Places

Guide to cruise ports and nearby places to help you plan your day.  Points of interest and getting around are really important when visiting a new city.  Where to stay, eat and play in ports around the world.  For cruise ship shore excursion information, head over to Plan Your Cruise.

Insider’s Guide to Three Days in Aix-en-Provence

Insider’s Guide to Three Days in Aix-en-Provence

Days of wine and rosé in Aix-en-Provence, under the brilliant sun. Mention Provence and it’s easy to imagine undulating fields… View Post
Where to Stay in Rome That’s Trendy, Not Touristy and Budget-Wise.

Where to Stay in Rome That’s Trendy, Not Touristy and Budget-Wise.

Mangia! Save your money for food and wine instead. Rome has to be in my top 5 all-time favorite cities… View Post
Top 10 Not-to-be-Missed Places to Visit in Budapest

Top 10 Not-to-be-Missed Places to Visit in Budapest

From bubbling thermal baths to eerie reminders of Hungary’s Nazi and Communist past, you’ll find incredibly diverse places to visit in Budapest. … View Post
A Night at Westin Portland, Oregon Before a Columbia River Cruise

A Night at Westin Portland, Oregon Before a Columbia River Cruise

I’d been traveling by train for three days. Two nights from Chicago to Sacramento aboard the Amtrak California Zephyr and… View Post
Forget the Pool.  Explore, eat and enjoy Grand Turk.

Forget the Pool. Explore, eat and enjoy Grand Turk.

Bypass the Cruise Center and experience this beautiful island.   Grand Turk is one of those laid-back islands where wild donkeys… View Post
Friday Photo – An Autumn Afternoon Walk in Paris

Friday Photo – An Autumn Afternoon Walk in Paris

I kept my iPhone at the ready on my walk in Paris. You just never know when that perfect shot… View Post
My Danube River Cruise Began in Bucharest, Romania

My Danube River Cruise Began in Bucharest, Romania

Bucharest, Romania, a surprisingly beautiful city fashioned after Paris. No, this isn’t the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.  This is… View Post
Take a Ride on the Magical Flying Chair in Roatan

Take a Ride on the Magical Flying Chair in Roatan

Mahogany Bay Cruise Center and the Flying Chair in Roatan. I don’t fly. Ever. When the opportunity to “fly” from Mahogany… View Post
Dominica is Like a Day in Jurassic Park Without Dinosaurs.

Dominica is Like a Day in Jurassic Park Without Dinosaurs.

Cruises to Dominica, nicknamed the Nature Island, bring you to an ecological paradise. As you approach the port of Roseau, your… View Post
Air BnB Miami Beach Vacation Rental

Air BnB Miami Beach Vacation Rental

My first vacation rental experience could have been my last. With a few days to spend in Miami Beach for an… View Post
A Week in Southampton with an Air BnB Vacation Rental

A Week in Southampton with an Air BnB Vacation Rental

My cozy Air BnB vacation rental in Southampton It was an unexpected delight.  When the attacks occurred in Paris last November,… View Post
My Second Air BnB Vacation Rental, this Time in Amsterdam

My Second Air BnB Vacation Rental, this Time in Amsterdam

Air BnB vacation rental gets a second chance. Hit or miss. That’s what I’m learning about an Air BnB vacation… View Post
A Day at The Dalles, Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge

A Day at The Dalles, Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge

Eight hours in The Dalles is like taking a brief step back in time. There was always an evening activity… View Post
From Russia with Love…and Vodka

From Russia with Love…and Vodka

Images of mystery and intrigue.  And Martinis with Russian Vodka.  We’ve all seen the spy movies and the Russia stereotype;… View Post
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