Broad River Inn Chimney Rock, NC

Not long ago we planned a trip thru the Blue Ridge and Smokey mountains of North Carolina and made reservations for a couple of days at the Broad River Inn Chimney Rock. Chimney Rock and nearby Lake Lure are somewhat isolated and have virtually no major chain hotels, so you have to pick from small localContinue reading “Broad River Inn Chimney Rock, NC”

Pickpockets and Purse Snatchers Oh My!

Getting pickpocketed is a terrible thing. If you travel often, the chances are that it’s going to happen. Even if you don’t travel it can happen. If you take precautions and stay alert the risk is greatly reduced but the fact is no one is immune. Some steps you can take to make you lessContinue reading “Pickpockets and Purse Snatchers Oh My!”

BEFORE YOU TRAVEL – Things To Do

A Checklist For International Travel Travel Insurance ___ Check amounts and terms of international coverage on health insurance policy ___ Look into travel insurance. Health coverage, emergency transport and general travel insurance ___ Buy travel insurance on big risk areas and large cost items, such as flights and cruises. Make a Contact List ___ UpdateContinue reading “BEFORE YOU TRAVEL – Things To Do”

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”

Port Of Call Buenos Aries

Cruise Port Buenos Aries Argentina Gateway To Cape Horn And Antarctica One of South America’s busiest cruise ports, Buenos Aries is one of the largest cities in South America with a lot to see and do. Famous for the Tango and great steaks it is also a treasure trove of history and packed full ofContinue reading “Port Of Call Buenos Aries”

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”

Port of Call Juneau Alaska

A Day in the Port of Juneau Probably the most isolated state capital in the United States and one of two that you cannot drive to (Hawaii). It is also one of the most frequented cities on Alaska cruise itineraries. Besides being isolated and the states capital it also has a lot to offer. WhereContinue reading “Port of Call Juneau Alaska”

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”