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 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
Amsterdam is a top travel destination. It has something for everyone - rich history, world class museums, and romantic canals. You could spend a month in the city and not see it all. Choosing what you see in a short visit is difficult. Read through our suggestions to put together an itinerary that'll be perfect … Continue reading 8 Amsterdam Must-Dos
A cycling journey is a great way to really see an area. Biking through the countryside, stopping at local coffee shops, and picnicking along the way, gives you the chance to experience a culture as a traveler instead of a tourist. Many groups offer cycling tours, some staying at hotels along the way with a … Continue reading Carry-On for a Bike and Barge trip
Nothing says 'Bucket List' like a cruise in the Mediterranean! Blue seas, balmy winds, and Instagram-worthy ports of call. There are as many cruises to take as there are ports of call! Large ships are often more affordable and get you to the top destinations. Small ships may cover less ground (sea!) but allow for … Continue reading Packing for a Mediterranean cruise
Just as important as reading guidebooks, is reading a bit of literature and history. Istanbul is an intriguing city, straddling two continents. I thoroughly enjoyed reading these titles. Check out my favorites from my Turkey travel reading!
Right across the street from the renowned Pera Palace rises the Marmara Pera Hotel. On the advice of Korhan, our Istanbul on Food guide, we headed for this hotel on our last night in the city. We took the elevator to the top floor and ascended the narrow stairway to the Mikla rooftop bar. What … Continue reading Mikla Rooftop Bar – Best View in Istanbul