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The Lights Dim for Waterford Crystal in Ireland

The Lights Dim for Waterford Crystal in Ireland

It appears the global recession has claimed another industry giant – the Waterford Crystal factory in Ireland has closed it’s doors.  Despite the ability to attract 300,000 visitors a year to take the factory tour, the Waterford/Wedgewood company has been unable to find a ‘bail out’ partner to take over the faltering company.  It’s doubtless […]

April 8, 2009 | By | 4 Replies More
Summer Volunteer Opportunities in the National Parks

Summer Volunteer Opportunities in the National Parks

Lots of folks find themselves with more time than money this year – and are still hoping for an inspiring summer vacation. It may be the perfect time to volunteer for a restoration project in one of the country’s national parks.  Coordinated by the Department of Agriculture, there are plenty of restoration and conservation projects […]

April 8, 2009 | By | Reply More
Furnas and Nordeste – The Best Yet!

Furnas and Nordeste – The Best Yet!

Just when I thought the scenery couldn’t get any better, we ventured off to the eastern expanses of Sao Miguel Island where we were totally wowed! Now let me say we had already experienced 7 days of incredibly beautiful landscapes and were in a bit of panorama overload, but the eastern regions of the island […]

April 6, 2009 | By | Reply More
Sao Miguel – Bustling Cities and Thermal Pools

Sao Miguel – Bustling Cities and Thermal Pools

Sorry for the delay in posting about the finish to our trip.  We had very sporadic access to the web.  One day I was muttering to myself about the lack of internet access, and then took a look around and realized we were staying in the middle of a volcano crater – no wonder the […]

April 3, 2009 | By | Reply More
Faial – Island of Yachts, Windmills and Volcanos

Faial – Island of Yachts, Windmills and Volcanos

We took a bouncy half hour ferry ride from Pico to the Island of Faial.  Horta, the capitol of Faial, is a cheery harbor town with a yachting flare. For centuries boats have been provisioning here before making the run across the Atlantic.  Today you can see paintings all along the break-front where boaters have […]

March 28, 2009 | By | Reply More
Pico, Island of Whales, Wine and Dramatic Ocean Scenery

Pico, Island of Whales, Wine and Dramatic Ocean Scenery

We’ve been on Pico Island for four days now and have been completely captivated.  There is nothing to do here, and everything at the same time.  If you are ‘into’ nature, enjoy short hikes and mingling with local folk in tiny village cafes, you would adore Pico.  Let me set the scene. Pico Island is […]

March 25, 2009 | By | Reply More
Had Enough Bad News – Why Not Just Escape?!

Had Enough Bad News – Why Not Just Escape?!

If you’ve had enough of all the negative news, and the badgering of the ads screaming about great travel deals – How about grabbing one of those discounted airfares to Florida and escaping to a spa resort that promises to “Block out the world” for an hour or a day? The last thing on anyone’s […]

March 16, 2009 | By | Reply More
Celebrated Maine Inns – Half Price in May

Celebrated Maine Inns – Half Price in May

You can picture them now, stately grand dames of the seacoast welcoming visitors for decades – elegant, historic and pricey.  Well now, thanks to The Maine Innkeepers Association, you can indulge yourself with a coveted Maine getaway in May, for half price.  What’s even better, your stay will benefit Habitat for Humanity at the same […]

March 13, 2009 | By | Reply More
Are You One of Scotland's 40 Million Long Lost Relatives?

Are You One of Scotland's 40 Million Long Lost Relatives?

If  the haunting call of a Scottish bagpipe has ever made you wistfully yearn to know more about Scotland’s indomitable spirit and proud heritage, this is the year to visit. 2009 marks the 250th birthday of favorite Son and poet Robert Burns, and Scotland is celebrating in a very big way.  Scotland is throwing it’s […]

March 10, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Be A Master Winemaker For A Day in Napa California

Be A Master Winemaker For A Day in Napa California

Learn the tricks of the wine trade by crafting your own signature blend and creating an exclusive  private label at Folio Enoteca’s ‘Winemaker For A Day’ program in the Napa Valley, California. Brought to you by the Michael Mondavi family, the ‘Winemaker For a Day’ program is designed to introduce wine enthusiasts to all levels […]

March 6, 2009 | By | Reply More
Israel Launches Tourist Hotline

Israel Launches Tourist Hotline

One number will connect you to all the vital information you need while traveling in Israel.  Simply dial *3888 from any cell phone or land line while in Israel and you will be connected to information on local attractions, airports, visas, or emergency assistance.  Assistance for the “Tourphone” is provided in English and French.

February 13, 2009 | By | Reply More
Super Low London Vacations from Virgin Atlantic

Super Low London Vacations from Virgin Atlantic

The latest deal from Virgin Vacations is nothing short of WOW! The Virgin group occupies a warm spot in my heart for great service, cheaky humor, and low prices, and their current deal is worth a close look.  From now until March 12, 2009 you can book at 6 night Virgin Value Vacation to London […]

February 11, 2009 | By | Reply More
Little Palm Island – Tahiti Style Luxury in Florida

Little Palm Island – Tahiti Style Luxury in Florida

If you’ve ever yearned to experience the lush verdant beauty of Tahiti, but don’t want to fly half way around the world, take heart – a visit to Little Palm Island is about as close to tropical nirvana as you can find in the continental USA. Your journey to this island paradise begins on Little […]

February 8, 2009 | By | 2 Replies More
Route I-95  and I-75 Road Trip Helpers

Route I-95 and I-75 Road Trip Helpers

I’ve just done the winter escape road trip run from New England to Southern Florida and back, and couldn’t have lived without the terrific website I95ExitGuide.com.  This wonderful guide tells you about all things related to Route I-95 from beginning to end, and every exit in between. I began by checking the weather all along […]

February 5, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Discover All-Inclusive Resorts in Europe

Discover All-Inclusive Resorts in Europe

Have you discovered what a terrific bargain all-inclusive vacations can be? These lively resorts have become increasingly popular in the Caribbean as travelers enjoy knowing in advance exactly what their entire vacation cost will be. But few travelers realize that many of the prominent all-inclusive resort developers in the Caribbean have lavish resorts in Europe […]

February 3, 2009 | By | Reply More
Cruise Aboard The Restored Luxury Yacht, Grace

Cruise Aboard The Restored Luxury Yacht, Grace

Just the word “Grace” conjures elegance, distinction and beauty as exemplified by Grace Kelly, Princess of Monaco. Today you can relive some of the royal majesty of those by-gone days aboard the newly restored 145-foot motor yacht Grace.   Originally gifted to Prince Rainier and Grace Kelly as a wedding gift by billionaire Aristotle Onassis, […]

January 26, 2009 | By | Reply More
World’s Best Chocolate Vacations!

World’s Best Chocolate Vacations!

For everyone who loves chocolate as much as I do, it’s time to plan a vacation swirling with chocolate tours and adventures. Nothing matches the euphoric lift after munching on a creamy chocolate delight. Here are eight destinations for immersing yourself in chocolate ecstasy on your next vacation.

January 22, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More
Tour The City By Public Transportation

Tour The City By Public Transportation

Here’s a wonderful site for finding your way around major US cities (New York, Boston, Chicago, SFO, DC (and others) by public transportation whether its by bus, subway, taxi or even on foot.  HopStop.com is an easy to use resource for finding the best route within these cities.  Just enter your origin and destination and […]

January 21, 2009 | By | Reply More
Safety Card for Travelers to Costa Rica

Safety Card for Travelers to Costa Rica

If you’ll be vacationing in Costa Rica soon, look for a Costa Rica Safety Card distributed at  Juan Santamaria (San Jose) International Airport.  The card, produced by the Costa Rica Tourism Institute, lists a 24 hour hotline to report problems and receive travel tips.  There’s a phone number answered in English and another in Spanish.  […]

January 15, 2009 | By | Reply More
Honeymoon Help Just For Guys

Honeymoon Help Just For Guys

All across the world left hands are sparkling with new diamond engagement rings presented to loved ones during the holidays.  Future brides will gleefully dive into books, magazines and wedding expos to guide them on their way, but who will help the grooms plan a perfect honeymoon??  The pressure is on guys! But fear not […]

January 11, 2009 | By | 1 Reply More