Category Archive: Travel

Cuba Travel Guide 2017: How to and Picks

At Fusterlandia, a tile “village” by Jose Fuster who has been called Cuba’s Gaudi. Pictured in front of a tile mural of Granma, Granma is the yacht that was used to transport 82 fighters of the Cuban Revolution from Mexico to Cuba.


Been thinking about going to Cuba on your own? It’s easier than you think, wonderful, and everyone couldn’t have been friendlier. Just back from five days and already thinking about a return trip. It’s a good idea to go now before what is sure to be, as one of the tour guides said, an “avalanche” of tourists. Here are my tips if you’re planning to go: Read Full Post & Comments »

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Karen’s Kudos December

Body decoration exhibit at the Frost Art Museum


Karen’s Kudos this month are more diverse than ever, ranging from a service to help you find the best credit card value for your travel needs and new gift shops like Assure Home and The Showroom Miami to put on your list, to a recommended jewelry repair shop, new home fragrance sprays and an exhibit you wouldn’t believe you’d like but you will. Read Full Post & Comments »

Serious Travel Deals Auction until Dec.4


The Society of American Travel Writers (the world’s largest organization of travel writers and communicators)  is having its annual online auction from now until December 4 with serious deals awaiting. Read Full Post & Comments »

Art Basel News You Can Use – Part 1


By Kayla Louttit


Art Basel Miami 2016 is nearly upon us! Art Basel Miami Beach is North America’s most comprehensive international contemporary art fair, with 269 galleries from 29 countries showcasing works by more than 4,000 artists. This year’s show will be held from December 1-4, 2016. Satellite art and “lifestyle” happenings surrounding the main event continue to grow each year, starting ever earlier. Here are some of the special events curated for you and other news you can use,  from  the opening processional performance of the Faena District in Miami Beach and an exhibition of French lingerie, to an Art Week Package at Acqualina Resort & Spa and the opening of the American Museum of the Cuban Diaspora. Plus practical tips in this, Part 1. Read Full Post & Comments »

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Karen’s Kudos November

The former studio of architect George Fink whose houses will be featured in the Villagers House Tour


This month’s Karen’s Kudos brings a return of the Coral Gables Villagers House Tour, what’s being billed as “Miami’s first true food hall” called MiamiCentral , an online site that should help greatly with holiday shopping and hostess gifts, and an artsy cocktail to kick off Art Basel season. Read Full Post & Comments »

MC Travels: 10 Quirky Things about China

Starbucks in China, a status symbol


You saw instagrammable China, offbeat images from my recent trip to Shanghai, Sichuan Province and Wenzhou. Then, there was fashion spotting (click here in case you missed it), and now here’s a list of 10 quirky, fun facts and travel tips China: Read Full Post & Comments »

Fashion Spotting China: Vivi Sisi


After having seen the wild and super cutting edge work of  Chinese fashion designers in Shanghai, interesting, but not my aesthetic, I was delighted to meet Sisi (Xi Ye) whose  fashion line beautifully combines traditional Chinese fashion styles with contemporary flourishes, both bold and feminine. This is Part 2 of MC Travels in China. For Part 1 on the weird and wonderful, a photo gallery, click here. And look for Part 3 later this week. Read Full Post & Comments »

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The Weird and Wonderful: MC in China

Yours truly dressed up as the Empress of China in the water village of Tongli south of Shanghai


This month I took a second trip to Mainland China, including a second visit to one of my new favorite cities in the world, Shanghai. Also on the itineraray was Chengdu, famous for its Giant Pandas Research Breeding Center in Sichuan Province and home of some the spiciest food in China. I ended the trip in Wenzhou, in the province of Zhejiang, a new entrant on the tourism scene that’s promoting itself as the “Craft Capital” and a base for exploring China’s natural beauty. Here are some of the weird and wonderful things seen on the trip which were featured on MiamiCurated’s instagram page (follow us there too). Look for another upcoming post on quirky facts about the world’s new super power (if you any any doubts about this, a visit will quickly dissuade you of that) and on fashion spotting. Read Full Post & Comments »

MiamiCurated Weekends Nov-Dec

Surfing film festival


You’ve asked for more ideas on Miami road trips so here are our picks for November and December, curated by friend and guest blogger Irene Moore. They’re built around special events and special interests including a pineapple festival, surfing film fest, Palm Beach food and wine festival, and a celebration of lights in nearby Naples. In case you missed road trips, Parts 1 and 2, click here. Read Full Post & Comments »

The Palm Beaches Spa + Wellness Month

Eau Spa lounge at the Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa


A “first”, this month kicks off  The Palm Beaches of South Florida ’s inaugural Spa & Wellness Month. More than 15 spa and wellness hotels and Palm Beach spas from Boca Raton to Jupiter and Tequesta are offering pampering treatments and wellness experiences starting at $50. Also part of the promotion are staycations for Florida residents from many of the top resorts which bring savings and value added features.  Several participating businesses are also donating a portion of their proceeds to charities such as the American Cancer Society and the Susan G. Komen® organization as a part of Breast Cancer Awareness month.Here’s a selection of just some of the spa and wellness offerings offered throughout October along with savings (up to 65%) chosen for MiamiCurated by a Palm Beach insider: Read Full Post & Comments »

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