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Climbing The Rocky Shores of Imprisoning Isles Off The Coast of Marseilles

Climbing The Rocky Shores of Imprisoning Isles Off The Coast of Marseilles

Four rocky islands sit off the coast of Marseilles’ Old Port, but two in particular have considerable historic appeal. Those familiar with the Count of Monte Cristo will recognize the first worth visiting, Isle d’If, a jutting outpost-turned-19th century prison, where author Alexandre Dumas’ father was once wrongfully imprisoned. The second, Ratonneau, is larger, longer, haunting and beautiful: a nature preserve dotted with forests, coves and wildlife overseen by an old, abandoned hospital on the top of its highest cliffs. These two comprise a memorable day-long escape amidst any tour of southern France, and I recently had the opportunity to experience them for myself.

October 25, 2013 | By More
The Great Ocean Road – Australia’s Most Scenic Road Trip

The Great Ocean Road – Australia’s Most Scenic Road Trip

Highlights of a Road Trip along Australia’s Great Ocean Road

What makes the Great Ocean Road so great? Although there are countless scenic coastal drives you can take in Australia, it’s the rugged beauty and show-stopping scenery that really sets this one apart. You’ll spot the remnants of Victorian shipwrecks and migrating whales from the top of these sheer, thrilling cliffs, along with the following highlights.

October 24, 2013 | By More
Portland Oregon – A Great Fall Vacation Destination

Portland Oregon – A Great Fall Vacation Destination

The fall is the perfect time to plan a quick vacation, especially if the region you live in is isolated from seasonal changes. I must admit that fall is one of my favorite times of year. There’s nothing like camping out under the stars on a crisp September or October night. The greens, browns, reds, oranges, and yellows that color the trees are a treat to see.

When considering a trip this fall, put Portland, Oregon on your list. This city is a prime spot for an unforgettable vacation.
While it’s not one of those major U.S. cities where tourists fill the streets, it is truly a unique city where you can experience the very scenic outdoors; go hiking, see the beautiful Japanese influences on the city, or indulge in the local food craze. It’s a city with unique charm that should not be missed.

October 11, 2013 | By More
Hold On To Summer Just A Bit Longer – Hilton Head Island Trip Report

Hold On To Summer Just A Bit Longer – Hilton Head Island Trip Report

We’ve just spent a few magical days on Hilton Head Island in South Carolina and I’ve come to realize that Fall months may well be the perfect time to visit this delightful island. The throngs of summer visitors who love this island so well have departed, the weather is summer-like still, golf courses are lush and green, and it’s the beginning of oyster season! Vacationers visiting Hilton Head Island in the next few months will share the experience with locals who come out of hiding to reclaim their beloved island and celebrate the bounties and warm weather of the fall season.

October 1, 2013 | By More
Bethel Inn’s Guaranteed Performance Golf School Is A Sensational Way To Improve Your Game

Bethel Inn’s Guaranteed Performance Golf School Is A Sensational Way To Improve Your Game

About The Guaranteed Performance Golf School

The first thing you should know about Bethel Inn’s golf school is that the student/instructor ratio is 3:1, meaning everyone gets lots of personal attention and the coach and students can actually play a round of golf together. I knew straight away that I was going to like golf pro, Mark Mallory, when he scolded husbands about shouting “Keep Your Head Down!” to their wives – explaining that was not the true problem. Golf pros Mark and Niko escorted us to the dedicated golf training range where they put us through our paces and reveled all kinds of wonderful golf tips…. Wondering how much to bend your knees? Simple, “Imagine you’re standing in your ski boots.” – brilliant!

August 23, 2013 | By More
Visit Connecticut’s Fan Favorite – Niantic, For A Great Seaside Getaway

Visit Connecticut’s Fan Favorite – Niantic, For A Great Seaside Getaway

The State of Connecticut recently ran a “Fan Favorite” campaign for residents and visitors to vote for their favorite town in Connecticut. The winner was the charming town of Niantic, a village of East Lyme, located a short distance from Mystic. I had never been to the Connecticut shore, so just had to see what everyone was raving about. My visit just so happened to coincide with a visit by Governor Malloy who was presenting the town with a video. It all started with a video the town submitted to the Fan Favorite contest, have a look: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DM0tROLWfVY . After one day in Niantic I knew exactly why this wonderful small town was voted Connecticut’s favorite town.

August 16, 2013 | By More
3 Magnificent Mediterranean Islands Worth Exploring: Malta, Gozo and Comino

3 Magnificent Mediterranean Islands Worth Exploring: Malta, Gozo and Comino

These three islands of Malta, Gozo and Comino are unknown to many international travelers, but are situated in the Mediterranean sea, in close proximity to Italy.

Malta is a magnificent country that most visitors fall in love with, once they walk the beautiful little streets of Valletta, Mdina, Vitorioso or any other little town or village. Each of them is filled with history, magnetism and Mediterranean spirit! Almost all exhibit buildings in shades of yellow, making streets look nicer and brighter. The architecture is a mixture of varying styles, which somewhat reminds me of Sicily.

August 1, 2013 | By More
There’s No Place Like Maine For A Summer Getaway – Sunshine, Beaches, Boating and Lobster

There’s No Place Like Maine For A Summer Getaway – Sunshine, Beaches, Boating and Lobster

Throwing caution to the wind we decided to try to escape to the coast of Maine during the busiest week of the summer season. Summer doesn’t officially begin in New England until July 4th, and this year a heat wave only heightened everyone’s desire to getaway. Finding a last minute room anywhere in Maine during the July 4th weekend was unlikely, but after scanning a few bed and breakfast sites, we were lucky to grab a room at the Dockside Guest Quarters in York Maine. This is truly one of the most picturesque and quiet settings in the York Harbor/ Ogunquit area. The inn is located on Harris Island and affords their quests beautiful waterfront views.

We were looking for peace and quiet and busy hotels and 4th of July crowds were not for us during this weekend getaway. We arrived while the inn was setting up for afternoon tea which offered quite a delicious spread, and the view was breathtaking.

July 15, 2013 | By More
Sesame Street Place, Perfect For A Magical Toddler Birthday Adventure

Sesame Street Place, Perfect For A Magical Toddler Birthday Adventure

We recently visited Sesame Place for my son’s 2nd birthday, and what a wonderful experience it was.

Sesame Place is the only theme park that is based entirely on the Sesame Street television program. It is located 90 minutes south of New York City in Langhome, Philadelphia. We decided to go a little early in the season to avoid summertime crowds and spent two action packed days at the park.

July 9, 2013 | By More
Guernsey Trip Report – A French Island Paradise in Britain

Guernsey Trip Report – A French Island Paradise in Britain

The lovely island of Guernsey, a unique blend of French and British culture is located in the English Channel, 30 miles off the northwestern coast of France and only a 50-minute flight from London Gatwick. Guernsey is a self-governing British Crown dependency, that has been influenced by nearby France through the centuries. Why am I telling you this? Personally I feel it is this fusion of French and British cultures that makes Guernsey so unique and attractive. The language spoken is English, but there is still a Guernsey patois French spoken by some of the population. You’ll also find the majority of the roads are named in French. Every aspect of island life is a charming Anglo-Franco fusion.

July 2, 2013 | By More
A Traveler’s Guide To Shopping In Hong Kong

A Traveler’s Guide To Shopping In Hong Kong

Whilst on a journey through Hong Kong, I encountered some of the most exquisite and beautiful places. You can’t quite imagine it without seeing it for yourself, but I’ll do my best to tempt you with my portrayal of this striking city.

My adventure began at the Temple Street Night Market, not far from the ancient temple of Tin Hau. The Night Market is alive with locals of an evening, selling all sorts of wares. There are cute little tea sets, watches, and charming antiques made out of Jade and other precious materials. For me personally the finest of these wares was the traditional food sold at some of the market stalls, such as the Five-layer Roast Pork and the Roast Pigeon.

June 27, 2013 | By More
St. Augustine Florida, A Perfect Blend of History and Seacoast Fun

St. Augustine Florida, A Perfect Blend of History and Seacoast Fun

Located approximately 30 miles south of Jacksonville is the coastal city of St. Augustine, Florida, a city rich in Spanish colonial architecture and North American history.

St. Augustine the oldest city in America, is home to 450 years’ of history from its founding by Spanish explorers in the 16th Century, to the elegance of Flagler College founded in 1968. A great deal of North American history can be discovered in St. Augustine as well as sun and fun sea coast activities that attract families from across the country. Of the many delights of St. Augustine, here are my favorites:

June 12, 2013 | By More
Is It Crazy To Love An Island?  Meet St. Simons Island Georgia

Is It Crazy To Love An Island? Meet St. Simons Island Georgia

  I’ve fallen in love with an island destination, and it might surprise you to know that it’s not in the Caribbean.  In fact, you can drive there!  But be forewarned, after visiting you may want to sell everything and move to St. Simons Island, Georgia! St. Simons Island lies 12 miles off the coast […]

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Traveling To The Ends of The World To Discover Ushuaia

Traveling To The Ends of The World To Discover Ushuaia

Ushuaia, on the Argentine side of Tierra del Fuego, calls itself “the southernmost city in the world”.  There’s some quibbling about the title based on the definition of a city, but Ushuaia is the most often cited. I arrived in November, early summer.  The wind was strong.  I leaned against it like Michael Jackson in […]

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Discover The Eternal Beauty of Cappadocia

Discover The Eternal Beauty of Cappadocia

Located in the central parts of Anatolia in Turkey, Cappadocia seems taken out of a dream. Before we arrived in Turkey we had only read about the local caves and seen them in documentaries.  The industrious spirit of the local population should be praised as some of these caves have been converted into dwellings and […]

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Winter Getaway to the Hamptons with Children – Try the East End of Long Island

Winter Getaway to the Hamptons with Children – Try the East End of Long Island

A Family Friendly Winter Getaway to the East End of Long Island – Trip Report Winter cabin fever had settled in and our 19 month old yearned for adventure.  My husband and I decided to pack up and head to the East End of Long Island for a change of scenery. Long Island Winter Fest […]

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Running With The Bulls, A Once-In-A-Lifetime Adrenaline Rush

Running With The Bulls, A Once-In-A-Lifetime Adrenaline Rush

In Pamplona, Spain, one of the most unique events in the world takes place each July.  The Running of the Bulls which has made Pamplona famous worldwide, is known as encierro in Spanish and means to lock up or to pen. There have been many videos and many documentaries done on this tradition, usually showing […]

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What I Learned While Volunteering Abroad

What I Learned While Volunteering Abroad

When I graduated school, like many of my generation, I had no idea where I wanted to go. No aspirations on what I wanted to be. A friend suggested that volunteering abroad teaching English as a foreign language could help me get away from my problems and get a fresh perspective on things. I had […]

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Snorkeling With Whale Sharks, The Gentle Giants of Oslob Philippines

Snorkeling With Whale Sharks, The Gentle Giants of Oslob Philippines

Discovering The Gentle Giants of Oslob, Cebu There’s no doubt that Cebu is one of the most visited places here in the Philippines for locals and travellers alike. So, when opportunity knocked, we grabbed it and headed off to see what Cebu has to offer. Since it’s our first time we went to the usual […]

November 23, 2012 | By | Reply More
Scottsdale Family Trip Report – Horses, Hikes & Small Town Charm

Scottsdale Family Trip Report – Horses, Hikes & Small Town Charm

Visiting Scottsdale, Arizona for a Vacation with a bit of Everything For The Entire Family Scottsdale is a beautiful Little city outside of Phoenix, surrounded by the rolling desert hills of Maricopa county, washed in sunlight 350 days of the year, and is as peaceful as a country town  despite being so close to the big […]

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