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Global Thoughts — 1 November 2017

Making Chocolates at Max Chocolatier in Lucerne, Switzerland

Last night was Halloween. Jeremy spent a whole rainy Sunday decorating our front door as you can see. Since we live in a city, you can walk down the street in costume and merchants give you treats.… Continue Reading →

Top 40 Hideaways in the World According to Ivan — 7 April 2017

In no particular order is my updated list of Favorite Hideaways from places that I have visited over the past 15 years — about 300 properties visited during that time. To be on this list, the property has to excel in almost every way, meaning rooms, food, beautiful surroundings, activities, service, facilities, a feeling of intimacy and privacy; unique features or character.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts 5 December 2016

Philly Pops Ball at the Bellevue in Philadelphia — an evening of ballroom dancing to a 65 piece orchestra

I’m so glad that the World Series had such an exciting finish in its 7th game. I wanted to let my kids stay up to participate in a shared national experience other than another presidential debate.… Continue Reading →

Japan with Kids Travel Notes — 1 October 2016 (Tokyo, Kyoto & Hakone) and Hawaii and Newport Beach, California

This was our third visit to Hawaii; the island is a stopover from Australia and this time we decided to use it as a stopover on the way to Japan. Hawaii is a lovely island with lots of vegetation we don’t see on the mainland.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 9 November 2015

On campus with Ben Franklin at University of Pennsylvania for homecoming weekend.

This past month my daughter Elizabeth who is soon to turn 10 cooked up a chicken cutlet dinner (well, she prepared the cutlet and someone else did the frying).… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 18 August 2015

 

Hiking at Mohonk Mountain House, New Paltz NY

Jeremy has just turned 8 but on the street on the ever-present scaffolding he did 3 full extended chin-ups and one full pull-up. He’s going to be a mighty mite down the line.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 9 July 2015 including Travel Notes on France and Eastern Tennessee

On the rocks at Cap Ferrat, France.

A friend of mine does comedy routines at comedy clubs around the country and he told me that you just can’t do Hillary Clinton jokes, because nobody wants to hear about her. That to my mind is a strong signal that she is not going to gain traction as a political candidate amongst ordinary people.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 18 May 2015 (including Rome with Kids notes)

Bicycle for 4 in Villa Borghese Park, Rome

My son went to Gladiator School in Rome during our visit to Italy last month. He tends to talk a lot and his gladiator instructor who very much looked the part and wanted to simulate ancient Rome was having none of it.… Continue Reading →

Cuba Travel Notes — 15 May 2015

Last stop before the airport, a quick ride in a 58 year old Chevy which I virtually hijacked. Details below.

It’s been a while since I’ve been on a real adventure like this, but I anticipate that Cuba is going to change and I wanted to see it the way it is now before the cafes in the town squares become Starbucks and the historic buildings framing those intersections become Westins.… Continue Reading →

Top 40 Hideaways in the World According to Ivan — April 2017

In no particular order is my updated list of Favorite Hideaways from places that I have visited over the past 15 years — about 300 properties visited during that time. To be on this list, the property has to excel in almost every way, meaning rooms, food, beautiful surroundings, activities, service, facilities, a feeling of intimacy and privacy; unique features or character.… Continue Reading →

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