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Paris!

Posted in Travel on June 2, 2009 by Corinna Allen Cook
Corinna at the Eiffle Tower

Corinna at the Eiffel Tower

I recently had the trip of a lifetime, when a friend invited me to help celebrate his birthday in Paris!

The Paris Ritz

The Ritz Paris

The Ritz Paris has to be the most luxurious hotel in the world.

The waiters at the Hemingway bar are so amazingly attentive, they even managed to understand my French!

Pastries at La durée

Pastries at La durée

Of course my favorite part of Paris was the food!

A stop for pastries at La Duree is a must for any first time visitor.

Le Pre Catelan

Le Pre Catelan

One of the most incredible dining experiences in the city was at Le Pre Catelan.

Corinna and the Chef

Corinna and the Chef

I’m such a tourist, I photographed the butter, then had the chef sign my menu.

Corinna and the Chef

Corinna and the Chef

After all that, the chef came out to have a picture taken with me!

Baby clothes pins

Baby clothes pins

I love the detail of the baby clothes pins on this pepperoni appetizer.

Soufflé

Soufflé

But by far my favorite was the souffle at the end of the meal.

Crack!

Crack!

It took a fork to break open the hard candy shell and get to the goodness inside.

Vive la France!

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Aruba!

Posted in Travel on May 18, 2009 by Corinna Allen Cook

Corinna on Aruba's Palm Beach

Corinna on Aruba's Palm Beach


I recently got the assignment of a LIFE TIME: travel to Aruba, and do a series of stories on why it’s a great place to vacation.

Needless to say, I accepted!

This first night was dedicated to dining.

Corinna at the Westin Aruba

Corinna at the Westin Aruba

We started with a bare foot meal at Sunset at the Westin on Aruba’s Palm Beach.

Corinna with Oliver the Golf Pro

Corinna with Oliver the Golf Pro

The next day we hit the links for golf, Aruba style. Oliver, the golf pro, explains that they have consistent sunshine 365 days a year, so there are “no bad days”.

Coirnna with Wim the Surf Instructor

Coirnna with Wim the Surf Instructor

Next we talked with Wim, the surf instuctor, who offered to give me a wind surfing lesson.

Toe testing the water

Toe testing the water

After giving the water a toe test, I decided to go for it!

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Star Fish Surf

Star Fish Surf

In the end, I was awarded a gold star, Aruba style!

Gold Star, Aruba Style

Gold Star, Aruba Style