Rome: From Piazza Popolo to the Spanish Steps

Searching through my notes, clinging to my trusty travel book, I looked up from the table noticing my young handsome waiter looking over my shoulder.  He was friendly, taking notice…

Travel Tip Tuesdays: What Makes European Hotels Different than US Hotels?

I remember my first experience staying in a European hotel in Venice. It was a cute little boutique hotel perfectly located between St. Mark’s Square and the Rialto near Camp…

Exploring Rome on the Hop On/Hop Off Bus

Staying on the outskirts of Rome at the Courtyard Rome Central Park, the hotel was a couple of blocks away from the Gemelli stop of the train station.  I purchased a three-day…

The Franklin Park Conservatory, Columbus, Ohio

The winter months are a perfect time to visit local museums and conservatories.  For a warm, colorful break from the dreary cold, explore the Franklin Park Conservatory in Columbus, Ohio. …

Travel Plans for 2016

2016 is going to be another great year for travel!  With close to 20 trips already planned and more in the works, I am excited that I will be venturing…

A Cruise Ship Drydocks in Galveston

Have you ever wondered what happens to a cruise ship when it needs maintenance, an inspection or an all-around remodeling?  It arrives at the shipyard where it sails into a…

New Orleans, the Perfect City to Start Your Cruise

It took me by surprise when I learned that I would be transferring to another ship mid-cruise with Bermuda Star Lines.  I had recently joined the Vera Cruz in Tampa…

Key West, Florida – Looking Back on My First Visit in 1989

When you hear the mention of Key West, what is the first thing that comes to mind? The gorgeous sunsets at Mallory Square?  The tenacious pub crawlers along Duval Street…

Three Money-Saving Tips for Booking a European Cruise

A great way to experience Europe’s Mediterranean coast is by booking a cruise.  There are quite a few options, so I have provided some tips to point you in the…

Cozumel, Mexico: The First Stamp on My Passport

Do you remember the day when your first passport arrived in the mail? You may have already planned a trip and were anxiously awaiting its arrival, hoping that it would…