DH and I arrived in Rome and headed to pick up our rental car. ( better signage would have helped at the airport ). After an hours wait we got our cute Audi and we were off on the long drive to Portofino. (4 hrs ).
The long windy roads from Rapello to Santa Margerita to Portofino were out of a James Bond movie ( though we were not chasing nor being chased lol).
Hotel Belmond Splendido was just gorgeous. Old school charm. We had a junior suite with 2 terraces to lounge in. Just brilliant views.
View from terrace
The hotel was full of regulars. People checking in had been there multiple times. It’s a place where everyone knows your name. Also well loved by movie stars !
We ate dinner at the Hotel the first night on ther terrace , taking in the beautiful scenery.
A hotel with only 62 rooms , it sells out quick. Contact me for specials and exclusive deals.
On board the new delta plane and ready to go to Italy. Portofino is the first stop. Expect some posts from there. 😉
Yesterday there was a bizarre snowfall. Today the temperate was 10 degrees. The trains were running slow and no matter how you layered up, you were bound to be cold.
So after some intense physical therapy for my Achilles’ tendon and some personal training , I decided to treat myself for lunch at the awesome Eatly.
I did a pizza with olives and sausage. It was heaven !!
Also since I sat at the bar I shared a slice with a sweet girl visiting from Korea for 2 weeks. She got the tagliatelle pasta with short ribs. She was kind to offer me a bit.
A little friendliness goes a long way. Managed to have some kind of a conversation with her.
I love New York but I hate the winters. They are brutal !!
I was in Manhattan yesterday for some work and instead of looking what train I was getting on, I just got on a train. It was the “G” vs. the much needed “F”.
Anyway managed to change trains, but not before I got this cool picture in Williamsburg.
Sometimes it’s great to be a stranger in your home town. Wouldn’t you
So when an ice cream place opens- you do what the locals do. Cue up- even if it means a 40 m wait on a sat night after dinner.
Ample hill- welcome to Gowanus.
Will let you know how it is!!
Decided to check out this place for lunch today. A hidden bakery in Gowanus, by a very talented chef.
It’s right across from “little neck clams” and “The Pines” which I have tried.
It’s on 3 rd avenue, between president and Carroll.
I was away for 3 nights to the Canyon Ranch Spa. I was a little hesitant at first, since Cayon Ranch usually caters to an older customer. It was a girls weekend away and we were excited by the plethora of activities!
This leading hotel of the world was in North Miami beach area. 20 m cab to downtown south Miami beach.
The minute we got there , 80 degree and a breeze hit us. It was heavenly.
Some of the classes we tried were barre method , rock climbing , battle ropes ( super hard ), boxers workout , Zumba , beach boot camp , just to name a few. ( they offer 40 classes a day !).
Did I mention we took a “How to blow-dry your hair “. Results below.
This is a kid friendly place as well. With 4 pools and a beach , kids will love it. Kids 5 and over can participate in the rock wall climbing class too!
Check out the kids ride!
Did I mention , they have a 70,000 sq ft spa, plus an entire wellness program/ clinic that you can participate in!
Great place for dinner ! I had never been here and I took some our of town co-workers here. We had a lovely time.
The antique store by the enterance was super cute and I found lots of things I could spend some $$ on.
Food and the vibe was good.
The dessert was the highlight!
Here are some pics of the room at the one and only, Palm. Absolutely fab!