Tiny traveling Virgin loves coming home to Zapopan

Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan - at sunset

The tiny statue of the Virgin, made from corn paste, is no more than 10 inches high. But she’s believed to be a miracle-worker. And her home is stunning – the Basilica of Our Lady of Zapopan. And on October 12th each year, more than a million people crowd around the streets surrounding the basilica to welcome her back to her home on the outskirts of Guadalajara, Mexico.

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No clear villains at Thailand’s Hall of Opium

Hall of Opium

Walk through a long dark tunnel, with images of tortured souls sculpted on the walls, and you enter the Hall of Opium.

Cradled in the humid jungle of the Golden Triangle, it’s an unlikely place for a world-class museum. But then, this notorious region where Thailand meets Burma and Laos produced most of the world’s heroin from the 1960s to early 1990s.

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Which way to the Juarez Theater in Guanajuato?

Guanajuato - Teatro Juarez

The outside of the Juarez Theater (Teatro Juarez) blew us away. We had foolishly decided to walk from our hotel (the lovely Quinta Las Acacias) to the historical center in Guanajuato, a gem of a colonial town in Mexico. Some TripAdvisor reviews noted it was only a 20-minute walk. But we didn’t know our way around, so it took us over an hour. (Mind you, it was a pleasant walk.)

And then, as we entered the pedestrian-only historical zone and turned a corner, there it was! Teatro Juarez – the ornate theater we’d read about and couldn’t wait to see.

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Art and wine at Art Walk San Jose del Cabo

Art Walk San Jose del Cabo - Casa Dahlia

Sip wine, nibble complimentary tapas from wandering restaurateurs, admire artistic works at unique galleries and meet the artists.

Welcome to Art Walk – a delightful evening of strolling the historic art district in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico.

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Halekulani - Honolulu

It’s heavenly at the Halekulani in Honolulu

Friday, April 11, 2014

Halekulani means “house befitting heaven” in Hawaiian. And the elegant Halekulani hotel in Honolulu certainly qualifies. Not because of its physical construction – the 453-room resort occupies five…


A sultan’s palace? No, Baraza Resort and Spa

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Had we accidentally walked into a sultan’s palace? The gleaming white entrance lobby – embellished with marble floors, gold silk divans and battered brass lanterns – sure made…

FS Lanai - Pool view

What’s the best Four Seasons resort on Lanai?

Monday, February 24, 2014

French country-style mountain lodge? Or deluxe beach resort? Many guests like to split their stay on Lanai and experience both (which is what we did). For the Four…

Quinta Maria Cortez - balcony view

Luxury for less at two boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Thinking of Puerto Vallarta for some much-needed sunshine? We’ve scouted out two, centrally-located, boutique Puerto Vallarta hotels with loads of charm. (Hacienda San Angel is also lovely, but it’s…

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