• 5 Cruises I Want to Book Right Now Catherine Palace, Tsarskoye Selo, Russia If I could take every cruise I wanted over the next 12 months, these would be my top 5 choices. This is not an #ad and my choices are only influenced by the itineraries I find most intriguing on the ships I love. It is highly personal and therefore highly biased. […]
  • Dear Tor, A Letter to Tor Hagen, Chairman and CEO Viking Cruises Viking Star sailing into Greenwich Dear Tor, As you have just launched your sixth ocean-going ship, Viking Jupiter, I hope you won’t mind my sharing a personal note with a few readers. Our past goes back many years and has had its ups and downs. From the video depiction of the Bayeux Tapestry onboard Viking […]
  • Forgotten St. Petersburg: Shadows of the Romanovs Many Romanov sites in St. Petersburg and nearby Tsarskoye Selo (Pushkin) have been restored in the past few years, but a few remain untouched.  I had planned to write an article about “Reinventing the Romanovs” as Russia continues to restore and open many new palaces.  But as often happens to me, my plans shifted once I arrived. […]
  • Luxury Travel: It’s About Access, Not Thread Counts Luxury is about opening doors…or gates. The author at Burghley House in England. “Show me something I can’t see on my own, introduce me to someone I could not meet. That is the trip I will take. Luxury is Access. “ That’s my travel mantra and apparently, many UHNW travelers share my view. At a recent […]
  • About Viking Cruises: What I Meant to Say Leaving the port of Le Havre, France onboard Viking Sea. Returning to my cabin after another exciting Viking Cruises‘ christening in Koblenz, Germany, I found a letter, asking if I would consider being interviewed.  I emailed the Viking video team that I would be happy to share my thoughts on Viking and cruising.  (This is […]
  • An Imperial Journey: Moscow to St. Petersburg The trip I want to repeat…again and again. Join me next summer?  Here is a short video of some of the sites and treasures I discovered when cruising the waterways from Moscow to St. Petersburg this year.  Thank you Viking River Cruises.  Well done. (Be sure and click HD on settings!) What sites can you recognize?  Look for […]
  • A #Journeymaker in Russia:  Beyond Postcard Travel Thanks to a seventeen year career in travel at the Smithsonian Institution and a lifetime of personal travel, I have visited almost every country, or former country, over the past 35 years. From the Arctic, Amazon and Antarctic to Easter Island, Fiji, Vladivostok and Beijing, north to south, east to west, I have circled the […]
  • “Glories of the Hermitage” Russia in the Winter During the Gilded Age, at the turn of the last century, St. Petersburg was a must stop on every social calendar…in winter.  The social season of Russia’s imperial capital was at it’s height during January and February, when there was little sunlight.   Having spent a week in St. Petersburg, in the dead of winter, I […]