"I can buy myself flowers." – Miley Cyrus
Happy Valentine's Day to everyone happily in love - and also to the rest of us with Miley Cyrus' Flowers on repeat all day! Whether you have a partner or not on this day, remember you can buy yourself flowers and pamper yourself with self-care too. If you prefer chocolatey gifts, then I have the perfect cruise for you! Holland America is my favorite of the larger ocean cruise lines because they draw a mature, sophisticated crowd who appreciates the Lincoln Center musicians and super-cool BB King's house band, insightful onboard lectures, and excellent fine dining. Last week Holland America announced five celebrity chefs will each sail on a Holland America cruise where you'll be able to interact with them, learn their secrets, and enjoy their specialty menus. The elite list of chefs includes Ethan Stowell, Andy Matsuda, David Burke, Rudi Sodamin, and a name familiar to us here in New York: Jacques Torres! He'll be sailing April 18-29 from Fort Lauderdale to Montreal aboard the 1,432-guest Zaandam on an 11-day Atlantic Coast cruise. Jacques Torres is the former executive pastry chef at Le Cirque, a James Beard Award winner, and the owner of my favorite chocolate factory, Jacques Torres Chocolates - in Brooklyn's DUMBO neighborhood. What a deliciously delightful gift this would be, right? Contact me for booking details! If you prefer to celebrate your independence, I'm always here to help you book a meaningful solo trip. Because I care a lot about other people's happiness, I find that I travel really well alone; it allows me to simply focus on all the things I'd like to do - when and how I want to do them. I deeply understand the importance of solo travel and would happily tailor an itinerary honoring your own desire to travel alone. We can express love today in a hugely impactful way too by helping the people of Turkey & Syria as they begin the process of recovery and rebuilding. To donate to relief efforts, here are links to well-established charitable organizations.
ahbap (Non-governmental, not-for-profit organization, based in Turkey)
However you share your love today, I wish for it all to be returned a thousandfold back to you. We all deserve love, and you deserve to be kind and generous with yourself too. Happy Valentine's Day!
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