Author: Becky Lukovic

New Colosseum Security Procedures in Rome.

Hello fellow travelers!  Travel always seems to give us reasons to practice our Yoga breathing!  It’s time to put on your Patient Hat–especially when visiting Rome…and the Colosseum. Please be advised that due to new mandatory security regulations every visitor must wait in a security line prior to entering the Colosseum. For safety reasons the Colosseum can accommodate a maximum of 3,000 people at once and every visitor must pass through a metal detector. The Colosseum previously instituted security changes disallowing all large backpacks, suitcases, trolleys, and large purses.  Why lug these things around with you all day, anyway!...

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Creating A Travel Tradition

The Man and I have a yearly tradition of taking a fabulous short break before the holidays set in. The exact date varies a smidge based on our calendars, but it’s typically sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas. The short break of four or five days give us time to recharge between holidays, have a bit of fun, and put our toes in the sand while consuming buckets of champagne, margaritas, pina coladas….                   I often hear how the holidays are exhausting and family can be problematic—you go over those same conversations...

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Restaurant Review – Bardot Brasserie – Las Vegas

Each year I head west to Vegas for our annual Virtuoso Travel conference where I rekindle relationships with the best hotels, tour operators and cruise lines in the world. It’s a whirlwind! I always arrive a few days early to eat—yes eat! There are so many good restaurants in the city that doesn’t sleep and I am eager to find new favorites! Last night, I dined at the brand new Bardot Brasserie. Oh my goodness, it was fantastic! Bardot is the creation of the amazing chef, Michael Mina in the Aria Hotel on the strip in Las Vegas. It replaced his earlier American Fish restaurant that I liked a lot—but Bardot (in my opinion) is a better use of the space. It just oozes charm!!!                   The restaurant offers traditional French brasserie cuisine and doesn’t break the bank (unless you want one of everything, which is my style of dining). Chef Joshua Smith (I got to meet him for about half a second) creates beautiful and tasty elevated rustic French fare! The wine list was a thing of beauty with pages upon pages of old world wine. In short, I was in Foodie Heaven!! As soon as my fanny hit the seat, I ordered a glass of Henriot Brut Rose. Hey, a girl needs her bubbles!! Soon a warm, crusty baguette...

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17Hundred90 Inn Restaurant – Savannah

Last night, we revisited 17Hundred90 Inn Restaurant in downtown historical Savannah. It had been a while since I had been there and I’ve been itching to try the actual restaurant instead of simply the bar with the bar menu. The restaurant is purportedly haunted and is on the haunted tours of Savannah. It is named after the year it was constructed.  The ambiance is of an old southern home; replete with cut glass chandeliers and old china cabinets—right up my alley! The service was spot-on with our only speed bump being we had to ask for an ice bucket...

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How to Set Your Destination Wedding Budget

It seems so easy….so clear cut….a FREE destination wedding with a certain number of nights in a certain type of room. Free is typically never completely free…there’s the fine print…the limitations to the “free” package. A Destination Wedding can still be a great value, but many times there may still be a hefty price-tag for all the bells and whistles. Although wedding packages vary from resort to resort and destination to destination, some fixed costs will apply. I recommend having a budget template listing your requirements for your ceremony and discovering the cost for these items or services. Your...

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