Travel Notes & Collages

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 →

Global Thoughts — 5 February 2015

While I was walking my 7 year old son Jeremy to school, he popped the question: He asked me if I prefer Jackson Pollock to Matisse. That day he came home and asked me to find him an image of Burj Al-Khalifa.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 16 September 2014 (including Travel Notes France, Germany, Italy)

First a few global thoughts about some world issues, and then travel notes of our family vacation to Evian, Paris, Bavaria, Venice and Florence. See these places again for the first time, with the kids.

Middle East –I have been trying to make sense of this latest Gaza episode which brought no real benefit to either side.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 1 July 2014

Park Hotel, Vitznau, Switzerland

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while but you’ll see that I’ve been traveling a bit and doing a lot. I’ve also collected a few really funny stories to share. The global stuff follows these vignettes and there are travel notes this posting including top hotels in Washington DC, visits to Vitznau, Switzerland and Portofino, Italy,  and Niagara Falls.… Continue Reading →

Thoughts 8 October 2013 including notes Israel Trip

Throughout this post are pictures from our family’s recent trip to Israel. You’ll see the kids ziplining across the Jordan River and on a ropes course, the family at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, having a hamburger at a kosher McDonalds and other self-explanatory scenes.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts — 10 September 2013

We just finished our summer holiday which involved two cities and two resorts: Chicago and DC, the Homestead in Virginia and the Mohonk Lodge in upstate NY. We are at the age where our kids want to be with us, but there are limits.… Continue Reading →

Thoughts — 28 June 2013 (Including Travel Notes: Scotland and Outside Dublin)

This month’s edition starts off with more than normal family-oriented stuff because I have some good stories.

This week our kids started Summer Day Camp. It is a real right of passage — they are now out of the house every day from 8am to 5pm and come home exhausted.… Continue Reading →

Family Vacation Compendium — As at 4 December 2012

There are few ideas I have that I don’t see in print somewhere. But I’ve tried hard looking for a book about upscale family vacations, and I haven’t found any. Here, based on my experience so far, is a list of highly recommended family holidays with a few remarks about each.… Continue Reading →

Global Thoughts – 4 December 2012 (includes travel notes Jerusalem, Madrid, Tampa FL)

This posting is a combination of stuff written in November and early December. There was a delay while this site was relaunched over the past month.

Today (November 9), I’m sitting on a flight from Madrid to NYC and I’m feeling like I’ve done this before (because I have).… Continue Reading →

Germany Travel Notes — September 2012

Wanted to fly the new Airbus 380. It is a big plane all right. Upstairs is all business class and first class. Downstairs the economy class is very large — Touring the airplane, Elizabeth started walking down the aisles and then stopped saying, “I get the idea.” It is quieter on this plane which means your kids seem louder.… Continue Reading →

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