Port of Call Palma de Mallorca

Mallorca is the largest of Spains Balearic Islands and a major vacation destination for many western and northern Europeans attracted to its beautiful beaches, sunny climate and crystal clear waters. Palma is an ancient port with architecture showing the influence of both Christians and Moors in its castles, fortifications, cathedrals and in the winding streetsContinue reading “Port of Call Palma de Mallorca”

The Port of Call Vancouver, Canada

This port is a popular gateway to many Alaska cruises. While it owes much of its popularity in the cruise industry to an old and archaic U.S. law called the Jones Act it deserves to be recognized as a great destination as well. Vancouver is the largest western Canadian city with a large natural harborContinue reading “The Port of Call Vancouver, Canada”

Help From The State Department

Extra Protection While Traveling In the words of Monty Python; “Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition” but travel always has a certain element of risk. Unfortunately todays news is making that painfully clear. One of the most important things you need when natural disasters and civil unrest erupts in a country where you’re traveling is aContinue reading “Help From The State Department”

Less Than Eight Hours To See Rome

We have returned to Rome a number of times usually staying a few days with each visit. On a Mediterranean cruise a few years ago it was our sons first trip to Europe. The cruise originated and ended in Barcelona and the ship docked for one day in Civitavecchia the port servicing Rome. With theContinue reading “Less Than Eight Hours To See Rome”

Cruise Life Magazine Vol. 1 No. 4

In This Issue Cruising Etiquette Old San Juan The Jones Act Common Courtesy In Cruising You don’t need a Miss Manners at sea to know there are some basic, common sense rules of etiquette for cruising. No, there is no handbook on it, but the key words here are “common sense.” For some less thoughtfulContinue reading “Cruise Life Magazine Vol. 1 No. 4”

Flying Health Advice

Keeping Safe While Flying Note: In the times of the Covid pandemic there is actually a bit of good news for air travelers. With all the emphasis on mask wearing you will no longer stick out in a crowd if you use masking as a precaution. While some airlines are requiring N95 masks to flyContinue reading “Flying Health Advice”

Kissing The Blarney Stone

When you have a limited number of days to visit a country you just keep going, even when the weather turns foul. Such was the case when we traveled to Blarney Castle. Not so much cold but a good on and off drizzle. I’m still not sure what brought us to pick Blarney over aContinue reading “Kissing The Blarney Stone”

Nan Lian Gardens In Hong Kong

You shouldn’t visit Hong Kong without taking an hour or two visiting Nan Lian Gardens. These beautiful gardens cover over eight and a half acres in central Hong Kong. The best way to reach Nan Lian Gardens is to take the rapid transit (MTR MAP) to Diamond Hill station, leave through Exit C2 and followContinue reading “Nan Lian Gardens In Hong Kong”

The Heart of Athens the Acropolis

Rising up out of the center of Athens, Greece is the Acropolis. It is located on a rock formation that rises 490 ft above the sea . The semi-flat surface covers an area of about 7.4 acres which makes it a pretty small place to be recognized as the birthplace of Western civilization. The claimContinue reading “The Heart of Athens the Acropolis”

Cedar Key, Old Florida Lives On

If you travel west on Florida State Road 24 from Gainesville to where the road ends, you find yourself in a bit of old Florida. Out in the middle of nowhere on Florida’s northwest coast is the little village of Cedar Key with its’ population of around 700. A post office named “Cedar Key” wasContinue reading “Cedar Key, Old Florida Lives On”