Trattoria Mario, Florence

Most people think pasta when it comes to Italian cooking but actually Italy has a number of regional cuisines. Tuscan and Florentine diets trend heavily toward cold sliced meats, grilled meats, lots of beans, soups and stews. With the exception of lasagna, pasta is usually done as a side dish or a casserole in Florence.Continue reading “Trattoria Mario, Florence”

Antigua – Something for Everyone

Technically, the country is Antigua and Barbuda but Barbuda is lightly populated and rural. Antigua and Barbuda became an independent state on November 1st, 1981 and is a member of Caricom, the Caribbean Common Market . The currency is the East Caribbean dollar (EC$) but US dollars are gladly accepted. History buffs will love exploringContinue reading “Antigua – Something for Everyone”

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”

Yellowstone, An American Treasure

We spent a couple of years trying to plan a trip to Yellowstone. One of our primary goals was to spend some time at The Old Faithful Lodge. It turned out that getting reservations there is a very difficult thing to do. It is almost impossible to book directly with the lodge, because as soonContinue reading “Yellowstone, An American Treasure”

St. Croix U.S.V.I.

St Croix: A Different Caribbean At 84 square miles, St. Croix is the largest island in the Virgin Island group and significantly more rural than the others. The island features a rain forest in its western interior, an arid climate in the east and two historic towns. The island was a possession of Denmark untilContinue reading “St. Croix U.S.V.I.”

Bangkok Thailand

Visiting Bangkok can be an exciting experience. The culture is rich and peaceful, the food is plentiful and diverse and there are many things to see and do. If you arrive on a cruise ship, you dock at Laem Chabang which is a minimum hour-and-a-half drive from the city. If your ship is only thereContinue reading “Bangkok Thailand”

Getting Around in Sydney

Sydney Opera House at Dusk If you are planning a trip Down Under with some time in Sydney, you need to build your plans around their great public transportation. Like most large cities, buses are plentiful but Sydney also boasts a rapid transit rail system called “Light Rail” that connects most major parts of the metropolitanContinue reading “Getting Around in Sydney”

Keukenhof In The Spring

Spring in Holland means flowers and the world’s largest garden and showplace is the Keukenhof Gardens  with over 7 million spring flowering bulbs on display. There are also acres of commercial fields around the gardens growing tulips almost as far as you can see. The gardens are located in Lisse only a short distance southwestContinue reading “Keukenhof In The Spring”