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5 Fun Things To Do At Singapore’s Marina Bay Sands

Marina Bay Sands Singapore - 5 Star Luxury Hotel

Marina Bay Sands Singapore – 5 Star Luxury Hotel

Singapore has been put on the map over the course of the last decade. Long known as a center for international business, it’s climbed the ranks fairly rapidly as a tourist destination. And now having featured prominently in the smash summer film hit Crazy Rich Asians it’s likely to get even more popular.

There’s plenty to do all around Singapore, from enjoying pretty beaches to sampling the street food (which incidentally had its own scene in Crazy Rich Asians, in which a main character says it’s the only place in the world where street food earns Michelin stars). However, the main attraction – at least from an international travel perspective – is undoubtedly the Marina Bay Sands resort. Towering and state of the art in every fashion, it’s one of the world’s most intriguing resorts, and the surrounding area essentially constitutes an entertainment and accommodation complex that can occupy you for an entire vacation.

These are five of the best things to do there.

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Find a LimeBike and Go Biking By San Francisco Bay

“Life is like riding a bicycle. In order to keep your balance, you must keep moving.”
– Albert Einstein

Alana out for a morning bike ride along San Francisco Bay - photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Alana out for a morning bike ride along San Francisco Bay – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

If you’re like us and don’t own a bike but enjoy cycling every now and again, LimeBikes are a great alternative to buying and storing a bike. Ditto for scooters! All you need is a smartphone to download the LimeBike app and the map shows you where bikes and scooters are available to be picked up. Once you’ve located your bike, it can be unlocked by scanning the QR code on the back of the bike, just under the seat. LimeBikes are located in many major U.S. cities and several European cities.

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Napa Valley is Open for Fine Food and Drink

The Restaurant at CIA Copia - hanger steak close up - Credit: Deborah Grossman

The Restaurant at CIA Copia – hanger steak close up – Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

In October 2017, the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma touched nearly everyone either personally or through friends and family. As part of the recovery, Napa Valley denizens are ready and eager to welcome visitors with open arms and delicious food and drink. Weeks after the fires, my friend and I ventured to St. Helena and Napa to support the area and enjoy some good food and wine.

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Playing Tourist for the Weekend in San Francisco

Clift hotel lobby with giant chair - photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Clift hotel lobby with giant chair – photo © LoveToEatAndTravel.com

Have you ever fancied playing tourist for a day or weekend in your city? It’s always a lot of fun. No need to wait for out-of-town guests to enjoy taking in the sights, especially if you live in or near a beautiful city – and San Francisco is no exception.

Clift San Francisco

So we decided to book a room at the Clift, a luxury boutique hotel nestled on Geary Street just steps from bustling Union Square – one of our favorite areas in SF. The hotel is conveniently located within easy walking distance to many wonderful restaurants, shops, bars, art galleries – and the Powell Street cable car line.

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Swiss Wine Country: The Valais region near Lake Geneva

Sion Domaine du Mont d'Or vineyards with steep terraces - Credit: Deborah Grossman

Sion Domaine du Mont d’Or vineyards with steep terraces – Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post (the third of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

There’s no denying that Lausanne and the Montreux Riviera of Lake Geneva offer many attractions. But the charming wine country and mountain area of Valais is a short drive or train ride southeast of the lake. The name is derived from the Roman word for valley. The Rhone River begins in the Valais Alps and flows through the plains, meandering south to the celebrated wine region of France.

With a similar terroir to the French Rhone Valley, the Valais is the largest wine-producing region in Switzerland. Though much of Swiss wine is produced by smaller wineries and consumed in-country, some wineries present creative and alluring tasting rooms and a few export to the U.S.

In addition to oenophiles, skiers and hikers will also be at home in this Alpine region. The spas of Leukerbad and other villages are famous for R&R of the water-plunge sort. As for gastronomy, the specialty is raclette, the warmed Alpine cheese served with accoutrements.

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Lausanne: A star in the Swiss universe

Lausanne old harbor with classic hotels - Credit: Deborah Grossman

Lausanne old harbor with classic hotels – Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post (the second of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

In South West Switzerland, Geneva may get the fame. But Lausanne has won my heart. Some cities are the perfect size, and Lausanne fits the bill. As the fourth-largest city in the country and home to the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Lausanne has grand hotels, a bustling tourist life, and an excellent metro system. Yet the many quiet neighborhoods, the mix of historic and trendy venues, plus many local festivals and traditions give the destination a small-town ambiance.

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Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular – Our All-Time Favorite Holiday Show

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in New York City - Credit: Viator

Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular in New York City – Credit: Viator

Get into the holiday spirit! Treat yourself and your family to an unforgettable experience at the “must-see” Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular – our all-time favorite holiday show. This only-in-NY Christmas extravaganza features the legendary Rockettes (the most celebrated precision dance team in the world), an enchanting Nutcracker scene, a Living Nativity with real camels, donkeys and sheep – and the sensational show-stopping “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers.”

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The Montreux Riviera: Swiss Gems along Lake Geneva

Lavaux tending the vineyards with Lake Geneva and the Alps in the background - Credit: Deborah Grossman

Lavaux tending the vineyards with Lake Geneva and the Alps in the background- Credit: Deborah Grossman

This post (the first of a three-part Switzerland travel series) was written by Deborah Grossman from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Switzerland has a mighty mix of attractions considering it’s ten times smaller than California. Though Zurich and Lucerne receive more tourist attention, the towns along the Montreux Riviera hugging Lake Geneva in South West Switzerland are hidden treasures. From Montreux, the famous jazz-obsessed town, to Charlie Chaplain’s town of Vevey with an easy segue to Rougemont in the Alps, you may fall in love with a destination surrounded by natural beauty.

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