On Losing My Ryanair Virginity

My principal fear is that it will never be as good as the first time. True, I never intended to fly Ryanair, the Irish low-cost carrier that has generated more passenger horror stories than perhaps any other airline today barring United. Recent work assignments tethering me to Greece, I had sworn silent allegiance to Aegean Airlines, which is now more or less the official carrier of … Continue reading On Losing My Ryanair Virginity


“A lot of people compare Cyprus to a Greek island, but actually it’s nothing like one,” says Vakis Hadjikyriacou, the enterprising Cypriot architect who, along with his interior designer wife Diana, is responsible for transforming a sizeable chunk of the half-forgotten village of Lofou into a low-key but unerringly gorgeous Mediterranean hideaway. “In Greek islands people have to live off the sea, but in Cyprus they … Continue reading MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2.0: CYPRUS

Is this the brightest gem in Portugal?

New Yorkers,  if you’ve had it with snow and snarled traffic, Lisbon, the closest major European city to New York, is a short plane ride away. Lisbon is chock-full of the museums and cultural treasures befitting a large European city. I am proud to say that during my brief time there, I partook of none of them, choosing instead to wander the twisting streets lined … Continue reading Is this the brightest gem in Portugal?