Pura Vida for “Reals”!

Pura Vida - Have you heard this term? It means "Pure life" and is most often associated with Costa Rica. It's their greeting and used frequently there - like when you say "Muchas Gracias" the response will be "Pura-Vida"! Love it. We recently got to visit this AAAA-mazing country, and we fell in love here.  Where else can you be on a beach IN the rainforest - I mean ....... There's so much to offer with several regions each one [...]

Something closer to home perhaps?…….

Being stuck at home is making us all stir crazy and while it's not safe to travel far afield right now - we can certainly look at our travel bucket list and make some revisions.  Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, have an adventurous soul, are culinary curious, love the big cities, want to rekindle the romance, have the ultimate family vacation, or just want a girlfriend/guys getaway, here are some of the top destinations closer t home to add to [...]

Hey Dude !!

This year more than ever families will want to get together and celebrate each other - we've probably missed lots of great family celebrations in addition to Mother's Day, Easter, and so on and families will be craving that connection. One of the experiences I personally would love would and would think of as a great "multi-generational family" experience would be to visit a "Dude Ranch" or that that type of experience - it's so "American" and for someone like me [...]

Shhh – It’s a secret- C’est un secret

Do crowds of people appeal to you ??   Some of the top tourist destinations have become so crowded and busy especially during the high season, that it's not an enjoyable relaxing experience and people are looking for more off the beaten track destinations to travel to and want to enjoy the "essence" of a country. I don't know about you, but if someone says "it's a secret" I want to know more.  Isn't there something really appealing about having "insider" info ?? [...]

Guided Vacations Yay or Nay ??

                   (Photo cred Travel Weekly, TCC Corp &  Insight Vacations) What are your thoughts about guided vacations ?? In the history of travel, and before I got into the travel business, personally, I associated guided vacations with busloads of older tourists at top attractions with cameras & plaid pants.(I'm talking Ireland in the 80's :)) No more - these days, guided vacations are immersive, exciting, challenging, incorporating local hosts, cooking experiences and lots more.  Today's [...]

Beannachtai na Feile Padraig (Happy St. Patricks Day)

St .Patrick’s day is known all over the world and celebrated on March 17th in observance of the death of St. Patrick who brought Christianity to Ireland and died in the Fifth Century.  What began as a religious feast day in the 17th century has evolved into a variety of festivals across the globe celebrating Irish culture with parades, special foods, music, dancing, and a whole lot of green. Here's some expressions in Gaelic St. Patrick’s Day:  La Fheile Padraig / law [...]

Italy by river ??

Uncover the extraordinary hidden treasures of Venice and Northern Italy. Encounter unforgettable sights on this odyssey through Northern Italy that begins in Milan, home to Da Vinci’s The Last Supper, and ends in legendary Venice, the “Queen of the Adriatic.” These two iconic cities bookend an exploration of Northern Italy that rewards the curious traveler with amazing experiences in Verona, Padua, Bologna, and Ferrara.        Travel from dynamic Milan to romantic Venice. Soak up the enchantment of “The City of Water” [...]

Top Travel Picks for 2019

During the holidays is a great time to start thinking about where you want to travel to next year. Usually families get together and it's easier to solidify plans when everyone's there. Every year, the top travel publications come up with the hottest and upcoming trends for the following year. We've picked just a few of the top European destinations as well as some of the top cities for you, including Scotland, Romania, Italy and France .....    Matera - [...]

Where’s your “Passion” ?

           Have you heard of Oberammergau ???  Once a decade, in the small Bavarian town of Oberammergau, a historical and dramatic production of the Passion Play takes place.  VIDEO HERE It was first performed in 1634 and it is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the bubonic plaque then sweeping the region. they would perform a passion play every ten years. This play [...]

D-Day & The Battle of Normandy – 75th Anniversary – 2019

             The memory lives on!! 6th June 2019 marks the start of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy and with it, a momentous occasion to celebrate peace, liberty and reconciliation. During the whole of summer 2019, Normandy will celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy with due splendor and emotion. A rich and unprecedented program of events will be put together to bring the memory of this tragic [...]

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