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Colorado, Reviews

Review: Panzano, Denver

Review: Panzano, Denver ♥♥♥♥ Panzano is an Italian restaurant with excellent service and very good food made from mostly organic, local ingredients. It was the best restaurant that we visited on our recent trip, and we ate breakfast there four times and lunch twice. The only reason that I review it as four hearts instead of five, […]

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Colorado, Reviews

Review: Hotel Monaco, Denver

Review: Hotel Monaco, Denver ♥♥♥♥ We recently stayed at the Hotel Monaco, Denver, for four nights. Hotel Monaco is part of the Kimpton brand of hotels, and this one is located in downtown Denver. We had a very comfortable stay, and the location was excellent, so I give it 4 hearts. The hotel […]

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Travel Tips

How to Avoid Getting Sick on a Plane

As I type this story, I’m well into my second week of bronchitis, which I’m sure I contracted in an airplane. I used to go to a lot of trouble to avoid getting sick on a plane. I’d bring Airborne on board and take it throughout the flight, as well as the […]

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Destinations, Reviews, Spain

Tapas in Madrid

One of my favorite Spanish customs is eating tapas. There are several legends about how tapas originated, but today it involves going to a bar, ordering a few tasty bites with a drink and enjoying them with your friends, then perhaps moving on to another bar, and maybe another. You can do this […]

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Destinations, Reviews, Spain


Madrid is my favorite city, and I’ve been there numerous times. It’s old, large, lively, and urban, yet it’s pretty and has a small-town feel. I love the festive atmosphere, the food, and the walkability. People are always out and about, no matter what hour. They really enjoy food, drink, and conversation, and […]