The Origin of Santa Claus and Christmas | in Turkey

Happy Holidays Readers! This is a most interesting account of the origin of Santa and Christmas.  It's from one of my preferred travel partners who helps me create fabulous customized luxury vacations in Turkey -- Turkey At Its Best.  Engin, my friend and contact there, also credits a Turkish sumeriologist named Dr. Muazzez Ilmiye Cig in … Continue reading The Origin of Santa Claus and Christmas | in Turkey

Galapagos Luxury Travel | Planning

You have completed your basic research - you have selected your ship, your itinerary and you have dates. Now, on to PLANNING: When to Go / Getting There / The Focus or Part of the Whole. Read On! Brought to my readers from the folks at Ladatco: #052511 May 25, 2011Times 'AChanging GALAPAGOS EVOLVINGChapter 2: … Continue reading Galapagos Luxury Travel | Planning

My Cruise on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud

The Giotto Report My Cruise on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud Caribbean | February 2011 Dear Readers, I have returned from the Caribbean and a cruise aboard Silversea’s Silver Cloud from Ft. Lauderdale to Barbados.  Here’s my report of our Virtuoso Voyager Club’s great experience. The first installment below covers Silversea and Silver Cloud in general … Continue reading My Cruise on Silversea Cruises’ Silver Cloud

Gulliver’s Travels | The Movie and Me

This post was originally published last year after I visited the set of Gulliver's Travels outside of London. The producer is a friend of mine and the movie is being released this week.   May 2009, just outside London Turns out that my best friend Greg, from when I first moved to San Francisco in … Continue reading Gulliver’s Travels | The Movie and Me

St. Regis Princeville in Kauai | A Visit

This hotel on Kauai’s north shore is the perfect beginning for a discussion of what really defines 5 stars and the term ‘luxury.’  I’ve said it before and now I’m reminded again – but what looks great on paper and on the Internet, isn’t necessarily so.  Trip Advisor can fall short of comparing hotels within … Continue reading St. Regis Princeville in Kauai | A Visit