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Pacuare Lodge, Costa Rica
2021-02-08 16:31
Getting to Pacuare Lodge is a big part of the adventure. Our day started with a 6 AM pickup from our hotel, Grano de Oro in San Jose, Costa Rica. We traversed the city, and after about an ho… Read More
2021-01-06 13:40
Working on a cruise ship seems like fun, right? You get to travel the world, meet new people and explore places that you might otherwise never get to see. But if you have been aboard a ship… Read More
The Magic Of Egypt
2021-01-05 14:16
I love Egypt because it is like walking into a history book – the amount of history is powerful and overwhelming.  The myriad of sights are as old as time and a feast for the sens… Read More
Mexican Food: Beyond Tacos
2020-11-18 18:15
When most people think of Mexican food, they think tacos, and for good reason. There are tacos everywhere. From street food to fine dining, the taco is ubiquitous and also yummy. But there i… Read More
Mexico City: Things You Must See And Do
2020-10-29 11:21
In the interest of full disclosure, I will tell you that Mexico City was not at the top of my travel list. It wasn’t really even in the middle. I hadn’t given it much thought, to… Read More
Le Blanc Resort And Spa: The Lap Of Luxury
2020-10-01 11:41
The last trip I took before Covid swept across the world was to Le Blanc Resort and Spa in Cancun. It has taken me until now to write about it, but really, no time like the present, as Mexic… Read More
The Grand Tetons: Unmistakable Beauty
2020-08-26 19:01
Teton Village, home to the Jackson Hole Mountain Resort, was our home base, and we loved it! We were within one mile of the southern entrance to the Grand Teton National Park and 20 minutes… Read More
Park City, Utah: Great In Summer, Too!
2020-08-12 13:23
Like a lot of other people ready to travel, we decided to make the best of a pandemic and visit places in the United States which were on our bucket list. Enter bucket list item: Deer Valley… Read More
Charleston, SC: Food, History, And Beauty
2020-07-01 11:12
Wonderful oysters at Fleet Landing in Charleston, SCA trip to Charleston is like a trip back in time – except with amazing food and outstanding accommodations.  My husband grew up… Read More
Don’t Suffer From FOMO (We Can Help!)
2020-06-16 11:00
No FOMO aboard Seabourn’s wonderful transatlantic cruise.Over the past several months, we have dealt with all sorts of situations for clients: trips canceled, vacations rescheduled, vo… Read More
Travel Makes Us Better People
2020-06-02 11:00
New foods, especially in small bites, are not very scary.I’ll start by telling you that I had a completely different message for today. But after this weekend’s news, that can wa… Read More
What’s Hot For 2020 Travel
2020-01-09 13:00
Happy New Year! Now that we have recovered from the endless party-shopping-cooking-whatever-you-do of the holiday season, it is time to think about the upcoming year and where you will go. F… Read More
Porto: A Not-So-Hidden Gem
2019-10-17 12:48
Porto is a beautiful and charming city, and definitely worth a visit.Portugal has become a super popular vacation destination. There are beaches in the southern part of the country. The capi… Read More
24 Hours In Vienna
2019-02-28 12:59
Vienna, a city of music, art and cake.One of the highlights of a Danube river cruise is the visit to Vienna. Our Uniworld Enchanting Danube was no exception. Unlike many other cities on the… Read More
Passau, Germany
2018-10-19 12:19
Passau, Germany is hardly a hotbed of activity. In fact, many Americans have never heard of this quaint town, just over 100 miles east of Munich.  We embarked on our Enchanting Danube c… Read More
Two Days In Munich, Part II
2018-10-05 12:30
Munich is a beautiful and livable city.After a restful night’s sleep on a horribly uncomfortable bed, we made our way to breakfast where we met some of our fellow travelers for day two… Read More
Two Days In Munich
2018-09-28 12:26
Dachau Concentration Camp MemorialAn overnight flight hardly ever leaves a person feeling rested and refreshed, even if you have the luxury of traveling in business or first class. Our long… Read More
2018-05-22 18:35
Havana is gorgeous, even in the rain. “Excuse me. Do you know where I would find this address?” I asked the closest pedestrian I could find, in passable Spanish. I understood pre… Read More
Norwegian Sky: Miami To Havana
2018-04-27 12:50
Norwegian Sky leaving the Port of Miami Last year, my travel agency had a contest, and whoever booked the most Norwegian cruises within a particular time frame won a cruise to Cuba (and I wo… Read More
2018-04-20 12:57
Delta One: Those are comfortable seats. “Which is the best airline?” or “Is [Insert Airline Name] the worst? I’ve heard bad things…” These are common que… Read More
2017-12-15 16:28
Dublin, Ireland: The library at Trinity College. I would have liked to spend a couple of days in Dublin, Ireland. The city has a wonderful energy, is easy to navigate, and the people are ext… Read More
2017-11-10 13:27
A jaunt to Northern Wales: Conwy Castle While in Liverpool, people tend to do some sort of Beatles-related tour. Alas, I don’t really like the Beatles. Mind you, I don’t not like… Read More
Inverness, Scotland: Castles And Whisky
2017-10-23 13:41
Inverness, Scotland: Celebrity Silhouette Boarding the Celebrity Silhouette in Amsterdam was a bit hectic. But once we dropped luggage and waited in a short check-in line, we made our way th… Read More
Two Days In Amsterdam, Part Two
2017-10-13 12:01
Two Days In Amsterdam: Portrait of Three Weary Travelers. When I have only a short period of time someplace, I like to cram in as much as possible. With that in mind, I was overly optimistic… Read More
2017-10-06 13:45
Two days in Amsterdam is not enough. I could spend a month wandering the streets of Amsterdam, strolling along the canals and soaking up the ambiance. Unfortunately, I only had two days in A… Read More
2017-09-14 11:54
I can’t possibly thank you enough, my readers and friends, for the outpouring of support and concern before and during this storm. I am thrilled to report that we are just fine. W… Read More
10 Tips For A Better Vacation
2017-08-04 12:55
Travel tip (and random picture of the Duomo in Florence. Go visit. It is better in person.) Americans are the worst. We are terrible at using up all of our vacation time, and then some peopl… Read More
Papa’s Pilar Rum: Distilled In Key West
2017-06-30 13:13
Papa’s Pilar Distillery, Key West Local distilleries are popping up everywhere, it seems. We now have three rum distilleries on our tiny island. The latest addition is Papa’s Pil… Read More
Little Pearl, Key West
2017-06-16 15:42
The envy-inducing tuna brulée. The tiny, sometimes frenetic, lovely space that formerly housed Seven Fish is now Little Pearl. Although the decor has changed somewhat, and the menu is… Read More
2017-06-09 13:51
Stunning view from the deck. The first time FKGuy and I visited Key West, in 1996, we stayed at The Pier House. Perched at the end of Duval Street, overlooking the water, with lush gardens a… Read More
2017-06-02 14:53
The parting gift from brunch, a great next-day breakfast. Mother’s Day Brunch takes brunching to a whole new level. There are annoying people to contend with, family drama, and hard-to… Read More
New York City, Part II: Veni, Vidi, Edi
2017-05-26 13:05
Cheddar cheese fritters make any day better. May in New York City should be sunny, crisp, and delightful. Instead, we woke up to a gray, cold, rain-soaked Manhattan, while still kind of in a… Read More
New York City, Part I: Veni, Vidi, Edi
2017-05-19 14:36
I’ll save you the Googling: it means I came, I saw, I ate. After living in New York City for six years, admittedly a while ago, we don’t need to sightsee when we are there. We v… Read More
NCL Escape, Family Cruising Fun
2017-05-12 13:00
Norwegian Escape pool deck. Recently, I toured the NCL Escape, Norwegian’s newest ship to date. This mega-ship has enough eating and drinking venues to make your head spin, as well as… Read More
Royal Caribbean’s Allure Of The Seas
2017-05-01 13:45
The Boardwalk Carrying a maximum of 6,300 passengers, it is fair to say that the Allure of the Seas is gigantic. Until a recent tour, I didn’t quite get the impressive size and feature… Read More
Mary Ellen’s Bar, Key West
2017-03-31 13:00
Old Fashioned on tap is a very good thing. While having brunch at Azur with friends recently, there were multiple conversations going on at once. After all, six loud people plus mimosas will… Read More
Costa Rica: Above Sea Level
2017-03-24 13:19
Our week in Panama and Costa Rica was mostly at sea level. We were on boats, hiking, viewing wildlife, and lounging in the warm water. After disembarking the cruise ship, we met our driver… Read More
Costa Rica: Monkeys, Sloths, And Chocolate
2017-03-17 14:59
The highlight of our visit to Costa Rica was the wildlife. We saw four species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, sloths, and coati. There was evidence that a puma may have been enjoying the bea… Read More
2017-03-06 19:20
The Panama Canal The day after boarding the beautiful Windstar Star Breeze in Colon, we were cruising the Panama Canal. Completed in 1914, this marvel of engineering continues to amaze over… Read More
24 Hours In Panama City, Part II
2017-03-03 13:37
Day one, Panama City, part two. After a much-needed nap (FKGuy), and an adventure in purchasing two toothbrushes (me) we headed downstairs, straight to the Champagne bar. Because every even… Read More
24 Hours In Panama City, Part I
2017-02-27 18:02
When in Rome, er, Panama… We had a mere 24 hours in Panama City before our cruise on Windstar’s Star Breeze. I booked the earliest flight possible, departing Miami at 7 AM, to m… Read More
“P” Is For Portugal, And Other Wine Fun
2017-02-17 13:40
I love these corks. From time to time, I get boxes of wine that just show up, unannounced. As opposed to the ones that I have ordered, and know are en route. That happened again recently, an… Read More
Michaels Restaurant, Key West
2017-02-13 13:55
Key West boasts a plethora of great restaurants, and it is impossible to frequent them all. We hadn’t been to Michaels in ages when friends came to town, reserved, and said, “we… Read More
8 Things To Know Before Your First Cruise
2017-02-10 13:08
Among my clients are many first time cruisers. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I love cruises. Visit all seven continents by ship, enjoy champagne in the middle… Read More
Pesce & Pasta, Hollywood, FL
2017-01-27 14:26
The few, sad, mediocre restaurants in downtown Hollywood are slowly being replaced by places that don’t suck. First Ends Meat came along, bringing casual and delicious food to a sorel… Read More
New York City In Winter: Beyond Smoked Fish
2017-01-23 14:37
I came from unpacking; my cousin came from working. Clearly, he wins the best-dressed award. One cannot live on smoked fish alone. Well, maybe some people can, but as much as I love the stuf… Read More
New York City In The Winter: Brrrr.
2017-01-16 14:36
Welcome to NY, have some smoked fish. Most people travel to New York City to see a Broadway show, dine in fabulous restaurants, and visit the Empire State Building. Me? I spent last week unp… Read More
Bruschetta Italian Restaurant, Key West
2017-01-13 13:20
Complimentary bruschetta brought to the table, but it was a sad, soggy mess. I wanted to like it. Any time a new restaurant, bar, or shop opens in town, I hope it’s excellent and succe… Read More
S. S. Wreck And Galley, Marathon, Florida
2017-01-09 13:34
One big iced tea. Driving down the Overseas Highway, we usually only stop for gas, coffee, or a (human or canine) bathroom break. Whether I am driving southbound on a typical weekend, or aft… Read More
Made 2 Order, Tavernier, Florida
2017-01-06 15:39
The Florida Keys enjoy an abundance of seafood, laid-back charm, and beautiful scenery. It is not difficult to find a roadside restaurant with fantastic water views and Made 2 Order is… Read More
Goodbye, 2016 (And Not A Moment Too Soon)
2016-12-23 13:53
I’d like more days like this. Goodbye, 2016. Adios. I wish I could say it has been a pleasure, but… Well, there were certainly some highlights. The year started with a visit to… Read More
Flavors Of St. Martin: An Island Food Tour
2016-12-12 18:18
Over the course of several visits, we had yet to make it to the French side of St. Martin, the half-Dutch, half-French Caribbean island. I knew this was our moment of opportunity. When I sa… Read More
Celebrity Cruises: The Suite Life
2016-12-07 13:43
This was how we were first greeted in Luminae on Day 1. Sometimes in life, you get what you pay for, and Celebrity Cruises Suite Class program is no exception. I’ve been fortunate enou… Read More
Celebrity Silhouette: Qsine
2016-11-30 13:44
Disco shrimp, a house specialty. I’ve cruised on one other Celebrity ship with Qsine restaurant before, but never tried it because it seemed, well, kitschy. And when I dine, I prefer g… Read More
2016-11-11 16:12
Babka exercises her right to join us in voting. I can’t speak for others, but I can tell you this: I have an election hangover, and I didn’t even have any wine that night. In ret… Read More
Cheese Souffle: Then, Now, And Coming Soon
2016-11-07 15:52
From the Le Gavroche website. What the souffle should look like. Souffles are those delicious, fluffy, eggy dishes that, when made properly, are the best things ever. That is not hyperbole… Read More
The Day We Only Ate Bagels
2016-11-04 13:43
Nothing says the morning after a big event, like a wedding or bar mitzvah, quite like a bagel brunch. It’s a great way to gather friends and family before everyone heads out of town o… Read More
Farmhouse Kitchen, Boca Raton
2016-10-31 16:03
Farmhouse Kitchen is a lovely choice in Boca. We recently met some friends for dinner, and in choosing a location it had to meet a stringent set of criteria. Somewhere between Delray Beach a… Read More

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