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            • March 12, 2019 Egypt- Cairo

              Cairo, Egypt

              Nothing quite prepares one for seeing the pyramids for the first time

              I will even not rant about treachery. I was brought up in a sea of treachery and deceit and betrayal. I swam in it like perch in the Nile. I am completely at home in it. I shall not drown.” 

              by Margaret George, The Memoirs of Cleopatra

              Where to Stay

              In Capri, if you have children, stay at the Quisiana (Grand Hotel Quisisana). It has an amazing pool and breakfast buffet, and is right in the middle of everything.  We had children ranging in age from 10 years to 18 years and so it was wonderful that they could all explore and pop in and out as they liked.

               If you are looking for a romantic getaway (which I often do in Capri as it has THE most romantic topography) my favorite place is the JK Place  followed by La Scalinatella.


              Where to Eat

              In terms of hotel restaurants, the lunch at La Colombaia at the Quisisana is delicious, and you can't beat the dinners at JK Place preceded by cocktails on their amazing terrace.

              However, my favorite lunch spot (and rest-of-the-afternoon spot) is hands down La Fontelina Beach Club where not only is the fish caught right of the Mediterranean sea but they put mattresses on the rocks for relaxing afterwards (that's my son on the mattress! he was certainly enjoying Italy).

               (Note: It's a REALLLLLY long walk down and up unless you go by boat, but SO worth it!)

               For a really special occasion, book the private terrace at Monastero Santa Rosa in Amalfi, which may be the most striking location for a hotel I have ever seen.  The monastery is hundreds of years old and looks as if it is falling into the sea off the cliff.  I have no idea how anyone could have built anything like it- it is breathtaking!  There is a VERY windy road up from Amalfi, or there is a helipad in Anacapri, up at the top of the island of Capri, which can land right by the church near the monastery.

              It's hard to compare such a remarkable place, but the other not to miss spot is Il San Pietro, which I love to approach by boat.  (I was with some very "seasoned" travelers and they all said it may have been the most incredible setting for a dinner they had ever seen).  The elevator takes you up through the cliffs by the sea to the most breathtaking views of any restaurant or hotel in the area.  (Note: the restaurant does not like children under 10! Barrett just snuck in under the wire!)

              At lunchtime, one of the most amazing restaurants I have experienced is La Conca del Sogno, a place where you want to spend most of the day.  You arrive by boat and are taken in by a smaller boat, and the food is delicious, and people-watching is fun!


              What to do

              For a day trip around the coast, I have loved the charters from Amalfi Sails.  The crew is so friendly and knowledgeable- they have taken us to beaches and grottos about which I never would have known (including an actual nude beach if you like!).  The blue grotto is a tourist attraction I usually avoid- you can see better caves in a more private way on other sides of the island.  The white grotto has a "statue" of the Virgin Mary which looks so realistic it seems like it was sculpted not made from nature.

               Or, for a fun afternoon shopping and cocktail, after lunch at La Conca del Sogno, head to Positano for amazing shopping and a drink at the Champagne Bar at Le Sirenuse, a centuries old family owned hotel, still run by wonderful Antonio Sersale whose hospitality knows no bounds (not only did he host us with champagne, he had a specially made birthday cake for the birthday guy!). Stop by Emorio Positano and the store at Le Sirenuse for amazing well edited clothing and gifts.

               For a more off-the-beaten path "beach club" (Capri has several beach clubs, which are restaurants right on the water where you can also rent chairs for the day and sit by the beach; the "club" part means that you have to pay to be there only- there aren't any membership applications!), I love Torre Saracena which is over 100 years old and legend has it, is the beach where Ulysses saw the Sirens (at least that's what I've been told).  The walk down to the Marina Piccola is on a charming street with no cars, private villas and that beautiful climbing bougainvillea which looks fake!

               In Capri, the shopping is top notch of course, with well known Italian brands like Missoni, Pucci, Miu Miu, Prada, etc. but since you can get all those clothes easily in the U.S., my favorite places to visit are those which are only in Italy- the little family owned sandal shop where Jackie got her shoes, Canfora (I like the chain link style all in gold with no leather straps); and Grey Flannel, which is the BEST for wonderful current and well-curated clothing; and the Emporio Sirenuse which has the best one piece bathing suits I have ever tried.

              Best of Cairo

              "This is my absolute favorite shop for sandals- Jackie O shopped here too."

              Canfora, Capri

              "You can't beat this place for a fun and relaxing lunch on the water, people watching."

              La Conca del Sogno

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              Kate Davis
              Founder and CEO of Davis Designs, NYC.

            • March 12, 2019 Cuba

              Cuba

              In 2017 we took the family to CUBA for an educational trip with all 3 children, then ages 9 to 11, and my best friend and her mother.  

              My 9-year-old daughter wrote this summary of our trip for her 3rd grade class on her return.

              “Over President’s Day I went to Cuba, I learned the history of Cuba.  When my mom and I hopped off the airplane it was like we travelled through time and ended up in the 50s.  All the cars were old fashioned and bright colors such as red, pink and green.  The buildings looked like they had once been clean and new and now they look abandoned.  Me (sic) and my family went for a walk on the river and waves kept splashing over us.  For dinner, we went to a restaurant that served very different food.  Barrett my brother ate duck for an appetizer and rabbit for a main course!  There is no internet and no ATMs so my mom had to bring a lot of money with her. Today is the last full day I have in Cuba.  I went on a tour of a cool museum and found out lots of cool things. My trip in Cuba has been fun, although sometimes I have to bring toilet paper whenever I want to go to the bathroom, because there is NO more.”

              Now is no time to think of what you do not have. Think of what you can do with that there is.

              by Ernest Hemingway, The Old Man and the Sea

              What we learned

              I think my third grade daughter’s impressions of Cuba bring to light the many interesting aspects of Cuba- the beauty of the land, the beautiful architecture literally crumbling in front of us, and the social and economic impact of a first world country that literally closed itself off from the rest of the free-market economies of the world in 1959 and is just now beginning to change again.  (She is correct, there is no toilet paper even in the national museum and a person stands by the entrance handing out little squares for a tip).

               It really does feel in many ways like stepping into the past- all the old cars driving by, the old architecture, the lack of technology, internet, televisions.  The culture also shows the repercussions of the 1959 revolution, when Castro took control of the government and nationalized everything.  Our tour guide explained how wealthy Europeans and Americans had to leave and literally left keys in their cars at the airport because they knew everything would just be taken away and there was no point in even locking up.  There was so much jewelry and furniture and possessions left behind.  The history is fascinating, and even a quick brush up on the Cuban revolution on Wikipedia would make the trip more impactful for anyone.

               Because of the lack of information about the free world, the people did not have access to internet, movies, television and so there is also a lot of propaganda we would hear.  Everything is free, and the people are proud of that- health care, even homes, all given by the government, but then there is no aspiration to anything more.  There is no point in working for anything because there is nothing better to have.  There are very few stores that we saw, and even in grocery stores hardly anything to buy.  We went to 5 stores just looking for bottled water- there wasn’t any, because everything is allocated by the government, not driven by supply and demand.  My children really picked up on this concept, and the real-life education of the impact of a communist government on a country and people was invaluable.  The people we met along the way were friendly and nice. Even when people tried to sell us bananas, or came up begging, we always felt safe.  When asking us for help, the people did not ask for money- literally there is nothing to buy.  Money doesn’t matter as much as things.  They would ask us for shampoo, toys, clothes, because those are things you cannot get easily in Cuba.  Education, homes, health care- but not the basic things we take for granted at home.  

               We loved the weather, the beaches, the buildings, and the charming architecture.  But the most impactful part of the trip for us was experiencing a different government system first hand, and the impact on a country, in contrast to what we expect and are used to at home.  When we walked into Newark after going through customs- we had culture shock in the reverse.  All the restaurants, bars, store, kiosks- there was more to buy and eat just in 5 minutes at Newark than we had seen in a week.  My daughter commented “Imagine what a person in Cuba would think if we put them in this airport”.  Our trip got everyone thinking, we learned some interesting lessons about capitalism and how grateful we are for a country where achievement is rewarded. Given the negative political climate the children have experienced this year, it was interesting to ese an alternative to democracy and look at the American system in that light.

               It is exciting to see the changes, but also made me wonder if all the beautiful buildings would be torn down and replaced with hotels and buildings less costly to design and build.  Restoring all those old buildings would be so important but also cost much more than just tearing them down.


              Where to Stay and Eat

              For dinner our favorites were:

              Paladar El Cocinero, located in Vedado.   After-dinner we went next door to hear Live music and see art exhibitions at the Fabric de Arte Cubano next door to the restaurant. 

              Paladar “La Guarida”, located of the famous Cuban film Strawberry and Chocolate.  We absolutely loved this restaurant, and if you still have more energy Cubans go late into the night so there is always live jazz music at La Zorra y el Cuervo Jazz Club, located in Vedado.

              Paladar Rio Mar, located in Miramar, and after-dinner activity: Live jazz music at private bar Valdes Jazz Restaurant that belongs to the internationally renowned Jazz musician, Chucho Valdes.

              Paladar La Esperanza, located in Miramar.

              We also went to the renowned cabaret Tropicana beginning at 10:00pm, which was a hoot, complete with dancing on stage.

              No trip to Cuba would be complete without a trip from your hotel in old classic cars from the 50’s to dinner. 

              For Lunch: our favorites were Paladar Al Carbon located in Old Havana, and Paladar Cafe Ajiaco, located in Cojimar

              We stayed at the Paseo 206 Hotel , which is a newer boutique hotel.  The famous old hotel Hotel Nacional de Cuba, has lost some of it’s elegance, but it was fun to visit for a cocktail. 

              https://www.hotelnacionaldecuba.com/


              What to do

              Take an expert-lead lecture walking through Old Havana. Take the opportunity to experience the restored beauty of this colonial heart of the city in this walking tour of Old Havana, led an Architect & Historian from La Oficina del Historiador de La Habana (O$ce of the Historian of Havana). Havana was founded in 1519 by Spanish colonists, growing to become one of the Caribbean's primary shipbuilding centers by the 17th century. The old city was built in the Baroque and Neoclassical styles. It was declared a Cultural Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982.

               Get a private guide for a visit to the Cuban Art Collection at the National Museum of Fine Arts, offering a detailed dissertation on the Cuban art’s evolution since the colonial era to the contemporary art.

               We went SCUBA diving in Tarara, but there are also many other beautiful beaches to experience for a day.  The SCUBA company we used was a little “rustic” for my taste, but safe.

              Discover Cuba’s revolution history through a tour of some of the capital’s most historic sites. Visit to the Museum of the Revolution housed in the former Presidential Palace.  Finish the tour at Revolution Square, a symbol of Cuban socialist Revolution.

              Do not miss a visit to the former Ernest Hemingway Estate, Finca La Vigia, located in the town of San Francisco de Paula.  On the way back to Havana, Take a tour of the village of Cojimar, which provided the inspiration for Hemingway’s novel The Old Man and the Sea.

              We hired a guide to take us on a private visits to various artists studios which was wonderful; we took home a huge wood cutting of graveyards looking like a thumbprint which we absolutely love.

              Best of Cuba

              "This is my absolute favorite shop for sandals- Jackie O shopped here too."

              Canfora, Capri

              "You can't beat this place for a fun and relaxing lunch on the water, people watching."

              La Conca del Sogno

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              Kate Davis
              Founder and CEO of Davis Designs, NYC.

            • March 12, 2019 Croatia & Slovenia

              Slovenia & Croatia

              We were lucky enough to join friends on a bike trip (organized through Backroads) through Slovenia and Croatia in the fall, which is a beautiful time to see the countries.  I was fascinated by the history- our guide had grown up under Communist regime and her stories were fascinating- of crossing into Italy to smuggle bananas and other supplies, with her mother who always brought a fresh cappuccino to give to the border guard so he wouldn’t look in the trunk of their car, for one!  The Slovenian people, where we spent the most time, were so friendly and proud of their country, they all point out it’s the only country with “Love” in the name!

              Theology is not only about understanding the world; it is about mending the world.

              Miroslav Vof, Croatian author

              Where to Stay

              In Capri, if you have children, stay at the Quisiana (Grand Hotel Quisisana). It has an amazing pool and breakfast buffet, and is right in the middle of everything.  We had children ranging in age from 10 years to 18 years and so it was wonderful that they could all explore and pop in and out as they liked.

               If you are looking for a romantic getaway (which I often do in Capri as it has THE most romantic topography) my favorite place is the JK Place  followed by La Scalinatella.


              Where to Eat

              In terms of hotel restaurants, the lunch at La Colombaia at the Quisisana is delicious, and you can't beat the dinners at JK Place preceded by cocktails on their amazing terrace.

              However, my favorite lunch spot (and rest-of-the-afternoon spot) is hands down La Fontelina Beach Club where not only is the fish caught right of the Mediterranean sea but they put mattresses on the rocks for relaxing afterwards (that's my son on the mattress! he was certainly enjoying Italy).

               (Note: It's a REALLLLLY long walk down and up unless you go by boat, but SO worth it!)

               For a really special occasion, book the private terrace at Monastero Santa Rosa in Amalfi, which may be the most striking location for a hotel I have ever seen.  The monastery is hundreds of years old and looks as if it is falling into the sea off the cliff.  I have no idea how anyone could have built anything like it- it is breathtaking!  There is a VERY windy road up from Amalfi, or there is a helipad in Anacapri, up at the top of the island of Capri, which can land right by the church near the monastery.

              It's hard to compare such a remarkable place, but the other not to miss spot is Il San Pietro, which I love to approach by boat.  (I was with some very "seasoned" travelers and they all said it may have been the most incredible setting for a dinner they had ever seen).  The elevator takes you up through the cliffs by the sea to the most breathtaking views of any restaurant or hotel in the area.  (Note: the restaurant does not like children under 10! Barrett just snuck in under the wire!)

              At lunchtime, one of the most amazing restaurants I have experienced is La Conca del Sogno, a place where you want to spend most of the day.  You arrive by boat and are taken in by a smaller boat, and the food is delicious, and people-watching is fun!


              What to do

              For a day trip around the coast, I have loved the charters from Amalfi Sails.  The crew is so friendly and knowledgeable- they have taken us to beaches and grottos about which I never would have known (including an actual nude beach if you like!).  The blue grotto is a tourist attraction I usually avoid- you can see better caves in a more private way on other sides of the island.  The white grotto has a "statue" of the Virgin Mary which looks so realistic it seems like it was sculpted not made from nature.

               Or, for a fun afternoon shopping and cocktail, after lunch at La Conca del Sogno, head to Positano for amazing shopping and a drink at the Champagne Bar at Le Sirenuse, a centuries old family owned hotel, still run by wonderful Antonio Sersale whose hospitality knows no bounds (not only did he host us with champagne, he had a specially made birthday cake for the birthday guy!). Stop by Emorio Positano and the store at Le Sirenuse for amazing well edited clothing and gifts.

               For a more off-the-beaten path "beach club" (Capri has several beach clubs, which are restaurants right on the water where you can also rent chairs for the day and sit by the beach; the "club" part means that you have to pay to be there only- there aren't any membership applications!), I love Torre Saracena which is over 100 years old and legend has it, is the beach where Ulysses saw the Sirens (at least that's what I've been told).  The walk down to the Marina Piccola is on a charming street with no cars, private villas and that beautiful climbing bougainvillea which looks fake!

               In Capri, the shopping is top notch of course, with well known Italian brands like Missoni, Pucci, Miu Miu, Prada, etc. but since you can get all those clothes easily in the U.S., my favorite places to visit are those which are only in Italy- the little family owned sandal shop where Jackie got her shoes, Canfora (I like the chain link style all in gold with no leather straps); and Grey Flannel, which is the BEST for wonderful current and well-curated clothing; and the Emporio Sirenuse which has the best one piece bathing suits I have ever tried.

              Best of Slovenia & Croatia

              "This is my absolute favorite shop for sandals- Jackie O shopped here too."

              Canfora, Capri

              "You can't beat this place for a fun and relaxing lunch on the water, people watching."

              La Conca del Sogno

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              Kate Davis
              Founder and CEO of Davis Designs, NYC.

            • March 12, 2019 Aspen

              Aspen

              Aspen is one of my favorite places to ski.  Not only are there three really great mountains that I love to alternate skiing when we are there, (Aspen Highlights, my favorite; Ajax - or Aspen Mountain as it's now called; and Snowmass, which has so much terrain you can't ski it all) but it's also a real town with so much to do.  It doesn't feel like a resort set up just for a mountain; it's a town on it's own and happens to have amazing skiing.  

              Skiing’s the easy part, Carl.

              TJ Burke, Aspen Extreme

              Where to Stay

              In Capri, if you have children, stay at the Quisiana (Grand Hotel Quisisana). It has an amazing pool and breakfast buffet, and is right in the middle of everything.  We had children ranging in age from 10 years to 18 years and so it was wonderful that they could all explore and pop in and out as they liked.

               If you are looking for a romantic getaway (which I often do in Capri as it has THE most romantic topography) my favorite place is the JK Place  followed by La Scalinatella.


              Where to Eat

              In terms of hotel restaurants, the lunch at La Colombaia at the Quisisana is delicious, and you can't beat the dinners at JK Place preceded by cocktails on their amazing terrace.

              However, my favorite lunch spot (and rest-of-the-afternoon spot) is hands down La Fontelina Beach Club where not only is the fish caught right of the Mediterranean sea but they put mattresses on the rocks for relaxing afterwards (that's my son on the mattress! he was certainly enjoying Italy).

               (Note: It's a REALLLLLY long walk down and up unless you go by boat, but SO worth it!)

               For a really special occasion, book the private terrace at Monastero Santa Rosa in Amalfi, which may be the most striking location for a hotel I have ever seen.  The monastery is hundreds of years old and looks as if it is falling into the sea off the cliff.  I have no idea how anyone could have built anything like it- it is breathtaking!  There is a VERY windy road up from Amalfi, or there is a helipad in Anacapri, up at the top of the island of Capri, which can land right by the church near the monastery.

              It's hard to compare such a remarkable place, but the other not to miss spot is Il San Pietro, which I love to approach by boat.  (I was with some very "seasoned" travelers and they all said it may have been the most incredible setting for a dinner they had ever seen).  The elevator takes you up through the cliffs by the sea to the most breathtaking views of any restaurant or hotel in the area.  (Note: the restaurant does not like children under 10! Barrett just snuck in under the wire!)

              At lunchtime, one of the most amazing restaurants I have experienced is La Conca del Sogno, a place where you want to spend most of the day.  You arrive by boat and are taken in by a smaller boat, and the food is delicious, and people-watching is fun!


              Where to Ski

              For a day trip around the coast, I have loved the charters from Amalfi Sails.  The crew is so friendly and knowledgeable- they have taken us to beaches and grottos about which I never would have known (including an actual nude beach if you like!).  The blue grotto is a tourist attraction I usually avoid- you can see better caves in a more private way on other sides of the island.  The white grotto has a "statue" of the Virgin Mary which looks so realistic it seems like it was sculpted not made from nature.

               Or, for a fun afternoon shopping and cocktail, after lunch at La Conca del Sogno, head to Positano for amazing shopping and a drink at the Champagne Bar at Le Sirenuse, a centuries old family owned hotel, still run by wonderful Antonio Sersale whose hospitality knows no bounds (not only did he host us with champagne, he had a specially made birthday cake for the birthday guy!). Stop by Emorio Positano and the store at Le Sirenuse for amazing well edited clothing and gifts.

               For a more off-the-beaten path "beach club" (Capri has several beach clubs, which are restaurants right on the water where you can also rent chairs for the day and sit by the beach; the "club" part means that you have to pay to be there only- there aren't any membership applications!), I love Torre Saracena which is over 100 years old and legend has it, is the beach where Ulysses saw the Sirens (at least that's what I've been told).  The walk down to the Marina Piccola is on a charming street with no cars, private villas and that beautiful climbing bougainvillea which looks fake!

               In Capri, the shopping is top notch of course, with well known Italian brands like Missoni, Pucci, Miu Miu, Prada, etc. but since you can get all those clothes easily in the U.S., my favorite places to visit are those which are only in Italy- the little family owned sandal shop where Jackie got her shoes, Canfora (I like the chain link style all in gold with no leather straps); and Grey Flannel, which is the BEST for wonderful current and well-curated clothing; and the Emporio Sirenuse which has the best one piece bathing suits I have ever tried.

              Best of Aspen

              "This is my absolute favorite shop for sandals- Jackie O shopped here too."

              Canfora, Capri

              "You can't beat this place for a fun and relaxing lunch on the water, people watching."

              La Conca del Sogno

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              Kate Davis
              Founder and CEO of Davis Designs, NYC.

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