Relax…

If you’re looking for a relaxing, yet wonderfully accommodating, place to stay in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico…check out Villa Herencia Hotel. You won’t be disappointed.

More later…

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Sole4Souls

(Napa, CA, November 4, 2015) Humanitas Wines is partnering with Sole4Souls , along with Napa Valley businesses and student volunteers, to collect 25,000 pairs of shoes this holiday season. These shoes will be collected and sold to micro-entrepreneur partners in places such as Haiti, Honduras and the Philippines, creating an opportunity for thousands in developing nations to start and sustain small businesses selling shoes and clothing. This program, which runs through end of December, is a powerful way for people who are without a traditional job or training to lift themselves and their families out of poverty.

Humanitas, part of the Good Life Wine Collective along with sister wineries Jessup Cellars and Handwritten, will use the family-owned wine group’s dry goods storage building in southern Napa to house the shoes prior to national and international distribution. Visit the Soles4Souls Napa Valley Shoe Drive Facebook page to learn more and get a list of local drop-off sites.

“What a pleasure to work with such a plugged in, socially aware company,” said Soles4Souls CEO, Buddy Teaster. “Humanitas understands the power of a business that cares enough to make a difference with their employees, customers and community. The shoe collection and fund raising efforts will have a meaningful impact here at home and around the world. And people will have a great time in the process.”

Additionally, Soles4Soles is part of Humanitas Wines’ Shop to Drink Charitably holiday fundraising drive for three worthy charities, which also includes the Edith Sanford Breast Foundation and Shelter Me . By visiting the Humanitas WinesDrink Charitably page, shoppers may designate 20% of their purchases to one of these select charities.

Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. They advance their anti-poverty mission in two distinct ways: Free distribution and micro-enterprise. They live by the saying, “Give a person a fish and they eat for a day; teach a person to fish and they eat for a lifetime.”

Since 2006, Soles4Souls have collected and distributed 26 million pairs of new shoes to those in need in 127 countries around the world and all 50 states in the U.S.

ABOUT HUMANITAS WINES
Founded in 2001 in a backyard shed (The Shed-Teau) by wine industry executive Judd Wallenbrock as a way to give back to those less fortunate, Humanitas donates 7% of all revenues to charity. At the Humanitas Tasting Annex in southern Napa, the winery offers appointment only Pay it Forward tasting experiences that feature exclusive tours of its winery facility, along with molecular gastronomy spoon bite pairings developed by master instructor and cookbook authorChef MikeC . For its visitors listening pleasure, the winery also has one of the largest vinyl collections in wine country. Wine lovers who wish to Drink Charitably may order wines online or join a Humanitas Wine Club atwww.HumanitasWines.com or by contacting its hospitality team directly at (707) 253-1405.

ABOUT SOLES4SOULS
Soles4Souls is a not for profit global social enterprise committed to fighting poverty through the collection and distribution of shoes and clothing. The organization advances its anti-poverty mission by collecting new and used shoes and clothes from individuals, schools, faith- based institutions, civic organizations and corporate partners, then distributing those shoes and clothes both via direct donations to people in need and by provisioning qualified micro-enterprise programs designed to create jobs in poor and disadvantaged communities. Based in Nashville, Tennessee, Soles4Souls is committed to the highest standards of operating and governance, and holds a four-star rating with Charity Navigator.Visit soles4souls.org for more information.

Secret of the Purloined Bracelet

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Parque de Bombas

Built as the main exhibit pavilion for the 1882 Exhibition Trade Fair, it then had a life as the fire station in Ponce for over 100 years. Now, it’s a museum dedicated to Ponce’s firemen.

Check out the Moorish influence.

Ponce or San Juan?

Most people immediately think of San Juan when you mention you’re traveling to Puerto Rico. Most of the time, they would be correct.

Recently, we did travel to San Juan. But, we included a trip to the south side of the island and visited Ponce and the area surrounding it.

I’ll tell you about the mountains, driving, meeting a huge semi on a one and a half lane road…and more. Stay tuned.

Wake Up in Paris and Hit the Streets

For an amazing view of Paris, head to the top of the Eiffel Tower. Be sure to purchase your tickets on line before you go to avoid long lines.

Take a tour around the Arc de Triomphe.

Spend some time in the Galeries Lafayette. Don’t forget to check out all the ceilings, stained glass, and art deco.