Barcelona

A FREE Sheraton hotel in fabulosa Barcelona? ¿Cómo se dice “free” en la lengua española? ¡Gratis! Like so many other visitors to this fabulous city, we couldn’t help but fall in love with Barcelona. It’s a beauty! The architecture, the people, the food, the energy, the coast, the edginess of the place. It’s all very … More Barcelona

Montreal

In marvellous Montreal, a très grand merci, to Fairmont Hotels for our regal Queen Elizabeth for FREE. I believe what they say in français is “gratuit”. Who knew that Montreal had it’s own garment district? The area is called Chabanel, as is the street that most of the buildings with the best shops are on. … More Montreal

New England

FREE foliage weekend in the autumn of New England? I’ll have mine again in a handy Homewood Suites by Hilton. Apple picking, autumn leaves, pumpkin pie, yard sales, fresh cider, dirt roads, covered bridges…ah, New England in the fall! Bed and breakfast inns are excellent, and that’s where I usually stay, but last year I … More New England

A FREE Westin on Mexico’s ocean for seven days and seven nights, brought us to markets and ruins and cenotes, then colonial city sights. Sure the beaches there are beautiful but alone just not enough for me. Luckily the Yucatan Peninsula has many other interesting places to see.

Chichen Itza is still an impressive pyramid site, even after the tremendous amount of development that’s gone on there. Tulum is even better, that wonderful complex of ruins in a majestic location at the edge of the Caribbean Sea. And the cenotes! Those pretty turquoise swimming holes are idyllic, and we also enjoyed Valladolid, a … More A FREE Westin on Mexico’s ocean for seven days and seven nights, brought us to markets and ruins and cenotes, then colonial city sights. Sure the beaches there are beautiful but alone just not enough for me. Luckily the Yucatan Peninsula has many other interesting places to see.

Berlin

With a niece I visited Germany: three days we spent in Berlin. Two FREE nights, two FREE breakfasts- two lucky people at the Hyatt, alles gut! Sehr dankbar, ja, ich bin. Berlin’s a wonderful city for walking, cycling, and river cruising; there’s beautiful new modern architecture everywhere, one of the rare advantages of the city’s … More Berlin

Dedication

They say that heaven is 10 zillion light years away… This website is dedicated to the memory of my mother, still a constant source of love, generosity and inspiration. She loved a bargain, she encouraged her children and grandchildren to broaden our horizons, and even though she, herself, never had a passport, she used to … More Dedication