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Sipping Wine With Olympic Cycling Champion Steve Bauer

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

I wore the ‘White Jersey’ (from the Gap), pressed the pedal to the metal and sipped wine with olympic cycling champion, Steve Bauer. Steve Bauer has great calves. The Canadian Olympic Cycling silver medalist who rode in 11 consecutive Tour de France races, wearing the coveted ‘yellow jersey’ as leader in the 1988 and 1990 races, isn’t even sweating. He is leading a group of 25 …

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The Intimate Provence – Hostellerie de Crillon Le Brave

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Search for the soul of France and you will probably alight in Provence’s Luberon. Collette in love, Van Gogh and Cezanne feverishly impassioned by color; F. Scott Fitzgerald writing Tender is the Night – all four were seduced by her luminous landscapes and capricious nature. Imagine standing on a narrow, wrought-iron Juliet balcony, the sun, setting far across the town of Caromb, a fuchsia fireball hovering above purple smoke. …

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Searching for La Dolce Vita? Experience Gold Medal Plates Supporting Olympic Athletes

In Food & Wine, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

“Surrender your cellphones and all communication devices! Standby for pat downs. Open your knife kits for inspection – no food or spices allowed.” An excerpt from an episode from prison dramedy, ‘Orange Is the New Black? ” Not quite. It’s the culinary referee’s missive to chefs prior to the Black Box competition – part of the rigorous two-day, 2015 Gold Medal …

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A Night at the Vancouver Aquarium – Where Marine Life Watch the Humans Dine!

In Food & Wine, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Like pulsating exotic flowers, thousands of poisonous jellyfish whirl about in a silent dance; inquisitive penguins are as dapper as the nattily attired male guests, peering at each other through the glass and white belugas, ghostly apparitions, nonchalantly glide by cocktail dresses as colourful as a coral reef. The Vancouver Aquarium’s annual Gala fundraiser was a splashy affair raising funds to …

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Sparkling Hill Resort – Wellness by Design

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Dr. No would be so jealous. Stealthily climbing up the secluded spiraling road by car, (helicopter optional – really!), one is suddenly confronted with an architectural marvel blasted into a mountain. A faceted ‘crystal’ of epic proportions embedded into Vernon’s Mount Royce sparkles provocatively over Lake Okanagan in British Columbia, Canada. The entrance to the $122-million Resort invested by Gernot Langes …

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Rockwater Secret Cove Resort: Taking Luxury Camping To A Whole New Level

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Spoiled Alert: If the smell of mildewed sleeping bags, schlepping your own tent, not showering for a few days and using leaves for toilet paper is not your cup of Dom Pérignon, Vancouver based interior designer, Lucille Fares of LMF International, has created the answer to your camping quandary. She has designed Rockwater Secret Cove Resort’s permanent luxury Tenthouse Suites …

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Herods Hotel Eilat – Fit For A King, Or An Emperor

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

A Canadian has skillfully combined modern-day opulence with historic details in this grand Israeli Herods Palace hotel I am doing the backstroke in the Olympic-sized pool surrounded by palm and grapefruit trees as 20 stone Egyptian cats stoically spurt azure water in arcs above my head. Gazing up at the hotel’s soaring Turkish domes and minarets, I feel like a …

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When Snorkeling With Dolphins, Keep Your Smiles To Yourself

In News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

I confess that I’ve always wanted to snorkel with the dolphins. That’s what happens when you grow up watching the invariably smiling Flipper on TV. When we visited Dolphin Reef in Eilat, my first foray into exploring the mysteries of the Red Sea, I learned two things: First, never smile back when you see a dolphin and, second, after four days at Herods Palace Hotel, wetsuits …

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The Mermaids’ Kitchen

In Design, News, Travel by Laura Goldstein

Don’t be surprised if mermaids, dolphins or parrotfish watch as you eat. After all, you are the one behind glass in this unique undersea restaurant Visitors to Eilat, Israel’s trendy beach resort area, spend a lot of time under water – snorkelling, swimming with the dolphins and scuba diving. Although they still need to come up occasionally for air, they …