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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
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