On My Radar Screen ~ Wrapping Up Summer

Happy Friday and cheers to  Labor Day Weekend!!  The bookmarks on my iPad are filling up fast since I haven't done a "Radar Screen" post in quite a while, so I thought I would take a break from our virtual round the world tour and share some of things that have caught my attention recently.
 Some of you may remember this post I wrote recently about the Raffles Hotel in Singapore being my father's favorite hotel.  Before my father passed away many years ago, he expressed his desire for his memory to be toasted at the famous Long Bar at the Raffles. I visited in the 90's and raised a glass in his memory. Last week, my youngest son, Carter, took a short jaunt to Singapore in between his internship in Hong Kong and the start of his semester abroad at Chinese University in Hong Kong...while his student's budget didn't allow for a stay at Raffles, he happily forked over $30 for a Singapore Sling (yes, $30 for a cocktail!) and toasted the grandfather he never knew. It brings tears to my eyes just writing this!
My two favorite movies of the summer (both took place in France!) were Magic in the Moonlight and The Hundred Foot Journey...Don't miss these two! 
And, I need to see this movie:


 (go here if you cannot view the video)
That is my dream job (I have to see the movie, but I have a feeling it doesn't turn out to be as amazing as I might think):

My go to drink of the Summer of 2014...Chateau D'Esclans "Whispering Angel"...which I plan to drink until there is snow on the ground...I am not a wine connoisseur by any means, but I had this at a restaurant earlier in the summer and fell in love with it.
Speaking of wine, this post by Mo, of Mocadeaux (who is a wine expert!), eloquently explains how this week's Napa earthquake will affect the wine industry.

What Katie Ate is a gorgeous blog combining food and photography from Australian based Katie Quinn Davies ...it is definitely worth checking out. I discovered her blog recently from a post from last year on Italy which showcased her breathtaking photos. Trust me...you will be hitting "Pin It" like crazy (and then booking your trip) when you see these photos! 

Albertina from Mimosa Lane took her adorable six year old daughter on her first trip to Paris this summer and shared some great tips for visiting Paris with children here.

If you aren't already following Pam's blog, Views From My Kitchen Sink, you MUST (boy, does she have a view!)...read about her family travels to Iceland here...the photos are spectacular!


In honor of all the children heading back to school next week - check out the school lunches that French children eat...sure beats ham sandwiches and twinkies! 

Finally, for your weekend reading, here is the latest online issue of Virtuoso Life. I think it is one of the best travel magazines out there!
That's a wrap...for the week and the summer (say it ain't so!)...I am taking off the long weekend and will be back on Wednesday with more of my "best of the best" from Travel Week.
Have a fabulous holiday weekend...wherever you may be wandering!!