An Unusual Blarney Castle Adventure

A Short Story Blarney Castle Caution If you are not up the the challenge of climbing six stories of steep stairs – don’t start the tour… I think that one of those requirements for first-time visitors to Ireland is visit Blarney Castle. It was way up on our list of must see. When you tourContinue reading “An Unusual Blarney Castle Adventure”

Photo Essay – The Keukenhof

It’s coming up Spring in Europe and that means it’s Keukenhof  time in Amsterdam. For additional information about the Keukenhof click  HERE. Open 21 March to 15 May 2019 The Keukenhof is unarguably the largest flower gardens and show in the world                   For the Official siteContinue reading “Photo Essay – The Keukenhof”

Money and Roads Less Traveled

Financial Considerations for When You Travel Internationally You’ve got your passport and your bags are packed, but are you ready financially to travel abroad? We’ve been to some pretty interesting places over the years but usually haven’t had issues with getting local currency or being able to use credit cards. While some time back ourContinue reading “Money and Roads Less Traveled”

Cruising and Tours

Cruise Ship port of Call Tours While we are just not “guided tour” enthusiasts, we have been on a fair number of them. To begin with, there are some land tours that make good sense to do. The first is where there is someplace you really want to see and even the bus trip isContinue reading “Cruising and Tours”

Rome Cruise Port of Civitavecchia

. Rome’s Cruise Port is Civitavecchia which is one of the Mediterranean’s Two Major Cruise Departure Ports. If you are spending time in Rome ahead of a cruise or are flying in, the trip to Civitavecchia requires some planning as it is not a short distanceGeneral The Cruise Port of Civitavecchia is a seaside city andContinue reading “Rome Cruise Port of Civitavecchia”

Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse

People love statues from high art like Michelangelo’s David to ancient wonders like the Sphinx in Egypt that measures 66 feet standing above the desert floor. Or Christ the Redeemer in Rio standing high above the city at 2,453 feet above sea level. It seems if you are looking to really get noticed go BIG.Continue reading “Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse”

Florida’s Fossil Reef Park

A Short Story Discovering Windley Key Fossil Reef Geological State Park Over the past few decades when visiting the Florida Keys we would drive past a dirt road with a locked chain link fence on Windley Key in the upper Keys. A number of years ago the gate, while still locked, displayed a new signContinue reading “Florida’s Fossil Reef Park”

Red Rock Inn at Zion National Park

Red Rock Inn  Located in Springdale, Utah at the southern entrance to Zion National Park I’m guilty of just neglecting to get back and write about this and there is no excuse since this is the most delightful B&B Inn we have stayed in over the last five years. Because the town of Springdale sits inContinue reading “Red Rock Inn at Zion National Park”

A Wet Day In Hoi An Vietnam

Hoi An Vietnam This quant town is one of the more popular destinations for travelers to Vietnam with its nearness to the city of Da Nang and some new beach resort properties nearby. Hoi An was recognized as a  World Heritage Site in December 1999 because of its architecture and history as an ancient trading port.  Continue reading “A Wet Day In Hoi An Vietnam”

Paradise with a Twist – Key West

Key West Florida Key West is the exclamation mark at the end of the sentence that is the Keys. This town has been a magnet for adventurers, the famous and fortune seekers for well over a hundred years. Over the years it has attracted a number of the rich and famous including Ernest Hemingway, TennesseeContinue reading “Paradise with a Twist – Key West”