Provence & the French Riviera
, November 6, 2011
If you've ever been to Provence or are dying to go there then
this should be one of the first books you consult. This book has
really helpful information like if you want to see lavender fields
you should go to Provence during the last two weeks of July.
However, this guide also notes that this is a very hot time of the
year. Looking for sandy beaches instead of rocks - they can be
found between St. Topex and Cannes. Want to visit Renoir's garden
home? Then you'll be heading to Cagnes. This guide is filled with
intriguing places to visit including medieval castles and luxury
spas. There are also some pretty cool beaches. When I was in
Cassis I didn't know you could take an excursion boat to an
amazing beach. Next time I'll know. If you love beaches then you
will appreciate the section on the Riviera's best beaches. The
authors of this guide really did their research. Like they advise
you to change your bank card's pin number to a four digit pin
number before you travel. Also some hotels will only give you a
limited amount of soap so best to bring your own. Another thing
they mention is that infants need their own passport. So with this
guide you will be well prepared!
~The Rebecca Review
Braun Independent Cordless Styler
Especially Convenient, January 30, 2007
The Braun Independent Cordless Styler is impressive in every way.
This may be the ultimate cordless styler and you may want to use
this daily. The freedom of not having to deal with a cord makes
styling much easier and convenient.
The ceramic coating also makes the curling iron much easier to
use. Your hair won't get caught or feel like its overheating. If
you want to use this mostly with the curling brush, then I think
you won't have any issues.
They may have fixed the issue of the brush coming off, because it
seems to be very firmly attached and is not that easy to remove at
When you switch from the curling brush to the curling iron, the
brush can seem like it is stuck, but a firm pull and it comes off
This model doesn't seem to have the steam function, so if you want
that option, look for model C20S. The handle has a soft grip,
rubbery surface in two places that makes this easy to hold. The
start function is very easy to use and the protective cover allows
you to toss this in your purse, even while warm.
For some reason, this item made my hair even softer and smoother
than other curling irons I've tried in the past. It seemed to be a
more pleasant comfortable experience.
~The Rebecca Review
Meditative Mediterranean and Middle East Journey, September
"History is a mirror of the past and a lesson for the
present." ~Persian Proverb
Light filtering through stained-glass windows is surrounded by
mosaic walls melting into dry earth and ragged rocks. The contrast
of exterior isolation with interior beauty and richness lends a
meditative quality as the music invites you to breathe deeply and
saturate your consciousness with burnt sienna sands shimmering in
The play of shadow and light across the sands lends a poetic
mystery to a moving painting of camels in the Sahara. The mingling
of modern and ancient along with the fascinating activities of
daily life make this especially beautiful to watch. Palace
courtyards and fountains present intrigue while narrow streets and
dimly lit hallways provide refuge from the intense heat.
This CD/DVD set also includes a 48-page book describing this
region and includes historical details, cultural significance and
creations of wonder as transcribed by British journalist Robin
Denselow. A 20" X 30" National Geographic Poster Map
shows detailed information and gives a sense of place to the
The CD is beautiful to listen to on its own and presents music
from Bel Canto, Sussan Deyhim, Gabrielle Roth, Les Nouvelles
Polyphonies Corses, Jamshied Sharifi, Anouar Brahem, Pre Fade
Listening. The DVD also includes music by Erkan Ogur, Omar Faruk
Tekbilek, TUU and Tinariwen.
Some of the gorgeous vistas and visions include sunsets and
deserts from Jordan, nomadic drummers, markets of Marrakech,
roadside views from Meknes to Midelt, Gnawa Musicians in Taouz,
Horsemen, Roman ruins from Morocco, the famous Karaouiyine Mosque,
The Rose City, Petra in Jordan, carpet makers in Fez, craftsmen
and artisans, the making of pottery, dimly lit side streets and
flowers from Egypt.
SPIRIT envisions a more peaceful existence in the daily life of
routines that go back thousands of years. The mystical music winds
and weaves through ancient landscapes and the ambient escape can
also be a meditative journey.
~The Rebecca Review
Komenuka Bijin Travel Set
Skin Calming Set for Travel, July 26, 2006
Perfect for a week vacation or as larger sample sizes, the Natural
Kobo products will make your skin feel moisturized and pampered.
Rice Bran is the secret to these products and the results are
immediately apparent in the texture of your skin. After just one
to two uses, you start to notice a sense of calm and order
descending upon your formerly sensitive skin.
If you have oily or combination skin, you may be amazed at how
balanced your skin is and how you no longer experience the shine
breakthrough in your makeup due to the initially drying aspects of
other cleansers. The Komenuka Bijin Facial Cleansing Foam (25g) is
very economical and an eighth of a teaspoon is enough for a
wonderful face cleansing experience. The ingredients include: Rice
Germ Oil, Rice Bran, Coconut Oil, Seaweed, Aloe Algae, Ginkgo
Biloba, Matricaria, Yeast, Perilla Ocymoides, Honey, Lithospermum
and Fountain Water.
Follow the cleanser with the Komenuka Bijin Skin Lotion
(Toner/30ml) and you may wonder why you are suddenly catching the
scent of SAKE. In fact, this cleansing toner does contain SAKE
along with Rice Bran, Seaweed, Aloe, Yeast, Glycyrrhizate, Orange,
Lemon, Matricaria, Algae, Luffa Cylindrica and Fountain Water. The
toner completes the process of removing impurities and also has
the added benefit of contracting the pores so they look smaller.
Men may also enjoy this as an aftershave lotion.
The Skin Essence contains Mulberry that naturally lightens
discoloration from sun damage and aging. The antioxidants help to
revitalize the skin. This is applied before the cream.
The Moisture Cream (10g) is so adorable in its tiny tube, but it
goes a long way. The main oils are Rice Germ Oil, Jojoba Oil and
Olive Oil. Vitamin E, Rice Bran and Aloe make this a skin-healing
If you are looking for an easy way to try out the skincare system
or you just want to take these products with you wherever you go
(they are addictive), then I can highly recommend this and any of
the Komenuka products. I love how calm they make me feel. These
products cover all bases and whether you live in a cold, dry or
humid climate, your skin will feel protected.
Other products to fall in
love with (click here to see individual reviews):
Cleansing Powder - Packets of deep cleansing grains turn silky and
creamy when you add water.
Makeup Remover - A fragrance-free cream that removes makeup and
mascara. Based on olive oil.
UV Cream - Slightly tinted and waterproof, this sunblock also
seems to even out skin tone. Could be used as a makeup base if you
are looking for a more natural look.
Hair Shampoo & Conditioner - Thickens fine hair instantly.
Removes buildup and leaves your hair feeling luxurious.
~The Rebecca Review
Here is my
all-time favorite packing list for traveling.
your vacation, go to Festivals
so you can
what holidays and festivals are going on in the world.
times banks will be closed, so take some extra cash.
for a purse which converts into a backpack from Travel
site is simply the best online travel catalog I have found.
and Unusual Items: Unclaimed
Camera and X-ray proof film pouch
labels for postcards for all your friends - beats packing the
whole address book!
Send yourself a
postcard for your scrapbook :)
documents twice, leave one copy with a friend/family, one
copy in suitcase.
(undercover passport carrier, money belt, etc.)
ID or Passport (be sure
it is current and will not expire before your trip ends/ make a
copy to keep in suitcase)
Health documents (proof of necessary shots, etc.)
Airline, train, bus, etc. tickets (transportation)
International driver's license
Tickets to special
events (concerts, festivals, sporting events)
Hotel reservation confirmations
Also See: Vacations
Small amount of local currency
Credit cards - keep receipts for customs
Perfect for Travel or Gifts, December 26, 2006
Review for Forest Candle -
After buying one of the Forest Candles for my mom, the comforting
scent of pine inspired me to buy another candle for my home. This
is perfect as a gift, but you might want a few for wintery forest
The pine scent is enhanced with spicy cinnamon and fresh fruit,
although pine is the most evident essential oil. It is mostly
reminiscent of Christmas trees, although there is a faint
freshness that has a hint of newly fallen snow and a clear winter
chill in the air.
The L'Occitane Winter Forest candle is mysterious and has an
especially beautiful glow in this silvery hexagonal container that
is pretty enough to leave out on a table or would look perfectly
festive on the mantle. Since the tin may become hot with extended
use, you might want to place this on a pretty plate.
The only thing better than the scent of pine during the holiday
season, might be the scent of this candle, some hot apple cider
and recipes from a cookbook called "Crave" by Ludo
Lefebvre. With this candle, I truly do feel like I'm baking in the
middle of a forest.
~The Rebecca Review
- Information on seat pitch and width - see which seats passengers
request the most.
world's best Burt Bee's lip balm - it really is! Get it at the link above.
Motion sickness pills
Your favorite snack and/or food for plane trip if you hate airplane food.
Bottled water for plane
A small spray bottle
filled with rose water or make
You Are Here Traveling with JohnnyJet.com: The Ultimate Internet Travel Guide
A computer so you can watch your own movies and listen to your own
Learn a new word in your favorite language
Translation of paragraphs or entire Web pages in many languages.
Guide books and maps -
to learn customs of the country you are visiting or take a program
to learn a
language on your computer. Compact travel games,
magazines, paperbacks. Longitude
Books for guide books.
Kase is a great idea for keeping your CD's safe when traveling.
Stone Learn Spanish, French, German, Japanese, Thai,
English, Italian, Russian, Portuguese, Hindi, Greek, Swahili,
Dutch, Latin, Welsh, Korean, Indonesian, Hebrew, Welsh and many
Google Search for addresses or search for hotels and
restaurants. Zoom into an address.
- Listen as you walk around Rome, Paris, New York, Barcelona,
Amsterdam, Pompeii and more. To get 50% off enter code: SGKC10
to check current size restrictions
taking your computer? www.igo.com
has the solutions for you!
carries this great little spill proof bottle set or try these: Coghlans Contain-Alls
bottles with shampoo, conditioner, body wash, creams, etc.
will have all you need for a week or more. The rest
of the items
you need can go in the bag below or a organizer type
will be convenient to hang on the back of a bathroom
Travel Alarm Clock - Seiko DF4022CS World Travel Alarm and...
Vitamins in daily dose
packets from Vitamin Shoppe
Special medications you
keep around the house but might not find where you are going -
prescription if needed. Also, keep medication and
vitamins in original bottles!
kit might be useful
Converter plugs- hint:
buy a blow dryer which has dual voltage
Luggage ID tags
Pillow and blanket - a
must for those long trips in the plane, don't trust them to have
one for you!
Just in case:
One change of
in case your suitcase gets lost!
Clothes for all
occasions and weather specific items, Travel Smith has some great
Apparel has some fun items and Travelers' Vests for guys
Shoes for walking,
working out and dining out
Luggage ID tags
Electrical conversion plugs
Mesh or plastic garbage bag for laundry
Portable steam iron
Sketch pad and pencil -
you can pretend to be an artist in France...just kidding.
newspaper delivery or have a neighbor collect mail and papers
for house lights and lawn sprinklers
transport to and from airport
Give a copy
of itinerary to house sitter or close relative
arrangements for someone to feed and visit your pets or call a
of film and camera batteries
Pack a travel backpack for each child. Paper, markers, pens,
tic-tac-toe, tape, stickers, toys, Kids Travel Kit from AAA
2. Pick up kids books on tape from your local library.
3. Give each child 10 coins and if they ask "When are
we going to be there?" Take away a coin.
4. Pack popular road snacks. Pretzels, fruit, etc.
5. For very young children, pull over and occasionally find
6. Play games like I see something with the letter...___
7. Count things along the side of the road.
8. Take a plane, might be faster :)
9. Find as many license plates from different states as you
Invent stories about the people in the car next to yours...nice
cars of the same color.
three things ...two are true, one is a lie. Everyone guess which
one is the lie.
Tips for Parents..
See Current Catalog
for item #067494 - A back seat car organizer for kids.
Welcome - find pet friendly accommodations.
Travel With Others: Without Wishing They'd Stayed Home
A Book for Travelers and Their Companions, April 15, 2004
Can traveling really be hazardous to relationships? Are there
people you would never travel with or dread traveling with on
vacations? Then this book might present a few creative solutions.
Nadine Nardi Davidson has spent 27 years as a travel consultant
and in this time she has assisted many travelers from age 9 to 90.
In this book she finally shares all her travel insights and secret
tips for staying sane while traveling.
In this entertaining book you will discover:
The Nine Travel Types (You might find you are a little of each,
but one will be dominant and it does seem that "shopper"
and "culturist" seemed familiar.) Nadine mentions that
you might be a combination of travel types.
Travel Etiquette when Traveling with your Employer or Business
How to Survive Traveling with Your Friends, Spouse, Pet,
Relatives, In-Laws and Kids
The Honeymoon (If there is a hurricane on the way in, leave no
matter what your husband says. Ha, ha. )
What to do when your teenager falls in love while you are on
What to do when you take your child's friend along on your
Nadine's writing style is comforting, often humorous and always
a pleasure to read. This is one of the most interesting books on
travel I've read to date. There are concepts in this book I would
never have even considered. On my last trip I used her idea about
limiting my wardrobe to one or two basic colors. That would be
black clothes as a basic and therefore all shoes could be black
too, etc. Nadine is right about packing toiletries. They can truly
take longer to pack than your clothes.
Throughout the book you will find real-life stories that are
often humorous and always entertaining. This is an insiders view
of travel and this book is filled with practical advice.
You will also find travel checklists, information on special
airline meals, making a traveler's medical kit and packing tips
for trips of 7-21 days. May I also suggest: Smart Packing by Susan
Whether you are traveling to visit family for the holidays or
traveling overseas, this book is an essential guide to enjoying
your next vacation or business trip.
Smart Packing for Today's Traveler
Everything You Need to Know and More April 15, 2004
I have been doing what a travel writer lives for - traveling. I
packed for a three-week trip to France (one week in Paris, the
balance in Provence) in a 22" roll-aboard bag plus a small
tote. Using all my best tips from Smart Packing, I had everything
I needed or wanted and easily traveled by plane, train and very
small car. It works! ~ Susan Foster
When I was getting ready for a trip to Seattle, we were told that the dress would be business
casual. Well, since I am working from home, I needed to figure out
what would be acceptable. I tend to overdress for all occasions
and this time I decided to do research. After reading through the
wardrobe sections, I decided to go a step below business casual
and it felt right.
So, are you planning for a cruise? Part III: Customize Your
Wardrobe is going to save you so much time and you will have more
fun shopping for the clothes you will actually want to wear. The
words: "less is best" is pretty foreign to me. I pack
enough for three weeks at least. Just taking a backpack would be
horrifying to me. Yet, this is what some people learn to do while
traveling. Whether you are traveling light or taking it all, this
book has something to offer. I went with the "One Week Trip,
Casual Business Wardrobe" idea.
Susan has divided her book into four main sections:
1. Plan Your Perfect Trip - Planning for weather, travel
fabrics, packing perfectly, etc.
2. Pack Smart - Airport Security, choosing the right luggage,
checking or carrying bags?
3. Customize Your Wardrobe - Business, Cruise, Adventure, Resort,
Sports, selecting clothes for your kids.
4. Travel Safely in Comfort and Good Health - Things to do before
you leave home, worthwhile travel gadgets, money matters and
Some of the helpful tips included:
How to use a paper shopping bag to make unpacking easier. Great
How to layer clothes so they don't get wrinkled.
Tips for not getting your luggage stolen when going through
Saline Nasal Spray - Helps you not to get sick from being on a
Tips for traveling with infants and younger children
Take-Along Medicine Cabinet
Resource Guide - Lists of online sources for travel clothes,
accessories/luggage, publications, organizations.
Smart Packing is more than a packing guide, Susan will show you
how to travel in comfort and style. Without this book, I would
have felt so lost. This book gave me the confidence I needed to go
shopping for the right clothes and taught me a thing or two about
packing for a business trip. I still pack too much, but hey I have
wheels on my luggage. On the way home, they made me move some
items to another bag because I went over the 50 lb limit. Um,
oops. Yeah, I went shopping.
Eurpean Travel Journal
Journal with Inspirational Travel Quotes, November 2, 2004
We don't receive wisdom; we must discover it for ourselves
after a journey that no one can take for us or spare us. ~Marcel
If you are looking for a compact travel journal that has a
beautiful plastic cover and can fit easily into your backpack or
purse, then this might be for you. The quotes in this slim
journal caught my attention because I had read very few of them
or was actually trying to find out the author for numerous
There are over 100 journal pages, tips on beginning and
maintaining a journal, inspirational quotes, recommended travel
guides and websites, tourist office locations, blank address
pages, conversion and clothing size charts, money and currency
exchange information, U.S. embassies and consulates, packing
tips and checklists, record keeping lists, journal contents
page, natural remedies, Cybercafe locations, European holidays
and even information on how to make an easy return to the U.S.
Each journal page had a line for Date and Place and the
lines are delicate so you don't have to keep within the lines.
When I last traveled to Europe, I didn't think of having a
journal with me. Why? I was just so excited about the trip
itself, I didn't think of writing about the experience while I
was traveling. Now I wish I'd had this journal with me so I
could remember more of my trip in detail.
I'd also recommend this book to quote collectors because of the
unique journal and travel quotes and short biographies of
American and European authors, artists and thinkers.
British Isles in 3 hours and 30 minutes, December 28,
The most intriguing bookstore is the world's largest secondhand
bookstore in Hay-on-Wye in Wales. ~Rick Steves
Rick Steves explores the British Isles in order to experience
local customs and to mingle with the locals in pubs and at
festivals. The London & Edinburgh show is perhaps the
funniest Rick Steves' travel diary yet. These are very personal
journeys, not unlike a travel diary that tells of who you met
and where you ate, not to mention which museum you discovered.
Rick Steves has an amazing talent for making the unknown seem
like something you may want to discover. He also has a great
appreciation for beauty and likes to have fun traveling with his
family. He takes his family on a day trip to Blackpool where
they enjoy Amusement Park rides. His wife is all smiles as Rick
Steves explains the historical significance of monuments to his
children. She seems to be having the best time of her life and
seems to share Rick Steves' sense of adventure.
The three main sections of this DVD include:
London & Edinburgh
Wales, Cotswold & Bath
Ireland, Dublin & Belfast
Then there are three special sections for Blenheim Palace,
Blackpool and Stratford. You get to see where Shakespeare's wife
lived (Anne Hathaway's Cottage), where they now put on
Shakespeare's plays in a replica of the original theatre, the
Globe. The gardens are refreshing and somewhat untamed in all
their beauty. If you love gardening, you may enjoy the brief
moments when you can guess the names of the flowers as the
camera sweeps through the garden.
There are also scenes of gorgeous outdoor settings with rushing
streams amidst romantic settings, crumbling stonewalls that run
for miles through the countryside (Hadrian's Wall), mansions you
could get lost in and little tea shops hidden in bed and
breakfast locations in quaint towns. The food looks especially
delicious and if you stay in a quaint B&B, the owners can
give recommendations, not to mention giving you directions for
how to find your way around the Cotswold Villages.
Rick Steves freely gives his advice and explains why he enjoys
Cambridge over Oxford and gives tips on how to pack for your
vacation. He also shows how to preserve your memories by taking
Of all the travel shows on the British Isles, this completely
explains the main events in history, highlights the places you
want to visit or lets you vicariously enjoy memories of your
trip to London, Ireland or Wales. You may also start dreaming of
again visiting Medieval castles or have a desire to learn how to
make an Irish cable knit sweater or start looking for a
As someone who has been to London as a teenager, this DVD made
me wish I could instantly return for a long vacation! Especially
to see the castles. Until I can travel again, I'll live
vicariously through Rick Steves' magnificent and fun adventures.
He has a great sense of humor and his love for travel will
awaken your own sense of discovery.
P.S. If you enjoy the Best of Travels in Europe adventure, look
for Rick Steves' Great Britain 2005, a book that is a nice
companion to the DVD.
Chile and Easter Island
Valley of the Moon, June 4, 2006
Ian Wright provides laughter therapy throughout an exciting
journey to Chile and Easter Island. When he is not running into
the ocean with a sense of abandon, he is walking across
steam-covered landscapes infused with a sense of adventure.
As one of my favorite travel guides he excels at making you feel
you are on a journey where you never know what might happen
next. The scenery in this DVD is spectacular as he travels
across the driest desert in the world, visits some of the best
observatories in the world and has a go at llama herding.
He walks with observers of religious traditions and takes a
ten-mile hike to one of the most beautiful locations in the
world where towering mountains showcase climber's dream rock
It doesn't matter whether he is sipping tea to ward off altitude
sickness or asking other travelers for advice about setting up
his tent while camping, Ian Wright is one of the most
adventurous travelers in the world and connects with the culture
and people living in any area where he travels.
Truly inspirational and who would have thought you could find
apple strudel in Chile?
~The Rebecca Review