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01 May

carved snow wall

Sleeping on ice at Hôtel de Glace

May 1, 2016

An overnight stay at Quebec’s famed ice hotel, Hôtel de Glace Homefront Magazine featured the story of my stay at Quebec’s ice hotel, Hôtel de Glace, in their Spring 2016 issue. Click here to view it or read the story below. It’s a spectacular, sunny day as I make the final turn off the highway towards Hôtel de Glace, eager […]

25 Feb

Spa Diaries – Winter 2015/2016

February 25, 2016

Babymooners, Snow Spa and a Wealth of Wellness My latest Spa Diaries column in Homefront Magazine: Babymoon ideas from the fantastic Glorietta Bay Inn in Coronado, California and the Westin Kierland in Scottsdale, Arizona. Mandara Spa’s new “snow spa” aboard the Norwegian Escape cruise ship. And a wealth of wellness, highlighting the innovative and extensive wellness programming available […]

19 Aug

Exploring Chicago on foot

August 19, 2014

Chicago I think this was my fourth time in Chicago. My first visit must have been in 1986. I was there for a broadcast promotions conference. The only reason I can even guess at the date is because I remember being in the audience for the Oprah Winfrey show….before anyone knew who she was. She was […]

15 Jul

Gaia Spa in Istanbul

July 15, 2014

Holy Hamam, I love Istanbul! I’ve been fortunate enough to visit Istanbul several times now and the city never fails to thrill me with new tastes, smells and adventures. On my quest to experience all things spa, I visited Gaia Spa at the Grand Hyatt in Istanbul for a hamam treatment. Check out my full […]

08 Jan

Nirvana in the midst of Moscow

January 8, 2014

To read my review of Mandara Spa at the Lotte Hotel in Moscow please find it here  

08 May

Serenity in the City, ESPA at The Ritz-Carlton Moscow

May 8, 2013

The elegant Ritz Carlton is located beside Red Square in the heart of Moscow. When visiting, be sure to check out the rooftop bar with great views of the Kremlin walls and onto the Square. The view helps ease the sticker shock of $30 martinis. Click here to check out my review of the lovely […]

29 Feb

1972 series hockey

Where were you in ’72?

February 29, 2012

The universe has an odd sense of humour. I have never had much interest in hockey. Yet I find myself married to a ‘hockey guy’. My sweet husband has worked his entire career in the hockey world. Thankfully he is unfazed by my lack of knowledge or interest in the game. You’re a good man, […]

04 Feb

Russian gym

Tales from the Russian gym

February 4, 2012

I recently had lunch with two friends, Ann & Camille, at The Sad (translation: “The Garden”) – a restaurant in our Moscow neighbourhood which features a beautiful tropical interior, complete with birds flying overhead. While enjoying our meals, we began sharing stories of our escapades and observations while working out at our gyms here in Russia. The […]

23 Jan

Cold weather. Cold war. Winter in Moscow.

January 23, 2012

Cold weather has hit Moscow. I think it may be my fault. After spending several months in California, I returned to Moscow on January 10 and was thrilled to find temperatures hovering around zero degrees Celsius. Now that’s not warm and was still a shock to the system after the Palm Springs sunshine – but […]

25 Jan

Terrorist Attack in Moscow

January 25, 2011

By now most of you are aware of the tragic events which unfolded in Moscow yesterday afternoon. A suicide bomber detonated what appears to be two bombs in the international arrivals area of the Domodedovo airport.  The result? 35 dead, approximately 150 injured and many people asking a lot of questions. How did it happen? […]

07 Oct

To pee or not to pee…that is the question

October 7, 2010

To pee or not to pee…that is the question Like so many others, I took the opportunity in my late teens to spend several months touring Europe. From a school term in Tours, France to the six weeks afterwards traveling by train through Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy & Greece – I have fond memories of […]

13 Sep

10 Random Things I Learned In My First Ten Days In Moscow

September 13, 2010

10 Random Things I’ve Learned In My First Ten Days In Moscow I will NEVER drive in Moscow. Drivers here are insane – racing down city streets, riding each other’s bumper, creating an additional lane where there isn’t one – but you never see those drivers stopped by the police. You only see police conducting […]