SAN FRANCISCO — Over 28 years at the giant computer chip maker Intel, Renée James…
Get lost in Paris – The city of lights is everything people say it is. I felt like I was in love the first time I stepped foot in the city. It’s one of my favorite cities in the world – the food, the wine, the atmosphere, the history. It’s hard not to see the magic. You’ll never be able to see the city in just one visit. There’s too much to do. It would take years to see everything. But you can get a good idea of the city over a few days.
The Greek Islands – These islands are the mecca of summer beach fun. The island of Ios is party central, Kos and Crete are popular destinations for Brits, Santorini has history, Mykonos is luxurious, and Paros is quiet. With hundreds of islands, you can always find what you are looking for. I try to go every summer.
Relax in Barcelona – Barcelona is a city that goes 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and could give NYC a run for the “city that never sleeps” title. Be prepared for late-night dinners and parties til dawn. Barcelona knows how to get down. Besides a great food and nightlife scene, there is a wonderful beach, Gaudi architecture, and history dating back to Roman times.
Prague – Prague is a beautiful city with amazing history. It’s a cheap destination and during the weekends it heaves with people enjoying the bars, cheap beer, and delicious food. It is one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities.
Hike around the Cinque Terre – This is my favorite part of Italy. These five beautiful cliff side towns are perched near warm waters and beautiful olive and grape groves. You’ll find some wondrous and strenuous hikes in these hills. For a real challenge, take trail #8. Or just walk the coastline for something less difficult.