Sleeping in a Wine Barrel

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Lets face it, wines have been aging gracefully for centuries and in most cases they’re far better for it. In Trasadingen, Switzerland they’ve come up with a great way for you to personally test it for yourself.

Did I come out any better? I’ll let you be the judge of that, all I can say is I had a great night of sleep in it after that glass of Pinot Noir.


World’s TOP 25 Hotels

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I do agree with much of Travel and Leisure’s World’s TOP 25 Hotels list…there are certainly some outstanding hotels on that list. Their list is heavily dominated by Africa and the U.S though. I’d like to see a bit more diversity on their list. I did like that they included a Mexico City property. Mexico City is an incredible city, and is heavily underrated!

Of course, any list is highly subjective. So, here’s MY personal TOP 5 WORLD HOTELS list:


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Jacuzzi, shower, infrared sauna, mini bar, 3 flat screen TVs, Blu-ray DVD / entertainment combo, a pantry with coffee/tea making facilities, full kitchen with oven/microwave all while sleeping on a plane…?

Yep. It’s all there when it’s the “Airplane Suite,” a plane refurbished into a lux hotel suite! Only in Holland!

I’ve been on many a plane in my years but I MUST get myself onto THAT plane!

Hotelsuites.NL - Airplane Suite with luxuries facilities Hotelsuites.NL – Airplane Suite with luxuries facilities Enjoy the sensation of luxury and modern interior in this Ilyushin 18 plane. The aircarft was built in 1960, it served as a government plane for the DDR top dogs, including Erich Honecker. Now Hotelsuites.NL will serve you with the top-flight facilities, which include a Jacuzzi, separate shower, infrared sauna, mini bar, 3 flat screen televisions, blu-ray DVD player with a comprehensive col … Read More


I want to “sleep with the fishies”…LITERALLY

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This is the Maldives Rangali Island Hilton hotel


Learning to Surf in El Salvador

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I stayed at Paradizo Azul, Playa El Sunzal when I was in El Salvador a few months back, and Javier, the place’s GM and pro surfer taught me to surf! I can’t say I’m a pro yet — by ANY stretch of the imagination. Not even close. But it was a whole load of fun!!!

On my plane ride back from El Salvador, I was sitting next to a couple young 30 something businessmen from Southern California. They were on their way back from surfing at El Sunzal and Punta Roca. Turns out they fly down down to El Salvador almost once a month! And they are not the only ones so committed to El Salvador’s waves. El Salvador has a culture of followers flocking to ride its waves! Shows how little I know about surfing because I thought the waves in Cali were fairly good. And some must be, as it does have a pretty big surf culture, after all. But “fairly good” doesn’t cut it if you are a surf lover! As Javier told me, and as these guys confirmed, the waves in El Salvador are some of the best in the world! So, people come from all over the world to catch some “juicy” waves (Javier speak).  Punta Roca is often compared to Jeffrey’s Bay in South Africa, and Las Flores is often compared to Rincon in California! Luckily, there are some great beginner waves around El Sunzal where it was safe for me, and those other beginners out there, to take to El Salvador’s friendly waters.

(Watch for the video coming soon, as part of a bit I’m putting together about some of Central America’s best adventures!)

If you go down to El Salvador’s beautiful coast yourself, look for Javier hanging out at the Kayu Bar & Grill. (By the way, the food and VIEWS there are exceptional, so you’ll enjoy it even if you are a non-surfer!).

Tell Javier that Percy sent you!

Don’t forget to check out my guide to El Salvador!

Me and my surfboard. Yeah, I’m a poser…

With Javier, Paradizo’s General Manager (and Surfer Extraordinaire)!


Chillin’ with INCREDIBLE ice carvers at Chateau Lake Louise

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I stopped by “Ice Magic” to watch the ice chips fly in Alberta, Canada…and to find out more about the fascinating international sport of ice carving.

Ice Carving is an intensely competitive sport. Under strict supervision and tight time-lines, teams compete.

Ice carving is done using special, and very expensive ice blocks (at $100 each). Carvers use a combination of improvised wood carving and home appliances. You must watch this! They work fast and they take their craft very seriously.

The “cool” report is here:


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Living Large. The lifestyles of the “Rich and Famous.” Partying like a rock star. For hundreds of years — all through history, in fact — It’s always been the same ol’ story. Privileged Royalty are constantly doing things up BIG.

How big?

I recently stayed at Thornbury Castle, not far outside of London, and discovered exactly how large King Henry the Eighth once liked to live. I literally “lived like a King” for a day — wining, dining, and staying in the the king’s old tower suite. Heck, I even slept in the very bed that King Henry once collapsed into at the end of his days.

And it was the bed that said it all. Size apparently really does matter when you are a King, and King Henry the Eighth’s bed brings new meaning to the phrase “king-sized.” It’s one of the world’s largest beds and you have to see it to believe it. Oh and you won’t want to miss seeing King Henry’s take on a “Royal Flush” either.