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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 […]

April 23, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
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 […]

April 10, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
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 […]

April 4, 2013 | By | Reply More
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 […]

March 6, 2013 | By | Reply More
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 […]

January 9, 2013 | By | Reply More
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 […]

December 12, 2012 | By | Reply More
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 […]

October 24, 2012 | By | Reply More
Castles, Vineyards and Bike Trails – Life Is Good Along The Mosel River Germany

Castles, Vineyards and Bike Trails – Life Is Good Along The Mosel River Germany

When my husband and I first moved to Germany we searched for that typical German town with ‘gingerbread houses’ and an old mystical feel to it.  After realizing most of that was in Bavaria, hours away from our house in Rheinland Pfalz, we stumbled upon the Mosel River.  A 30-minute ride from our house through […]

October 19, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
How To Have A Wicked Good Time In The Maine North Woods This Fall

How To Have A Wicked Good Time In The Maine North Woods This Fall

I’m just back from spending three totally magical days in the Maine North Woods in the Moosehead Lake region, and the leaves are already starting to change! This is my first time visiting the Maine North Woods Moosehead Lake region, and I’m happy to report it won’t be the last.  A northerly drive from Portland […]

September 11, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Papua New Guinea Trip Report – Land of 1,000 Tongues

Papua New Guinea Trip Report – Land of 1,000 Tongues

Papua New Guinea, Land of a Thousand Tongues Papua New Guinea is a pristine land in the most literal sense of the word. It has almost no infrastructure in place to facilitate tourism, and that is one of its most attractive attributes. The unmarred landscape is host to a multitude of unique species of animals […]

August 30, 2012 | By | Reply More
Milford Trek – Trip Report of the Finest Walk In The World

Milford Trek – Trip Report of the Finest Walk In The World

Taking On The Milford Trek- Finest Walk In the World Dubbed “The Finest Walk in the World,” the Milford Trek is filled with natural attractions that support New Zealand’s reputation as an other-worldly clime, a place of fantastical sights and breathtaking vistas.  Hiking the Milford Trek, or Milford Track as it is sometimes called, was […]

August 16, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Myanmar Trip Report (aka Burma) – Setting The Record Straight

Myanmar Trip Report (aka Burma) – Setting The Record Straight

  Does A New Government Mean It’s Time To Return To Myanmar (Burma)? My wife and I were in Asia recently, and when we found out that Burma (also known as Myanmar) had openly held democratic elections, we decided to visit the country that has for so long held the West in both marvel and […]

August 1, 2012 | By | 2 Replies More
Carnival Glory Review: A Family Fun Cruise from Boston to Canada

Carnival Glory Review: A Family Fun Cruise from Boston to Canada

Beginning this summer, Carnival Cruise Line began their newest itinerary – a cruise to Canada out of Boston, MA.  Here’s my just-back review of The Carnival Glory which departs from Boston for a five day New England coastal cruise to St. John and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Carnival Glory’s short summer and fall cruising season […]

July 25, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
La Jolla Shores, A Glittering, Golden Paradise

La Jolla Shores, A Glittering, Golden Paradise

The Spanish word for jewel is “la jolla”. Add to that the image of palm trees, well-kept green lawns, bougainvilleas in a myriad of colors, a white board-walk populated with inline-skaters, skate-boarders, cyclists, joggers, and walkers, ice-cream eating children and their smiley and happy parents. There. You have just imagined the fanciest quarter of San […]

July 5, 2012 | By | Reply More
Hong Kong Trip Report – Why Hong Kong Remains An Intriguing Destination

Hong Kong Trip Report – Why Hong Kong Remains An Intriguing Destination

Why Hong Kong remains one of my top travel destinations. For me, Hong Kong is the perfect getaway destination. Besides the city’s flawless and mesmerizing scenery – it was a place I could go to escape the pressures and demands of Western culture. I can honestly say it’s a place where you can lose yourself […]

June 29, 2012 | By | 4 Replies More
Put A Dash of Salt in Your Trip to South America

Put A Dash of Salt in Your Trip to South America

When planning a trip to South-America, no one should miss the chance to see the world’s largest salt-flat, “Salar de Uyuni” – the stunning salt-desert located in Boliva’s Potosi region. Most offered trips take three to four days, as this area is packed with other spectacular sites, as well as the 10 meters thick salt […]

June 25, 2012 | By | Reply More