The Joy of Traveling in Crazy Times

Mary and Bill on Board the Royal Clipper 2021 Barbados to Panama

This is a real-life snapshot of the world of travel these days.  If you are willing to be open to change, flexible and can endure a few  nasal swabs, you will experience an uncrowded world and welcoming and warm  people everywhere you go.

Though our original group of eight travelers decided to bow out of the trip, Bill and I forged ahead to do a 2-week sail onboard the Royal Clipper from Barbados to Panama.    We knew local government regulations could change at any time and that it would take willingness on our part to just roll with it.  Doris Day said it best many years ago when she sang Que Sera, SeraWhatever will be, will be …. The future’s not ours to see.

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8 Food Lover Tips for Visiting Budapest

Hungry for Hungarian?  Read Our Top 8 Foodie Choices in Budapest

   Budapest is a city made for fairy tales – and one of our favorite destinations.  Combine a Budapest visit with one of our favorite river cruise routes along the gorgeous Danube to the Czech Republic, and you’ll be sure to be back for a more in-depth look at magical Budapest.

   Let’s face it – the castles and history are amazing, but food is what often creates the memories that linger.   Don’t leave without indulging in the delicious authentic dishes served throughout the nation of Hungary.   To guide you to some of the best spots to grab food in the capital city of Budapest, we’ve created a list of 8 foodie tips for your visit.

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Top 5 Things To Do In Amsterdam

Amsterdam has always been a favorite of ours, whether as a beginning to a river cruise, or a destination before a multi-country European tour.  And it is delightful year-round, whether in the spring when the tulips are in bloom or the famous Christmas markets.

It’s no secret that Amsterdam is one of the most exciting places on this Earth to visit. With its rich history, artistic legacy, intricate canal system, and abundance of museums, you will find that there is so much to do and see in the time you are there to visit. To help you come up with somewhat of an itinerary for your vacation, we’ve decided to write out a list of the top 5 things to do while you’re in Amsterdam.

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Arizona Highways

In the year of COVID-19, the open road beckoned when at last I could no longer stay inside.  And the perfect road trip for quiet miles of nearly empty roads is Arizona.  When I was growing up my parents had a subscription to the magazine Arizona Highways, and I could spend hours looking at the gorgeous photos of canyons, cactus, deserts, mountains and enormous skies.  No wonder that Arizona beckoned!

Bill and I decided to take a few days in July to continue our travel on the famous Mother Road  – Route 66.  In the past we’ve also spent time traveling on the historic US Highway 89 known as the Highway of National Parks, traversing from the Mexico border to the Canadian border.

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Beautiful Places Aboard Rocky Mountaineer

I had the privilege of taking my parents – at the time both in their early 80’s – for their last vacation together aboard the Rocky Mountaineer.  And I’ll never forget my father standing overlooking Banff and commenting, “I believe this is the most beautiful place on earth.”  My Dad was a world traveler as an Air Force officer and he and my mother had enjoyed several fantastic journeys together to Europe, Hawaii and Alaska.  He was also a quiet man, so this was high praise coming from him!

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