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The Land Down Under

Australia has an interesting history. Many people have been told that when the British first began settling in Australia, it was in order to establish a penal colony for the worst of the worst criminals who were considered to be irredeemable and immoral and therefore held no place in England. This, however,...

Cascais: A Taste of Local Portugal

While there are so many major cities and capitals in Europe that can be visited, every once in a while you uncover a special treasure that offers a true taste and feel for a certain country. Cascais is a small coastal city about 30 kilometers west of Lisbon, Portugal. With a local population of about...

Getting the Most Out of Napa and Sonoma Valleys

Nestled north of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Napa and Sonoma Valleys have long been simple and fast getaways for the denizens of the city of the Golden Gate. Locals generally consider that entire area as one spot and usually refer to it as “Napa-Sonoma.” Best known as the most famous wine country in all...

Japan in Winter

When travelers think about Japan, they usually have images of cherry blossoms and paper umbrellas. For Patrick Imbardelli, world traveler and hospitality executive, some of the images that he often conjures up are the beautiful winters that he has experienced in Japan. While the larger cities such as Tokyo...

South Korea and Seoul

As an internationally acknowledged and respected hospitality expert, Patrick Imbardelli has been to many of the capitals of the nations around the world. If you ask Patrick Imbardelli to list his most favorite countries that he has visited, you will certainly find South Korea at or near the top of his list....

The Four Jewels of Hawaii

One travel destination that Patrick Imbardelli never fails to recommend for travelers are the islands of Hawaii. As he would describe this chain of islands, there are four distinct jewels worth the experiencing and enjoying. These would be, in no particular order, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii. Each island...

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