The Road Into Hoonah, Alaska

A popular port of call for Alaska cruising is Icy Straight Point. It is a major complex operated by the Huna Tlingit tribe that includes cable cars a cannery museum, a number of restaurants, a zip line and excursion center. The Tlingit seem to be doing very well. The area has been occupied by theContinue reading “The Road Into Hoonah, Alaska”

The Port Of Lerwick, Shetland Islands

Located in the North Sea one hundred fifty miles north of Scotland is the Shetland Islands. The largest island is Shetland Mainland with three additional smaller islands named Yell, Unst and Fetlair. Lerwick, the major town in the archipelago, is located on the east coast of Shetland Mainland. Most of Lerwick’s buildings are made ofContinue reading “The Port Of Lerwick, Shetland Islands”

Destination The Caribbean

From Nassau off the coast of Florida to the Dutch island of Aruba in the Southern Caribbean, the Mexican island of Cozumel in the west and Barbados sitting between the Atlantic and Caribbean, there are dozens of fantastic tropical islands and ports of call. White sand beaches, turquoise water, coral reefs, tropical breezes, rain forestsContinue reading “Destination The Caribbean”

Urban Sprawl In South America

Visiting a number of major South American cities leaves you with the impression that like Topsy in the book ‘Uncle Tom’s Cabin‘, they just grow’d. Lima, Cusco, Guayaquil, Quito all have the appearance that they just grow’d and they all have similar characteristics. They all have their origins in a central historic district that’s centuriesContinue reading “Urban Sprawl In South America”

Destination The Mediterranean

Summer is cruising season in the Mediterranean and the major cruise lines are well established in the market and offer a wide variety of itineraries. There are a number of similarities in most itineraries with the two main embarkation ports being Barcelona and the port for Rome, Civitavecchia. A majority of cruises in the easternContinue reading “Destination The Mediterranean”

Audubon Birds of Prey Center Near Orlando

Meet some birds of prey at the Audubon Birds of Prey Center near Orlando Florida. A great educational experience for all ages. If you live near to Orlando or are visiting for several days, take a couple of hours to visit the Audubon Birds of Prey Center located in the metropolitan Orlando area. It’s near theContinue reading “Audubon Birds of Prey Center Near Orlando”

Surfer Girls Manley Beach, Australia

Australia is famous for its surfing and only a short ferry ride from anywhere around Sydney Harbour is Manley Beach. It’s approximately one mile long, stretching from Queenscliff in the north to North Steyne Beach in the south. It is a popular destination for locals that is known for its golden sand, clear water, andContinue reading “Surfer Girls Manley Beach, Australia”

The Historic District Of Quito, Ecuador

The historic center of Quito, Ecuador is one of the best-preserved colonial areas across all of Latin America. It is the reason that in 1978 UNESCO declared it a World Heritage Site. It is a miracle that the area has survived so intact, given that in 1917 it was hit by a devastating earthquake. TheContinue reading “The Historic District Of Quito, Ecuador”

Skagway, Alaska A Port Of Call

Spending a Day in a Gold Rush Town Skagway is a popular port of call on many Alaska cruise itineraries. With a population that fluctuates between 700 in winter and 2,000 in summer it is easy to see what drives the economy. While Skagway is small and a bit isolated that doesn’t mean there isn’tContinue reading “Skagway, Alaska A Port Of Call”