Hiram Bingham Train by Belmond

Thoughts from the Coffee Table: After leaving Manchu Picchu, we traveled back to Cusco via an extraordinary train. The Hiram Bingham train was named after the man who “discovered” Machu Picchu. I use the term loosely since the locals already knew about it. This three hour trip is on a fabulously elegant train, with features…

Details

Sunrise at Machu Picchu

Thoughts from the Coffee Table: As I witnessed the sunrise over Manchu Picchu yesterday morning, I found myself overwhelmed with gratitude. I have a wonderful life filled with so many blessings. This trip is slightly more than half way over, and the number of stories and examples I have of excellence in customer service are…

Details

Woman and her baby Alpaca

Thoughts Rrom the Coffee Table: I love to study the art of sales all over the world. Some places are the same, and others are vastly different. I just learned that around the Great Wall of China, your goods from vendors are bagged by color to tell the next vendor how well you negotiated. Smart!…

Details

Peruvian Vision Centers

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: After 10 years in hearing health, I find myself drawn to both vision and hearing centers around the world, interested in how they do business. I often had my team discuss competition in their markets, concerned that they couldn’t compete at times. While in the old city of Lima we…

Details

Jumping Off a Cliff

Thoughts From the Coffee Table:  Yesterday I did something I never thought I would ever do.  I jumped off a cliff.  Literally! I have never been accused of being a thrill seeker.  I don’t even like rollercoasters.  But in the past few years I have been trying to do things that scare me just a…

Details

Hilton – Lima, Peru

Thoughts from the Coffee Table: Ok, call me a sucker. I probably am in many ways. But the small gestures during travel make me smile. Friday we set off on an adventure that is part pleasure and part work, flying to Lima, Peru. Our flights were good and relatively short (only 6 hours from ATL)…

Details

Gloria Ferrer Winery

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: As a consumer, I was surprised by the cost of the wine “tastings” throughout CA. As a former VP of Sales, I see the positive revenue correlation. Gloria Ferrer was on my “must return to” list, as much for the fabulous sparkling wines as for the experience of the view.…

Details

Swedish Fish All Alone

Thoughts from the Coffee Table: The other day I walked by three sad little Swedish Fish that had been dropped on the sidewalk. I stopped to take a picture and I wasn’t immediately certain why. Every time I flip through my pics, I stop to look at this little piece of candy. Now, I really…

Details

Oysters Done Right!

Thoughts From the Coffee Table: Along the side of the Shoreline highway is an unassuming place that you could miss if you are driving too fast. The Marshall Store (coincidentally in Marshall, CA) has a very limited menu, of things it does exceptionally well. Stand in line to place your order and then find a…

Details