Shanghai, at first glance, appears as a city of the future. As the last stop of a two week journey with Viking Cruises on the Yangtze River, I had only 48 hours to discover the top 10 things to do. A Shanghai Express-so to speak. I knew of it’s modern skyline and planned buildings along the famous Bund, but not much more than that. What a delight this modern city held. Shanghai deserves more than a hurried stopover, but any visit should include the treasures I found in this city with a heady mix of seductive charm.
October weather was mild and quite comfortable, a light jacket more then enough. Just the type of temperatures I like when I have to hit the ground running and pack in as much as possible. Viking River does an excellent job of curating major experiences for guests and offering tips for those wanting to venture out on their own. Personal enrichment and cultural insight are at the top of their attention to detail both on land and at sea.
After finding coconuts on practically every street corner in Colombia, I can understand why this South American country might be known as the land of coconuts. Eating it in so many different ways while I was there started me thinking about what a valuable product this natural ingredient is and how I’ve added it to the health and beauty mix in my house.
March is Women’s History Month. Celebrating women who travel is just one of the many categories of impressive females in our history. We’ve all heard of Amelia Earhart, Jane Goodall and Nellie Bly, the list of inspiring women is a comprehensive one. Intrepid explorers all: one part bravery, one part brains and a whole lot of wanderlust and passion. In celebration of International Women’s Day, I thought I’d share the stories of three relatively unknown women with very different stories. One a survivor, one a wealthy explorer and one a remarkable artist. The common thread of women who travel runs through and changes their lives in unexpected ways.
As a baby boomer, I grew up with a generation who never heard of SPF and thought sun protection meant baby oil and iodine. I’ve had more than my share of run ins with skin cancer and over the last three decades, more people have been diagnosed with skin cancer then all other cancers combined. A sobering fact. While you can’t erase damage already done, you can change your habits. That’s why I’m so excited to introduce Coolibar sun protection clothing, the perfect addition to your warm weather travel wardrobe.
Ah Cartagena, you have seduced me with your charm and warm hospitality. Rising from a shady and dangerous past, rebuilding your reputation and shining for all the world to see. I envy the secrets you learned for embracing your old lines and preserving your historic character, all the while mixing in the new. My Cartagena highlights mix an intoxicating cocktail that tastes at once familiar and oh so different.