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Cruise Tours Or Do It Yourself?

Weighing Port Shore Excursions Against Going It Alone A lot of people prefer the convenience of a ship sponsored tour, and there’s a lot to be said about what you get using professional guides and dedicated transportation. If you’re not a “guided tour” enthusiast we completely understand. First and foremost you can save a fair […]

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America Cruise Ports of Call Cruising

Bar Harbor Maine A New England Port

Visiting The Cruise Port of Bar Harbor, Maine A favorite stop for New England and Canada Maritime cruises, Bar Harbor has a lot to offer. The town itself and waterfront are the major attraction with a number of shops and great restaurants to visit. Where Your Ship Docks Bar Harbor is a tender port and […]

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Cruise Tips Cruising

Do It Yourself Cruise Touring

Weighing Port Shore Excursions Against Going It Alone A lot of people prefer the convenience of a ship sponsored tour, and there’s a lot to be said about what you get using professional guides. If you’re not a “guided tour” enthusiast we completely understand. First and foremost you can save a fair amount of money […]

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Destinations

What Makes Some Great Cities So Appealing?

This is part two from “Must Visit Cities”. Thinking about our choices of favorite cities we noticed a few things they seemed to have in common and it surprised even us. Maybe you’ll figure out what they are? Great cities make you feel welcome and leaves you wanting to be there. The first thing that […]

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Destinations

The Worlds Ten “Must Visit” Cities

The world is full of great cities, think Paris, Tokyo, Rome, Rio, and everyone has their own favorites. While we’ve visited a couple of hundred we do have some real favorites and we’re still exploring with, hopefully, a long way to go still. I’m not real sure what makes a city so appealing but I […]

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Europe General Short Stories

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 tour […]

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Europe Photo Gallery

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 site […]

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America Short Stories

A Road Like No Other

A Short Story The Hogsback on Route 12 in Utah Last summer we spent a couple of weeks checking off items on our bucket list in the National Parks of Utah. We rented a car in Salt Lake City, toured the parks and dropped off the car in Los Vegas. After leaving Capital Reef National […]

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Tips & Tech

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 our […]

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America Cruising

A Tale of a Whale

Whale Watching In Alaska A Short Story A few years ago while on an early season Alaska cruise our ship stopped at Icy Straight Point. For a number of reasons we had decided to take it easy that day. The ship was anchored out and we had gone ashore early in the morning and took […]