French Kiss By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine   “Is not a kiss the very autograph of love?” — Henry Fin Think of the word “French” and what comes to mind? Wine, the Eiffel Tower, and the Cote d’Azur. Now, combine “French” with “Kiss” and an entirely new image arises — lovers lips sealed in a passionate embrace. Movie lovers may conjure up thoughts of the 1995 Hollywood film, French Kiss. This romantic comedy, written by Adam Brooks and starring Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline combines […] Read more »

VILLA DAR LIQAMA, Marakesh, Morocco

The Red Rose of Arabia By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine   “For the sake of one rose, the gardener becomes the servant of a thousand souls” – Moon Over Morocco Dunes of pink sand and hills of red earth caught my eye as the plane started its descent into Marrakesh.  Snow capped mountains provided an enticing backdrop to this serene vista.  Ripe with eager enthusiasm, I arrived full of anticipation to experience this ancient city where the ancient past intertwines with […] Read more »

LUXURY VILLA, Korcula, Croatia, EU

A World in Miniature By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine  “Our world is made up of a myriad of microcosms, of tiny worlds, each with its own habitués, every one known to the others.” —Louis L’Amour, Education of a Wandering Man Islands hold a certain enchantment. As children, we fantasize about such places as being mystical and bearing great treasures. In fact, there are more than two million islands in the world, of which 100,000 are inhabited. Each is a world in miniature with […] Read more »


Heart and Soul By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine                                                                                                                      “True beauty is found in the heart and soul” — author unknown France — this […] Read more »

VILLA MICHAELA, Tuscany, Italy

 Tuscan Serenade By Lead Travel Writer Renee Fontaine Serenata (It.): A captivating evening concert in the open air or under the window of an aficionada.  A lovely serenade has seduced my heart. Unlike the variety sung by a handsome Italian beneath my window, the music is uniquely Tuscan. This heart-capturing song is a mélange of melodies, harmonies and rhythms that stirs the senses. The tantalizing sound of the Italian language – buongiorno, ciao bella and magnifico still whispers in my ears. The beauty […] Read more »


Dreamland By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine . “If you have a surreal life like I do, you’ve got to have fun along the way.” — Victoria Beckham . I love the word “surreal.” What word could be more fascinating? Definitions include, “having the quality of a dream, unreal, and fantastic.” The literal interpretation is “above real.” What could be better than being above reality? Surreal is the word that comes to mind when I think of Primošten, Croatia.. Signs Primosten, pronounced pre -mo-shten, rolls […] Read more »


Europe’s Best Kept Secret  By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine .     “Some secrets are too delicious not to share.” —Suzanne Collins, Mockingjay . I love a “good” secret — like expecting surprises or hidden treasures. Some secrets we encounter without intention such as receiving surreptitious news from a good friend. Others, we stumble across in our path through life when we least expect to find them. Some secrets are to be kept at the holder’s request, shared when the time is […] Read more »


A Fairytale By Lead Travel Writer, Renee Fontaine “One of the best things about folklore and fairy tales is that the best fantasy is what you find right around the corner, in this world.” — Terry  Windling Picture a fairytale — a vision of rolling hills, serene lakes, prancing deer, chirping birds, and flowering trees. As children, we are taught to believe that such places truly exist; and after a few twists and turns on the path of life, we will encounter such a paradise. […] Read more »