Paris isn’t just the “city of light.” It has long been known as a haven for Blacks and Black Americans, even back to the World War era. Learning more about the rich history of Paris and its acceptance and fondness of members of the African diaspora was one of the driving reasons that I made sure to take the Black Paris Tour on my trip. And my complimentary tour was definitely one of the highlights of the visit to the city. Here is my Black Paris Tour review.
When you think wine production in the United States, I am fairly confident that Chicagoland doesn’t come to mind. Because Chicago = pretty darn cold a good portion of the year. Even growing up outside of Chicago and returning there multiple times a year since that time, I have to admit that wine wasn’t the forefront in my thoughts of the area. And I certainly hadn’t heard of Lynfred Winery until recently. But I am glad I recently discovered this Chicagoland gem and that we got to experience a complimentary tasting, courtesy of the winery.
When I was in Chiang Mai, I had the opportunity to visit Elephant Nature Park, a sanctuary devoted to rescuing and rehabilitating them in Thailand. But this sanctuary is the exception, not the rule. Most outfits allow tourists to ride elephants, many times up steep hills with seats on their backs. After I learned all that I learned in Thailand about the ethical treatment of elephants in Asia, it is safe to say I will never ride them.
Thailand is known for its massages, and in many instances you can find spas sprinkled throughout the city. But if you want an upscale spa still at a fraction of the cost of a similar service in America, then Dahra Spa is your spot. They treated me to a complimentary, lovely spa experience for my birthday in Bangkok. Here is my recount of the birthday treat and Dahra Spa Bangkok review.
When researching hotels to stay at on the second stop of my Southeast Asia trip in Chiang Mai, Thailand, the immediate choice that stuck out was the DusitD2 Chiang Mai. So when we got the opportunity to get a special media discount to stay, we jumped at the opportunity. And we weren’t disappointed. Here are some highlights of our stay in my DusitD2 Chiang Mai review.
Hungry in Bangkok? Then Context Travel‘s Bangkok Food Tour is right up your alley. I got a chance to experience this complimentary tour from one of my favorite travel partners Context Travel, on my recent trip to Thailand. I have done four tours now and this is *definitely* one of my favorite tours. Every foodie who visits Bangkok should take the Context Travel Bangkok Food Tour…here’s why.
When looking for luxury accommodations in Bangkok, Thailand, the buck stops at the Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok. I was blessed enough to have the Royal Orchid sponsor my stay for the first stop on my birthday trip to Southeast Asia, and the Royal Orchid left such an impression, it will definitely be my first choice in accommodations when I return to Bangkok. Here is a glimpse with my Royal Orchid Sheraton Bangkok review.
Roister was one of the most anticipated and celebrated Chicago restaurant openings in 2016. Grant Achatz & Company’s new endeavor provides more casual – and affordable – access to experiencing the culinary brilliance of the chefs in the Alinea Group. We sat down at the Chicago hot spot, and this is our Roister review.
Downtown St. Louis is home to numerous colleges, government buildings, the Mississippi riverfront, and, of course, the Gateway Arch. Outside of the riverfront and arch area, parts of downtown become like a ghost town, with streets empty and a sparse number of cars on the roads. But one of the most gorgeous and historical spots in the downtown area is the Magnolia Hotel St. Louis. I was fortunate to get to experience this historic landmark with a media discount on my recent visit to STL. Check out my Magnolia Hotel St. Louis review.