Archive for the ‘Travel - General Advice’ Category

Dunedin, New Zealand: Cheese, Churches and Beer!

Sunday, March 16th, 2008

I was feeling a tad envious as I watched other passengers board the charming Taieri Gorge vintage train.  They didn’t even have to drive into Dunedin because the train pulled up alongside our Celebrity ship.

However, had I known how wonderful a day in Dunedin, New Zealand was going to be, I would have merrily waved them on their way, without a second thought.

I found out later those folks didn’t get much of a chance to explore Dunedin (Celtic for Edinburgh) and that would have meant missing so much.

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All-inclusive Vacation Resorts: Luxurious Getaways or Velvet Prisons?

Saturday, March 15th, 2008

Martha Brae Rafting

If you are pining for a well-deserved vacation, an escape from the drone of the business world, you might be tempted by an “all-inclusive” vacation.  But think very carefully before you don that thong bikini or those Speedo trunks.  All-inclusive vacations are not for everyone.

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Hana, Maui, Hawaii: Dramamine and Orchids – the Perfect Pair!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Photo by Sheree Zielke The road to Hana may be a cruel drive for those who suffer from motion sickness, but for orchid lovers, it might be the pathway to Nirvana.

Driving the road to Hana in Maui, Hawaii is a trip that can’t be committed to lightly. Replete with narrow roads and endless curves, driving to Hana is not for the squeamish.

But it is the way for orchid lovers to reach one of the prettiest places on Maui.  You might even see Oprah Winfrey’s land.

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Florence, Italy: A shocking encounter behind Dante’s house!

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008

Photo by Sheree Zielke

Favorite travel destinations?  The question is hard to answer because there are so many.  But if I am asked what some of my favorite foreign cities are, the question is more easily answered.

In the number one position is the ancient city of Florence, Italy.

It’s in Florence that I had my best cappuccino, at a sidewalk café; it was so artfully decorated with the image of a fern leaf designed with coffee in the milky foam.  Florence is also the city that introduced me to one of the most surprising street performers I have ever encountered.

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New York’s Renaissance Faire: Escapism at its best!

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Pickles man by David Thiel

If you desperately need an escape from reality, and you will be traveling in the vicinity of New York City, then a visit to the New York Renaissance Faire could be the perfect fantasy tonic for you.

Located in Sterling Forest, Tuxedo (about an hour’s drive out of New York City), the Faire is one of those tourist-type memories that only get rosier with time. 

Don’t think the fantasy aspect of the Faire is childish; it is not.  This is adult entertainment, but kids will have a blast, too.

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New York City: Meet the Line-up Police!

Monday, March 10th, 2008

Sheree with ExpodiskSheree with ExpodiskPhoto by Sheree Zielke

New York City has an ample supply of police and security personnel; that’s commonly known.  However, there is another type of policing official you might not know about: the “line-up police.”

If you are a theatre-lover, or a lover of the Bard’s works, and you plan to take in New York’s famous Shakespeare in the Park event, then you are guaranteed to meet the Big Apple’s line-up police.

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MotoRokr T505: Talk, Drive and Chew Gum at the Same Time!

Tuesday, March 4th, 2008

Years ago, there was a nasty little thing you could ask someone you disliked.It went like this:  ”Can you walk AND chew gum at the same time?”

Today, the question might be, “Can you drive and talk on your cellphone at the same time?”

If you are a frequent traveler - vehicle driver - who must contend with irresponsible drivers who weave dangerously through traffic, a cellphone glued to one ear, then you will love this newest bit of technology.  It’s called the MotoRokr T505.

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Travel Accessories: Marking Your Possessions for Easy Return to YOU!

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

 

Do you like good service?  How about great new products?  Especially products that make your life easier?

 

Me, too.

 

And, if like me, you travel a great deal, you know that any product or service that will make your travel experience better, is very welcome.  I have found at least one.

 

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New Orleans: It’s Business as Usual come Hell or High Water!

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

Are you wondering about the state of affairs in New Orleans?  Has the “City That Care Forgot” managed to recover from the effects of Hurricane Katrina?  Information on New Orleans recovery can now be easily accessed at the city’s brand new “Recovery Projects Information” site.

It’s been more than 2-1/2 years since the Big Easy was devastated by Hurricane Katrina.  The massive hurricane, complete with high winds and high waters, hit New Orleans on August, 29, 2005.  Protective city levees broke, and the majority of the city was flooded.  Luckily, one of New Orleans most popular historic areas, the French Quarter, was spared; that’s where I am headed in a couple of weeks.

According to the Bush administration, it’s expected that it will take a quarter century for New Orleans to fully recover from Katrina.  But where tourism is concerned, it’s business as usual.    Read on . . .

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Brownsville, Texas: Home to One of the Top-rated Zoos in the United States!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

 

It wasn’t my first choice.  It wasn’t even my second, third or fourth choice, but we are still bound for a place we’d never heard of before: Brownsville, Texas.

 

It’s a really nice place,” my travel advisor said.”  But I merely shook my head.

 

“Where the heck is Brownsville?  And why would anyone want to go there?” I asked.

 

“It’s right on the Gulf of Mexico just near South Padre Island,” she added.  “It’s a really pretty place with Spanish influence.  And the beaches are out of this world.”

 

“Yeah, but I’ve never even heard of Brownsville.  Never mind South Padre Island.”

 

“Trust me,” she said.  “The price is right, and you’ll love it.”

 

Yes, I never planned in my wildest dreams that I would be bound for Brownsville, Texas, but now I can hardly wait to get there.

 

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