Where Should We Go

Want to Choose a Cruise? My Top 5 Tips

Whether you are a first-time cruiser or have spent weeks at sea, choosing the right cruise for the right time can be challenging. Even after many cruises I still have to do my homework to pick the perfect cruise from all the options out there.  While I might have a favorite cruise line, I choose different brands and ships depend ...

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Historic Cruise to Cuba a Step Back in Time

[ This is not your father’s Cuba.  Oh wait, yes it is.  At least for now.  I spent last week on the Adonia, the first U.S. cruise ship to sail to Cuba from the U.S. in more than half a century, and while the cliché is true–it is like stepping back in time—even more overwhelming is the sense that this is ...

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How 17 Fathom Travelers Changed the Life of One Family in One Day

I just spent three days in the Dominican Republic with Carnival Corporation’s new cruise line Fathom, which offers a unique social impact travel experience.  After a day on the ship sailing towards Puerto Plata, we arrived in Amber Cove where we could choose to participate in a variety of impact activities, more traditional touring of the area, or a range of ...

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Some of My Favorite South Beach Hotels

Maybe it’s just me but it feels like Miami’s South Beach has changed. Perhaps we’ve both gotten older and wiser, but we seem to appreciate each other a little more these days. I no longer feel confused and unwelcome, like I’ve stumbled into a private party that I wasn’t invited to, and South Beach hotels and restaurants, while still seriously ...

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Shopping in Istanbul Bazaar and Spice Market

Rug shopping in Istanbul can be a challenge, or an adventure.  Depends on your attitude.  The bazaar in Istanbul is a dizzying array of rug shops, jewelry stores, pottery stores, virtually everything.                           The Spice Market is much more focussed and smaller in size.  I bought saffron from ...

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Staying on Mont St. Michel

I think millions of people probably visit Mont St. Michel in Northern France every year, but staying the night here is really something special.   There are only a couple of small hotels on this island, so the overnight visiting population is naturally limited, which is good. At night, especially in the off-season, the streets are almost empty and the ...

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Bonsai Village tour outside Tokyo

About 45 minutes outside downtown Tokyo is a suburb known as Bonsai Village.  The homes here sit amongst the most beautiful bonsai gardens, both personal and retail greenhouses.   Walking the streets of Bonsai Village is an adventure.  If the garden gates of a home are open, it means visitors are welcome to stop in and look around.  Many of the ...

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I love Japan

Throughout Japan I am confronted with things that astound me either for their beauty, design, or just how different they are from Western culture.  Here are just a few examples:

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Fathom is Here – A New Cruise Option

Today, April 10, 2016 is the first day of cruising for Carnival Corporation’s new social impact cruise line called Fathom.  The seven day cruises leave out of Port Miami to Amber Cove in the Dominican Republic (just outside Puerto Plata).   I was lucky enough to get a preview of the social impact activities Fathom has organized with Dominican organizations ...

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