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 […]

AZAMAZING… through the eyes of my clients

Recently I accompanied 24 clients on an Azamara cruise we labeled the Wines of Western Europe because the itinerary was such that wine lovers could not pass it up! The cruise departed from Southampton England and traveled the coast of France, Spain and Portugal. I mean... it’s a perfect way to hit some of the […]

Review for Hurtigruten

We have recently returned with a group to Norway sailing on Hurtigruten. We traveled from Bergen up the coast of Norway, across the Arctic Circle, and ending in Kirkenes, the top of Norway. We were pleasantly surprised with the Hurtigruten voyage. We sailed on the MS Finnmarken, a working ship holding 600 people. The ship […]

Lisbon is for walking

Lisbon: Alfama Neighborhood Lisbon is best toured by foot or on one of the city’s vintage trams to fully appreciate its gorgeous restored medieval facades, wonderful art-nouveau buildings, black-and-white mosaic sidewalks, fine museums, and pedestrian zones with plenty of outdoor cafes and diverse shops. A friendly, romantic city, take your time, and allow yourself to […]

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