July, 2012

All aboard, for the most luxurious train trips in Europe.

Sophisticated travel calls for superbly styled luggage. Briggs & Riley Baseline 24″ Expandable Upright Spinner with its ability to increase in space over 15 percent, making it simple to pack a week’s worth of dress to impress outfits.

The four-day Polish Express, with the Danube Express, begins in Budapest as passengers first gather at a reception in the Royal waiting room of the city’s Nyugati station. Leaving Hungary’s capital the train follows the immortal river towards Bratislava, 124 miles northeast.

Windows filled with views of old castles and vineyards set in the excitement for arrival into the capital of Slovakia by early afternoon. Tour Old Town and its ancient castle located high above the city.

As the train speeds into the Moravian night a delight of locally produced ingredients create an unforgettable dinner accompanied by fine Hungarian wines. Continue Reading »

Summer is here – time for thousands of tourists to hit Washington, DC. in the muggy heat. How bad is the humidity? In the days before air conditioning, ambassadors, assigned to the nation’s capital, received hardship pay.

With the lightweight Eagle Creek Cloudstream 28″ Upright, getting into DC is no sweat. Slightly more than nine pounds, it is a breeze to wheel around National or Dulles Airports or Union Station.

As a former licensed DC tour guide, here are some must-do tips:

1. Keep hydrated.

Standing in lengthy lines is a common sight at many DC monuments, memorials, and museums as are the great number of tourists who drop in a dead faint due to dehydration.

2. The walk from the Lincoln Memorial to the Capitol Building is much farther than it looks on the map.

Gasping for breath while holding their sides, family members or passing members of Congress, many a tourist looked at the tour guide map and thought ‘that’s not too far’. It is close to three miles and the final mile or so is uphill. No, it is not like climbing the Alps, but in high humidity and weighted down by souvenirs, brochures and water bottles it can take a toll on some. Continue Reading »

Last week we journeyed the northern part of the American Whiskey Trail from New York City, western Pennsylvania and down to the Virginia estate of George Washington. Come along this week to Kentucky and Tennessee where the history of whiskey is alive and well at a handful of renowned distilleries.

The Swiss Army Luggage Wenger Neo Lite 21″ Pilot Carry-on Spinner provides the best in luggage for packing a precious bottle or two with internal compression straps and zippered mesh pocket.

Unlike Scottish, Irish and other whiskeys, whiskey, known as bourbon, must has specific rules. It must be American made, contain at least 51 percent corn and be aged in new charred oak barrels Continue Reading »

Some think Scotland is the only country to have a whisky trail. Throw in the “e” and take off for a spirited journey along American Whiskey Trail also known as the AWT.

The Eagle Creek Crossroads Roll-Away 30″ rolls from airplane to car and along city streets to country roads where the AWT is found from in this week’s article from New York to Virginia. Next week’s article will journey along the rest of the AWT into Kentucky and Tennessee.

Whisky has always been part of the American landscape. It began in colonial times when colonists gathered corn from Native Americans. They mixed it with rye or barley and water and following fermentation drank it as they gathered at inns to hatch a revolution or while Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence by the light of a tavern’s candles. The Whiskey Rebellion was one of the first tests of federal power in the new republic. By the early 20th century, the prohibition of whiskey and other alcoholic beverages forever stamped an era of speakeasies and gangsters into the history books. Continue Reading »