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Culture in Cleveland - Yes, It's True!

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Friday, September 15, 2017

Cleveland sure has been the butt of jokes over the years, but one thing for sure, it is not anymore. This charming Midwestern city has made one of the most incredible comebacks and shows no sign of turning back.

Fall Foliage Frenzy

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, September 12, 2017

It’s almost that time of the year again for the spectacular show of fall foliage with the vibrant color displays of orange, scarlet, gold and deep purple.  Autumn makes us want to go on a tour or cruise in New England or a road trip to the Rockies. 

Memories of Althorp

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Friday, September 8, 2017

I recently relived a myriad of memories that surrounded recent events involving Britain’s Royal Family.

 

The Signature Recipe for Hungary - Goulash

Tags: Europe, Food
Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Christmas Market Cruise with Journeys for Women will be coming up later this year.  The ports-of-call on this cruise are amazing. I would like to share some thoughts on one of those ports……Budapest, Hungary. 

Traveling with your Pet on a Plane

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Friday, September 1, 2017

Traveling with a pet on an airplane can be quite an ordeal, however with some advance planning many issues can be addressed prior to the day of flying.

The Stained Glass of the Sagrada Familia

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, August 29, 2017
Basillica Sagrada Familia

If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, you have probably seen the incredible Sagrada Familia Basillica, as it towers over the city. This historic old church has some of the most unique architecture in the world.

Tallin, Estonia - A Surprise of a City

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, August 22, 2017
Tallin, Estonia

There is no doubt that I love cruising of all types.  From mega-ships sailing the seas to the smaller, more personal river ships, each voyage is a new experience.

Explore Europe’s Waterways with Crystal River Cruises

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, August 18, 2017

If you are a fan of Crystal’s ocean cruises, then you’re in for a treat now that Crystal is cruising the rivers of Europe. You can expect many of the same exceptional amenities such as spacious suites, impeccable service and elegant dining.

The Best New England Clam Chowder

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Tuesday, August 15, 2017

It’s hard to believe, but fall is right around the corner. As a Midwesterner, I absolutely love the change of seasons and fall is my favorite. I love comfortable days, cool evenings, and beautiful colors. And while I may miss the delicious farm fresh foods of summertime, fall brings another genre of delicious cuisine to my taste buds.

MasterChef and MSC Cruises New Partnership

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Friday, August 11, 2017

If you love cruising, and you love cooking, this will be a match made in heaven for you. MSC Cruises just announced a very cool partnership with the producers of MasterChef, the reality TV show that is seen around the world.

Let’s back up a little.

The Best Beach Bags for Travel

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ladies (and guys) love their bags. Not the kind around the eyes, but the bags that carry our summer necessities as we travel to the hotel pool, beach or a lounge chair on a cruise ship. I recently came across a fun article I had to share from Conde Nast Traveler.

If you’re in the market for a new beach bag, here are a few that might catch your eye.

Rocky Mountain High

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Friday, August 4, 2017

I recently returned home from my first summer visit to the Colorado Rockies. Prior to this trip it was always Vail, Breckenridge or Keystone for skiing in the winter.   With my traveling buddy, Sandy, we ventured out to many of the main sites.

Merriment at Fisherman’s Wharf, San Francisco

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, August 1, 2017

I promised to continue my article from last week to concentrate on the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco. So, let’s jump right in and explore the enjoyable side of the wharf!

Great Travel Apps to use Offline

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, July 25, 2017

There is no doubt that I love techie gadgets and cool apps. As a frequent traveler, I become discouraged when there is no internet signal when needing to have access to certain travel apps.

Conde Nast Travel - 10 Best Cities in Europe

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, July 21, 2017

Every year Conde Nast Traveler highlights the "best of the best". We dug into the vaults to find a great list from of the 20 Best European Cities to visit

Whaddaya say? Should we head out?

The Charm of Santorini

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, July 18, 2017

My first glance of the blue-domed churches and picture-perfect sunsets of Santorini left me knowing that this was truly a trip of a lifetime. The landscape of the island makes it one of the most beautiful in the world.

I Go to Rio - A Magical Travel Moment

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Friday, July 14, 2017

I think everyone out there has that one special place that they hope to see “some day” during their lifetime. For me, ever since I was a child, that place was Rio de Janeiro where I could see the statue of Jesus high on top of Corcovado Mountain.

Blue Ridge Parkway Mountains

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Summertime always brings thoughts of family vacations past and present. One vacation I distinctly remember is when my dad announced that we were going to start at the beginning of the Blue Ridge Parkway and travel its entirety!

Disney's New World of Avatar

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, July 7, 2017

Regardless of your age, there's something magical about a Disney vacation. Imaging seeing the wonder on your grandchild's face as they experience all that Disney has to offer. And now, their newest attraction, Pandora - The World of Avatar, opened with great fanfare on May 27 at Walt Disney World in Orlando and it celebrates the power of nature.

Fireworks in Washington D.C.

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Tuesday, July 4, 2017

There's something magical about fireworks. There is something spectacularly magical about the fireworks in Washington D.C.

The Queen Victoria Receives Refit

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cunard’s ship, the Queen Victoria is known for her elegance and luxurious facilities. She will soon set sail from Southampton, England after a month-long renovation.

Cooling it in Asheville

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Friday, June 23, 2017

While most of the southeastern states swelter in the summer, temperatures in Asheville, North Carolina are usually a bit cooler. The dramatic scenery of the Blue Ridge Mountains as a backdrop is stunning.

Ireland on a Luxury Train Ride

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, June 20, 2017

A world of luxury awaits you on a rail journey through Ireland. Belmond’s Grand Hibernian Train most assuredly will provide an elegant travel experience of a lifetime!

Tips for Tipping in Europe

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, June 16, 2017

Summer time is upon us which means travel time for many of us. Europe is always a popular destination for many Americans in the summer. Here's a few pointers when it comes to dining out and tipping in general in European countries.

Rome’s Largest Catacombs Opening Soon

Posted by: Donna Smith, Contributor on Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A decades-long restoration of Rome’s Domitilla catacombs will be opening later this year. The newly restored subterranean burial place is over seven miles long, four levels deep and houses more than 26,000 tombs.

Croatia’s Super-Popular National Park

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, June 9, 2017
Krka National Park

Croatia has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Cruise lines are flocking there as well as land tour operators and visitors from all over Europe come to visit this beautiful country and it’s stunning shorelines.

Eiffel Tower Zipline: Let's Do It!

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The excitement of seeing Paris has just gotten even better for anyone visiting the City of Lights between June 5 and 11. The newest attraction, the Eiffel Tower Zipline, is in, well....full swing!

The Best Airport in Europe

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, June 2, 2017
Munich Airport

Skytrax Awards has named Munich Airport in Germany as the 2017 Best Airport in Europe. This is the 10th time it has received the honor. It was also awarded the World’s Best Airport Terminal.

Hotels that are Going to the Dogs

Posted by: Adam Lapsevich, Contributor on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

As an avid dog lover, I was pleased to know of Ritz-Carlton’s involvement in a program called “It’s a Dog’s Life. Many hotels now are catering to guests that travel with their fur children....and I couldn't be more pleased!

Montreal: The Next Best Thing to Paris

Posted by: Carol Lehman on Friday, May 26, 2017

Paris isn’t the only city in which to sample the culture, food, ambience and language of France. For all of us living in the good old U.S.A., we need to look no further than our friendly neighbors to the north in Montreal, Canada.