Three Days in Paris

Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and it’s charms are spellbinding. So much so that we have visited here several times and still love returning.

On a recent visit, we stayed at the Westin Hotel, which is located adjacent to the Tuileries Gardens in the 1st Arrondissement. We enjoyed being close to this peaceful oasis in the middle of a bustling city and spent much of our down time here. If your budget allows for complete indulgence, book one of the Penthouse suites with a view of the garden and the Eifel Tower. The standard rooms are beautiful as well, but do not expect a view.

Our goal for this stay was to have a somewhat indulgent visit in the city of lights. Indulgent for us means luxurious accommodations, delicious food and an unhurried pace.  Continue reading

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Touring the British Isles Aboard the Caribbean Princess

We embarked from Southhampton, England on May 1st aboard the Caribbean Princess for a twelve day cruise of the British Isles. Ports of call included Guernsey, Cork, Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Kirkwall, Invergordon, Edinburgh and LeHavre. The itinerary was the main reason why we chose the Caribbean Princess. The ship was docked an average of eight hours in each port, which allowed for a good overview of each destination. We used local tour companies for providing excursions rather than booking through the cruise line and all of our tours were booked several months in advance.

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Celebrity Eclipse Transatlantic

When we booked this cruise, our intention was to use the ship as transportation to Europe, where we would continue our travels.  The cost was comparable to airline travel, and we had an added bonus of room and board daily, while traveling in luxurious style. Several ships make this voyage each April, but we chose the Eclipse because two of the three ports of call, Bermuda and Portugal interested us. We have been to Bermuda before and looked forward to seeing the beautiful pink sand beaches again, but we had never traveled to Lisbon, Portugal, which seemed interesting.  A few years ago, we sailed on the Liberty of the Seas from Miami to Barcelona, so we had an expectation of what it would be like to spend many days at sea, with few ports of call, but beyond that, we were open to an adventure. Continue reading

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Sail Away

Malcolm and I have set sail on a thirteen night Transatlantic cruise to South Hampton, England, aboard the Celebrity Eclipse. This cruise is commonly referred to as a “re-positioning” cruise, which means that there will be lots of sea days and very few ports of call. Most cruise lines re-position some of their ships to Europe in April and bring them back to the US in October each year. Fares on re-positioning cruises are significantly reduced and comparable to the price of a flight, so we took advantage of the opportunity to travel leisurely and economically to England. Continue reading

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Miami Nice

Miami is one of my favorite Florida cities. It is culturally diverse, vibrant and constantly evolving.  With just a short, two hour drive from our home and affordable (as in free lodging), since our daughter lives there, we visit several times per year.

Thirty years ago, when Malcolm and I lived in Miami things were very different.  People lived on Miami Beach, Key Biscayne or in the suburbs and commuted to work downtown. Public transportation was not an option. No one lived downtown and especially not on Brickell Avenue, which was mostly commercial office buildings. My have things changed! Continue reading

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