Learning the ABCs

The western-most Caribbean islands of Aruba, Bonaire and Curaçao, in the Leeward Antilles off the coast of Venezuela, are collectively known as the ABC islands. They share a Dutch colonial history, a West Indian heritage, and are fortuitously situated outside the tropical hurricane belt, making them an attractive playground for laid-back globetrotting sun seekers and snowbirds….

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Luxury Gone Overboard

On embarkation day, we checked into Insignia, dropped our bags in our suite, and called our friends, Andy and Tammy Heath. They were our Cruise Director and Assistant Cruise Director respectively for our 2015 Around the World voyage on Insignia, and live in our home town, so we have become friends on sea and land….

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America’s Havana

There is nothing like being a tourist in your own country. But in our very own Miami, everyone seems like a tourist in this melting pot of a city, with people from everywhere including Cuba, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, Europe… and, did I mention Cuba? Our hotel was right on the Miami waterfront where…

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Overpacked and Underdressed

Packing to live somewhere else for 6 months feels a bit like moving. When I travel, I always have the best intentions to pack a simple, capsule wardrobe with basic necessities. In fact, I tend to pride myself on efficiency in packing, finding multi-purpose in items, and knowing I can always do laundry to save…

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All the Way Around the World

Miami to Miami. Around the World. 360 degrees. 180 days. We are about to do it again. In 2015, we took an around-the-world cruise that was thwarted at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances, shortened to sort of two-thirds around the world. And, while it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, there is a certain attraction…

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City of Athena

In ancient Greek mythology, a jealous competition arose among the gods to become the patron deity of the beautiful and prosperous city of Cecropia. The story tells of Poseidon, who presented the gift of water to persuade the citizens to choose him. They were at first thrilled, until they realized that, as god of the…

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The Grand Canyon of Greece

Only a two-hour ride from the port city of Volos, on the fringe of the flat fertile plains of the Thessaly region of central Greece, the town of Kalambaka lies beneath the spectacular windswept monolithic pillars and rounded rocks of Meteora, also known as the Grand Canyon of Greece, rising abruptly from the flat fields…

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The Jerusalem of the Aegean

The small geographic area where Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and the Middle East converge is, arguably, the epicenter of world history and religions, existing together in guarded harmony. In November of 2016, our cruise from Rome to Dubai took us on a journey to this region where it was revelatory to see the diversity of…

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Altitude Sickness

I cannot deny it. I am a mountain girl. Not the kind who believes that shaving in winter is a waste of time and warmth, or thinks that a pair of black thermal leggings are formal wear, and not quite like Carolyn “Mountain Girl” Garcia, former Merry Prankster and Grateful Deadhead. But ever since our family…

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Going to Graceland

For reasons I cannot explain There’s some part of me wants to see Graceland ~ Paul Simon The only time we were in Memphis, we did not go to Graceland, which I thought was just wrong. Now once again, we have headed south to escape the midwest winter gloom on a meandering drive destined for…

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