Cedar Key, A Piece of Old Florida

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, A Piece of Old Florida”

The Geology of Hawaii

Hawaii When you visit Hawaii it doesn’t take very long to realize you have come to a place like no other on earth. Isolated from continental land by at least 2,400 miles of ocean. It is blessed with year round average temperatures in the eighties and abundant rainfall. Its history is both ancient as wellContinue reading “The Geology of Hawaii”

Shave Ice In Hawaii

Snow cones go way back. We have memories of walking the boardwalk in Ocean City, MD with a snow cone in hand. Even before that we used to mix up concoctions with freshly fallen snow. More recently our children, and now our grandchildren, also love this icy creation. In Hawaii it has become an institutionContinue reading “Shave Ice In Hawaii”

Art Festival at Bondi Beach

Bondi Beach, Sculptures By The Sea On a recent trip to Australia we spent a day at Bondi Beach outside of Sydney. It turns out that besides being a nearby beach resort and a great surfing venue, Bondi is famous for the largest free sculpture exhibitions in the world. A sculpture event known as SculpturesContinue reading “Art Festival at Bondi Beach”

Cruise Line Loyalty Programs

Five cruise ships docked in Nassau If your future plans include more then an occasional cruise, you might want to consider focusing your bookings on a particular cruise line because of the loyalty programs they offer. Benefits can include discounts on or even free internet, laundry, photos, cocktail parties and fancy coffees. Some lines alsoContinue reading “Cruise Line Loyalty Programs”

Vietnam

Above-The Japan Bridge, Hoi An. Impressions of Vietnam Our recent South China Sea cruise made four stops in Vietnam. Because we were back-to-back cruising,  Phu My, the port for Ho Cho Min City was duplicated. We took advantage of two ship’s tours and an independent trip into Saigon with bus service provided by the shipContinue reading “Vietnam”

Singapore

Most people, when they talk about Singapore, speak in superlatives but, the simple truth is, mere words just aren’t enough. We flew to Singapore on United 1 from San Francisco, a seventeen plus hour flight and had booked a room at the Grand Mercure Singapore Roxy in the heart of the historic Katong District. The hotelContinue reading “Singapore”

Our Caribbean

Discover the Caribbean For over twenty-five years the heart of our business was servicing customers in the Caribbean. It would be easier to list the places we haven’t been than were we have. As a result we like to think we know the neighborhood pretty well. Back in the beginning, Eastern Airlines was the primaryContinue reading “Our Caribbean”

Cruising the South China Sea

A First Visit to Southeast Asia We spent all of February cruising with Celebrity’s Constellation in the South China Sea on back-to-back itineraries. We visited twelve ports with only one repeat (Ho Chi Min City). If you are going to fly twelve thousand miles you probably should make the most of the trip. We flew intoContinue reading “Cruising the South China Sea”