AirBnb guest guide to Portobello Road: 5 essential shops

One of the fun things about being an Airbnb guest is the opportunity to have a fantasy local life during your stay. If you’re near bustling Portobello Road, the commercial heart of Notting Hill, here is the ultimate guide to shopping in the neighborhood.  You will feel positively native… without breaking your travel budget.  Continue reading “AirBnb guest guide to Portobello Road: 5 essential shops”

Best of the best: 5 favorite destinations in 2017

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2017 was a banner year for my travel.  Some destinations were carefully planned but others were just serendipitous, popping up out of the blue. Either way, believe me, the travel gods cranked  it out on my behalf.   During this remarkable stretch of travel and exploration, the trips were chronicled in this space.   And now, as the year winds to a close, here are my 5 favorite destinations for 2017.  I hope you’ll find some ideas and inspiration for your 2018 travel plans.

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Where to find London’s absolutely best gin and tonic

It’s at The Distillery, on Portobello Road in trendy Notting Hill.  Hands down best.  Not the kind of gin and tonic with the anemic slice of lime that you you find at summer cocktail parties. Oh no, not here.

Here, gin is an art form with over a hundred brands on hand from around the world and a dozen or so different tonic waters and curated garnishes paired to enhance its flavor and aroma.
My ‘gin-perience’ began at The Distillery’s unique gin bar, Gintonica….

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