Hints for Happier Travels / North America

Just Won a Free Trip to a Dream location?

An Impromptu Band at Jackson Square

Here’s How to Avoid Letting Additional Expenses Turn Your Vacation Into a Nightmare. Congratulations! Your ticket was drawn, and you’re the lucky winner of a  free vacation. Now what? One of the first things you’ll need to consider is whether or not you  can afford to go. You can have the time of your life, […]

Europe

Nelson’s Victory

Crest Over the Companionway of the HMS Victory

Step Into History at Portsmouth Historic Dockyard The lady was undergoing yet another facelift. The ravages of time were still evident from the many beatings she had taken. But we had to admit, the old girl looked remarkably good considering she was over 250 years old. The HMS Victory, the flagship Vice-Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson […]

North America

The National Civil War Museum Tells it Like it Was:

A Field Hospital at the National Civil War Museum

Experience Both Sides of the Bloody Conflict that Nearly Shattered a Nation. For many, it’s easy to pass judgement regarding the right and wrong of the American Civil War. And, to some degree, I too am guilty of this mindset. The people I admire most when it comes to this highly charged subject, are those […]

Europe

A Warm Sicilian Welcome Awaits You at Hotel Sirius:

Entrance to Sirius Hotel in Taormina, Sicily

An Ideal Location for Sampling the Many Charms of Taormina. It was late afternoon when Simon, Otto and I drove through the gates and down a steep ramp into the parking lot on the roof of Hotel Sirius. We had just arrived in the remarkable hill-top Sicilian town of Taormina, and we were about to […]

Europe

Spending a Day in Linköping:

The Main Square in Gamla Linkoping

There’s No Such Thing As Boredom in This Historic Swedish Town. It was mid-morning when Simon, Otto, a fellow travel blogger, and I were met at the Linköping train station by Maria, our guide for the day. The weather was mild and sunny, we had our schedule in hand and Maria was ready to show […]

Europe

Treasures of Salisbury Cathedral:

Salisbury Cathedral seen from the Cathedral Close

Wondrous Surprises Await You at This Medieval Wiltshire Church What do the Magna Carta, the oldest working clock in the world and the tomb of a British prime minister have in common? They all reside in Salisbury Cathedral. And on a rainy morning in the historic Wiltshire town of Salisbury, Simon, Otto and I discovered […]

Europe

The Ups and Downs of Naples with Context Italy:

Hand-Painted Majolica Tiles in the Cloister of the Clarisses in the Santa Chiara Complex, Naples

How a First-Rate Walking Tour Gives this Popular Italian Destination Fresh Perspective Our descent from the heat of a late Naples morning brought us cool relief, and the knowledge that with every step, we were moving back in time. Fiorella, our Context Italy tour guide had already led us through the cobbled streets of the […]

North America

The Journey Museum and Learning Center in Rapid City, South Dakota:

Children's Library Lab at the Journey Museum in Rapid City

Planning a Trip to Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial? Do This First It was mid-afternoon in Rapid City when we met Troy Kilpatrick, Executive Director of the Journey Museum and Learning Center. Although my brain was, as always, willing, my feet groaned out a protest following a day of standing and walking. But as […]

Accommodation / Europe

Hotel Carlemany, Girona, Spain:

Sculpture in the Lobby of Hotel Carlemany

Hospitality and Heart Define this Costa Brava Hotel As we drove slowly through the center of Girona in search of our accommodations, what we saw was anything but awe-inspiring. Perhaps it was the long drive from Guadalajara, or the fact that we were just plain tired, but everything around us seemed drab and uninteresting. But […]

Miscellaneous

The Truth About All That Free Stuff:

Old Town Linkoping

A Travel Writer’s Inside View of Familiarization (Fam) Trips A fellow member of an online travel writers group to which I belong posted a question about how to get the ‘free stuff’. Before I could put fingers to keys in order to tear him a new one, others had already done a masterful job of […]