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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
An Unexpected Passion For London Musicals

An Unexpected Passion For London Musicals

I’d always been told that a visit to London isn’t complete without seeing a show. I couldn’t understand why so many friends were so keen on “theatre shows”, by which they meant, musicals. I always thought they weren’t for me. That has all changed. The drama snob My idea of an exciting theatre trip had […]

June 14, 2012 | By | Reply More
New Zealand Cycling Tour in a Land of Jaw-Dropping Scenery

New Zealand Cycling Tour in a Land of Jaw-Dropping Scenery

New Zealand Cycling Tour of the South Island with Superb Views Every Day Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years you’ll probably already know that New Zealand has some outstanding views. One of the many enjoyable ways to explore this country is to cycle around parts or all of it. […]

May 21, 2012 | By | Reply More
Top 5 Treks of Ladakh – A Himalaya High

Top 5 Treks of Ladakh – A Himalaya High

Top 5 treks of Ladakh that blew me away The snow-capped peaks of Himalayas, scenic wonders of nature, crystal blue waters- those are the memories that stay with you once you have been to Ladakh. I am no different. The experience of trekking in Ladakh was simply exhilarating, and it is really hard to pick […]

May 14, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
Esmeralda Resort St. Martin – A Tranquil Beachside Retreat

Esmeralda Resort St. Martin – A Tranquil Beachside Retreat

Here it is a few weeks since our stay at The Esmeralda Resort on the French-side of St. Martin, and I’m still feeling it’s relaxed vibe. This hotel is a fantastic choice for folks who want to slip away for a peaceful vacation that’s only steps away from the excitement of Orient Beach.

April 10, 2012 | By | Reply More
Sonesta St. Maarten Hotels – A Room For Every Taste and Budget

Sonesta St. Maarten Hotels – A Room For Every Taste and Budget

I’m just back from a great trip to St. Maarten where I experienced BOTH of the popular Sonesta Hotels; the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and the Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort. (Both on Dutch side). The Sonesta Maho Beach Resort and Casino is conveniently located right next to the airport – you’ll be checking in minutes after clearing customs. The hotel has a city feel, although once inside the resort, you’ll find all the tropical amenities you would expect from a beach resort.

March 26, 2012 | By | Reply More
Star Clipper Cruise Review – Antigua and St. Barts

Star Clipper Cruise Review – Antigua and St. Barts

As we pull close to Antigua, here finally are the aquamarine waters that I associate with Caribbean waters. We’re supposed to be docking in the port of Falmouth, known for the multimillion dollar yachts anchored in the gorgeous bay, but the swell is too high and we have to continue on to St. John’s.   […]

March 18, 2012 | By | Reply More
Star Clipper Cruise Review – Guadeloupe

Star Clipper Cruise Review – Guadeloupe

We’ve all had a great day in Iles des Saintes and are looking forward to the short sail over to Guadeloupe.  Guadeloupe is a volcanic island shaped like a butterfly.  The larger western side has high peaks and dense rainforests and is an important agricultural growing region in the Caribbean.  The eastern ‘wing’ is primarily […]

March 16, 2012 | By | Reply More
Star Clipper Review – Lovely Port of Iles des Saintes

Star Clipper Review – Lovely Port of Iles des Saintes

We had a blissfully calm sail from Dominica to Ile des Saintes, a collection of 8 small islands off the coast of Guadeloupe.  All hands were on deck to watch our approach into the beautiful protected bay.   I had no familiarity with this destination, and it’s obvious luxury yatchers have been keeping it a secret […]

March 15, 2012 | By | Reply More
Star Clipper Review – Ports of Nevis & Dominica

Star Clipper Review – Ports of Nevis & Dominica

Anchored off Charlestown early on Sunday morning, we were thrilled to see Nevis’ peak was in full view and not wreathed in clouds as is so often the case. Phillip, our cruise director, cautioned that Nevis is a sleepy little community on an average day, and Sundays are even quieter.

March 13, 2012 | By | Reply More
Puttin’ On The Ritz To Celebrate A Big Event!

Puttin’ On The Ritz To Celebrate A Big Event!

Will you still love me when I am 65?… Paul McCartney please forgive me for changing your lyrics, but as my husband approached his 65th birthday, I had come up with something amazing for the celebration. And when it has to be amazing, no one does it better than the Ritz-Carlton.

March 8, 2012 | By | 1 Reply More
My Journey To Mongolia – A Trip Report

My Journey To Mongolia – A Trip Report

Mongolia is a sprawling country in the fact that it is one of the least (if not the least) densely populated country in the world. We traveled for hours without seeing a ger – also called a “yurt” (the collapsible homes of nomadic Mongolian families), and commonly when we stopped for lunch on our own there was little habitation dotting the horizon.

February 10, 2012 | By | 3 Replies More
Backpacker’s Thailand Trip Report – Two Weeks Is Just Not Enough!

Backpacker’s Thailand Trip Report – Two Weeks Is Just Not Enough!

To give you some context, Thailand featured in my RTW trip as a final stop off to break up the flight home from Australia. I knew it as a country that featured as one of the original must travel locations and being a hub for the whole South East Asia region. However I did regard this as a generic itinerary and therefore I had tailored a different trip, one that was a little bit unique and not a carbon copy of ones my friends had been on.

January 17, 2012 | By | Reply More
Quebec Winter Carnival – Fun Worth Shivering For

Quebec Winter Carnival – Fun Worth Shivering For

What makes the Winter Carnivale so special is, firstly, most Americans don’t know about it. Second, there is fun for literally everyone. If you have kids, head for the snow slide, face painting and parades, if you are a couple looking for romance, the skating, and steamy spas are for you. If you are a party animal, you can “laissez les bon temps rouler” all around the city, for all 17 nights of the festival. Whether young or old, no visitor can resist the majesty of the Ice Palace, the awe-inspiring snow sculptures and overall magical ambiance of the city.

January 2, 2012 | By | Reply More
Exuma Trifecta – Swimming With Stingrays, Sharks & Pigs!

Exuma Trifecta – Swimming With Stingrays, Sharks & Pigs!

The ever changing shades of aquamarine are stunning as we skip over the waves. Before long Captain Pat swings us around as he spots huge sting rays sweeping across the flats. Next stop – an amazing coral grotto big enough for us to enter boat and all. Our morning is spent zipping between one beautiful island to another, ogling at movie star’s private cays and trying to out-race the occasional squall.

November 16, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More
Sublime Delights of the Exuma Islands –  Deep Fried Lobster Tails & Swimming Pigs!

Sublime Delights of the Exuma Islands – Deep Fried Lobster Tails & Swimming Pigs!

Exuma in the Bahamas is filled with so many sublime delights, it’s a challenge to name just a few.  But without a doubt, the fried lobster tails and swimming pigs where mind blowing. Never in my wildest dreams did I envision that I would have the chance (or desire) to swim with pigs, but that’s […]

November 15, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More
Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands – Make One Fabulous Vacation

Machu Picchu and Galapagos Islands – Make One Fabulous Vacation

Two Adventure Vacations in One – Trip Report of a Fabulous Family Vacation to South America and the Galapagos. Many times, when you travel a long distance, you want to grab every adventure you can while you are that far away. That’s what happened when we planned our family vacation this summer.

October 18, 2011 | By | 1 Reply More