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Monthly Archives: March 2015

  • Highlights of Florida

     

    Florida is known as the Sunshine State, and as the southernmost state in the continental USA, there are endless stretches of coastline dotted with white sand beaches. Although that’s true, there is so much more to this sunny destination! Head to the Florida Keys and spend a full day in Hemingway’s haunt — Key West. Travel through the natural splendor of the Everglades, stopping the Everglades National Park, an International Biosphere Reserve and UNESCO World Heritage site. This is a prime habitat of alligators and other wildlife so keep your cameras handy! Additionally, this tour stops in Naples, situated on the Gulf of Mexico, historical St. Augustine and Cocoa Beach. Come, feel the warmth of Florida!

  • GET LOST: 2015, the Year to Get Lost – Part 1

    When’s the last time you got lost? I mean truly let go from the day-to-day grind and unable to be located from the contemporary chaos? In the never-ending, take-no-prisoners, 24/7 plugged in, forever-online world we live in, when is the last time you stopped to enjoy the actual world around you? Honestly?  When was the last time you appreciated life’s simple outdoor pleasures like jumping in a lake in the summer heat, inhaling the cool mountain air, feeling the salty ocean mist hit your face, gazing up at the stars on a still night, or feeling the wind hit your face on the Great Plains? It’s time to stop staring down the proverbial barrel of your computer screen and put a few miles in the rear-view. Work will always be there, it's time to make some memories and enjoy what life has to offer outside of the status quo.

  • Caving with Carlin Part 2

    When Carlin returned he led us to the second rappelling site where once again Anita and I took turns being lowered about a 60 foot drop; down into the crevasse to the next cave entrance.

  • Explore Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo in Detroit, New York, and Mexico City

    This is the year of Diego and Frida.  A historic exhibition, with 70 of the most passionate works by these iconic Mexican artists, opened on March 15 at the Detroit Institute of Art.  On May 16, the first solo exhibition of Frida Kahlo’s work to be seen in New York City in 25 years will open at the New York Botanical Gardens in the Bronx.  The New York exhibition will be the first to focus exclusively on Kahlo's intense interest in the botanical world. The Detroit show is a wonderful introduction to Diego and Frida and their time spent in Detroit (1932-1933).  But there’s so much more …

  • Essential Kelvingrove: A Museum Reflecting Life

    Glasgow, Scotland is a city rich in culture as described in my previous article featuring the top rated attractions when planning your trip.

    Today I wish to focus on perhaps the most influential and important museum in the world for those art lovers!  A trip to the Kelvingrove should remain top on your list along with the British Museum & the Louvre (Paris).  To be honest, I had not realized the wealth of collections ranging from the Impressionists to the famed Glasgow Boys who revolutionized Scottish painting – similar to the Pre-Raphaelites from the United Kingdom.

  • Bella Italia

    History, culture, art and romance… just waiting to be discovered on this wonderful introduction to Italy, a country you are sure to fall in love with! You’ll embark on a Venetian adventure that includes St. Mark’s Square, the lively hub of the city's activity and events. Be whisked by high-speed train from Venice to Florence where you’ll see all the highlights of this amazing cultural hot spot. Enjoy a wine tasting and lunch set in the serene Tuscan countryside.  This is truly a wonderful journey across Italy, which encompasses the incredible sights and mouth watering food and drink; a once-in-a-lifetime excursion that will leave you with a heart full of memories.

  • Pets Soon to be on the Right Track

    Susie and Beau are always glad to hear about new opportunities for pets in travel. It has come to our attention that a bill has recently passed the House of Representatives (HR 2066) that will require Amtrak to allow pets aboard trains. The billed is dubbed the Pets on Trains Act, which is part of a larger package called the Passenger Rail Reform and Investment Act.

  • The Parthenon: Nashville, Tennessee

    To celebrate the 100th birthday of Tennessee’s Statehood, Nashville built the 1897 Centennial and International Exposition. Many states and major industries built exhibits for the celebration. A full-scale replica of the Parthenon was the centerpiece and is the only remaining building. It sits in what is Nashville’s premiere urban park. It makes for a great afternoon walk, picnic, and time for reflection on the big thinkers and dreamers that made the Parthenon possible.

  • Columbe D’Or: Saint-Paul-de-Vence, France

    Whenever a trip is being planned, there are usually many “wishes” to be fulfilled. One thing for sure is the desire to taste the most fantastic food in the most luxurious settings. Of course, there is fabulous street food, but we’re all about making reservations, dressing up, and enjoying a dining experience for a true foodie!

     

     

    We’ll journey to many great restaurants in these travels, but let’s start with a couple of my favorites, in my ultimately most favorite place – the French Riviera.  And, we’ll start at the top of a mountain. COLUMBE D’OR in St. Paul de Vence is arguably one of the most famous restaurants in the world. It has appeared in numerous movies, and attracts Royalty, Presidents, Movie stars, and the global uber-rich out for an amazing experience.

  • Green Turtle B&B: Charlestown Navy Yard

    Let’s go to Boston, one of the oldest U.S. cities, founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England. So, where should we stay, you ask. Since I’m always on the hunt for the not so ordinary, how about floating out in Boston Harbor? Boston Harbor has special meaning to me because I came to the United States with my parents on a ship and we landed right in Boston Harbor, so this was our first stop in the United States. It’s only fitting I find a place on the water to enjoy this lovely city.

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