Bath & Stratford-upon-Avon

If London is your base and you are looking to visit a few of England’s most famous sites away from the city, make a day trip to Bath and Stratford upon Avon. Bath is a World Heritage City and the location of England’s only hot springs. The Romans founded this city in 60 AD and […]

Hidden Gems of Italy

The Principe Hotel Venice Featuring a terrace with lovely views of the Grand Canal, Hotel Principe is 650 feet from Santa Lucia Train Station. It features antique furniture and typically Venetian décor. Guests can enjoy a drink at the bar while admiring the views. The restaurant serves Venetian specialties and international cuisine, including fresh fish […]

Adventure Iceland

One of the hottest travel destinations is Iceland, the westernmost European country located just south of the Arctic Circle and about the same square miles as the state of Kentucky. I haven't done a lot of adventure travel, although I like this style of travel. For me, Iceland was the most adventure-packed five days I […]

A visit to the Fatima Shrine in Portugal

A visit to Portugal is not complete without a visit to the Fatima shrine which can easily be reached from Lisbon.  A visit was included on the Globus Portugal Escape 8 day program.  Traveling during the shoulder months, like March, allows a close up visit to some amazing and historic religious centers.

Russia in Wintertime

Long Dark Nights, Magical Christmas Lights Winter Lights Traveling to Russia in the wintertime may seem a little out of the ordinary, however, traveling New Year’s week is something very special. Russia celebrates New Year’s Eve on December 31 and Russian Orthodox Christmas is always celebrated on January 07. A recent visit to St. Petersburg […]

St. Petersburg, Russia – Former Capital, Vibrant Seaport

Ballet At Catherine the Greats Private Theatre The city of St. Petersburg is a relatively new city as it was founded in 1703 by Peter the Great. It’s often referred to as the Venice of the North because of the beautiful palaces situated along the sixty-five islands that make up the city of St. Petersburg. […]

Moscow Moments

Gum Department Store Red Square, Kremlin, Metro and the Russian Orthodox Churches For our journey to Moscow, we traveled by train from St. Petersburg. The Sapsan, Russia’s fast train took four hours, was very comfortable and had a dining car. Because we traveled in the late afternoon it was already dark and we were not […]

River Cruising — Not Just for your Parents

When we hear river cruise we often think of retirees who are looking for a bit of adventure, with people their own age. This is true, but myself and new travel trends are proving that river cruising is not just for the Baby Boomer generation. Now there are still options for the active 55+, but […]

Essential Holland and Belgium

Amsterdam Canals My mother and I set out for our Essential Holland and Belgium Avalon River Cruise knowing that our panoramic suite, discovery dining and personalized service would be spectacular. What we did not realize is that this journey would open our eyes to the dance between Mother Nature’s water and the need for human […]

Prost, to Oktoberfest

Germany, like the US is broken up into states. There are sixteen Germany states, and today we are going to focus solely on Bavaria or Bayern in German. Bavaria is the largest of the German states and is home to cities such as Nuremburg, Würzburg and of course Munich. Munich is the capital of Bavaria […]