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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Aruba-One Happy Island

ARUBA Overview When: 15 November - 19 November, 2019 Where (accommodations): Holiday Inn Resort and Casino Transportation: Delta airlines flight from Boston to Atlanta, GA and Atlanta, GA to Oranjestad, Aruba, jeep for one day through Value Car rental Sights/attractions: Palm Beach, Baby Beach, snorkeling cruise with Pelican Adventures, California Lighthouse, Casibari Rock Formation, Hooiberg Stairway, Natural Bridge, Arikok... Continue Reading →

Eating and leaf peeping in Vermont

Montpelier/Waterbury/Stowe, VT Overview When: 9 October- 12 October, 2019 Where (accommodations): Capitol Plaza Hotel & Conference Center, Best Western Plus Waterbury-Stowe Transportation: 3-3.5 hour car ride from Boston Sights/attractions: Morse Farm Maple Sugarworks, Mansfield Gondola, Stowe Mountain Resort, Trapp Family Lodge Food/drinks: J. Morgan's Steakhouse, The Skinny Pancake, Rabble-Rouser Chocolate & Craft Co., Sarducci's, Wilaiwan's Kitchen, Hen Of The... Continue Reading →

San Francisco and beyond. ’cause wine-not?

Sonoma/Napa/Muir Woods/San Francisco Overview When: 20 September- 28 September, 2019 Where (accommodations): San Francisco Marriott Marquis Transportation: JetBlue Boston (BOS) to San Francisco (SFO), rental car to Sonoma/Napa though Enterprise Rent-A-Car Sights/attractions: Day trips: (Sonoma/Napa area): Wineries: Castello di Amorosa, Round Pond Estate, Domaine Chandon, Artesa Vineyards and Winery. Spa: Golden Haven Hot Springs Spa and Resort (Calistoga) Muir Woods... Continue Reading →

Seychelles- Island Life in the Indian Ocean

SEYCHELLES-PRASLIN, LA DIGUE, MAHE, SILHOUETTE ISLAND Overview When: 28 May- 2 June, 2019 Where (accommodations): Mahe: Coral Strand Smart Choice Hotel, Silhouette Island: Hilton Seychelles Labriz Resort & Spa Transportation: Air Seychelles round trip from Johannesburg, South Africa to Mahe, Seychelles. Air Seychelles round trip from Mahe to Praslin. Inter Island  ferry from Praslin to La Digue through seychellesbookings.com Sights/attractions:... Continue Reading →

Rainbows, waterfalls and elephants – three countries in one weekend

ZAMBIA, ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA Overview When: 25 May-27 May, 2019 Where (accommodations): The Kingdom Hotel, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Transportation: British Airways from Johannesburg to Livingstone, Zambia. Wild Horizons ground transportation from airport to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. Zambezi Helicopters flight over the Falls, Wild Horizons Chobe National Park tour Sights/attractions: Zambia and Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls, "Flight of Angels" helicopter flight;... Continue Reading →

From The City to The Bush

SOUTH AFRICA (Cape Town, Kruger National Park, Blyde River Canyon, Johannesburg) Overview When:  Cape Town: May 19-21, Hazyview: May 21-24, Johannesburg: May 24-25, May 27-28, June 2 Where (accommodations):  Cape Town: Pepperclub Hotel and Spa, Hazyview: Abangane Guest Lodge, Johannesburg: African Pride Melrose Arch, The View Boutique Hotel Transportation: British Airways flight from London to Cape... Continue Reading →

Layover in London- comfortable shoes required!

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Overview When:  18 May, 2019 and 3 June 2019. Where (accommodations): No hotel on May 18th. Hilton London Heathrow Airport on June 3rd. Transportation: British Airways flight from Boston (BOS) to London (LHR).  British Airways flight  from Johannesburg (JNB), South Africa to London (LHR). Sights/attractions: Kensington Gardens and Kensington Palace, Wellington Arch, Buckingham Palace, Westminster... Continue Reading →

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 →

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