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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and Her Cruise Shy Husband (Part 3. Going Below the Surface on the Westerdam) If you’ve read J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books, you’ll remember how kid-pleasing food and pumpkin juice appeared directly on the tables in the dining hall at Hogwarts. You’ll also remember the elves working hard below the […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

Food Preparation in the Westerdam Galley (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and her Cruise Shy Husband (Part 2. Food and Fun) Ask anyone to talk about their experiences aboard a cruise ship, and the answer will boil down to two components: food and fun. In both these areas, Holland America Westerdam excelled. From a Gala Night dinner menu featuring jumbo shrimp […]

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Atlantic Crossing on Holland America’s Westerdam:

The Westerdam Docked in Cadiz

Diary of a Some-Time Cruisaholic and Her Cruise-Shy Husband (Part 1. Days 1-5 Aboard the Westerdam) Traveling by cruise ship means different things to different people. To some, it’s a haven for the lazy and shallow. To others, it’s the only way to go. For me, it’s something I would like to do more often, […]

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The Galaxy Hotel****, Krakow, Poland:

The Perfect Place to Relax and Recharge. Visiting Krakow and surrounding areas is nothing if not intense. Her past is at the same time dark and stained with blood and illuminated by courage and glory. Her present is vibrant and her future optimistic. Whether you are returning from a day imersing yourself in the horrors […]

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Lowther Castle, a Modern-Day Phoenix

This Lake District Wonderland Rises From the Ashes of Excess and Neglect. The sun was out. Perhaps not exactly a reason to get wildly excited, but after a week of continuous rain throughout our visit to England, Simon Otto and I were absolutely elated. Aside from the opportunity to spend several hours outdoors without constantly dodging […]

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The Fine Art of Hospitality at Degas House:

Historical Marker Outside Degas House

“Night at the Museum” New Orleans Style If you take a stroll down Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans’s long-established Esplanade Ridge neighborhood, be sure to stop by The Edgar Degas House Museum, Courtyard, Studio and Inn. There is much more behind the 18th century façade than meets the eye. The first thing you’ll notice is […]

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The Town of Guimaraes and the Genius of Leonardo da Vinci:

You Never Know What Surprises Can Be Found in a Historic Portuguese Palace We were in the historic town of Guimaraes, Portugal to explore medieval core of the town and then move on. But we discovered an unexpected treat in the town’s restored 15th century Ducal Palace. On the upper level, a temporary Leonardo Da […]

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The Magical Island of Nasslingen:

A View of Nasslingen from the Water

Nature’s Gift to the Stockholm Archipelago Nine travel bloggers who had never met before, on a boat to Nasslingen, a small island they’d never heard of, with a yellow Lab who never cared where he was. That was how July 12, 2016 began. By the time it ended in the early hours of the following […]