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St. Petersburg Splendors with Tauck

St. Petersburg is beautiful and fascinating and a personal favorite. We visited last summer as part of a Tauck tour. Tauck does an incredible job of arranging a trip so that you can have an immersive, interesting and fun time, taking care of every detail so that all one has to do is enjoy  the … Continue reading St. Petersburg Splendors with Tauck

Getting in the Christmas Spirit with Scooby!

I know this isn't on my usual theme of travel... but Scooby looked so cute in her new Christmas sweater, I just had to share.  We did find this sweater at a great bargain at the Hilton Head outlet stores whilst shopping on Black Friday.  As an aside, the Hilton Head outlets are the least … Continue reading Getting in the Christmas Spirit with Scooby!

Spectacular Easter service in South Carolina

For Easter this year, we visited our daughter at Clemson University, in Clemson, SC.  She had a special surprise in mind for us for Easter services this year.  We drove about 1.5 hours north into the mountains between South Carolina and North Carolina. On the grounds of the YMCA Greenville Camp located in Cleveland, SC … Continue reading Spectacular Easter service in South Carolina

Florence is Fabulous!!!

We traveled to Florence for eight very enjoyable days in early March.  It was absolutely wonderful.  It is so nice to have enough time to explore this city in depth.  There was even time for two day-trips out of the city.  This was our first time in Florence and we wanted to savor it.  We … Continue reading Florence is Fabulous!!!

Disney World’s Most Magical Time of the Year

I heard once that you must go to Disney World with the eyes of a child to find it magical, and I believe that is true.  A little advance planning to avoid some of the lines and secure dining reservations will help too.  But then you need to embrace the sentimental, even corny aspects and … Continue reading Disney World’s Most Magical Time of the Year

River Cruising – An Inside Look

The popularity of river cruising, particularly in Europe, is growing rapidly.  We all have seen the television ads, read about them in magazine and I have attended more than a few training sessions from leading river cruising companies.  However, I wanted to hear more from someone who has river cruised multiple times.  Preferably someone who … Continue reading River Cruising – An Inside Look

Magnificent Milan

In March, 2017, I spent just over a day in beautiful Milan. This city was so much more than I expected.  Mark and I spent 8 wonderful days in Florence and found a convenient flight home to Texas through Milan.  I did a little research and found there are some great things to see and … Continue reading Magnificent Milan

Olana is a Gem in Hudson, NY

Olana is the name of Frederic Church's stunning home in Hudson, NY.  Church was one of the first painters in the "Hudson River School of Art".  The home was lovingly designed by Church, himself.  It is a work of art and incredible to see.  It is a fascinating mix of middle eastern and victorian motifs. … Continue reading Olana is a Gem in Hudson, NY

Kykuit the Rockefeller Estate – great short excursion from NYC

About a one hour's drive north of NYC, up the beautiful Hudson River, is Kykuit.  This mansion was built by the oil baron, John D. Rockefeller in 1913.  The interior of the house is beautiful and the grounds are spectacular.  The nearby town of Sleepy Hollow, NY is also very lovely.  It is full of … Continue reading Kykuit the Rockefeller Estate – great short excursion from NYC

My Favorite Places in Magical Venice

Venice is a family favorite, out of all the places we visited. We were there both before and after a wonderful Greek Island Cruise with Royal Caribbean. I will share more about that another time.  This was the first European location we showed our children, and it did not disappoint!   The lack of cars, … Continue reading My Favorite Places in Magical Venice

The Hilton Molino Stuckey in Venice

Travels with Diane

We were fortunate enough to spend almost a week in Venice before and after a Greek Island cruise a few years ago.  We stayed at the Hotel Molino Stuckey, owned and operated by Hilton Hotels.  It was great!

The building was once a flour mill, and it has been beautifully converted into a hotel with many restaurants, bars, 390 rooms and a gorgeous roof top pool with an incredible view of the city of Venice.

The hotel is a 30 minute water taxi ride from the airport.  How cool is that?  You take water taxis to get around this city!

venice molino stuckey.jpg Approach to the Hilton Molino Stuckey

This is the main lobby. Really nice!

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To get across the water to the main tourist attractions, the hotel operates this water shuttle.  It takes just a few minutes to be transported to the center of all the action. venice molino transport.jpg

The hotel is just a…

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