10 Days In Italy: A Quiet Meal At Cul de Sac


Finding a restaurant off the beaten path is, for some, like finding a nugget of gold. That’s what Enoteca Cul de Sac was for us when we discovered it ten years ago. Though it’s popularity has risen, it’s still approachable and if you’re lucky, you should be able to walk up and grab a table to enjoy a glass of wine with some cheese to end a day of sightseeing in Rome.

10 Days In Italy: Photo Essay Of Angels & Demons

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Angels & Demons, by Dan Brown, is a book that saw massive popularity upon its release. While the movie didn’t add anything for me, walking through Rome and exploring the landmarks make the story come to life. Take a walk with us as we enjoy a quick visual exploration of the “path of illumination”.

Concourse Hotel LAX: Hyatt In Hiding


Airport hotels at LAX are something of a dying breed.  Sure, you have the new-ish Hyatt Place LAX/El Segundo, but there’s not much else new nearby.  Getting to and from the Hyatt Place can be a bit cumbersome with the shuttle and no way to walk it.  And, I’m not really a big fan of the Sheraton Gateway/LAX.  In the half dozen times or so that I’ve stayed at that Sheraton, I’ve walked to and from the terminal, probably about a 15 min walk if you’re flying American Airlines (less… Read More »

10 Days In Italy: The Vatican


In case you missed it, here are the previous and upcoming posts about our summer trip to Italy: United Airlines To Rome St. Regis Rome Vatican Osteria 44 Photo Essay of Angels & Demons A Quiet Meal At Cul de Sac Trevi Fountain (Semi) Closed For Business A Fast Train To Venice St. Regis San Clemente Island Hotel Danieli Antico Pignolo A Quick Trip To Murano How To Ride The Vaporetto (Water Bus) In Venice Getting Lost In Venice British Airways 787 Flight Home I’m trying something different with the… Read More »

Double Hertz Gold Plus Rewards Points And A Vacation Giveaway

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Hertz is running a promotion that features double Gold Plus Rewards points through December 15, 2015 on all rentals.  They’re also giving away ten vacations that feature airfare plus a 3-day car rental. It’s pretty straight forward.  Register here, and then you get one entry for every rental between now and December 15, 2014.  You also get an extra entry for adding things like Neverlost and satellite radio.  

10 Days In Italy: St. Regis Rome

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The St. Regis Rome is one of those truly special historical properties that also offers an unparalleled level of service and room quality. If you like great hotels, this is one to save up for and anchor to the bucket list.

United Offering Bonus Miles And Sweepstakes On Their Shopping Portal

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I received two separate offers for bonus miles from the United Airlines MileagePlus shopping portal, both targeted to a specific MileagePlus account (I have a few different e-mail addresses for various family member accounts I keep an eye on). The bonus miles on the United Airlines shopping portal appear to be targeted, and the only information I could find was in the actual e-mails sent to me.  The terms of the e-mail state the following: From 10/9/14 to 10/18/14 11:59 PM EST receive a one-time bonus of 1,000 United MileagePlus… Read More »

10 Days In Italy: Getting Started On United To Rome


I don’t claim to be a renowned world traveler who’s been to every corner of the earth, but I feel like I’ve done a reasonable amount of exploration.  Plenty of destinations have been worthy of a quick stop, though not likely to be a repeat visit anytime soon.  Other destinations were worthy of repeat trips.  And then, there’s Italy.  We just plain love Italy.  Maybe it’s my heritage, but I find the people to be approachable most places we’ve been.  And, although some parts of Italy resemble Detroit in cleanliness, it… Read More »