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!!!

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

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

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

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 … Continue reading The Hilton Molino Stuckey in Venice

Celebrity Cruise – a Magnificent way to Explore the Mediterranean as a Family

A while back, we were looking for a great family trip that would satisfy our kids' (20 and 22) desire for lots of activity, great food and entertainment and my husband's and my desire to see more of Europe.  Cruising is a GREAT way to keep everyone happy!  I think it is one of the … Continue reading Celebrity Cruise – a Magnificent way to Explore the Mediterranean as a Family

Planning a trip to – Quebec City!

We are looking for somewhere  to visit this summer that isn't farther than a few hours' flight. (We are in Texas).  Maybe for a long weekend.  I am thinking Quebec City!  Quebec is beautiful.  It has the only walled city in North America (north of Mexico). The fun thing for Americans is that when you … Continue reading Planning a trip to – Quebec City!

Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review is SO much fun at Walt Disney World! (first in a series of fun things to do that don’t require a ticket)

After somewhere in the neighborhood of 12 visits to Disney World over the years, we still find new fun experiences.  Sometimes we are looking for a day that doesn't require a park ticket.  The Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review is on Disney Property, but it is located at the Wilderness campgrounds, near the Wilderness Lodge. Overview:  The … Continue reading Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Review is SO much fun at Walt Disney World! (first in a series of fun things to do that don’t require a ticket)

Milan – what to see in two days

Soon, we will be in Milan for roughly 1.5 days of touring time.  Of course, we want to make the most of it, so I have been researching must-do sights and attractions.  It is going to be a challenge to fit it all in, for sure!  Here is my list: The Duomo is such an … Continue reading Milan – what to see in two days

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