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Advice for Visiting Seville During Santa Semana

Several months ago I booked our flights to Seville. I knew it would be before Easter but I didn’t realize the week BEFORE Easter was such a big deal in the city. Sometimes the best surprises are left to chance. I didn’t grow up Catholic but I do know what Holy Week is about. MarocBaba on the other hand had absolutely no idea what was going on and what the significance was. The Outsiders Inside Guide to Marrakech I’ve written a guidebook sharing my insider knowledge of Marrakech. Sign up and get an instant download of the first chapter!  We respect…

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Seville: The City That Stole My Heart

I know what love at first sight feels like. It’s not even as much a conscious decision it just happens. So far I’m 1:1 and I consider that a fairly good record! When we arrived in Seville after a very quick flight from Marrakech (just over an hour) I knew that something was special about this place. Call it my great intuition. We checked into our hotel and went out for a walk. Within a few minutes of being outside, I told MarocBaba – “I am in love with this city.” He looked at me a little surprised and said,…

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Moroccan Cooking Class: Dar Les Cigognes and Handmade Couscous

A few weeks ago M and I had the opportunity to visit Dar Les Cigognes in Marrakech and do a private cooking class. We make and eat Moroccan food regularly but were very excited to choose our own menu, make it with the help of the very experienced Moroccan cooks, and of course eat it! Dar Les Cigognes offers private cooking classes for small to medium sized groups and everything is completely customizable – a great perk for those with food allergies. We met promptly at 10am, decided on our menu, and set off to visit the local bread oven,…

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5 Hotels in Amsterdam for Foodies

Why go out to eat when you can stay in a great hotel, in a great city, and eat amazing food? When I really want to treat myself I choose hotels that are known for their excellent restaurants. The good news? Amsterdam has plenty! Ciel Bleu at Okura Okura has not one, not even two, but four resturants on site that have been awarded by Michelin, the oldest European hotel and restaurant reference guide. Ciel Blue was awarded 2 stars and sits on the 23rd floor of Hotel Okura. If you want an even more memorable experience, book the chef’s table adjacent…

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A Small-Town Swiss Getaway: Where Royals Play

When a friend asks, “Do any of my friends want to fly to Italy and celebrate my 35th birthday at the ski resort in Switzerland….” obviously you answer yes. Obviously. After checking to see how serious she was and how responsive said resort might be I had a ticket booked to go a few weeks later. We drove from her home near Venice to the small city of Arosa, Switzerland high up in the Swiss Alps for a stay at the Tschuggen Grand Hotel.


Planning a Barcelona Visit with Kids

In May we’re planning a Mediterranean cruise for our family. I will be in the Barcelona area ahead of time speaking at TBEX Europe and the rest of the family will join me later. Our oldest son has always wanted to visit Barcelona and so this is one of his bucket list trips. We’re planning to spend a few days before and after the cruise exploring this city. We’re starting to scope out hotels in Barcelona and it seems to have plenty of aparthotels – a hybrid of an apartment and hotel. We’ve stayed in some places like this but…


Honolulu Hotels for Foodies

When thinking of booking a trip to Hawaii the last thing you want to do is spend your days running around looking for the best things to eat. It’s much better if the best food can come right to you. Instead of planning your vacation around what to eat (because let’s face it that’s what I do!) plan to stay where the best is already. These Honolulu hotels feature great dining options as well as gorgeous accommodations.


Where to Taste Authentic Nordic Cuisine in Oslo

With any vacation, food is an important component of having a great experience. In Oslo, this is no different. After choosing a great Oslo hotel, it’s time to determine how much of your budget is left for meals. If I were you, I’d take advantage of all the free and low cost activities offered in Oslo and save all my kroner for food! You can eat great in Oslo, but you should know it won’t be as inexpensive as other European cities.