Why the blog?

I had thoughts about writing a blog a couple of years ago. A few of my friends that saw the pictures I would post said I should do it. But I never really got around to it until the summer of 2017. We came back from Bermuda and a girl at the yoga class asked... Continue Reading →

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Riding waves, not elephants!

SRI LANKA (Colombo, Weligama, Udawalawe) Overview When:  1 January - 5 January, 2019 Where (accommodations): Weligama Bay Marriott Resort & Spa Transportation: Flight from Delhi, India to Colombo on Air India airlines, flight from Colombo to Mumbai, India on Sri Lankan Airlines Sights/attractions: Colombo: Jami Ul-Alfar mosque, Gangaramaya temple, Seema Malaka temple. Weligama Bay: beach, surfing and... Continue Reading →

New Year in New Delhi- the city that takes your breath away (quite literally)

DELHI- Part VI of INDIA travel series Overview When:  27 December overnight and 30 December, 2018 - 1 January, 2019 Where (accommodations):  Shangri-La's-Eros Hotel Transportation: Drive to Delhi from Agra (3.5 hrs) for the first visit. Flight from Delhi to Jodhpur round trip -Jet Airways for New Years. Sights/attractions:  Rashtrapati Bhavan- president's house, Akshardham Temple,... Continue Reading →

Blue walls and camel rides- Jodhpur

JODHPUR- Part V of INDIA travel series Overview When: 28 December - 30 December, 2018 Where (accommodations):  Radisson Jodhpur Transportation:  Flight from Delhi to Jodhpur round trip -Jet Airways. Sights/attractions: Mehrangarh Fort, Blue city guided tour, wholesale market, Maharani textiles store, Camel Safari at Osian dunes organized by Balaji Forex Tours and Travels Food/drinks:  Try anywhere... Continue Reading →

Dreams do come true-TAJ MAHAL at sunrise

AGRA- Part IV of INDIA travel series Overview When: 26 December - 27 December, 2018 Where (accommodations):  Courtyard by Marriott Agra Transportation: Drive from Khajuraho (~10hrs) with a stop at Orchha. Driver/car hired at the hotel in Khajuraho Sights/attractions: Taj Mahal, Agra Fort, Tomb of I’timād-ud-Daulah Food/drinks: Master Chef restaurant After a long and at times... Continue Reading →

The Road Less Traveled- Khajuraho and Orchha

KHAJURAHO and ORCHHA- Part III of INDIA travel series Overview When: 25 December - 26 December, 2018 Where (accommodations): The Lalit Temple View Transportation: Flight from Varanasi to Khajuraho- Jet Airways, drive from Khajuraho to Orchha 3.5hrs and Orchha to Agra 6.5hrs with hired driver through the hotel Sights/attractions: Khajuraho: Khajuraho Western Temples (guided tour); Orchha: Orchha Fort (Jahangir Mahal,... Continue Reading →

Spiritual, chaotic, loud and unforgettable- holy city of Varanasi

VARANASI- Part II of INDIA travel series Overview When: 24 December, 2018 - 25 December, 2018 Where (accommodations):  Kedareswar B&B Transportation: Flight from Mumbai to Varanasi - Spicejet Airways. Sights/attractions:  Old Town tour (guided), Shri Kashi Vishwanath Temple, Sankat Mochan Temple, Durga Temple,  evening ceremony from the boat, sunrise boat ride on the Ganges, Dashashwamedh Ghat,... Continue Reading →

Travel tips preparing for India and how to spend 2 days in Mumbai

INDIA (Mumbai, Varanasi, Khajuraho, Orchha, Agra, Jodhpur, Delhi) Part I of INDIA travel series Overview When: 21 December, 2018 - 7 January, 2019 Where (accommodations): Mumbai: Suba Palace Hotel and Vivanta President; Varanasi: Kedareswar B&B; Khajuraho: The Lalit Temple View; Agra: Courtyard by Marriott Agra,  Jodhpur: Radisson Jodhpur; Delhi: Shangri-La's-Eros Hotel Transportation: Flights from Boston (BOS) to Mumbai (BOM)... Continue Reading →

58 hours in Iceland

ICELAND Overview When: 16 November- 18 November, 2018 Where: Hotel Laxnes, Mosfellsbaer Transportation: Flight: Boston (BOS) to Keflavik International airport (KEF) on WOW airlines. Car rental: Blue Car rental ( booked through "Guide to Iceland") Must see/do: Blue Lagoon, Laxnes Horse Farm, Reynisfjara black sand beach, Dyrholaey, Skogafos (waterfall), Seljalandsfoss (waterfall), Kerid crater, Thingvelir National Park... Continue Reading →

Discover caves, cities, beaches and castles! One week in Portugal

PORTUGAL (Lisbon/Algarve/Sintra) Overview When: 29 July - 5 August, 2018 Where: Lisbon first night - Hotel da Baixa, Albufeira (Algarve) -Aqua Pedra dos Bicos hotel, Lisbon last night - Corinthia Hotel Transportation: Flights -TAP airlines, car rental - Drive on Holidays booked through ArgusCarHire.com Must see/do: Lisbon- Monastery of Jeronimos, Padrao dos Descobrimentos monument, Belem Tower,... Continue Reading →

Falling in love with Quebec all over again

QUEBEC, CANADA Overview When: May 25 – May 28, 2018 Where: Airbnb Transportation: 6.5-7hr car ride from Boston Must see/do: Ile d’Orleans, Vignoble Ste-Petronille, Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre,  Montmorency Falls,  Siberia spa,  Morrin Centre Food/drinks: Bistro B, La Champagnerie, Cafe Les Cousins, Chocolaterie Ile d’Orleans, La Boulange, Le Mitan Microbraserie, Les Sales Gosses, Cochon Dingue, Legende, Le Cafe Kriegof,  Cafe du Monde This […]

NYC: eats, drinks and fun things!

Overview When: May 11- May 13, 2018 Where: Rented room near the Times Square Transportation: 5hr bus ride from Boston to NYC on  GoTo Bus  Must see/do: Marie's Crisis,  Ellen's Stardust Diner, "Hello Dolly" in Shubert Theater (or any other Broadway show), Bowlmore Times Square Food/drinks: 230 Fifth Rooftop Bar, Best Bagel and Coffee, The Bedford, Westlight,... Continue Reading →

Heaven on Earth- Honeymoon in French Polynesia

Tahiti/Moorea/Tahaa/Raiatea/Bora Bora Overview When: 22 March - 9 April, 2018 Where: Papeete (Tahiti): 3 nights upon arrival AirBnb, last night before the flight AirBnb; Moorea: AirBnb; Taha'a: Vahine Island Private Island Resort and Spa; Raiatea: AirBnb; Bora Bora : Bora Bora Pearl Beach Resort Transportation: Boston (BOS) to Los Angeles (LAX) - Delta airlines, Los Angeles to Papeete (PPT) -... Continue Reading →

Ski weekend trip- mountains are calling!

Overview When: 26 January - 28 January, 2018 Where: The Bethel Inn Resort, Bethel, ME Transportation: 3.5-4 hr drive from Boston Must see/do: Sunday River Ski Resort, Newry ME, Nubble Lighthouse, York, ME Food/drinks: Portland, ME : Fore Street Restaurant, Duckfat, The Honey Paw Restaurant. Bethel, ME: breakfast- Cafe DiCocoa, dinner- Millbrook Tavern and Grille (at... Continue Reading →

New York City Holiday Magic!

Overview When: 23 December - 26 December, 2017 Where: Rented room near the Times Square Transportation: 5hr bus ride from Boston to NYC on GoTo Bus Must see/do: Brooklyn Bridge, High Line, Grand Central Terminal, Bryant Park, Rockefeller Center, Dyker Heights Christmas Lights Food/drinks: Obao , La Bagel Delight at Dumbo, Refinery Rooftop, Spyglass Rooftop Bar... Continue Reading →

Weekend in The Berkshires

Stockbridge/Lee/Great Barrington, MA Overview When: 13 October - 15 October, 2017 Where: Holiday Inn Club Vacations Oak N' Spruce Resort Transportation: 2 hr 15 min drive from Boston with minor traffic Must see/do: Monument Mountain hike, Norman Rockwell Museum Food/drinks: Chez Nous, Red Lion Inn, Xicohtencatl Restaurant, Allium, Stockbridge Coffee and Tea The Berkshires is... Continue Reading →

Visiting the neighbors Vol. 2

QUEBEC, CANADA Overview When: 1 September - 4 September, 2017 Where: AirBnb on Rue Saint- Jean Transportation: Typically it's 6.5 hrs, this time with traffic was 8 hr drive from Boston Must see/do: Jacques- Cartier National Park, Observatoire de la Capitale, Siberia Station Spa Food/drinks: Bistro L'Atelier, Panetier Baluchon, Le Billig, Ciel, Bugel Fabrique de... Continue Reading →

Fall in Love with Maine

ACADIA NATIONAL PARK / BAR HARBOR / PORTLAND OVERVIEW When: 16 September - 18 September, 2016 Where: Ramada Ellsworth, Ellsworth, ME Transportation: Approximately 5 hr drive from Boston by car Must see and do: Cadillac Mountain, Beehive Trail, Loop Road- Sand Beach, Thunder Hole, Jordan Pond. Jesup Trail, Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse, Portland Head Light... Continue Reading →

In search of the missing ships!

BERMUDA Overview When: June 30 - July 4, 2017 Where: AirBnb at Warwick, Bermuda Transportation to the island - Boston, MA (BOS) to L.F. Wade International Airport, Bermuda (BDA) direct flight on Delta Transportation within the island - taxis, mopeds, ferry, bus Must see and do - Horseshoe Bay Beach, Crystal Caves, Tobacco Bay, Gibbs Hill Lighthouse,... Continue Reading →

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