Cannes, France

Cannes... great city! Most people associate it with luxury hotels, opulent boutiques, impressive yachts and the "rich and famous".  All these things exist in Cannes -- but it is also a city filled with culture, history, art, and wonderful back alley markets and cafes. Life in Cannes is a little slower and people take their leisure time …

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Madrid, Spain

Another quick stop, but well worth it.  Madrid is vibrant, clean and apparently the people here never sleep. The Palacio De Tepa Hotel was beautiful and the location was ideal for walking around the city.  The Plaza Mayor (home to street performers, musicians, shops and restaurants), Cathedral of Santa Maria la Real de la Almudena, Retiro …