Going on a Sea Cruise: Santorini, Greece

After a fun-filled sea day enjoying the sun, activities, and food on Rhapsody of the Seas, Our next stop brings us to Santorini, Greece. Santorini is a Greek island on the Aegean Sea about 120 miles off Greece’s mainland. More »

Bellagio, Lombard Italy

Bellagio, Lombard is a province of Como. It is located on Lake Como, also known by its Latin-derived name Lario. More »

Going on a Sea Cruise Series

Join me in this multi-post series as I cruise down the Adriatic Sea to Dubrovnik, Croatia, then to Kotor, Montenegro; into the Ionian Sea to Katakolon, Greece (and Olympia) and finally across the Sea of Crete to Santorini, Greece. More »

A Two Day Paris Tour “a la Chocolat”

Finding the Best Chocolate In Paris in two days More »

Going on a Sea Cruise: Dubrovnik

In part three, we visit Dubrovnik, Croatia. After leaving Venice, Italy, the first port of call for Royal Caribbean’s Rhapsody of the Seas is Dubrovnik, Croatia. Yes, the same Dubrovnik that Game of Thrones is filmed. More »

 

Bellagio, Lake Como Italy

Italy: Bellagio, Lake Como

Bellagio, Lombard is a province of Como. It is located on Lake Como, also known by its Latin-derived name Lario, whose arms form an inverted Y. The triangular land mass at the base of the inverted Y is the Larian Triangle: at its northern point sits Bellagio, looking across to the northern arm of the lake and, behind it, the Alps.

Detach in Marathon, FL Keys

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Oh how one loves to detach from the world and escape from the struggles of “real life”.  Yet, where does one go to do that when you only have a weekend?  For Floridians, I think Marathon might be just the ticket.

48 Hours in the Big Easy

48 Hours in the Big Easy: Easy Life, Easy Fun, Easy Food

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Flying from Miami to New Orleans is rather quick; it’s less than 2 hours.  This makes for a great forty-eight hour getaway.

The Marriott New Orleans is billed as a 4 star hotel- it gets four dots on TripAdvisor, and I would give it 4 dots as well.  But that might be a bit generous for some.  You see, it’s nice, yet it has a funny smell in the hallway (on the 6th floor at least).  It also had a bit of mold in the caulking around the tub.  For me, that wasn’t enough to ding the hotel for.  It is a clean, lively, centrally located, higher end hotel and they do charge for that.  The staff is friendly, there’s a Starbucks in the lobby, and they have the most unusual elevator security scheme I’ve ever seen.

Prague

Prague Castle

Prague Castle

Prague-360 Degrees of Beauty

Prague is said to rival Paris in beauty.  It is a gorgeous city with its multitude of various architecture styles of baroque, neoclassical, Prague-neoclassical, Victorian, and yet, also modern.

There are many things to see in this city and staying in Old Town, you’ll be close to them all.  There are many hotels in this area, I stayed at Hilton Prague Old Town ( V Celnici 2079/7 | Nove Mesto, Prague 110 00, Czech Republic). 

Selecting a Hotel in Europe: Not Picking a Dud

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Picking a hotel in Europe can be time consuming and a daunting task if you don’t know that European “star” systems is different than the U.S.A. For example, in Paris, a two star hotel vs. a 4 star hotel is not necessarily lesser quality but rather the two star may not have as many amenities as the four star- such as number of rooms the hotel has, elevator, restaurant, bathtubs, and armchairs. European hotel ratings are designed to be objective and quantifiable—based on, for instance, the number of languages the staff speaks, room size, and ventilation.