat myself every chance I can get.  La vida …

Viva Fiesta

This week is Fiesta in San Antonio, an event commemorating the fallen heroes of the Battle of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto, the latter of which ultimately gave Texas its freedom from Mexico.  It was a brief 18 minute battle, occurring in present-day Harris County, just outside Houston, where the Texians, led by General Sam Houston, defeated the Mexican army and captured …

Houston Antiquing

I just returned from a scouting trip to Houston, my second of (hopefully many) such excursions.  We have been designing, planning, and recently building a new home in AZ, and are finally at the fun part…decorating.  I met my designer extraordinaire there, and we spent two very busy and productive days hitting as many stores as time would allow.  She likes to stay at the …

Bright Shiny Things

While in Istanbul, I became fascinated with the Bohemian crystal chandeliers that seem to adorn many palaces, hotels, restaurants, and homes.  In the restaurant Pandeli, above the spice market, I spotted the first of many to be seen along my trip. Notice the etched tulip-shaped glass globes.  The tulip flower originated centuries ago in Persia and Turkey, and played a significant role in the art …