Responsible Travel Begins at Home

People travel for many reasons - adventure, culture, education, wilderness. We do a bit of all these things, but focus our biggest trips on earth's treasures. This produces a conflict - we thrill to explore natural places and be in the presence of wild creatures, but the trips themselves cause damage to these same environments. … Continue reading Responsible Travel Begins at Home

Best of Barcelona

Barcelona rivals Paris in the beauty of its architecture and parks. We had visited years ago, but were jet-lagged and short of time, so didn't appreciate the city. When we booked a Windstar cruise out of Barcelona, we decided to add a few days to the trip to really get to know this enchanting city. … Continue reading Best of Barcelona

Rhodes and Lindos on a Private Tour

When a world-traveling friend tells you that Rhodes is his FAVORITE destination, you put it on your list. That was the case for us, and the reason we booked a Windstar cruise featuring a full day in Rhodes. Rhodes has been at the crossroads of civilizations for centuries. The island, part of the Greek Dodecanese … Continue reading Rhodes and Lindos on a Private Tour

Grandma Poppins Bag

Whether you're on a flight or just around town, traveling with kids requires advance planning. Keep the children happy and you'll all enjoy the trip. But let them get bored... We are grandparents to five children and love taking them on trips or excursions. Sometimes it's just for fun, and sometimes it's an opportunity to … Continue reading Grandma Poppins Bag

Sorrento Excursions: Pompeii, Capri, Positano

The town of Sorrento is on most Mediterranean itineraries for a reason. No other place offers so much beauty, history, and recreation as this Italian port. For cruisers, there's a happy dilemma - what to pick for your one day in port?? Photo by Andy Holmes on Unsplash Pompeii (or Herculaneum) For first time visitors … Continue reading Sorrento Excursions: Pompeii, Capri, Positano

Sundowners: restaurants for a sunset toast

A long and wonderful journey deserves a special farewell. We find a spot away from the crowds, and our traveling companions, to have a reflective evening. This lets us process the special experiences we've shared, and also helps us transition to the trip home. Istanbul, TurkeyWe began this tradition in Istanbul when we discovered the … Continue reading Sundowners: restaurants for a sunset toast

Dubrovnik- the Old City and Cavtat on a Private Tour

Dubrovnik has been on our destination list forever. I’d visited Dubrovnik as a child and remember well the imposing walls and red roofs of the old city. Dave had never been and it was primarily for this port that we chose to take the Windstar cruise – Italy and the Dalmatian Coast.  As our ship … Continue reading Dubrovnik- the Old City and Cavtat on a Private Tour