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Cornell Hotel de France ~ San Francisco with a French Accent

Savor a taste of la belle pays at Cornell Hotel de France in San Francisco and its on-site restaurant, Jeanne d’Arc. Located just a couple of blocks from Union Square, and easily within walking distance to San Francisco’s iconic Chinatown, the hotel is ideally situated to stay in European style while exploring the Golden City. A hotel for […]

5 Reasons to Choose a Virginia Beach Romantic Getaway

Yearly vacations with just my husband and me (no kids!), keeps our relationship strong during the downs and ups of life as a married couple. Dreaming about where to go on our next couple’s retreat is part of the joy. This year we did a city escape. For next year, I’m craving a beach vacation. After […]

Rhine Getaway with Viking River Cruises ~ Ports and Excursions

Choosing a Viking River Cruise from their enticing itineraries is like choosing the only chocolate you’ll ever eat for the rest of your life. Dark chocolate or milk? Butter cream or caramel? Lyon & Provence, or Danube Waltz? Imperial Jewels of China, or Waterways of the Tsars in Russia? When Viking River Cruises invited me to sail […]

Why Visit Windmills in Holland at Kinderdijk

Holland is renowned for its wooden shoes, tulips and windmills. But do you know why windmills are such a big deal there? Much of the Netherlands, the region of Holland in particular, is located below sea level. Given the its position along the North Sea and with three major rivers crossing the country, this means about 20 percent […]

Fun and Tasty Things to Do in Cologne, Germany

Cologne, Germany is known for its gothic cathedral and its unique Kölsch beer. It’s also the birthplace of the world’s first eau de cologne and home to some of the best shopping in the country. Bring a big appetite and good walking shoes when visiting this German city because there’s lots to eat and explore. 1. […]

Tiptoe Through the Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Near Amsterdam

If you plan to visit Amsterdam during spring, escape the city and retreat to the beautiful Keukenhof Gardens. Here you can tiptoe through those Dutch tulips for which Holland is so very well known. This sprawling botanic garden is filled with every varietal of tulips you could imagine, and so much more. History of Holland Tulips There seems to be confusion […]

15 Things to Do in Israel, No Matter Your Religion

With thousands of years of history, a unique blend of cultures, and significant religious sites for Judaism, Christianity and Islam – Israel is undeniably a fascinating place to explore. From which sites to see to where to shop and what to eat, here are 15 things to do in Israel, no matter your religion. 1. Shop the […]

Rudesheim am Rhein in Germany with Viking River Cruises – A Love Story

I learned unexpected lessons about love, agelessness and acceptance in Rudesheim am Rhein, Germany during my Viking River Cruise last spring. I must admit that I was hoping some of the “younger” cruisers (in their 50s or 60s) would join us for our dinner excursion. My 40-something husband, Phil, and I were among the youngest people aboard […]

Competitours – An Amazing Race for Regular People

Have you ever fantasized about competing on The Amazing Race reality show? I sure have! I even sent in an audition tape when the popular TV program came to my Canadian homeland. Unfortunately, I didn’t make the cut. Thankfully there is an alternative for those of us who want the adventure but who can’t be part of the show. I […]

5 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Israel

Ripe with history and bursting with spiritual significance, Israel is the birthplace of two major world religions, Christianity and Judaism, and home to important religious sites for another, Islam. Before my recent visit, I had my own ideas about what this country would be like. While there, I was shocked to learn the following fascinating facts from my group’s […]

Fun Things to Do on Captiva Island and Sanibel Island When it Rains

Captiva Island and its big sister, Sanibel Island, are best known for their shell-filled beaches and Southern Florida sunshine. But what is there to do when your beach getaway gets doused with rain? There’s no need to feel gloomy on these colorful and friendly islands just because the weather is a little wet. Here are five fun […]

Marksburg Castle with Viking River Cruises

Marksburg Castle was the most fascinating castle have ever visited, and I’ve visited quite a few. It’s not because it was the most opulent or important castle I’ve ever seen. (It was neither.) It’s because our Viking River Cruises tour guide gave such an intriguing glimpse into what life was like during the time of castles, […]

German Romance, Education and Debauchery in Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises

Rich with history, Heidelberg is home to Germany’s oldest university, the ruins of a romantic Renaissance castle, and the world’s largest wine barrel. Intrigued? Come along to explore the romance, education and debauchery of Heidelberg with Viking River Cruises. Heidelberg Castle Heidelberg Castle, with its impressive red sandstone buildings and stately position above the River Neckar, evokes romantic […]