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Exploring Oman: a Photo Tour of Muscat

Portrait of a buyer at the Muscat Fish Market

Located on the Persian Gulf, the Sultanate of Oman has become a bit of a buzzy destination. Located in a strategically important position on the Arabian peninsula, Oman wants the world to know it’s more tolerant than Saudi Arabia and Yemen (with which it shares borders). While it lacks the breathtaking buildings of its flashier neighbor, the UAE, Oman has many charms and an interesting history, much of it centered in the capital city of Muscat.

Exploring France: A Stay at the Newly Renovated Hôtel Ritz Paris

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Classic fluffy bed goodness at the The Hôtel Ritz Paris

On my recent trip to Paris, I had the opportunity to stay at the Hôtel Ritz Paris for the first time. The iconic Parisian property located on the Place Vendome re-opened in 2016 after a four year renovation led by French architect Thierry W. Despont that is rumored to have cost over $400 million. Yet the property doesn’t shout “updated.” The upgrades are subtle and sublime, focused on adding more natural light to the hotel, updating the technology, and restoring it to a modern day version of Belle Époque glamour that would continue to lure today’s jet set, who care about things like speedy wifi, ample electrical outlets, indoor/outdoor dining and Black Mambo hairdryers.