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February 2017

  • Les Baux & Carrieres de Lumieres -

    - February 13, 2017 Come along with me as I explore Les Baux. France, France & Carrieres de Lumieres. Entering the old stone quarry, I had no idea what to expect.  It was a surprise, so the guide from the luxury Viking River Cruise ship only said to bring a sweater, as it can get cold inside. Little did I know it would be one of the highlights of my southern France tour onboard ...

  • Authentic Italian Recipes for the Soul -

    - February 3, 2017 Come along with me as I explore authentic Italian recipes. Authenticity in food is a very fluid concept, especially when looking for authentic food from a specific country. Authentic Italian food to the baker on the corner in Tuscany could be different to the pastry chef down the street, much less the difference in different regions of Italy. In fact, the same recipe can taste ...

January 2017

  • Carnival of Venice -

    - January 25, 2017 Come along to see the sights of Carnival of Venice, Italy.Hands down, the most spectacular event I’ve ever witnessed has to be the Carnival of Venice. I didn’t rent a costume or pay to attend any of the masquerade balls, but I had the time of my life wandering this historical city and being utterly bedazzled by the continual parade of costumed people there to ...

  • Myanmar’s Water Dwellers of Inle Lake -

    - January 13, 2017 Come along with Travel Writer Donnie Sexton as she visits Myanmar's Water Dwellers of Inle Lake.Myanmar Burma Travelers to Myanmar are there to explore the thousands of pagodas and temples that characterize this country (formerly known as Burma).  That’s a given.  But not to be missed is the surreal watery world of Inle Lake, famous for its natural beauty, glassy waters, and inhabited by Inthas, the native lake-dwellers known as the ...

  • 2016 Year End Review: 47 countries! -

    - January 9, 2017 Come along with me as I show you the highlights of a Danube River Christmas Markets Cruise with Viking! You will be happy you did!I never really imagined that I would be doing this: writing, blogging, and taking travel photos for a living after a 22-year career as a Chiropractic Physician. It is interesting and amazing where your life ends up taking you. I have been traveling the earth, mostly alone now, for 4 ½ years taking travel photos since ...

  • Highlights of a Danube River Christmas Markets Cruise -

    - January 1, 2017 Come along with me as I show you the highlights of a Danube River Christmas Markets Cruise with Viking! You will be happy you did!Visions of sugar plums danced in my head the first time I even heard the words “Christmas Markets”.  I didn’t even know they existed until one day reading a travel blog and I came across an article about someone gliding down the Rhine River in Europe with stops along the way to visit different Christmas ...

December 2016

  • Mystical Myanmar -

    - December 26, 2016 Join me as I trek through mystical Myanmar on a journey to capture the elusive Myanmar pagoda photo.“I’m going without expectations.”- Donnie Sexton Myanmar Pagoda Photo That was my mantra when I stepped off the plane in Yangon, Myanmar.  To be honest, I had googled a few images from this Southeast Asia destination to get a sense of what kind of photos I could come home with since I was traveling with a group ...

  • Holland America Experience – MS Westerdam -

    - December 14, 2016 Come along with me to have a Holland America Experience and find out what the Captain of the MS Westerdam does to make your cruise the best it can be! I recently returned from my first Holland America experience – a cruise to the Mexican Riviera. I was so impressed with the service of the staff and crew that I received from this group of highly trained workers! After multiple inquiries, I soon found out why from the Captain Mark Rowden of the MS Westerdam. Holland ...

November 2016

  • Living it up at the Hotel California -

    - November 28, 2016 Come along with me as I explore Hotel California Todos Santos, I am living it up at the Hotel California!  “Ain't it funny, rumors fly, And I know you heard about me.” - Taylor Swift Have you heard? I’ve been living it up at the Hotel California in Todos Santos, Mexico… with “mirrors on the ceiling” and “the pink champagne on ice”… I was dangling my feet in the refreshingly cold swimming pool of the Hotel California in ...

  • The Color Block Favelas of Yogyakarta, Indonesia -

    - November 11, 2016 Come along with me as I travel to Indonesia and explore the color block favelas of Yogyakarta, Indonesia,.Travel to Indonesia I think back in my mind as I traveled to Indonesia, and it races to the morning when I had a chance to escape the stunningly refurbished and luxury 1918 Phoenix Hotel in all its glory. Travel to Indonesia I walked only about five blocks from the hotel when I had to get a police ...

  • Professional Photo Editing App You Must Try -

    - November 8, 2016 Come along with me as I explore a new Photo Editing App You Must TryProfessional Photo Editing App I don’t know if you have noticed, but I am not really a selfie kind-of-gal.  I do take a few photos of myself, but literally, have to go through hundreds to find the one I really like.  So I am sure you will understand when I tell you about one of the ...

October 2016

  • Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat -

    - October 31, 2016 Indonesia Travel can be one of the most adventurous things to do! Come along with me as I travel to Indonesia and explore Raja Ampat.Indonesia Travel: Raja Ampat Floating up to the stunningly gorgeous jetty at the Raja Ampat Dive Resort on Waigeo Island in West Papua, I knew I was in for a special treat. This was that kind of place, the epitome of a remote, exotic beach vacation. It takes hours and hours to get here, so most people ...

  • Travel to Indonesia to learn the Art of Batik -

    - October 24, 2016 Travel to Indonesia to learn the art of Batik. You will be mesmerized by this fascinating art form.   I noticed the wrinkles in his face as he stood mute, lips tightly pressed against each other with the skin on his neck muscles taut. He was a thin man, like the ones I typically see when I travel to Indonesia. He was demonstrating one part of the process of the art form of Batik, ...

  • Are You a Notorious Over-Packer? -

    - October 21, 2016 Are You a Notorious Over-Packer? Packing tips to make your trips go smooth.Let’s Turn You into a Packing Pro! So you are the person who always has four bags to everyone else’s one. You have a wardrobe change for every meal, every stop, and any situation you could fathom on your trip. Because of this, you probably didn’t have room in the car for all of your bags ...

  • An Off-Road Experince in Bandung, Indonesia -

    - October 17, 2016 Take a wild ride off-roading as you travel Bandung, Indonesia for the thrill of your life! Travel Bandung, Bandung Attractions, Bandung Tourist Attractions, Dusun Bambu, Bandung, IndonesiaTravel Bandung   Wisata Off-Road Adventure picked us up after lunch from Café Burangrang. We were at the unique leisure park, Dusun Bambu in Northern Bandung, Indonesia, where we had just had a relaxing lunch overlooking an amazing view of boats on a pond with thatched bungalows.     Travel Bandung The guides lead us down to the parking circle valet. One ...

  • Snorkeling with Beluga Whales in the Wild -

    - October 13, 2016 Snorkeling with Beluga Whales On day two of my trip to Churchill, the weather wasn’t as good as when I went kayaking with beluga whales the day before. It looked overcast and cold outside, but the guides decided that this was our only chance to do it: Go Snorkeling with Beluga Whales! I was actually going to get into ...

  • Kayaking with Beluga Whales -

    - October 10, 2016 Beluga Whales and MeMy Beluga whale day was gorgeous … relatively speaking for a Summer Artic adventure in Northern Manitoba, Canada with Lazy Bear Expeditions in Churchill on the Hudson Bay, to be exact. The weather was in the low 60’s, but the sun was shining!   We took the sea kayaks out for the day. Dragging mine behind me from ...

  • Cruise on the Europa 2 – The Most Luxurious Cruise Ship in the World -

    - October 5, 2016 I would like to introduce you to the world's most luxurious cruise ship. Come along with me as I cruise Europa 2.Cruise Europa 2 by Haplag-Lloyd I have heard and learned about many impressive amenities and services on a ship, but never had I seen the total package put together like the Europa2 by Haplag-Lloyd Cruises, a German-owned company. No wonder Berlitz Cruise Guide gave this cruise Europa2, the highest point combination possible in their most recent visit ...

September 2016

  • Gothenburg, Sweden: Gateway to the Islands -

    - September 25, 2016 Enjoy your time in Gothenburg, Sweden by spending a day walking around before you make your way to the outer bank islands.  I easily hopped the train from Stockholm to Gothenburg. I found multitudes of boys everywhere. They were in the parks, they were on the streets, they were on public transportation. They typically were in groups, with matching shirts and had smart phones in hand… playing Pokémon Go no doubt, as it had just been released ...

  • Radisson Blu Chicago Review + 30K Club Carlson Giveaway! -

    - September 20, 2016 As a Club Carlson Ambassador, I am delighted to create a quick getaway itinerary for the sparkling and wavy 81-story icon Aqua Tower Radisson Blu Hotel in Chicago!     Radisson Blu is Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s highest-end product and has amazing selections of hotels in Europe that I outlined in Four Reasons to visit a Club Carlson in ...

  • Wonderful Indonesia -

    - September 19, 2016 Come along with me as I prepare to go to wonderful Indonesia! From sand boarding to surfing to scuba diving and everything in between. Wakitobi, Indonesia, Wonderful IndonesiaIn less than 10 days, I will begin a “Trip of Wonders” in Indonesia and I am so excited. It is hard for me to hold my excitement in! I have never been here before, but looking so forward to this trip. Admittedly, my knowledge of Indonesia is limited. Indonesia to me it was like some far ...

  • Wanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey -

    - September 12, 2016 Come along with me as I wander through Istanbul, Turkey, one of the oldest and most exotic capitals cities in the world. #Istanbul #TurkeyWanderings Through Istanbul, Turkey   It is an early weekday morning as I stare out the window of my yellow taxi passing a multitude of red and blue celebration flags. No matter how often I visit exotic Istanbul, Turkey, I always feel like there is something majestic and mysterious about it.   Something wafting in the air that makes ...

  • An Honest TEP Wireless Review – What to Do When You Need a Good Internet Connection Abroad -

    - September 10, 2016 An Honest TEP Wireless Review – What to Do When You Need a Good Internet Connection AbroaAn Honest TEP Wireless Review – What to Do When You Need a Good Internet Connection Abroad In the time spent as a photographer traveling the world, perhaps the most problematic aspect has always been the lack of a proper Internet connection – an issue that I recently managed to resolve with the help of a ...

  • Beluga Whale and Polar Bear Safari: Churchill Manitoba -

    - September 9, 2016 Come along with me as I snorkel with Beluga whales and go on a safari with polar bears.Gliding in on the charter plane near Churchill Manitoba, I knew I was in for a treat of nature. The area was full of polar bears and beluga whales during its Arctic Summer in Canada’s Great White North. With over 3,000 Beluga whales migrating into the Hudson Bay and 1,000 Polar bears leaving the melting arctic ...

  • The Best Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Layover Options -

    - September 5, 2016 The Best Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Layover Options, Hilton Anatole, Texas, Asian Inspired Hilton HotelThe Best Dallas-Fort Worth Airport Layover Options Have you ever felt stuck at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport with a long layover and not known what to do?  Recently, I went to Dallas twice, once for a family wedding then again for the Travel Media Showcase. I got to thinking how easy it was to get to ...

  • Africa: Seduced by the Serengeti -

    - September 2, 2016 Seduced by the Serengeti, Africa, African Safari, the SerengetiSeduced by the Serengeti…THE SERENGETI When I sign on for the photo safari of the Serengeti in Tanzania with Popular Photographer’s EMentor Series, I picture myself a bit like Meryl Streep in the movie “Out of Africa”, dressed in khaki-colored safari clothing surveying those sweeping plains with lions and leopards roaming in the tall tawny-colored grass. As ...

August 2016

  • The Classic American Road Trip: Florida Keys  -

    - August 26, 2016 The Classic American Road Trip: Florida Keys, Sunset, Key WestI have often written about road trips around the “good old USA” and have enjoyed plenty of days on its highways. But one of my most enjoyable road trips is the road trip down the Florida archipelago. I was so excited when Expedia.com asked me to put together an article about one of America’s favorite ...

July 2016

  • Eating Amsterdam: Dutch Food -

    - July 20, 2016 Come along with Eating Amsterdam Tours: Dutch foodIf you would have asked me a month ago what I know about Dutch food, I would have answered in 4 words – Black licorice! Gouda cheese! Thankfully, my curiosity is always at peak level, so when the opportunity came up to get the skinny on what’s cooking in this region with Eating Amsterdam Tours, I was all ...

  • 10 Things to do in El Nido: Palawan, Philippines -

    - July 14, 2016 Palawan, Philippines, El Nido Resorts, Palawan El Nido, Palawan El Nido, Palawan Resorts, Philippines Tourism, limestone rocks, near Lagen IslandPalawan, Philippines: Palawan El Nido My arrival into Heaven on Earth: Palawan, Philippines was nothing short of spectacular! I have not seen such pure beauty in a tropical island setting in quite some time, but I do have to admit that I agree with Conde-Naste Traveler Magazine when they named Palawan, Philippines, also called Palawan El ...

  • Palawan, Philippines: El Nido Resorts -

    - July 8, 2016 Palawan, Philippines, El Nido Resorts, Palawan El Nido, Palawan El Nido, Palawan Resorts, Philippines Tourism, Palawan Airport, panga boat, bankga, outrigger Palawan, Philippines: She’s in heaven on earth at El Nido Resorts! Soaring near the landing airstrip at the Palawan Airport, I could see that other passengers eyes were glued to the tiny windows in the Air Swift charter flight out of Manila, Philippines. We flew over Mount Mantalingaian, the southern Philippine mountains and were soon dipping ...

  • Port Dickson Attractions – 5 Fun Things To Do -

    - July 1, 2016 Port Dickson Attractions, Port Dickson Beach, Malaysia, tropical, beach settingTravel to Malaysia Port Dickson Attractions This charming coastal town has everything from nature-based zoos and aquariums to historical monuments and lighthouses, as there are plenty of Port Dickson attractions to do. They also have many choices of hotels and resorts for you and your family to spend your holidays. Port Dickson, or fondly known as PD, ...

June 2016

  • Portrait of Southern France: Viking Tours -

    - June 28, 2016 Southern France, Viking Tours, French flowers, Lyon street scene, Viking River Cruises, Saone River“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter’s soul.” – Vincent Van Gogh The Rhone River in Southern France has taken a long journey to get here. It started its prolonged journey as a glacier high up in the Swiss Alps before making its way down to the Chaîne des Alpilles, a small ...

  • The Galapagos Islands: An Archipelago Like No Other on Earth -

    - June 23, 2016 The Galapagos Islands: An Archipelago Like No Other on Earth, Eclipse Yacht, Adventure Smith Explorations, Photo by PointsandTravel.com, Eclipse yacht, Adventure Smith ExplorationsAbout half the size of New Jersey, you may ask yourself why, according to geographical size, there are more unique species in the Galapagos Islands than any other place on earth? As you make your way to the Galapagos Islands via the Eclipse yacht booked by AdventureSmith Explorations, you will find that there are clues hidden ...

  • The Galapagos Islands – Birds of a Feather -

    - June 20, 2016 The Galapagos Islands, Birds of a Feather, Galapagos Finches, Galapagos Islands, Galápagos IslandsThe Galapagos Islands The Galapagos Islands are famous world-wide for the endemic Galapagos animals, in particularly, their fascinating birds of origin, many found nowhere else in the world! I was enamored by the variety of birds I saw on this trip booked through AdventureSmith Explorations, a small, intimate tour booking company that handles luxury accommodations on small ...

  • Unique Italian Gelato Culture -

    - June 14, 2016 Pizzo, Italy, Street scene Pizzo, Italy, south italy, Italian Gelato, Tartufo, Unique Italian Gelato CultureGelateria Artigianale Chez Toi Pizzo, Calabria; Italy 2016   I had only one purpose in mind on my recent visit to Pizzo. It may or may not have something to do with Italian Gelato, but I will tell you about that in a minute. Because first I want to tell you what it feels like when you walk into a southern ...

  • What to do in Oslo -

    - June 6, 2016 Travel What to do in Oslo, NorwayHow Cool is Oslo? It is artic cool!  It is totally cool! And it doesn’t matter when you visit, it just has that flair about it that not all European capital cities do. Sure it is cooler in the winter, but the summer is grand! I love Oslo and here are a few reasons why and what ...

May 2016

  • Venice of the East – Water Towns of China -

    - May 18, 2016 Come along to visit water towns of China, the Venice of the East. It was a photo of some old buildings reflected in a canal labeled “China water town” that caught my eye on Pinterest. I did a bit of sleuthing on the web and found out there are eight ancient water towns about 1-2 hours from Shanghai. When a trip to Thailand was materializing for me, I ...

  • 5 of the BEST things to do on the Monterey Peninsula -

    - May 12, 2016 Carmel Mission, Carmel, CaliforniaBy Cacinda Maloney The Northern California peninsula known as #Monterey is nothing short of spectacular. With its stunning natural beauty, charming, tourist atmosphere and beaches, I am sure you can easily spend 3-4 days enjoying the outdoor activities and exploring the area. Trying to whittle my list down to 5 of the BEST was quite a ...

  • The Serene Side of India – Kerala -

    - May 9, 2016 The Serene Side of India - Kerala, Best Places to Visit in KeralaBy Donnie Sexton Sometimes it’s a single photo that moves me to seek out a destination. When I came across a shot of Chinese fishing nets silhouetted against a setting sun in Fort Kochi, a city in the southern state of Kerala, India, I knew I needed to be there. I admit to having a love affair with ...

April 2016

  • A visit to Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico -

    - April 21, 2016 Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, MexicoDuring my recent trip to Oaxaca City with Cantimplora Travel, I had a chance to visit an interesting natural site not too far out of the city called Hierve el Agua, Oaxaca, Mexico. It is a petrified waterfall in what seems to be in the middle of nowhere in the state of Oaxaca! IS THAT THE ...

  • Things to do in Park City -

    - April 18, 2016 skiing, ski, park city, utahThings to do in Park City Park City is an easy ski destination to get to: Arrival into Salt Lake City, Utah comes easy and smooth. For once, you are happy that things are effortless and uncomplicated. The rental SUV is perfect for this family ski trip, as the sleek new Kia Serento arrives at the airport ...

  • Galapagos Islands – Here I come again! -

    - April 17, 2016 Galapagos Islands, sunsetI wanted to let you guys know about some exciting news in my upcoming travels… I will be returning to a place that is near and dear to my heart this month, in fact, I leave in just a few days. I am thrilled to announce that I am returning to the Galapagos Islands. I ...

  • Día del Niño – A Mexican Tradition -

    - April 7, 2016 Mexican Holiday, HERDEZ® Brand Día del NiñoHow will you be celebrating Día del Niño this year?  I love to cook with my ninos – Diego and Christian, to help celebrate them and in a small way, pass down some authentic Mexican traditions, even though they are not Mexican, but Chilean. Since we live in Arizona and have such a close connection to the ...

March 2016

  • Tall Tales: Dog Sledding in Montana -

    - March 28, 2016 Bigfork Basecamp, Montana The yelping was so loud, you would have thought something was on fire with all the commotion. As I slipped out of the all-wheel drive suburban truck, my snow boot landed on the slick white ice in the downpour of snow that had just begun. I stumbled and sort of stammered out of the truck ...

  • Oaxacan Mezcal and the Passion of One Man -

    - March 21, 2016 Oaxacan, mezcal, agave plant, maguey plantI was peering at him from the distorted window. His eyes smiled to his ears as I saw him wipe the sweat from his brow with the back of his wrist. He was ruggedly handsome, mid 50’s and had the roughness from years of manual labor. The lines on his face were deep and his ...

  • Flytographer: HIRE A LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER -

    - March 2, 2016 local photography, travel photos, family travel photos, flytographerFlytographer has taken vacation photography to a whole new level! I remember seeing a flyer in the lobby of the Hotel Del in Coronado years ago on a trip to California: HIRE A LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER: Our photographer will take your family photos on the beach in the beautiful sands of Coronado Beach, California. CALL (619) 867-5309 Many Years Later the sign ...

February 2016

  • Hotel Arts Barcelona – A Hotel Review -

    - February 26, 2016 Hotel Barcelona, Hotel Arts Barcelona – A Hotel ReviewA quick jaunt over to the Hotel Arts Barcelona, had me excited about all the hype I had been hearing regarding this 5 star Hotel. Someone even told me it was the most luxurious hotel in all of Europe! I was ready to find out if Hotel Barcelona was the one! Arriving via ground transportation on ...

  • Viking Star: Things to Know Before You Go -

    - February 24, 2016 Cassis, FranceA typical objective when choosing a cruise is to get the best “bang for your buck”or to get the best value out of the cruise. I wrote earlier about “Nine Easy Reasons Why You Should Take a Viking Ocean Cruise” and ‘value and pricing” was, of course, the first thing mentioned. Most people want to ...

  • Nine Easy Reasons Why You Should Take a Viking Ocean Cruise -

    - February 16, 2016 Ocean Cruise Line, Viking StarOne of the main things I write about besides adventure and culture is value luxury or let’s call it something we can all understand: smart luxury. Viking Ocean Cruise (better known for their river cruising) has developed a product that could not better describe what smart luxury is: the Romantic Mediterranean aboard the Viking Star ...

  • Travel Trend: Hire a Local Photographer -

    - February 7, 2016 The #1 Travel Trend for 2016: Hire a Local Photographer, Oaxaca Mexico beach,Travel with a private/personal photographer I am crazy excited to tell you about an upcoming adventure I am taking! I have decided try something totally different in the travel world and go off-the-beaten path this month with a private, local photographer and a small group from Cantimplora Travel. Why? So that I can put down my camera (well a ...

  • Ode to Barcelona’s Street Violinist -

    - February 2, 2016 Where to go in Barcelona, Gothic Quarter, Barcelona Spain, Catedral de Barcelona, Barcelona CathedralWhere to go in Barcelona I had arrived in the eclectic city of Barcelona, Spain, Madrid’s quirky half sister, which is best known for its modern, undulating architecture, tapas bars and a laid-back Mediterranean vibe. It was a quick pre-trip for the Viking Ocean Cruises yacht, Viking Star, with little pre-planning done on my part for this city ...

January 2016

  • Going Off Road thru Sedona, AZ with Pink Jeep Tours -

    - January 29, 2016 Cathedral Rock, Sedona, Arizona, Pink Jeep TourWhat better way to see Cathedral Rock and explore the red rocks of Sedona than to take a ride on the famous Pink Jeep Tour of Sedona?Pink Jeep Tours are a tour operator in the American Southwest that offers off road excursions and has been around since 1960! I was hoping my tour of Broken Arrow ...

  • Sedona’s Red Cathedral Rocks -

    - January 22, 2016 Cathedral Rock, Sedona Sedona’s cinematic red rocks had been flashing across our windshield for almost an hour. It was hard for the driver to keep her hands on the steering wheel due to the beauty at each turn in the road. My iPhone camera was going off every few minutes, regardless if it was a good shot or ...

  • Grand Velas: Raising The Bar on All-Inclusives -

    - January 8, 2016 Grand Velas, Riviera Maya, Mexico, luxury resortRaise the Bar: Achievement is largely the product of steadily raising one’s levels of aspiration and expectation ~Jack Nicklaus I was on my way to the Grand  Velas in the jungles of Mexico. I was hired to photograph the 10th anniversary of the Festival of Life and Death (Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead) ...

  • Ways to Lose Weight, Even While You Travel -

    - January 6, 2016 Grand Velas, Riviera Maya, Mexico, luxury resortIt’s that time of year again. The New Year has begun. I shared with you that formula I learned about on how to achieve your goals. I applied the formula for your travel New Year’s Resolutions and so now let’s apply it to something else: Weight! (Weight is B from the formula above) You need to get a desired clear ...

  • Behind the Scenes: Cancun Xcaret’s Espectacular -

    - January 4, 2016 Grand Velas, Riviera Maya, Mexico, luxury resortBy Cacinda Maloney Behind the Scenes: Cancun Xcaret’s One by one, they would climb the 17 dingy white stairs to the tiny crowded, dimly-lit room. They needed to get out of the sweltering heat and were dressed in the brightest blues, vibrant yellows and heart-stopping red colors. Never have I seen such a stunningly beautiful group of ...

December 2015

  • Travel Photos for 2015: Year End Review -

    - December 30, 2015 Travel PhotosTravel Photos for 2015: Year End Review I have come to realize that I don’t do anything half way. I love to travel, I love to work and I love taking travel photos, so when I put those things together to create PointsandTravel three and a half years ago, it turned into a business that was ...

  • How to Make Your New Year’s Resolution Happen -

    - December 29, 2015   How to achieve your goals: Every new year we have these New Year’s Resolutions that usually start out with great intentions, but within weeks or even months they fall to the wayside. Something always seems to get in the way of us reaching our goals. It is possible for two people to do many different things and both ...

  • Santa Fe Plaza: Where Cultures Collide -

    - December 28, 2015 Santa Fe Plaza, Things to do in Santa Fe, Santa Fe Art, adobeBy Cacinda Maloney Santa Fe Plaza: Where Cultures Collide On a breezy Saturday night in Santa Fe Plaza, a group of revelers in wobbly heels and party hats greet each other with kisses and hugs, ready to hit the town to ring in the New Year. Along with them, they have small flasks of mescal (law… no ...

  • Looking for Diamonds in the French Quarter -

    - December 23, 2015 New Orleans Cemetery, New Orlean, New Orleans Garden District, Garden District New OrleansBy Cacinda Maloney I was with my girlfriend over on Royal Street in the French Quarter at the diamond store. She’s from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, so when I sent her a message I would be visiting New Orleans and that I was looking for the best things to do in New Orleans and boutique hotels in New ...

  • New Orleans: Jazz, Weddings and Funerals -

    - December 21, 2015 New Orleans Cemetery, New Orlean, New Orleans Garden District, Garden District New OrleansBy Cacinda Maloney   “Oh when the saints go marching in! Oh, when the saints go marching in! Oh, I want to be in that number, when the saints go marching in…” – author unknown, made famous by Louie Armstrong and his orchestra in 1938. New Orleans: Jazz While in the French Quarter, I often heard this apocalyptic song ...

  • What to do in Missoula, MT -

    - December 19, 2015 What to do in Missoula, MTBy Cacinda Maloney Google put together a list of the Top Google Searches for 2015 in the Travel & Leisure Genre. I was interested in learning about what people search for in my travel professional world.  There were some unexpected searches in the top 10 for the USA, and many I knew the answers to, but I ...

  • Puerto Rico Attractions: A Dream Comes Alive -

    - December 17, 2015 Puerto Rico AttractionsBy Guest Travel Writer Kamilla Graham – She was born and raised in the desert valley of Phoenix, Arizona. She enjoys live music, good food, cold coffee, and exploring the many wonders the world has to offer with her husband and 5 small humans. Puerto Rico Attractions The “rich port” of Puerto Rico is a 5-star vacation destination filled with world-class attractions. Whether ...

  • Xel Ha, Mexico: Land Where the Water is Born -

    - December 17, 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Plopping into my clear plastic tube, I was ready for cool relief. It had been scorching and sweaty hot, as the temperatures soared to over 100 degrees for the last few days. I had come to the golden lands of Mexico. I was in search of the festivals surrounding the “Dia de los ...

  • Best Places to Visit in the World 2016 -

    - December 15, 2015 Best Places to Visit in the WorldBest Places to Visit in the World 2016 Written for Expedia By Dr. Cacinda Maloney “For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and there you will long to return.” – Leonardo da Vinci As a world traveler, I am constantly asked: “Where are the best places to ...

  • Las Posadas: A Mexican American Tradition -

    - December 9, 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Las Posadas: A Mexican American Tradition Do you know the story of Las Posadas? Posadas means “accommodations” in Spanish and Las Posadas is a Mexican tradition that has been celebrated for over 400 years. Its roots are in Catholicism, yet even Protestant Latinos follow the tradition. It is the nine-day journey of Mary and ...

  • Giving the Gift of Flipboard -

    - December 9, 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Giving the Gift of Flipboard: I found the perfect gift to give this holiday season! (And it is free!) At this point in my life, I am less materialistic and more into experiences. This gift will give your loved ones an experience that they can navigate through on their phone or their computer. I love ...

  • Train Travel: My Ride on the Rocky Mountaineer -

    - December 2, 2015 Train Travel, Canada, Luxury train, train ride, Rocky MountaineerBy Cacinda Maloney Quietly, I sat alone in the train station waiting in the brightly lit station. I had arrived too early and had plenty of time to wait. Slowly I put my head back and with my eyes closed, I imagined the majestic train rolling into the station. Train travel had always been fascinating to ...

November 2015

  • Things to do in Newport Beach, California -

    - November 25, 2015 Things to do in Newport Beach, CaliforniaBy Cacinda Maloney Known as a hip, trendy and wealthy beach town in Southern California, Newport Beach has over 10 miles of Orange County’s best beaches on the Pacific Ocean! If you are looking to go somewhere this winter, make it Newport Beach, as there are so many amazing things to see and do. Part of living ...

  • Old City Jerusalem: Israel And The Dance of Death -

    - November 23, 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Holding back my tears, thinking of the fear of the walking dead, I open my eyes wide and listen closely, trying to grasp the subject. It’s complicated. I have landed in God’s country, the land where it all began: Jerusalem, Israel, or as some call it Palestine. No matter what you call it, ...

  • Postcards to a Little Boy : Holocaust Memorial -

    - November 16, 2015 Holocaust Memorial, Israel MuseumBy Cacinda Maloney As I enter the Holocaust Memorial, an Israel Museum in Jerusalem, I am overwhelmed with it as a space. The Israel Museum has a well thought-out architecture that leads you down the path of the Jews during the holocaust, which is a horrific time in our world’s history. The triangular shaped Holocaust Memorial ...

  • Memories of Santorini Island -

    - November 9, 2015 Santorini Island, visit greece, fira santoriniBy Dr. Cacinda Maloney I had dipped my toes in the crisp, cool water and squealed with excitement, as the yacht sailed away. I couldn’t believe this moment had finally arrived. It was how I had dreamed about it a thousand times before. This was where I wanted to be on the day I turned a ...

  • Fly Me To Paris Giveaway -

    - November 3, 2015 Fly Me to ParisBy Cacinda Maloney Paris, Je T’aime My first rendezvous with Paris blossomed into a lasting love affair.  I will never forget walking those streets and staring up at that Eiffel for the very first time. Few cities are so amazing as to have celebrities, artists and writers try to capture her essence through their prose. Fly Me to ...

October 2015

  • Finding a Flea Market in South France -

    - October 28, 2015 Fly Me to ParisBy Cacinda Maloney Somehow flea markets in South France seem to have all the flair! Pretty much the same as the French do when it comes to everything, like food, language and chic style. I ask myself, “How is this possible?” I have been to a few flea markets in my life, but I have never quite ...

  • Let the Romance Begin in South France -

    - October 26, 2015 Let the Romance Begin in South France By Cacinda Maloney Bonjour! Won’t you come with me to Provence in the South of France? Don’t blame Southern France; they just can’t help themselves with their lavender filled shops (I didn’t see any fields!), hilltop villages, old churches and their seductively gorgeous coastline. Heck, even the Vatican transplanted to Provence ...

  • What to do in Key West -

    - October 20, 2015 What to do in Key West, Florida, vintage postcardBy Cacinda Maloney I recently spent some time in Florida. It had been years since I had gone down to “the Keys” during my college days. I had fond memories of riding bikes along the historic sea port area and sipping drinks in a Hemingway bar… briefly remember visiting his home and his 6 toed cats, ...

  • Should I get Travel Insurance? -

    - October 16, 2015 Louie Vuitton LuggageBy Cacinda Maloney I posted this on PointsandTravel’s Facebook Page the other day:   And I received these comments: Which got me to thinking. I really should write an article about travel insurance and why it is important to have it. Many people ask themselves before a big trip: Should I get Travel Insurance? And I can tell you, the answer ...

  • Thermes Spa, Monte Carlo, Monaco -

    - October 8, 2015 Thermes SpaBy Cacinda Maloney My ticket said “Experience Sunshine Riviera” – Thermes Spa of Monte Carlo, which, after some research, I found out was Monte Carlo’s state-of-the-art spa in Monaco, overlooking the Mediterranean Sea directly accessible from the Hotel de Paris Monaco  and the Hermitage Monaco. Upon arrival to this glorious place, I received two instructions in English with ...

  • 4 Reasons to Stay at Carlson Hotels in France -

    - October 7, 2015 French Blue, Radisson Blu MarseilleBy Cacinda Maloney When it comes to making a decision about where to stay when you are planning your trips to Europe, one thing that I always look for is consistency within the brand. I have traveled every six weeks of my life for over 20+ years and so I have stayed in my share of ...

  • In the Lap of Luxury – The Rocky Mountaineer Train -

    - October 5, 2015 Rocky Mountaineer TrainBy Cacinda Maloney The Luxury Rocky Mountaineer Train When searching for the most over-the-top, fantastic experience in luxury train travel, I knew that the Rocky Mountaineer train was the place to start. Especially since it is the largest privately owned, luxury tourist train in the world. I was ready to see what they had to offer on ...

  • Findery – The Best Travel App -

    - October 2, 2015 The Best Travel AppBy Cacinda Maloney The Best Travel App It is not very often that I write about a travel app that makes your life easier and it a lot of fun.  In fact, this is the very first time I have ever written about an application used for travel. I am so excited to be a part of ...

September 2015

  • I’ve Got the French Blues -

    - September 28, 2015 French Blue, Arles FranceI’ve Got The French Blues By Cacinda Maloney “There is no blue without yellow and without orange.” — Vincent Van Gogh I dream in color, vivid dreams of French Blue that swirl around in my head. Imagine an artist’s brush, dipping first in the dark tones of blue and then in the lighter ones and smearing them onto ...

  • Salamanca Spain and its Small Luxury Hotel: Hacienda Zorita -

    - September 24, 2015 Small luxury hotel By Kerwin McKenzie of Cruising Altitude  – One can typically find Kerwin flying all over the world, having taken an early absence from his airline job, he now travels even more frequently.  I believe even I have seen him in more than 5 countries!  He most graciously agreed to go on a trip for PointsandTravel ...

  • Iceland Excursions -

    - September 19, 2015 Iceland ExcursionsBy Cacinda Maloney Have you ever dreamed of going on a few Iceland Excursions?  Recently I have been thinking seriously about the destinations that I want to see in the upcoming travel year. Having traveled to 17 countries in 2014 and already 16 countries this year, I have narrowed down my searches and for some reason Iceland ...

  • 15 Photos To Make You Pack Your Bags For Southern France -

    - September 16, 2015 Southern FranceÉglise St Pierre or Church of St Pierre, Avignon, France 15 Photos To Make You Pack Your Bags For Southern France Gliding down the Rhone River, I couldn’t wait for my first stop in Southern France. A quick jaunt across the bridge and I had entered an ancient walled-city that at one time had been surrounded by a ...

  • Easy Healthy Meals Delivered To Your Doorstep -

    - September 15, 2015 Easy Healthy MealsBy Cacinda Maloney Comments Traveling Moms get every day from others: I like to think that since I am a mother and a wife, that I take care of my family, even when I am on the road! What does world traveler Dr. Cacinda Maloney do when she is on the road? Having traveled to 17 countries in ...

  • Journey Through Champagne France -

    - September 9, 2015 Champagne, FranceBy Cacinda Maloney Journey through Champagne France I found that in only a quick jaunt from Paris, in the Champagne France region that borders Burgundy, there lies a tiny slice of heaven known as Essoyes. According to his son Jean Renoir, “There is no other place like it in the whole wide world. There I spent the ...

  • Boredom Busters: 4 Life Hacks to Break Life’s Dullness -

    - September 8, 2015 Bordom BustersBy Cacinda Maloney 4 Life Hacks to Break Life’s Dullness: #LifeHacktoBoredom It’s easy to get bored with your day-to-day, but sometimes all you need is the crunch of something new! Travel: Plan a trip When you are busy planning a trip, you do not have moments to think about how bored you are, because you need to spend time working ...

August 2015

  • Berlin Graffiti – Photo Collage -

    - August 31, 2015 Berlin Wall GraffitiBy Cacinda Maloney Berlin Graffiti I have a hard time with the city of Berlin and have expressed my views quite frequently, but that does not mean that I do not want to go back, in fact, I do.  After looking over some photographs of  Berlin Wall graffiti, I thought I would share a photo collage of ...

  • Sea Plane to Fort Jefferson -

    - August 26, 2015 Fort JeffersonBy Cacinda Maloney Fort Jefferson I wake before dawn with anticipation of the day that is to follow. After all, it’s not every day you get to visit a remote tropical island with a moat-encircled abandoned fort: Fort Jefferson! My eyelids are matted and stuck to each other as I roll over again and push the alarm. This ...

  • Cultural Tourism in Guatemala -

    - August 15, 2015 Cultural Tourism: Chichicastenango, GuatemalaBy Cacinda Maloney Cultural Tourism Chichicastenango, Guatemala Chichicastenango is an indigenous village lying on the crest of the northern volcanoes in Guatemala. It is at an altitude of almost 2000 meters (6500 feet) and is especially busy during market days which are held every Thursday and Sunday. The market days are a hustle and bustle atmosphere unlike anything ...

  • Great Railway Journeys – Rocky Mountaineer -

    - August 7, 2015 Great Railway JourneysGreat Railway Journeys A Train Ride Across Canada, Is it right for you? The answer for me: YES! By Cacinda Maloney Earlier this year, I was the eager guest of Rocky Mountaineer, one of the World’s greatest railway journeys. I was on board their route from Vancouver to Banff in the Canadian Rockies. There are many different train routes ...

  • Things to do in Guatemala -

    - August 3, 2015 Things to do in GuatemalaBy Cacinda Maloney   Things to do in Guatemala She thought about why she was going to visit Guatemala. What are the things to do in Guatemala? What was the pull, the attraction? What was it that intrigued her so much? Her heart had understood something that her brain couldn’t understand as she embarked on this journey to Central ...

July 2015

  • Christian Pilgrimage: Lithuania Hill of Crosses -

    - July 23, 2015 Lithuania Restores its Old Rugged Cross for a Crown: Lithuania Hill of CrossesChristian pilgrimage Lithuania Restores its Old Rugged Cross for a Crown By Cacinda Maloney Once there, I didn’t want to leave. Lithuania’s Hill of Crosses: its’ magnetic pull drew me in. Christian Pilgrimage It had been slightly raining, with an on/off drizzle all morning. I was excited to finally arrive at “The Hill” after our driver had gotten us lost ...

  • Half Moon Jamaica -

    - July 17, 2015 Half Moon JamaicaHalf Moon Jamaica, A Review By Cacinda Maloney Far up ahead, I could see the majestic black wrought iron gates that would soon open up into a wealthy man’s grand tropical paradise. For me, I only wanted some down time to relax having already visited 12 countries this year at that point (and it was only May ...

  • Rasta Man, I love Sandals Ochi Rios, Jamaica -

    - July 7, 2015 All inclusive value-luxury resort in JamaicaSandals Resort – Ochi Rios By Cacinda Maloney “Yippee!” That was all I heard my son say when Romeo introduced himself to us and extended his gloved right hand. We shook hands and he escorted us onto what would be essentially our ride from one of the main areas of the resort in a private golf cart to ...

  • Rocky Mountaineer Train -

    - July 3, 2015 Rocky Mountaineer: The World’s Greatest TripBy Cacinda Maloney Rocky Mountaineer Train National Geographic once called Rocky Mountaineer Train one of the “World’s Greatest Trips.” Rocky Mountaineer Train My personal story about Rocky Mountaineer Train: My Dad is a car guy, he still is. I believe once a car guy, always a car guy. Any extra money he had was always spent in that direction or anything related ...

  • The Most Charming Walled City in Spain -

    - July 1, 2015 The Most Charming Walled City in SpainThe Most Charming Walled City in Spain By Guest Travel Writer: Kerwin McKenzie Are you a fan of walled cities? If you are, then you should head to Avila, Spain in the Castilla y Leon (Castles and Lions) province of Spain. Located just about an hour and a half drive from the Madrid Bajaras airport, it’s a city waiting ...

June 2015

  • Marlin Fishing in Guatemala -

    - June 26, 2015 Discover Boating and Fishing in GuatemalaBy Cacinda Maloney Marlin Fishing Looking out over the sparking deep blue water, I thought I had seen him far in the distance. He and I had been fighting for a while. With every pull and spin my arms were getting tired, yet he did seem to be getting stronger, as he approached the marlin fishing boat. Suddenly, ...

  • The Bremen Town Musicians – Riga, Lativa -

    - June 22, 2015 The Bremen Town Musicians Statue - Riga, LativaThe Bremen Town Musicians – Riga, Lativa By Cacinda Maloney “What the heck is that?” was my first reaction when seeing the Bremen Town Musicians Statue in Riga, Latvia. “When you come across something like this, there always has to be a backstory”. If you go around the back of the St. Peter’s Church on Skarnu Street between St. ...

  • Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine near Trakai Castle in Lithuania -

    - June 17, 2015 Baptized by Earth, Fire, and Wine in LithuaniaBy Cacinda Maloney   “We are here to not only celebrate a successful sail and landing, but to baptize you with Earth, Fire and Wine!” Say what? We landed with a bump, but then we were airborne again and we slowly tipped over. Horizontally, I lay there with green sprigs of grass and dirt touching my cheeks. I was ...

  • Top 7 Things to do in Riga, Latvia -

    - June 12, 2015 Top 7 Things to do in Riga, LatviaTop 7 Things to do in Riga, Latvia By Cacinda Maloney As I continue my series of articles about the Baltic Capitals, the next one I am writing about is Riga, Latvia. You have probably never even considered Latvia as a destination, and that is OK. I hope to change your mind after you read this article ...

  • Tallinn, Estonia – Vibrant Capital On the Shores of the Baltic Sea -

    - June 9, 2015 Tallinn, Estonia – Vibrant Capital On the Shores of the Baltic SeaTallinn, Estonia  By Cacinda Maloney Tallinn, Estonia is a vibrant, medieval city sitting right dab on the shores of the Baltic Sea in Northern Europe. With her old world charms, you will be glad you visited her during the post-Soviet era to see how she has evolved since the USSR dissolved in 1991. Back then, she was ...

  • Tear Down That Wall – Freedom for the Baltics -

    - June 8, 2015 Tear Down That Wall - Freedom for the BalticsBy Cacinda Maloney Tear Down That Wall – Freedom for the Baltics “General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization, come here to this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, “Tear down this wall!” I remember this exact comment made by American President ...

  • A Day Trip From Barcelona, Spain – Colonia Güell And Gaudi’s Crypt -

    - June 5, 2015 A day trip from Barcelona, Spain – Colonia Güell and Gaudi’s CryptBy Cacinda Maloney A Day Trip From Barcelona, Spain – Colonia Güell and Gaudi’s Crypt My Grandfather, John Clark, was born in a tiny hospital in a small town in Texas back in 1898. At that same time, halfway around the world, there was an artist who had been asked by his friend to build a place ...

  • Exclusive Luxury Cava and Wine Tour In Spain -

    - June 2, 2015 Exclusive Luxury Cava and Wine Tour In SpainBy Cacinda Maloney Exclusive Luxury Cava and Wine Tour In Spain If there is one thing I love about my travels, it is the architecture that I get to see in different countries. I love to see the shape and form of places and how families live within them. I am fascinated by texture and old world ...

May 2015

  • 7 Things You Will NOT See on Your Train Trip Across the Canadian Rockies -

    - May 30, 2015 7 Things You will NOT see on your trip across the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer!By Cacinda Maloney 7 Things You will NOT see on your trip across the Canadian Rockies with Rocky Mountaineer!  Suburbs, nope, not a single one of them, those mini cities attached to the giant one. I looked and looked, but there wasn’t one in sight. Slowly over time after leaving the train station, you will leave those ...

  • Listening to Silence – Jordan by Night -

    - May 21, 2015 Listening to Silence - Jordan by NightListening to Silence – Jordan by Night By Cacinda Maloney We were in the van for what seemed like hours. Gazing out the window, I noted how the landscape was changing and soon it felt as if civilization was slowly creeping away. Dana National BioPreserve in the lands of Jordan’s desert was vast and diverse. Occasionally, I ...

  • What is it really like on an Ecoventura yacht in the Galapagos? -

    - May 13, 2015 What is really like on an Ecoventura yacht in the Galapagos?What is it really like on an Ecoventura yacht in the Galapagos? By Cacinda Maloney Moist, breezy air flows thru my Michael Kors bathing suit cover-up made of an animal print design, as I am squint my eyes looking at the sky on the yacht’s top deck. I am lying here trying to decide what to tell ...

  • A Medieval Gem: Schlossle Hotel – Tallinn, Estonia -

    - May 8, 2015 A Medieval Gem: Schlossle Hotel – Tallinn, Estonia Photo courtesy Schlossle HotelA Medieval Gem: Schlossle Hotel – Tallinn, Estonia By Cacinda Maloney Built into the existing facade from the 13th century, I found my medieval gem at the Schlossle Hotel’s “cave room” and immediately got into relaxation mode. As I swung open the heavy door, I was able to find paradise waiting inside after my long journey from ...

  • “Wild on the Water” Carnival Raft Race in Schramberg, Germany -

    - May 3, 2015 Guide to celebrating Carnival in Schramberg, GermanyBy Cacinda Maloney Da-Bach-na-Fahrt Raft Race, going “Wild on the Water!” For Carnival, there is another major event in Schramberg, Germany other than the parade that is not located on the streets, but instead located on the river. It is tub rafting called the Da-Bach-na-Fahrt Raft Race, literally going “wild on water”. Wobbly constructed, homemade rafts maneuver the best way ...

April 2015

  • Explore the Champagne Houses in Reims and Enjoy the Good Life -

    - April 20, 2015 Explore the Champagne Houses in Reims and Enjoy the Good LifeExplore the Champagne Houses in Reims and enjoy the good life By Cacinda Maloney “Paris is Paris.” – Cacinda Maloney “Paris is always a good idea.” – Audrey Hepburn “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.”  – Oscar Wilde But sometimes, you need to get out of Paris, France and I have just the place for you to visit: Reims, ...

  • Champagne France and Its Tiny Bubbles -

    - April 20, 2015 Tiny Bubbles in the Countryside of France: ChampagneChampagne France and Its Tiny Bubbles Champagne Region By Cacinda Maloney I spotted him as he came through the stone-white door carrying a giant, sparkling tuba (sousaphone) high upon his back. He was with his friends: the saxophone and the tenor sax. They were casually walking down the street as I entered the museum of Cogevi-Collet Champagne House ...

  • The Top Things To Do In Jordan -

    - April 13, 2015 The Top Things To Do In Jordan, Wadi RumHave you ever wondered what the top things to do in Jordan are? By Cacinda Maloney Go see Petra – Of course, everyone already know this already. But I will tell you again: “Go see Petra!” Petra is the rock-cut city and cave system that is famous for its architecture and water canal system. It is also famous ...

  • Guide to celebrating Carnival in Schramberg, Germany -

    - April 6, 2015 Guide to celebrating Carnival in Schramberg, GermanyBy Cacinda Maloney The anticipation was thick in the air when we arrived mid morning for our very first peek deep into Germany’s Black Forest where Carnival comes alive! Not the Carnival you may be thinking of with drunkenness and bead throwing like in New Orleans, but a traditional type that has been going for centuries. ...

March 2015

  • Carnival – Enchanting Creatures Lurking in the Black Forest part 2 -

    - March 31, 2015 Carnival - Enchanting creatures lurking in the Black ForestBy Cacinda Maloney Carnival in the Black Forest of Germany (Part 1 link) Snap, Whip, Crack! The parade has begun with over 4000 “fools” who have gathered at the entrance to the old Black Gate and make their way down the parade route. The characters of the Black Forest begin to come alive as they perform a slow, ...

  • Carnival – Enchanting creatures lurking in the Black Forest -

    - March 30, 2015 Carnival - Enchanting creatures lurking in the Black ForestBy Cacinda Maloney Carnival Black Forest Germany Ding, Ding, Ding! “What was that?”                 I hear it again. Ding, Ding, Ding! I glance over at the clock in the pitch-black hotel room and try to remember where I am. “It is 5 am!” I have been on a whirlwind tour of the Black Forest in Germany and being suddenly awakened by a ...

  • And I am off to Jordan! -

    - March 13, 2015 And I am off to Jordan: Petra, JordanBy Cacinda Maloney And I am off to Jordan! With the changing angles of the sun, the desert displays dramatic rose red colors in the sand. For some moments I am blinded.  But once I am able to regain my clear sight, I spot him in the distance.  He is sitting quietly with what appears to be ...

  • Amazing Race across Mystery Destinations in the World -

    - March 12, 2015 Amazing Race across Mystery Destinations in the WorldBy Cacinda Maloney I don’t know about you, but since the television show Amazing Race came out, I was glued to the DVR recordings with my oldest son.  We couldn’t wait to sit down together and watch the show to see the filmmakers give us a front row seat to the world.  We have watched many ...

  • Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa -

    - March 11, 2015 Through the eyes of a Galapagos GringaBy Cacinda Maloney Through the eyes of a Galapagos Gringa Maybe it is just an urban legend to spook tourist from visiting this tiny island in the center of Galapagos, far out in the Pacific Ocean. But from the look in the deckhand’s eyes, it was as real as if he saw her himself. The way his ...

  • An ancient city in Sri Lanka: Sigiriya -

    - March 9, 2015 Sri Lanka’s ancient city: SigiriyaBy Cacinda Maloney An ancient city in Sri Lanka:  Sigiriya Landing in Colombo, I had no idea what riches lie in front of me. Sri Lanka sounded to this American Girl like an exotic, far-off land. This trip for me was intriguing and mysterious all at the same time. Any country’s UNESCO World Heritage sites are always ...

  • Sounds from the Black Forest, Germany -

    - March 3, 2015 Sounds from the Black Forest, Germany: Cuckoo ClocksBy Cacinda Maloney Sounds from the Black Forest, Germany  I bring you sounds from the Black Forest, Germany: Cuckoo, Cuckoo, Cuckoo! Deep in Germany’s Black Forest is where fairy tales were born. The Brothers Grimm stories came alive during my recent visit here, where traditions and customs are still very much alive. I actually saw Cinderella herself, as well ...

February 2015

  • Black Forest, Germany’s Traditional Bollenhut Hat -

    - February 27, 2015 Black Forest, Germany’s Traditional Bollenhut HatBy Cacinda Maloney Have you heard of Black Forest, Germany’s traditional Bollenhut Hat? I hadn’t either until my first visit there. Once you see it, you will be very curious about it, as it is quite unusual. People all over the world who have been to the Black Forest know the hat as it is both a ...

  • Four Seasons Scottsdale – Deep in the Heart -

    - February 23, 2015 Four Seasons Scottsdale – Deep in the HeartFour Seasons Scottsdale – Deep in the Heart By Cacinda Maloney Nestled in the foothills of the High Sonoran Desert, yet tucked up near the trails of the Pinnacle Peak Mountain lies the Four Seasons Scottsdale, which I call “deep in the heart” of Scottsdale. During the drive up to the Seasons, you realize that the environment ...

  • What to do in Telluride, CO – A Winter’s Tale -

    - February 19, 2015 Things to do in Telluride, CO - a winter's tale“What to do in Telluride, CO – A Winter’s Tale” By Cacinda Maloney Spending the day all curled up next to the fireplace and periodically taking a gander out my picture window, I knew I had to finally just bundle up and get out there. I hate how sometimes I just have a hard time getting started. ...

  • Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos -

    - February 11, 2015 Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos  By Cacinda Maloney Post Office Bay, Floreana, Galapagos  – Literally hundreds of stories start and end right here at the Galapagos Post Office. Written by those who have experienced the Galapagos Islands, there is a tiny spot on Floreana Island, where since the 19th century, whalers have kept a wooden barrel for mail at Post Office Bay. ...

  • Swanky Library Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland -

    - February 9, 2015 B2 Hotel + Spa Zurich, SwitzerlandSwanky Library Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland B2 Hotel + Spa Zurich, Switzerland, a swanky library hotel, Zurich, Switzerland By Cacinda Maloney Coming off a week of touring in Europe, I needed a place to relax. I know, there is no feeling sorry for me, the “non-stop traveler” by choice, but it is harder than you think at times! I ...

  • 10 Things to do in Amsterdam -

    - February 4, 2015 Amsterdam, NetherlandsBy Cacinda Maloney 10 Things to do in Amsterdam From its world-class art museums to its floating flower markets, the city of Amsterdam is reinventing itself from its hedonistic side to now focusing on its rich artistic heritage. I put together this list of 10 things to do in Amsterdam, so that you will not miss a ...

January 2015

  • What are viking river cruises like? -

    - January 28, 2015 What are Viking River Cruises like?By Cacinda Maloney What are Viking River Cruises like? Let’s peak thru the window with fascination and find out. The day I received the invitation, I was so happy as a travel journalist and Instagrammer.  I was ready to take on the challenge of experiencing every detail of the Viking River Cruises.  But, what are Viking River Cruises ...

  • The Charming side of St Augustine FL -

    - January 23, 2015 St Augustine FLBy Cacinda Maloney This was the third stop on a road trip from Savannah GA down thru St. Simon Island and then on to St. Augustine, FL. I loved this road trip and it is easy to do. As you know, I fell in love with Savannah, enjoyed the beaches of St Simon Island and told ...

  • Florida Roadside attractions: “Kitschy” St Augustine -

    - January 19, 2015 The prettiest street in St. Augustine, FL in front of the Fountain of Youth.By Cacinda Maloney As the oldest city in the United States, St. Augustine is rich in history, architecture and charm, yet it still has those “kitschy” Florida roadside attractions that Florida is famous for. With places like Flagler College (yes, a college can be a tourist attraction!) to Castillo de San Marcos Fort, it is a ...

  • Things to do in Savannah -

    - January 15, 2015 Savannah, GeorgiaUpdated March 2016 By Cacinda Maloney Get yourself into that Southern mood, the sweet sickness that is Savannah’s lure. I call it le mal doux, which is French for “the sweet sickness”. How? You ask? Read or see the movie Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, before you take on the task of visiting Savannah, Georgia. You remember it? It ...

  • Elephant Safari -

    - January 8, 2015 Elephant Safari, photo courtesy of Hai Huynh of NotesofNomad.comUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Elephant Safari Crowded in the back of a forest green jeep with the top down, I was hanging onto the metal bars of the truck.  Slight breezes touched my face in the muggy weather when suddenly light droplets began to fall from the sky.  Crouching down into the vinyl black seat below ...

  • Pure Bliss: Kurumba, Maldives -

    - January 5, 2015 Kurumba, MaldivesBy Cacinda Maloney The airport was scarce as I looked around at the almost empty room for the late night flight and I think there was only myself and one other American couple in the blindingly white light airport waiting room with my ticket to paradise sweating in the palm of my hand. Finally they called ...

  • Points&Travel: My Year in Review 2014 -

    - January 1, 2015 Montestigliano, Tuscany, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney As 2014 screeches to an end, I’ve stopped for a few moments, sitting in my cabin in the woods in Telluride, Colorado with light drizzles of snow outside as seen thru my picture window, to reflect on the year that it has been. I am overflowing with gratitude and joy for what I ...

  • A Backpack with a twist: Mindshift 180 Rotational Travel Away -

    - January 1, 2015 MindShift 's Backpack photo courtesy of MindShiftBy Cacinda Maloney Ok, that’s it, I have finally decided that I am a backpack junkie. I practically won’t travel anywhere without one. They don’t have that sheik luxury look that I like, but they are so functional that I just can’t get past this very fact. As a travel writer/blogger and now Instagrammer (my account ...

December 2014

  • Shed the Layers, Keep the Warmth: Sporthill 3SP Callaghan Skinny Pant -

    - December 31, 2014 Telluride, COBy Cacinda Maloney Gearing up for Telluride, CO, I was looking for that perfect pair of ski/athletic pants that actually fit me right. I am shorter than the average America woman and so when I found the Sporthill brand, I was excited that it came in petite sizes. Length of pants are always a problem for ...

  • What to Pack for a Ski Week in Telluride, CO -

    - December 27, 2014 Near Telluride/Durango, COBy Cacinda Maloney What to bring?  What will I wear?  What to leave home.  Those are the questions I attempt to answer as I make a ski week packing list.  I try to be a “carry-on” only luggage person, but sometimes I even fail at this attempt, so for me it does matter how long you ...

  • Hansel and Gretel’s Black Forest near Breisach, Germany -

    - December 26, 2014 Black Forest, Germany (Schluvchsee)By Cacinda Maloney It was a foggy morning and we had all gotten up early to catch the bus to go into the Black Forrest in Germany’s southwest state of Baden-Wurttemberg, near Bavaria. Along the way we saw many church steeples and stork nests, with one in particular that had its own stork webcam for your ...

  • Best Christmas Markets in Europe -

    - December 22, 2014 Zurich, Switzerland Chocolate ShopBy Cacinda Maloney Updated August 2015 Best Christmas Markets in Europe I had heard about the best Christmas markets in Europe for years, but wanted to find out for myself what they were like. I had no idea what to expect. Now I know and I can share with you the best Christmas markets in Europe on the ...

  • Basel, Switzerland Christmas Markets -

    - December 19, 2014 Basel, Switzerland Store WindowBy Cacinda Maloney BEWARE: THIS ARTICLE IS PHOTO HEAVY as I love photographing anything Christmas! It was my first day of arrival into Switzerland and I could not wait to get the Christmas Market tour under way. Arrival into the small city of Basel was fast and cheap on the train from Zurich. Basel is located where ...

  • A Love Letter to Strasbourg, France for Christmas -

    - December 17, 2014 Strasbourg, France Christmas MarketsBy Cacinda Maloney The wind was whirling around as I stepped off the bus, cold air striking my cheeks causing me to take a deep breath. I buttoned up my jacket around my neck and tucked in my scarf. Even though it was freezing cold, it was a day I had looked forward to my whole ...

  • Christmas Market Cruise – A Dream Come True -

    - December 4, 2014 Twas the Night Before ChristmasBy Cacinda Maloney This poem, which as been called “arguably the best –known verses ever written by an American” describes perfectly the way she felt. Staring at the words on the page, she could hardly believe it, almost like a visit from Santa himself. But yet, there it was: You have been invited… on a Viking River Christmas ...

  • Experience Norway’s Northern Lights -

    - December 1, 2014 Northern Lights in Norway http://ooh.li/1047f24Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Norway’s Northern Lights He sat softly in the cold white snow as the mysterious hovering orbs of light surrounded him and he stared in awe from the sight that has been happening in this country for more than a century.  Particularly puzzling to him is the wide variety of different lights that ...

November 2014

  • Georgia’s Golden Oldies: St. Simons Island -

    - November 28, 2014 St. Simons Island, GeorgiaBy Cacinda Maloney A flicker of light caught my eye, as I squinted in the stark sun to look at miles and miles of sandy brown coastline with its sprigs of green grass. Standing there with my toes in the sand and looking both ways up and down the beach, I saw only a few people ...

  • 24 hours in Colombo, Sri Lanka -

    - November 24, 2014 Flowers, Colombo, Sri LankaBy Cacinda Maloney 24 hours in Colombo, Sri Lanka Upon my arrival in the Northern Indian Ocean to the ancient city of Colombo, Sri Lanka, a weird thing happened.  Although I had missed almost two nights sleep getting there, somehow the jet lag worked itself out and I was able to tour the city in the afternoon ...

  • Wine me, Dine me and Spa: Hyatt Scottsdale, AZ -

    - November 11, 2014 Spa Avania at Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort - Gainey RanchBy Cacinda Maloney Living in a resort town, I know that when I am home I sure enjoy a “staycation” to relax from all the traveling that I do. I am lucky in that I have so many great choices to choose from here in the Scottsdale/Phoenix metroplex. Recently, I had a chance to try out ...

  • Milford, PA: At the Crossroads for East Coast Vacationers -

    - November 7, 2014 Grey Towers, Milford, PABy Cacinda Maloney Coming around the backside and corner of the Hotel Fauchere, I entered going down the stairs and thru the back door. Unbeknownst to me, I came at it all wrong and should have entered thru its glorious navy-blue double French front doors with red and white striped awnings out in front and even ...

  • Gateway to the Pocono Mountains: Jim Thorpe, PA -

    - November 3, 2014 Jim Thorpe, PA USABy Cacinda Maloney From the Philadelphia airport I ventured off to Poconos, PA where I was in for a treat on the lovely grounds of The Inn at Pocono Manor, who treated my travel group to amazing autumn-inspired drinks, hors d’oeuvres and a sit-down dinner of encrusted almond lamb chops, filet mignon and lobster. They laid out ...

October 2014

  • Native American Wisdom – Sheraton Wild Horse Pass -

    - October 21, 2014 Sheraton Wild Horse Pass, Phoenix, AZBy Cacinda Maloney If there is one thing you need to know about Arizona, it is that it is beautiful. Not Italy beautiful, but desert beautiful… beauty in its own way. The purple hue of the mountains against the colors of the desert make for a landscape all its own, one that reminds you of the ...

  • Granite Rocx – Tahoe Backpack Review -

    - October 20, 2014 Arches National Park, Mohab, UTBy Cacinda Maloney I wrote a review about luggage and backpacks for my travels here, but wanted to do a complete review of one of the backpack featured known as Granite Roxc – The Tahoe Backpack. As a travel writer/blogger and photographer, I need to have luggage and backpacks that are versatile and I use different ...

  • Luggage and backpack review from a Travel Writer -

    - October 17, 2014 Granite Rocx Tahoe BackpackBy Cacinda Maloney Luggage and backpack review One of the things that has changed the most over the years with my travel is how much and what I take with me.   Today my goal is to pack less, which is easier said than done, but here I will try to outline some of the luggage gear ...

  • Poseidon’s Adventure: Cancun’s Underwater Museum -

    - October 14, 2014 Cancun Underwater Museum (MUSA) project Cancun, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney He is of Mayan Indian decent and I am following him, although I know not where. He is the expert and I am his inept follower.  Soon we approach what appears to be a fire ring, but it is not ablaze.  He enters first and motions for each of us to go thru ...

  • Gliding Thru Hidden Worlds: Riviera Maya, Mexico -

    - October 10, 2014 Rio Secreto, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney He instructed us to turn off our headlamps and lay back with our eyes closed. I felt a chill come over my body as goosebumps began to arise within my diveskin. I did what was instructed, but hesitated for a bit. Lying there in the stillness, I heard a drip, drip, drip in ...

  • Foodie Heaven: Benazuza, Cancun, Mexico -

    - October 6, 2014 Benazuza, Cancun, Mexico, GastronomyBy Cacinda Maloney The mysterious drink appeared at the bar, sugar cane chunks immersed in a cocktail. The bartender instructed us to “chew the sugar cane to soak up the drink!” What a fun way to “drink a cocktail”, by not actually drinking it, but chewing the juice out! When foodies go on vacation, they dream about ...

  • A magical 48 Hours in Oslo, Norway -

    - October 2, 2014 Norsk Folk Museum, Oslo, NorwayBy Cacinda Maloney When you only have two days in a major city, you need to be prepared and ready to zip off and enjoy the day, which is what happened to me recently on a side trip to Oslo, Norway.  I was so excited to return, as it is a gorgeous city and a “DO NOT ...

September 2014

  • A Traditional Farmhouse: Liminka, Finland -

    - September 29, 2014 Liminka, Finland FarmhouseBy Cacinda Maloney How on earth can I write a story about Finland without the mention of a sauna experience?  I don’t believe I can and this time will be no exception. I dove into the culture and history of the Finnish sauna on my last trip to Helsinki that you can read about here.  The ...

  • Finding Peace in Western Finland: Maakalla Island -

    - September 26, 2014 Maakalla Island, FinlandBy Cacinda Maloney There was a quiet stillness unlike anything I had experienced before. I knew that Maakalla Island of Western Finland was remote, but the eeriness I felt upon stepping off the boat gave me a bit of a shiver. It was mid-August and so the weather was picture-perfect for today, as soon, no one will ...

  • Walking to Sweden: Finland’s Kvarken Archipelago -

    - September 19, 2014 Village of Björköby, FinlandBy Cacinda Maloney Arriving in Vaasa, Finland, I was ready for an adventure and Finland does not disappoint. Vaasa is the gateway to the western side of the country.  This is where the narrowest part of the Gulf of Bothnia is connected to Finland by their longest bridge, the Replot, in the Baltic Sea. I am about ...

  • Costa Rica Things To Do: Waterfall Rappelling at 100 Feet -

    - September 14, 2014 Cape Matapalo, Costa Rica, King Louie WaterfallBy Cacinda Maloney Costa Rica Things To Do Waterfall Rappelling at 100 Feet, Cape Matapalo, Costa Rica Steadying himself, he took one step onto the wet, slippery rock on top of the falls and slipped. He then took another step and slipped again. My heart dropped and my stomach began to feel queasy. I watched him intently as ...

  • Close Your Eyes and Imagine Stunning Blue Costa Rica -

    - September 5, 2014 Blue Osa, Costa RicaBy Cacinda Maloney It looked black and cloudy, then the torrents of rain began.  It caused my stomach to lift up and then down real fast as the tiny plane jarred my aching body.  Peering through the tiny window, I had great hopes for a tropical vacation, but it had not started off too well.  Arriving at ...

  • A Yoga Retreat Blue Osa, Costa Rica -

    - September 1, 2014 Blue Osa, Costa RicaBy Cacinda Maloney “When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.” – Dalai Lama  Birds flying high in the sky are of stunning colors. Macaws, I think. I can’t seem for the life of me to get a photo of a single one of them as they soar. Actually, they run in pairs and someone told me if you ...

August 2014

  • Xanadu Island Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize -

    - August 29, 2014 Xanadu Island Resort, Ambergris Caye, BelizeBy Cacinda Maloney Xanadu Island Resort, Ambergris Caye, Belize The perfect tropical beach paradise is hard to find.  And believe me, I have been searching for a very long time.  As my Western concept of time blurs, a faint song emerges through the serenity when I think of this beach island.  One thing I can say for ...

  • The story behind the story: The Hermosa Inn, Paradise Valley, Arizona -

    - August 25, 2014 Lon's Hermosa InnBy Cacinda Maloney Becoming a real cowboy was a boyhood dream and Lon Megargee, who was born in 1883, was no exception.  In 1886, at the tender age of 13, when his father was killed in Cuba, he made his way to the Arizona desert to start the long path that would take him there.  He ...

  • Glamping is so much better than camping -

    - August 19, 2014 Green River, UT USABy Cacinda Maloney I have never been much of a camper.  Honestly, I never really liked it too much. When my youngest son was in the Boy Scouts, part of the whole organization is about camping and hiking.  Hiking is one of the other things I really don’t like either!  So having been dragged to more ...

  • Anticipation of An Outdoor Finland Experience -

    - August 18, 2014 Sunset, courtesy of VisitFinland.comBy Cacinda Maloney Great news on the blog today, as my travel life is always full of surprises!  I never thought I would be heading back to Finland so soon, but I have an amazing adventure coming up soon!  I am delighted to be going back to Finland, but this time to the west coast.  I ...

  • Costa Rica is up next and I sure do need it -

    - August 15, 2014 SunsetBy Cacinda Maloney I’m packing my bags again! I will be flying across bodies of blue water once more and this time it is to Costa Rica. I have always wanted to go there and when the opportunity came up, I jumped at the chance, not even realizing its timing. I have to admit to myself ...

  • Belizean ‘Value Luxury’ Resort: Victoria House -

    - August 11, 2014 Victoria House, Ambergris Caye, BelizeBy Cacinda Maloney Hot and sweaty after coming off a whirlwind Cessna plane ride from Belize City to the island of Ambergris Caye,  having flown over night, I was ready to “get my vacation on”.  The taxi driver was waiting for us at the airstrip and it could not have gone any smoother!  Zipping us away ...

  • Little Boys Dream of Africa (and little girls too) -

    - August 1, 2014 #SafariSoulMatesBy Cacinda Maloney Follow your dreams, transform your life. -Paul Coelho Dreams from childhood are the most vivid, technicolor ones. The ones you can taste, smell and see so easily in your mind’s eye. He was just a tiny thing, but he knew one thing: He could not wait for the latest issue of Zoobooks to come ...

July 2014

  • Delsey Chatelet Review -

    - July 29, 2014 Delsey Chatelet Trolly CaseBy Cacinda Maloney Delsey Chatelet Review I may have mentioned that I was at the International Travel Goods Show in April this year, I even wrote a round up of what I called “Innovative Products” from the show.  When I heard about this show, I made a list of vendors that had products that interested me and went ...

  • Santorini Island Guide: Five Things You Must Do -

    - July 28, 2014 Santorini, GreeceBy Cacinda Maloney Yamas! “Stin ygia mas!” Cheers!  To our good health nosubhealth.com !” Glasses ching as the patrons smile and look out over the villas jutted up next to the mountains with gorgeous bouganvillas, cactus and fig trees abound. The cheer, the setting, the food as well as love is always in the air in Santorini.  What is ...

  • Praying for a safe voyage at Sea: The Greek Isles and its churches -

    - July 25, 2014 Santorini, GreeceBy Cacinda Maloney All over the islands of Greece, there are crisp white and sea foam blue churches, many only accessible by boat or private entrance. People say that there are over 300 churches on the more well-known islands of Santorini and Mykonos, depending on your sources. They seem to be everywhere I looked. I even heard ...

  • Dreams do come true: Greek Isles -

    - July 22, 2014 Santorini, GreeceUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Greek Isles Greek Isles Dreams Do Come True I admit it, I have been holding back. I didn’t really want to tell anybody about my trip to the Greek isles.  It was just too personal.  The moments that dreams come true are those moments that you want to cherish for the rest of your ...

  • Blue Dive: Scuba Diving Belize -

    - July 18, 2014 Blue DiveUpdated September 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Blue Dive When I was perusing Trip Advisor and other dive sites for recommendation for reputable divers in Belize on Ambergris Caye for a blue dive, time and time again, I would read the same thing: “Robbie” “Chuck and Robbie’s” Then: “Robbie is the best!” and “Can’t wait to dive with Robbie again.” I thought I ...

  • Roncato Uno luggage, affectionately known as the ‘Silver Bullet’ -

    - July 15, 2014 Roncato LuggageBy Cacinda Maloney I was looking for a new piece of carry-on luggage for my 16 year-old son for his travels this summer.   He would be traveling with the family to Belize, spending time with friends in Coronado Island, California and then doing a scuba diving camp in Catalina Island, California.  He needed something rugged, easy ...

  • Food, Friendship and Wine: LeMarche Region, Italy -

    - July 14, 2014 Fave e Formaggio Fresco – Fava beans, salted and Italian Red WineBy Cacinda Maloney Deep in the caverns of a palatial kitchen, we sang and laughed, as we tasted flavorful homemade food, high in the hills of Mercatello sul Metauro, Italy.  I heard the sounds of many languages, laughter and songs, as I popped fava beans the size of sausages into my mouth, after salting them on ...

  • A Belizean Adventure: Maya Island Air Flight -

    - July 10, 2014 Maya Island AirBy Cacinda Maloney Heavy with sweat oozing down the back of my neck, I lunged hard to enter the tiny seaplane door, which would be my home for the next 15 minutes.  I sat under the wing on the right hand side for a perfect picture-taking opportunity. From the tarmac, my heart was pounding when I ...

  • Chic and ‘Value Luxury’ Travel Clothing: Jia Collection, New York -

    - July 4, 2014 Jia Collection - PerlaBy Cacinda Maloney Women’s clothing designer Jia Li, of Jia Collection is taking travel wear to a whole new level with modern reversible clothing and making it stylish and chic.  She features an array of dresses, tops and jackets, all of which can be worn at least two different ways. Which I think is a fantastic idea ...

June 2014

  • Scottevest—your third carry-on, That’s ‘value luxury’ to me -

    - June 30, 2014 The Chloe Hoodie, ScottevestBy Cacinda Maloney  This week I have been thinking about fabrics, when I explored Malaysia and the way in which fabrics there were colored by hand in The Fabric of our Lives.  Here again, fabrics come to mind when I review the latest in travel-related clothing that has technology infused into it.  This particular jacket is made ...

  • X-Com Global Helps Injured Travel Writer in South Africa -

    - June 29, 2014 Patti Morrow's XrayBy Cacinda Maloney Perusing my daily dose of travel writers forums for the day a few weeks back, I noticed an article about travel writer Patti Morrow who had been injured in South Africa.  She and her brother were on their way to Aquila Safari when she was involved in a severe motor vehicle crash on May 14, 2014. Their ...

  • The Fabric of our Lives: Batek Art in Malaysia -

    - June 23, 2014 Kuala Lumpur, MalaysiaIn Kuala Lampur, Malaysia.   “Where are we going?” Jadi Batek Gallery “Why are we going there?” You will see, young grasshopper! My western mind always has a problem wrapping itself around things it cannot understand.  This was a new concept for me and I was interested to find out what it was all about. Entering the studio, immediately I was enamored ...

  • Five reasons to rent an apartment in Rome, Italy -

    - June 20, 2014 Rome, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney Rome, the eternal city.  Who doesn’t love Rome?  I fell in love the moment I landed there and have continued to go back there year after year.  It is a fabulous city!  There are so many things to see and do in Rome.  But one thing that makes Rome so much better is ...

  • The Lost Art of Print Blocking in Carpegna, Italy: Regenerated -

    - June 17, 2014 Antica Stamperia, Carpegna, ItalyThis post is shortlisted by Italy Magazine as best blog post on an art and culture blog for 2014!  The Lost Art of Print Blocking in Carpegna, Italy: Regenerated By Cacinda Maloney Rumbling down the road, past the emerald green pastures, dirt and signs in Italian, I knew I was up for this adventure. The roads became tinier ...

  • Athens, I love you too -

    - June 12, 2014 Athen, Greece graffitiBy Cacinda Maloney The least amount of judging we can do, the better off we are.  - Michael J. Fox I’ll admit it, falling in love with Athens took a bit of time.  But I did it none-the-less.  That’s how it is sometimes, when you want to love something so much.  I had my apprehensions going into ...

  • A weekend trip to Cesenatico along the Adriatic Sea, Italy -

    - June 4, 2014 Cesenatico, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney If you have not had a chance to visit the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy, then I have a treat for you.  I know I have told stories about this region before.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love the big four: Rome, Milan, Florence and Venice, as much as the next guy, but honestly, ...

May 2014

  • Luxury Tuscany, Italy: A Journey for the Soul -

    - May 30, 2014 Montestigliano, Tuscany, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney Luxury Tuscany, Italy:  A Journey for the Soul Stranded on a path overgrown with weeds, thickets and briar, I search in the almost darkness to get my bearings in order to find the main road.  Weary with thoughts, I found the gravel road in the haunting fog and a chill swept over me. I heard ...

  • Remembering Normandy Beach -

    - May 26, 2014 American Cemetery of Saint-Laurentupdated August 6, 2015 Normandy Beach by Cacinda Maloney Today I am remembering Normandy. Where is Normandy?   Normandy is tucked away in the northwest region of France about a four hour ride via car or bus outside of Paris. It attracts thousands of visitors each year for its historical significance having to do with World War II and the Mont-Saint-Michel. As I step ...

  • Deep into the Secret Lair of Siena’s Contrade System -

    - May 19, 2014 Siena, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney UPDATE: Torre wins the July 2015 Palio with Andrea Mari aka Brio on Morosita. Andrea Mari wins his 5th Palio and is the new Re della Piazza (King of the Square) The Palio – Tensions in the crowd grow wild as one by one the horses appear with their barebacked jockeys on the track and take ...

  • Meet Maxwell Scott -

    - May 16, 2014 Maxwell Scott LuggageBy Cacinda Maloney a piece of craftsmanship → un pezzo di artigianato With its fine Italian leather, this British company known as Maxwell Scott has designed some of the most spectacular bags in the world out of fine grain leather from Italy. I was thrilled when I was asked to review the perfect shoulder strap computer bag for today’s woman, the Rivara ...

  • Reflection: Traveling To Become My Authentic Self -

    - May 13, 2014 San Giorgio Hotel, Mykonos, GreeceBy Cacinda Maloney I arrived late last night, 24 hours after leaving Rome to make it to my final destination, which was the USA.  I was thrilled to see my family, as 32 days without them was quite a long time for any family and mine was no exception. Anxiously awaiting my luggage at the airport, I reminisced ...

April 2014

  • Top Secrets of Rome, Italy Revealed -

    - April 30, 2014 Pizza del Teatro, Rome, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney I had no idea you guys loved your pizza so much! When I posted a photo of some pizza I had in Rome. I overwhelmingly got so many comments and “likes” on my facebook page that I decided to write about some interesting foods I have discovered in Rome. I was making my way to ...

  • How to be a Queen for the Night: Hotel Napoleon in Paris, France -

    - April 29, 2014 Effel Tower, Paris FranceBy Cacinda Maloney Sometimes I think about what it would be like if I were a Queen, and not just any old Queen, but the Queen of France!  How everything I could ever want would be at my beckoned call.  How if I said it, it would just happen.  Now fast forward to 2014, when I ...

  • Why I want to go on an eight-day Emerald Waterways river cruise through Europe -

    - April 21, 2014 Emerald Waterways River CruiseBy Cacinda Maloney I have been thinking about my style of travel and thought I needed to think outside the box of the tradition independent travel that I typically do.  I have been reading a lot lately about river cruises in Europe.  Apparently, there is a new game in town, a company called the Emerald Waterways.   It ...

  • The Banjaran Hotsprings Retreat Ipoh, Malaysia -

    - April 17, 2014 The Banjaran Hotsprings RetreatBy Cacinda Maloney After a 1 1/2-hour bus ride from Penang, we had finally arrived.  Weary and worn, I was overwhelmed with joy as we approached the lush entrance of this breathtaking tropical retreat and meditation center in Ipoh.  I had never seen anything like it and I was ecstatic to be there.  What a stunning ...

  • Greece, Italy and France are calling my name -

    - April 7, 2014 The Eiffel Tower France, ParisBy Cacinda Maloney I am about to embark on a journey.  Really, it is a 32-day voyage of my life.  As a mother, wife and business owner, I lose pieces of myself along my life path.  Pieces of myself swirl down the drain while I am washing the dishes for the umteenth time.  I can see ...

  • Tallinn, Estonia: By Day or By Night -

    - April 3, 2014 Tallinn, EstoniaBy Cacinda Maloney In January 2014, I was invited to be a part of the Nordic Blogger Experience and as a result was invited to go to Finland.  I wrote about my amazing Finnish Sauna Experience and the Scandanavian Design Houses that I visited, but there is this one thing I haven’t mentioned yet:  I took a ...

March 2014

  • Phoenix, Arizona in The Spring: Perfection -

    - March 28, 2014 The W Scottsdale, AZBy Cacinda Maloney There is really nothing quite like it, as I squeal with glee in the backseat of the open-air, 4-wheel drive! Just being out on the open road in the desert landscape made all the difference in the world for me, as I am a city-dwelling fiend.  The smell of dirt and yet, fresh grass ...

  • Western Destinations: Who Knew It Was Phoenix, AZ? -

    - March 24, 2014 Western Destinations, Phoenix AZBy Cacinda Maloney She steadied as I tried to balance myself on her back.  She took one step and I shifted, then she took another and I shifted again.  Riding her was like magic.  Out in the Sonoran Desert, so peaceful and still, this city gal was riding horses in the quiet calm of the Bradshaw ...

  • Travel Pony – A New Age Booking Site -

    - March 17, 2014 TravelPonyBy Cacinda Maloney As most of you know, I book almost all of my own personal travel experiences when I am not working in travel. I am always looking for the smokin’ deals out there for my ‘value luxury’ website readers and myself. I am searching for that ‘point’ where luxury travel experiences and price intersect. ...

  • WOW! The 2 Bedroom WOW Suite Review at W SCOTTSDALE, AZ -

    - March 11, 2014 The W Scottsdale, AZBy Cacinda Maloney   How many times in your life have you been WOW’ed? WOW!  That is what they call it here. When I say that word, sometimes I say it with almost a silent whisper. WOW! (this is me whispering!) My brain gets overwhelmed by my enthusiasm for what my visual senses can’t quite get wrapped around and my words, ...

  • Riding a Longtail to James Bond Island, Thailand -

    - March 5, 2014 James Bond Island, ThailandBy Cacinda Maloney I had been waiting for this day to come and now here it was.  Stepping into the color-worn, long-tail boat (Ruea Hang Yao (เรือหางยาว)), I knew this was a trip of a lifetime and today was my lucky day.  My milestone birthday had arrived and I needed something BIG to make an impact, and ...

  • Chihuly: The Maestro in the Valley of the Sun, Phoenix, AZ -

    - March 3, 2014 Chihuly Exhibit, Desert Botanical GardensBy Cacinda Maloney “Who is Dale Chihuly? And why is he so fascinating?” Those were my thoughts as I first entered into the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, AZ to view the Chihuly Exhibit. The exhibit was world famous by now and I couldn’t wait to get in there and start looking around. What I have come to ...

February 2014

  • La Mariposa: The Butterfly Invasion of Scottsdale, AZ -

    - February 25, 2014 Chihuly Exhibit, Desert Botanical GardensBy Cacinda Maloney She flies over long distances in a precise migratory pattern and is known as ‘the wanderer’ in Australia.  But here in the United States, we call her the Monarch butterfly. Flying overhead in search of nectar plants and basking in the sun, this week I felt like a butterfly as I explored the ...

  • Italy Magazine Blog Awards 2013: Yippee! I won -

    - February 20, 2014 La Biblioteca Malatestina, Cesena,ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney   So Excited about the announcement of the Italy Magazine’s Blog Awards 2013! If you know me, then you know it is no secret that Italy is an amazing destination that I love to visit!  Yes it is true, I absolutely find Italy fascinating and I am happy to announce that one of the most ...

  • The Most Amazing Travel Product Ever! Relax ALLY -

    - February 18, 2014 Rome, ItalyBy Dr. Cacinda Maloney I couldn’t wait to get out out of there.  I was exhausted, my head pounding from my pain , for good pain use tramadol http://www.healthcarewell.com/online-pharmacy/tramadol/ ful stiff neck.  Sitting on that damn plane for hours, with little to no sleep.  I had arrived in “The Eternal City”, my city of Rome.  Boarding ...

  • 48 Hours Hoppin’ Around Vegas -

    - February 10, 2014 Las Vegas, NV By Cacinda Maloney Going to Las Vegas is like going to Disneyland, only for an adult and there is always something to see and do.  My last trip to Vegas was no exception.  I do, however, have a secret!  Something I usually don’t share with a lot of travelers, for fear they will laugh at me.  ...

  • Crazy in the Sea: My Finnish Sauna Experience in Helsinki, Finland -

    - February 3, 2014 Sauna Seura, Helsinki, Finland By Cacinda Maloney “Stepping out of the sauna, our steaming bodies walked toward a hole in the ice to plunge into the Baltic Sea. A few minutes later we emerge, screaming and shivering, enjoying a typical Finnish experience!” Now to the beginning of the story! Prior to leaving for Finland, I heard something about a “sauna experience” for ...

January 2014

  • Scandinavian Design in Helsinki, Finland -

    - January 26, 2014 Helsinki, FinlandBy Cacinda Maloney What a whirlwind trip I had to Helsinki, which is also a world away.  I suddenly got transplanted into a winter wonderland from the heat of the desert! One huge selling point of Helsinki, Finland is that fact that it is close to other major cities and so Helsinki is like getting 2 for 1 ...

  • Malaysia: The Golden Age of Shangri La’s Rasa Sayang Resort on Penang Island -

    - January 20, 2014 Shangri La's Rasa Sayang Resort, Penang, MalaysiaBy Cacinda Maloney When I stepped on the grounds of the Shangra La’s Rasa Sayang Resort and Spa on the island of Penang, Malaysia, I felt like I had walked into the nostalgic good times of the 1920.  Old-style romantic and unassuming, this resort is like stepping back in the time of the 1920’s world of bourgeoisie ...

  • Mykonos, Greece: Dreams of Bohemian Luxury -

    - January 10, 2014 Hotel San Giorgio, Mykonos, GreeceBy Cacinda Maloney I said, “This year I will do Greece. I will do Mykonos and Santorini. “ But it didn’t happen. 2013. Each year I think about my travel aspirations and dreams and each year I wonder, “When will be the year I go to Greece?”  For years I have dreamed of going to these exotic islands ...

  • Thai Airways: Review of Business Class LAX-ICN-BKK -

    - January 8, 2014 ThaiAirwaysBy Cacinda Maloney Thai Airways Business Class Review LAX-ICN-BKK Sawasdee Ka!  That is the first greeting I hear upon entering my Thai Airways (ThaiAir) international flights to Bangkok.  With two hands put together, as if in prayer and a bow with the head.  I like this already!  It feels very respectful. My flight aboard Thai Airways International’s Boeing ...

  • Amita Thai Cooking Class – Bangkok, Thailand -

    - January 6, 2014 Longboat on the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, ThailandBy Cacinda Maloney When traveling, honestly, I never really think about taking a cooking class.  I mean, I like to eat as much as the next guy, but just generally don’t think of cooking it myself.  Well, that all changed when the Tourism Authority of Thailand invited me to a special Thai cooking class. And I ...

  • Temple of Dawn – Bangkok, Thailand -

    - January 3, 2014 By Cacinda Maloney One of the most recognizable landmarks in Bangkok is the Temple of Dawn, also known as Wat Arun.  I would say this is a “don’t miss” stop along your ride down the west bank of the Chao Phraya River.   It is a Buddhist temple that is personified as the radiation of the rising sun. ...

  • 2013: The Points&Travel Year in Review -

    - January 1, 2014 Kilarney, IrelandBy Cacinda Maloney Tonight as I reflect on the tremendous travel that I did this year, not knowing what my 2014 travel year will look like, I take a few moments to pause and thank you all, my readers, my sponsors and my travel friends for all the experiences I had this year.  I am all ...

December 2013

  • A Lesson Learned on Giving Back: A Traveling Mom and Her Son -

    - December 16, 2013 Jamaica, Fields of GrowthBy Cacinda Maloney When you are a Mom, you have these dreams and aspirations that you will teach your children all the things that you wished you would have learned when you were little. You try to instill in them the notion of giving back to the community, to helping others in need, to being a good ...

  • Points and Travel Interview: You Live, You Learn -

    - December 13, 2013 ThailandBy Cacinda Maloney What have you been up to? I was just thinking how the holidays come upon us so fast.   As a traveler, I am always scrambling around at the last minute to decide where to go and what to do for the holiday season.   And this year is no different.  My life and ...

  • Altavita Winery – The High Life of Cesena, Italy -

    - December 11, 2013 La Rocca Malatestiana, Cesena, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney Altavita Winery – The High Life of Cesena, Italy Sometimes in my life and in my travels, I meet people who are living their life to the fullest.  I immediately get a sense that they know what they want and go after it.  And Alessandra Giunchi of Cesena, Italy was no exception.  Handsome, smart ...

  • ♫ “Dingle Bells, Dingle Bells, Dingle Peninsula, Ireland” ♫ -

    - December 6, 2013 Inch Beach, IrelandBy Cacinda Maloney We were up and at ‘em bright and early for our South by Southwest Ireland countryside tour since we had a full day planned for the Dingle Peninsula.  Dingle is a tiny, quaint town on the tip of the peninsula once described by National Geographic Traveler as the “most beautiful place on earth!” ...

  • Take A Trip Down The Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, Thailand -

    - December 2, 2013 Long-tail boat along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, Bangkok, ThailandBy Cacinda Maloney Truly the Chao Phraya River is the lifeblood of Bangkok.  With its juxtaposition of dimly painted wooden shacks, set up against temples and high-rise, metallic reflection buildings,  it is a hodgepodge of modern yet traditional, of religion versus secular, of calm versus chaos. At times I found it unsavory, yet other times it was alluring, a photographers dream. ...

November 2013

  • Pour Me Some Whiskey and Lies- Jade Bar – Sanctuary’s Camelback Mountain Resort and Spa -

    - November 30, 2013 Jade Bar - Sanctuary on Camelback Mountain, Phoenix, AZBy Cacinda Maloney Shhh!  I need to let you in on a little secret!  Even though I travel around the world at the drop of a hat, I know about a place that is so spectacular that even I thought about canceling my travel plans when I received the invitation to try out the newly transformed ...

  • Life As It Once Was – Killarney National Park, Ireland -

    - November 27, 2013 Muckross Farm, Killarney, IrelandBy Cacinda Maloney I am a city girl, even though I grew up in a small town, I have been living the city life now longer and officially have adapted to large city living; although I do appreciate the beauty and simple life of the country. So imagine my surprise on a recent trip to Ireland when ...

  • Things to do in Ireland -

    - November 15, 2013 Aghadoe Church and Round Tower cemetery in Killarney, Irelandupdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Things to do in Ireland Things to do in Ireland A Journey Through The Countryside Let me take you on a journey thru the greenest place on earth!  I swear I have never seen such greenery!  Ireland conjures up thoughts of the four-leaf clover, leprechauns and Irish dancers, but for me, GREEN was the ...

  • Ireland – A Country With A Soul -

    - November 11, 2013 Red Door, Adare, IrelandBy Cacinda Maloney In October 2013, I had the opportunity to yet again attend the Travel Blogger Exchange (TBEX), an international conference for writers, bloggers, photographers, tourism boards, PR people and people in the travel business. I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it.  Finally, I find people who think like I do, travel like ...

  • The Third Time’s the Charm: Las Vegas, Nevada -

    - November 4, 2013 Las Vegas, NVBy Cacinda Maloney As a travel writer/blogger, I was dreading my next trip to Las Vegas.  This shouldn’t be the case, since I am in love with travel, but I now realize Vegas is like an acquired tasted.  One that is unlikely to be enjoyed by a person who has not had substantial exposure to it, usually ...

  • Things to do in Venice, Italy -

    - November 1, 2013 Venice AttractionsUpdated September 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Venice is like eating an entire box of chocolate liqueurs in one go – Truman Capote Ok, I admit it, I ate the entire box!  How can you not when we are talking about Venice, with its maze of narrow streets hundreds of canals and bridges and all its beauty? When a wrong turn can ...

October 2013

  • Treat Yourself to the Suite Life: Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy -

    - October 28, 2013 Hotel Splendido, Portofino, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney “Quality is remembered after price is forgotten.”  Mary Kay Ash I went and fell in love again.  Oh, I didn’t even mean to.  I already have two lovers, but I just couldn’t help myself.  Even though I had seen this beauty before, I kept longing to go back, and it only took me a ...

  • First Words: La Biblioteca Malatestiana, Cesena,Italy -

    - October 25, 2013 La Biblioteca Malatestina, Cesena,ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney “In a good bookroom you feel in some mysterious way that you are absorbing the wisdom contained in all the books through your skin, without even opening them.” ― Mark Twain  I love it when I come across something so magnificent, that I am dying to tell you about it…while strolling the streets of Cesena, ...

  • The Magnificent Masselina Estate and Their Gentle Women of Faenza, Italy -

    - October 21, 2013 Ceramic logo of Faenza, Italy on the Tenuta Masselina wine labelBy Cacinda Maloney Editor’s Note: Rules being rules and laws being laws, please note that you have to to be at least 18 years old to read the rest of this post. Yes silly, I know.  Its because of the alcohol…. I had a wonderful opportunity to visit a winery while on my visit to the Emilia-Romagna ...

  • Stone Island, Mexico: A Surprising Cruise Stop -

    - October 19, 2013 Stone Island, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney Blazing through the deep, deep ocean, I look out my balcony to see the fast approaching colorful houses by the water’s edge.  Excitement fills the room, as I know what is about to approach:  Mazatlan, Mexico!  Stuffing my swimsuit, flip flops, camera and sarong into my beachy bag as fast as I can, ...

  • Shoo Fly! Shoo Fly! Chuflay! Shoo! A Lovely Restaurant in Portofino, Italy -

    - October 17, 2013 Portofino, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney Shoo fly! Shoo fly! ChuFlay: A lovely restaurant in Portofino, Italy Shoo fly!  Shoo fly!  ChuFlay! Fly, fly away… not once did I have to shoo a fly away from here!  Not here at the ChuFlay Bar and Restaurant in Portofino, Italy!  Here they had fine Italian waiters in snow white uniforms to do ...

  • Genoa, Italy and the BW City Hotel -

    - October 15, 2013 Genoa, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney Genoa, I return to you, like a long lost friend, you have become a welcoming sight.  So few Americans make their way into the trap of your charm, your beauty, and of course, your pesto.  Yet soon, I believe your region of Liguria will make it into the hearts of tourists worldwide, but ...

  • La Bottega del Legno: The Wood Shop in the Forli Region of Italy -

    - October 12, 2013 Luigi Lombardi's Violin ShopBy Cacinda Maloney The Violin The year was 1943 and it was blistering cold.  The conditions were unbearable and he struggled with making it yet another day.  Days ran into more days at the concentration camp. But there was one thing that Guisseppe Lombardi loved and that was the sound of music and his passion for that would ...

  • The Rock of Gibraltar and Seville, Spain -

    - October 11, 2013 The Rock of GibraltarUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Travel memory:  I have been wanting to tell this story for quite some time, but out of respect for the monkey, I have waited! The Rock of Gibraltar We were on a family trip where we flew into Lisbon, rented a car and drove through the Algarve, then crossed over into Spain and ...

  • 5 Reasons to Take a River Cruise with Scenic Cruises -

    - October 10, 2013 Amsterdam, HollandBy Cacinda Maloney “The journey not the arrival matters.” – T. S. Eliot In these six simple words, T.S. Eliot reminds us that a journey is more than a movement from one point to another, but that it is what happens during the journey that matters and the arrival is just the outcome.  This ad for Jaguar gives ...

  • The Poetry of an Old Fisherman’s Village: Bocadasse, Italy -

    - October 8, 2013 Bocadasse, italyBy Cacinda Maloney The Poetry of an Old Fisherman’s Village: Bocadasse, Italy Boccadasse, Italia: la poesia di un vecchio borgo di pescatori Boccadasse, Italy: the poetry of an old fisherman’s village Taking the short trek on bus 42 from the main square of Piazza de Ferrari in Genoa to Bocadasse for a half day excursion was quite simple. I had ...

  • Italy Revealed: Camogli -

    - October 5, 2013 Comogli, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney I was shocked to see the cover of Travel + Leisure July 2013 issue with my beloved Camogli on the front cover.  I only recently discovered it and hope that not too many tourists find themselves there this year. From what I understand, the Italians from the region feel the same way, since Portofino ...

September 2013

  • Le Rune, Genoa, Italy -

    - September 29, 2013 LaRune Restaurant Genoa, Italy BW City HotelBy Cacinda Maloney You know a restaurant is good, when you show up with a reservation and there is not a single seat available in the house. The place was abuzz when I arrived at Le Rune, in Genoa. Italy, it is the flagship restaurant to the BW City Hotel.  The downstairs was full of what looked ...

  • Arizona’s Beach: Rocky Point, Mexico! Part 3 -

    - September 26, 2013 Arizona's Beach: Rocky Point, Mexico!By Cacinda Maloney Once all sunned out and beached out, we head to the room for some R & R. Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point, Mexico Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point, Mexico The boys, by now, are wanting to go out and pop the firecrackers that they bought at the local stores and so off we go into the night, because ...

  • Arizona’s Beach: Rocky Point, Mexico! Part 2 -

    - September 25, 2013 Puerto Penasco, Rocky Point, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney After lunch, we go for our usual stroll for nick-nacks of all things Mexico.  Shopping really for nothing, but enjoying with pleasure all the hand crafted items we see. One thing is for sure, the sights are colorful, but it is scorching hot outside, which shortens our time amongst the shops! (I did notice that ...

  • Arizona’s Beach: Rocky Point, Mexico! -

    - September 24, 2013 Puerto Penasco, aka Rocky Point, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney The road is long and too weary for many, but each year we make our annual trek down across the border from Phoenix, AZ to Puerto Penasco, Mexico, better known as “Rocky Point” by most Phoenicians, or “Arizona’s beach.”    Really it is an easy jaunt, but the difference between there and here ...

  • Arrivederci! My Upcoming Epic Travels! -

    - September 18, 2013 Genova, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney I thought I would let you guys in on a little preview of my upcoming travels.  I am getting ready for a whirlwind trip to Italy and Ireland, countries I have been to before, but honestly they are two of my favorite … and ones I always look forward to going back to. It ...

  • Canada’s Prettiest Little Town: Niagara-On-The-Lake -

    - September 14, 2013 Niagara-on-the-Lake, CanadaBy Cacinda Maloney Here is another one of those secret gems I have learned about on my travels: Niagara on the Lake is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets! If you are planning a visit to Niagara Falls, it is well worth journeying the extra 20 minutes beyond the stunning waterfalls to visit the charming town of Niagara ...

  • The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway: Elegance Refined -

    - September 8, 2013 Bergen, NorwayBy Cacinda Maloney The Clarion Collection in Bergen, Norway As soon as I walked in the door and saw the eclectic purple furniture with the flowing Calla Lillies, I knew I was going to like this place. Between the purple leather sofa, the tall, purple and silver chairs, and the chandelier, it was a hip joint. The decor ...

  • Stavanger,Norway -

    - September 3, 2013 Stavanger, NorwayBy Cacinda Maloney Stavanger,Norway I honestly was not expecting such a pleasant little city when I arrived at the train station in Stavanger, Norway.  Stepping outside, one of the first things I noticed was a huge pond/lake in right in the middle of town, with a flowing fountain. It was fabulous. Across the way, I could see a ...

August 2013

  • Viking Ship Museum, Oslo Norway -

    - August 22, 2013 By Cacinda Maloney Updated:  July 2015 Viking Ship Museum, Oslo Viking Ship Museum, Oslo At over 1000, years old, the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo houses viking longships and artifacts from the peak of viking marine engineering. The Viking Age, from 800-1100 AD, was the age of the sleek, speedy longships. Without this crucial advance in ship technology, the Vikings ...

  • MIFI Hotspot: Is it worth it while you are traveling? Answer: YES -

    - August 20, 2013 Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney MIFI Hotspot:  Is it worth it while you are traveling? Answer:  YES! I was lucky enough to try out a product that was new to me called a Mifi, my very own, personal wifi on my trip to Norway from Xcom Global. They were gracious enough to allow me to test out ...

  • Get American Airlines miles for Direct TV Signup -

    - August 19, 2013 By Cacinda Maloney This is an easy deal to increase your American Airlines miles.  DirecTV is offering 25,000 AA miles just for you to change your  television service to DirectTV.   This offer has been out there for a while and I am just reminding you that they continue to offer it. Just call 1-877-891-2755  to get it set ...

  • Pulpit Rock, Norway -

    - August 17, 2013 updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Things to do in Norway Hiking in Norway Pulpit Rock in Norway is a steep cliff that rises almost 2000 feet above Lysefjorden with a flat top viewing platform. It was formed by glaciers more than 10,000 years ago.  I am sure you will recognize it by its famous photographs. It attracts tourists ...

  • Shhh! It’s a secret! Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum in Oslo, Norway -

    - August 4, 2013 By Cacinda Maloney The 60 something, certified tour guide with the short, wavy hair saw me immediately as I came out of the elevator.  She had been cancelled due to a tight schedule by some US Congressman, who were in town doing business and was assigned to me as my guide of Oslo. “So, what do you ...

July 2013

  • Balsa Surf Camp in Montañita, Ecuador -

    - July 31, 2013 Balsa Surf Camp, Montañita, EcuadorBy Cacinda Maloney So here I am, expecting a “hidden treasure”  with “perfect waves” and “golden sand” and a “tropical paradise”, taken directly from wiki.  I don’t know who writes this wiki stuff, but we have different ideas about what paradise is!! Upon arrival, we did, however, find our “hidden paradise” but what we were hiding from ...

  • Out of my Comfort Zone: Montañita, Ecuador -

    - July 27, 2013 Montañita, EcuadorBy Cacinda Maloney Obviously I like to travel, but even for me, some places I end up are out of my comfort zone. Montañita was one of those places. It is a little beachside town about one hour’s drive outside of Guayaquil, Ecuador. We were on our way to Cuenca and decided to make a short trip over ...

  • How I Grew Up in the Beijing Zoo, Beijing, China -

    - July 17, 2013 Beijing, ChinaBy Cacinda Maloney The Asian Panda House As a little girl, she bounced around the house bumping into the coffee table, when the precious crystal glass panda figurine fell to the floor.  Reaching down and grabbing it right before it could have hit the floor, she was relieved.  She panned the room, and soon she realized her ...

  • We have a #Winner for the Norway Sweepstakes! -

    - July 7, 2013 NorwayBy Cacinda Maloney We have a winner of the of the two transatlantic airline tickets to Norway on IcelandAir, departure from one of their US gateways to Oslo courtesy of VisitNorwayUSA. It is Joshua Sorkin of Washington, DC. He says that he has been lucky to be traveling since he was very young. He was always interested in visiting new ...

  • The Evacuation of the Hermitage St Petersburg -

    - July 5, 2013 The Hermitage - St. Petersburg, RussiaUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Hermitage St Petersburg “The empty Hermitage is like a house from which a corpse has been carried out.” –The artist, Yevgeniya Baikova The Evacuation of the Hermitage St Petersburg The sounds of thunder crackle outside the majestic doors. The enemy was fast approaching during the siege of Leningrad during World War II. The employees of the ...

  • Fourth of July Celebrations: Nado, California Style -

    - July 2, 2013 Coronado Island, CaliforniaBy Cacinda Maloney The fourth of July celebration on Coronado Island, California is one not to be missed. It is known to the locals as “Nado.” This year will be the 65th annual celebration of the annual parade down Orange Avenue.  It is one of the livelier and fun July 4th celebrations I have been to, ...

June 2013

  • Romancing the Stone – Paris in my Heart -

    - June 28, 2013 Screen Shot Expedia Night StarsBy Cacinda Maloney AT FIRST This year has been a year of travel, a year of constant pursuit of that thing that I say I love.  Places that make my heart sing, make me blush and my palms sweaty.  That deep down passion that I constantly want to feel again and again.  As I peruse back through ...

  • Cultural Tourism in a City Upon a Hill: Quito, Ecuador -

    - June 21, 2013 Quito, EcuadorUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Cultural Tourism Ecuador Turismo Ecuador’s cultural attractions are beginning to get more attention these days than its pristine Galapagos Islands. They are well know for a segment of tourism known as Natural Tourism and do a great job at sustainable tourism as well. But it is hight time for this country to continue ...

  • Visit Norway -

    - June 15, 2013 Norway courtesy of The Carefree TravelerVisit Norway Sweepstakes By Cacinda Maloney Update: The tickets have been given away! But if you are interested in Norway Travel, here are some additional reads: Viking Ship Museum, Oslo  A Magical 48 Hours in Oslo Ovre-Holmegate, Stavanger, Norway’s Nottinghill Shhh!  It’s a secret:  Emanuel Vigeland’s Mausaleum  How I climbed Preikestolen (Pulpit Rock)  The Clarion Collection In Bergen, Norway: Elegance Refined Edvard Munch:  What ...

  • What’s in a Name? My Brand: Points and Travel -

    - June 14, 2013 By Cacinda Maloney Juliet: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)  Do you know what this blog is about?  Points and Travel A brand is passion, confidence, action, belonging. Mega corporations spend thousands of dollars developing the name of their brand or products.  A name ...

  • What I would do in five days in Queensland, Australia -

    - June 10, 2013 Queensland, AustraliaBy Cacinda Maloney What I would do in five days in Queensland, Australia inspired by Vermeer! Have you ever had a trip that needed a re-do?  You know, you are in some awesome place, on vacation, and somehow, things just don’t turn out how you envisioned it?  That happened to me and I think I need a ...

  • Niagara Falls Facts -

    - June 9, 2013 Niagra Falls, CanadaUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Niagara Falls Facts What does a cat, a pet turtle named Sonny, a 7 year old wearing a life jacket and a tightrope walker all have in common?  Just the growing list of those plunging over the Niagara Falls, either by choice or otherwise! They basically all got sucked through a water ...

  • Now that is some Cheesy Goodness: Cheesewerks of Toronto, Canada -

    - June 6, 2013 Cheesewerks, Toronto, CanadaBy Cacinda Maloney Wow! Who would have ever thought of this? A place where they serve, you guessed it, CHEESE! Cheese, cheese everywhere. Cheese fries, grilled cheese sandwiches, nachos, mac and cheese, cheese fondue, and the list goes on and on! The whole concept of the little tiny eatery is to combine different types of cheeses ...

  • The Distillery Historic District, Toronto, Canada -

    - June 4, 2013 Skyline, Toronto, CanadaBy Cacinda Maloney The shock thundered through him like cold blood running across the floor, he couldn’t believe it, as he heard the terrible news.  She is gone.  The grief overtook him, so much so, that he climbed up in the tower and jumped from the company well.  He was Mr. Worts, a successful merchant and ...

  • Isn’t value luxury worth it? The Devil is in the Details -

    - June 3, 2013 Devil DetailsBy Cacinda Maloney What is value luxury?  It is basically staying in high-end or boutique hotels, amazing bed and breakfasts, charming apartments,  rentals cottages or anything that is considered in the luxury market at discount prices, for great price points or using your points in loyalty program.  Getting more bang for your buck with the same ...

May 2013

  • Ways to get a First or Business Class Upgrade for Free -

    - May 24, 2013 Free upgradesBy Cacinda Maloney Skyscanner just revealed an interesting “survey of 700 crew from 83 countries in April 2013 by email of the database of cabincrew.com”. Guess who is most likely to get an upgrade according to the survey? That’s right:  Smartly dressed males in their 30’s who are travelling alone. (61%) And the ones least likely to get an ...

  • Xcaret, Mexico: What is it? -

    - May 23, 2013 Xcaret, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney It is hard to explain, but basically it is an eco-friendly park in the Yucatan area of Mexico.  My family and I had more fun there than we ever dreamed, as we really had no idea what it was, but kept hearing from tourist and locals alike that we shouldn’t miss it.  And I ...

  • My Karma and Travel with Berlin, Germany -

    - May 20, 2013 Berlin, GermanyBy Cacinda Maloney “Karma comes after everyone eventually. You can't get away with screwing people over your whole life, I don't care who you are. What goes around comes around. That's how it works. Sooner or later the universe will serve you the revenge that you deserve.”  ― Jessica Brody I believe in karma.  Not in an Indian religious ...

  • 7 Fathoms under the Sea: Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands -

    - May 18, 2013 Seven Fathoms Rum, Grand Cayman, Cayman IslandsBy Cacinda Maloney A fathom is 1.8288 meters and is used for measurement, especially measuring the depth of water.  So 7 x 1.8288 is 12.9016 meters under the sea (for Americans, that is roughly 42.3 feet).  On Grand Cayman Island, they have the most unusual thing that is seven fathoms under the sea. No, not that distillery contraption above, but ...

  • Have you ever been to Hell and back? Hell, Grand Cayman -

    - May 17, 2013 Hell, Grand Cayman, Cayman IslandsBy Cacinda Maloney I travel with my two teenage sons occasionally and they think a few things are funny.  They took off on their own to explore the island on the local bus to the very end stop and when they returned, they couldn’t wait to tell me that they went to Hell! “Where did you go?” I said. “We ...

  • Distortions Under the Sea: Scuba/snorkel the Cayman Islands -

    - May 17, 2013 ScubaBy Cacinda Maloney   Here’s a photo I took when we were snorkeling off of 7 mile beach in the Cayman Islands and suddenly a storm came upon us.  We got out of there as quickly as we could. The photo above is off the shore from Boddentown in Grand Cayman, right outside of our room at the ...

  • Get the Scoop on the Best Gelato in Rome! -

    - May 16, 2013 Rome, ItalyUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Gelato in Rome Looking for the Best Gelato in Rome! We headed down Via dei Coronari knowing it was around here somewhere.  We had been here before and knew we had to find it again. We were somewhere near Piazza Navona when we ended up finding it tucked in an alleyway beside a  stone stairway with ...

  • A Legend after my own Heart! Meet THE Original Points and Miles Collector: Randy Petersen -

    - May 15, 2013 Randy Peterson silhouetteBy Cacinda Maloney Sometimes when you travel you meet some of the most interesting characters in the world. You just never know who you are going to come across.  I had heard of him for years, in fact, when I first started to collect miles and points, he was one of my idols.  I had seen him speak a ...

  • How Prince Harry ruined my trip to the Broadmoor Hotel, Colorado Springs, CO USA -

    - May 13, 2013 Cheyenne Mountain ResortBy Cacinda Maloney I was invited to a Boarding Area conference in Colorado Springs, which is a points and miles blogger seminar.  I was thrilled to be invited and to know that I was going to be staying at the famous Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs known as the “Grand dame of the Rockies”.  The Broadmoor is a ...

  • Portofino, Italy: At least once in a lifetime -

    - May 12, 2013 Portofino, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney  Everyone should visit Portofino at least once in their lifetime. Coming down the mountainside cliff from Hotel Splendido, I could barely believe my eyes.  We had made our way down through the forest green pathway on the wiggly roads and came upon some houses with old world charm.  This was the type of place ...

  • Travel style: Cacinda Maloney: My interview by Johnny Jet! -

    - May 11, 2013 Cacinda MaloneyBy Cacinda Maloney Travel Style: Dr. Cacinda “Cindy” Maloney Occupation: Travel writer/blogger, photographer and social media influencer who loves adventurer, culture and smart luxury travel.  She is also a physician, business owner, storyteller, and scuba diver Hometown: Texas, USA Residence: Arizona, USA Website:PointsandTravel.com Twitter:@Pointsandtravel follow me! Facebook:Pointsandtravel.com follow me! Pinterest: PointsandTravel follow me! Short Bio: Dr. Cacinda Maloney has traveled every six weeks of her life for over 20 years. She was ...

  • Celebrating 25 years: The Phoenician, Phoenix, AZ USA -

    - May 8, 2013 The Phoenician, Phoenix, AZBy Cacinda Maloney Here’s the link to The Phoenician’s anniversary special.   It’s their 25th anniversary this year! The Phoenician celebrates 25 years of luxury with an exclusive offer: Reserve one night at a special starting rate of $199 Get every other night for $25 Valid on stays May 30 – September 30, 2013 Reserve online or call 1-866-716-8136.  Use rate plan OUR25TH. If you ...

  • Diving the Cenote Kukulcan, Mexico -

    - May 4, 2013 Yucatan, MexicoUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Cancun Diving Diving Cenote Kukulcan, Yucatan Mexico The stunning Kukulcan Cenote is a 33 feet(10 meters) deep blue cavern that is part of the Chac Mool caving system in the Yucatan, Mexico.  It has a jungle scenery with fresh and salty water, lots of fossils, and even a few stalactites. The main attraction, ...

April 2013

  • Wieliczka Salt Mine: Krakow -

    - April 30, 2013 Wieliczka Salt Mine, Krakow, PolandUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Salt Mine Krakow Krakow, Poland is an amazing city and I believe it is the #1 most underrated city in Europe. I won’t go into the details of the lavender growing along the old city walls or the shapes of the trees that blow in the wind or even the cobblestone central ...

  • Swinging in a Ballhaus in Berlin, Germany -

    - April 26, 2013 Berlin, GermanyBy Cacinda Maloney Put on some old school blue eyes music while you read this post to get the true feeling of this place. One of the most interesting things I came across while in Berlin was a dance hall.  In Germany,  they call them ballhaus’.  I find it a funny word that even my teenage son would get a ...

  • Hotel Splendido, Portofino, Italy: Absolutely splendid! -

    - April 25, 2013 Portofino,ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney We started our way down a long and windy outdoor walking path.  Not even realizing what we would find at the end. We had hopped off the bus from Santa Margherita and found the walking path to Portofino and then up to Hotel Splendido.  Hotel Spendido is on a hillside overlooking the picturesque harbour of Portofino ...

  • Three Wet Cats in Moscow, Russia -

    - April 23, 2013 Moscow, RussiaBy Cacinda Maloney I had always wanted to go to Russia.  And here was my chance.  My husband’s MBA class had an opportunity and we jumped on it. After ticketing, visas and packing, we arrived late into the evening at the hotel.  He was scheduled to be at the classroom about 20 minutes away early the next ...

  • Travel contests: Does anybody really win these things? -

    - April 20, 2013 KoreaBy Cacinda Maloney I’ve been on a roll lately, winning 3 (three) contests, almost back to back.  Things come in threes, so I think my winning days are over.  But all that winning got me to wondering, does anybody really win these travel contests?  I guess they do, since I just did, but I do think ...

  • Island Bliss: Castaway Island, Fiji -

    - April 9, 2013 Castaway Island, Fiji Blue StarfishUpdated Sept 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Castaway Island We had the time of our lives, diving off the boat from our little Castaway Island out in the middle of no where in Fiji!  Each day we would drag ourselves out of bed early to catch the morning boat to go diving.  And the kids would do the same.  Adults ...

  • Rocketmiles: a revolutionary way to earn frequent flyer miles -

    - April 2, 2013 RocketBy Cacinda Maloney Rocketmiles  is a revolutionary new website that will offer you limited hotels in various cities that can have good payouts in the way of frequent flyer miles. It is worth checking before you book to see if there is a hotel that you would like to book in a particular city.  Not all cities ...

March 2013

  • Berlin Tourism: Blah, Blah, Blah -

    - March 30, 2013 Berlin, GermanyBy Cacinda Maloney Updated August 2015 Berlin Tourism What a cold, dark place Berlin is. Dull grey is its color. I got a similar feeling in my recent trip to Munich, in fact, not even writing about it, as I wasn’t sure what I was going to say. I don’t like conflict, so this is a hard truth ...

  • RoamRight photo contest winner: Cacinda Maloney! -

    - March 26, 2013 Photo contest winner, photography, Venice, ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney Judges Announce Winner of the Roam Right Photo Contest! March 25, 2013 Judges Announce Winners:    #1 Italian Perfection by Cacinda Maloney   Congratulations Cacinda!     Thanks to those who voted for me! Ultimate winner selected by sponsor-selected judges who reviewed finalist photo based on the following judging criteria (weighted equally): ( a ) creativity; ( b ) quality and originality; and ( c ) ...

  • Reflections of the Wall of Berlin -

    - March 23, 2013 Wall of BerlinUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Wall of Berlin “There are four kinds of people in the world, Ms. Harper. Those who build walls. Those who protect walls. Those who breach walls. And those who tear down walls. Much of life is discovering who you are. When you find out, you also realize there are places you can ...

  • Belize: Life in the Underworld -

    - March 19, 2013 The Blue Hole BelizeBy Cacinda Maloney “Have you ever really wondered what it looks like down under?  No, not Aussie land,   I mean way down under… underneath the ocean?” You can see the tiniest little creatures that you cannot even imagine exist!  And the colors, oh, the colors are amazing!  I love the shimmering blues and greens underneath the ocean. ...

  • Hearts in the Sky: Balboa Park, San Diego, California, USA -

    - March 7, 2013 Balboa Park, San Diego, CABy Cacinda Maloney I have been to San Diego too many times to count.  But this particular day, I was able to spend at Balboa Park. It is a massively huge urban cultural park with world class architecture, open spaces, green gardens and walking/hiking paths. It also is home to an art museum, a few theaters and the San Diego Zoo.  There are ...

  • Travel and loneliness…. -

    - March 6, 2013 Cenote Kukulcan, Cancun, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney “When I get lonely these days, I think: So BE lonely, Liz. Learn your way around loneliness. Make a map of it. Sit with it, for once in your life. Welcome to the human experience. ” ―     Elizabeth Gilbert,     Eat, Pray, Love   I’m a bit of a misfit!  I don’t mean to be.  I ...

  • Step back in time: San Miguel de Allende, Mexico -

    - March 5, 2013 San Miguel de Allende, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney San Miguel de Allende, Mexico I was talking to my friend today, and she was telling me about her quick trip to San Miguel de Allende over the long weekend.  She was in Mexico City and decided to take a drive up  to San Miguel.  By car from Mexico City, you can get there ...

February 2013

  • The philosophy of travel: How travel writing and photography change the world we see -

    - February 26, 2013 Machu Picchu, PeruBy Cacinda Maloney After listening to the podcast of Travel, truth and philosophy by the Travel Lab,  I had to add my thoughts regarding this topic.  They talk about how travel blogging and photography can open your eyes to a whole new world and inspire you to go and look to see what is out there ...

  • The apples in Spain fall mainly on the plain -

    - February 22, 2013 Apples in the countryside of Spain, Costa BravaBy Cacinda Maloney   “How many apples fell on Newton’s head before he took the hint? Nature is always hinting at us. It hints over and over again. And suddenly we take the hint.” Robert Frost I was zipping along on my electric bike in the countryside of Catalonia Spain between Peratallada and Pals.  I was way ahead ...

  • Patriotism at its best: Republic Day in Istanbul, Turkey -

    - February 18, 2013 The flags of Istanbul, TurkeyBy Cacinda Maloney While I was in Istanbul, it was a national holiday known as Republic day,  and the flags of Turkey were out in full force.  There was a religious holiday going on as well, so festivities were in full force. I have to say that I have never seen anything like it. You couldn’t go a few blocks ...

  • A Tapas Pub Crawl in Palamos, Spain: My flamenco dance with food! -

    - February 16, 2013 Tapas in Palamos, SpainBy Cacinda Maloney On my last night in Spain, the Costa Brava Tourism Board arranged for our group of travel bloggers to have tapas on a pub crawl.  They wanted us to get to know the “real Espana”. Tapas are bite-sized morsels of food that range from tiny serranto ham sandwiches to prawn cones to quail eggs to amazing ...

  • How to keep your miles from expiring! -

    - February 14, 2013 ExpiredBy Cacinda Maloney How to keep your miles from expiring! Frequent Flyer miles that is A few ideas to keep your mileage balances from expiring. Quick and simple. For most airlines or hotel loyalty programs, earning or spending in any amount is enough to extend the life of your entire account balance. * Open an airline co-branded mileage credit card * ...

  • Romance or love? what women really want -

    - February 10, 2013 By Cacinda Maloney “What women really want is romance—not so much love. Romance makes life seem so much brighter. We love a handwritten card. We love the car door opened for us. We love the dance of words between one another. We love the brush of the hand against ours. We love, love, love the love letter. We love love in ...

  • My thoughts on Tourism vs Travel -

    - February 8, 2013 MapBy Cacinda Maloney Travel is one of the greatest human freedoms and all of us are free to travel. Where is it that you dream to go?  for me it is… This year… Greece I want to go on an adventure, a  journey.  Not  a tour.   I am just not a  tour person.  Maybe a smallish tour, but ...

January 2013

  • Cistern Istanbul -

    - January 25, 2013 Cistern IstanbulUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Cistern Istanbul Cistern Istanbul is an extraordinary subterranean structure, built by Justinian in 532 AD. It is the largest surviving Byzantine cistern in İstanbul City. Apparently there are several cisterns in Istanbul. It is now one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. It is especially popular during the summer, when its ...

  • Edvard Munch: The Scream, What makes you Scream? -

    - January 24, 2013 Edvard Munch's THE SCREAMBy Cacinda Maloney updated August 2015 Edvard Munch:  The Scream Edvard Munch is Norway’s most beloved artist. He is most famous for four versions of a composition created as both painting and pastel called The Scream (Norwegian: Skrik).  He created these pieces of art between 1893 and 1910 on cardboard. Each piece features a hairless figure with an antagonizing expression standing ...

  • The Circus is in Town! The Circus is in Town! Circo Chino de Peking in Zihuatanejo, Mexico -

    - January 23, 2013 Cirus of Peking, Chino de Peking, Zihuatanejo, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney Circo Chino de Peking:  Have you ever been to a circus in a foreign country? We tried it in Mexico and I have to say that my family truly enjoyed it.  It is so much different that going to the circus in the United States. First of all, it is like the most exciting thing ...

  • Things to do in Istanbul and Santa Sophia Istanbul -

    - January 20, 2013 Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, TurkeyUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Things to do in Istanbul For so many years, I have wanted to go to Istanbul City. I never really had an idea about what it would be like, but knew that it was a right dab in the middle of the East and the West.  Straddling both Europe and Asia, making it ...

  • Zihuatanjeo, Mexico: Simply paradise unpluggged -

    - January 17, 2013 By Cacinda Maloney Zihuatanejo means “place of beautiful women” in the Nahuati language.  Nahuatl has been spoken in Central Mexico since at least the 7th century AD.  It was the language of the  Aztecs, whose empire expanded into most of Mexico during the centuries preceding the Spanish conquest.  Many words from Nahuatl have been borrowed into Spanish, ...

  • Vatican City can’t take a credit card or debit card!! -

    - January 8, 2013 By Cacinda Maloney Just heard the news that the central bank of Italy has blocked the Vatican City’s ability to accept credit cards or debit cards because of some questions about the holy city’s compliance with anti-money-laundering controls. The ban went into effect January 1 , 2013, and still hasn’t been fixed. So in the meantime, ...

  • American Airlines Award Ticket Overview -

    - January 7, 2013 By Cacinda Maloney American Airlines is again running their buy/share miles special until Jan 31, 2013.  Truly it is not a great deal to buy these miles unless you just need to top off your AA account to redeem for a specific award you have in mind.  Basically the sweet spot of buying AA miles is ...

  • Zookz: Just the most unique breakfast/lunch place in all of Central Phoenix, AZ USA -

    - January 5, 2013 Zookz, Phoenix AZBy Cacinda Maloney Zookz – Sandwiches with an edge   So you are driving west down Camelback, the most famous street in Phoenix, Arizona and decide to check out the central area of town.  Turning south onto Central, shortly after you notice this cute little sandwich shoppe that you want to check out.  “Sandwiches with an Edge” it ...

  • Zihuatanejo: Oh, the colors of Mexico! Oh, los colores de México! -

    - January 3, 2013 Day of the dead skulls, Zihuatanjeo, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney As I meander down each street, I think about Mexico and its colors. Color, color is everywhere and they are serious about their colors. “Why, o, why can’t the USA be like this?”  I have decided that I love color.  I love how bold and striking Mexico can be. With all its dilapidated old parts and ...

  • Getting Started for Beginners 101 (Part 4) -

    - January 3, 2013 Post #1:  Getting Started for Beginners 101 (Part 1). Post #2:  Getting Started for Beginners 101 (Part 2),  Post #3: Getting Started for Beginners 101 (Part 3), Now Post #4 Getting Started for Beginners 101:  Get one of my favorite travel credit cards to start: To start with, if you don’t want to churn credit cards every 91 ...

  • An easy way to make frequent flyer miles on a regular basis: online shopping portals -

    - January 2, 2013 Santorini Island, visit greece, fira santoriniBy Cacinda Maloney ONLINE SHOPPING PORTALS (Updated Nov 2015) One easy way to earn points is to use a shopping portal.  You may have never heard of a shopping portal, but they are easy to use and always add a few extra points to your stash.  I’ve found that clicking through a shopping portal really only adds ...

December 2012

  • 2012: The travel year in review: 8 countries, 38 cities -

    - December 29, 2012 Come along with me as I do a year in review.By Cacinda Maloney It has been an adventurous year, 2012.  I would say this is pretty typical of this travel gal.  I think I have been traveling at this rate for at least 4 or 5 years.  Sometimes I return to the places I love or have to go to work, or seminars, but most of these ...

  • Chora Church, One of the Most Beautiful Churches in the World -

    - December 23, 2012 Chora ChurchUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Chora Church The sights and sounds that are Istanbul are so difficult to explain, I tried to show you this thru my streets of Istanbul photograph post.  At first, I was so overwhelmed with the mass difference between the USA and Turkey, that I had a hard time describing my emotions and thoughts ...

  • Petra, Jordan: “A rose red city half as old as time.” -

    - December 11, 2012 Come along with me as I do a year in review.by Cacinda Maloney Petra, Jordania “A rose red city half as old as time.” Dean Burgeon Truly we all have wondered what it would be like to travel to an Arabian country after watching Disney’s Aladdin, a tale from the book One Thousand and One Nights (Arabian Nights,  كتاب ألف ليلة وليلة)  and the joys of a camel ...

  • Petra, Jordan By Night and the Cave Bar -

    - December 10, 2012 Petra, Jordan By Night and the Cave BarUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Petra, Jordan By Night – A Practical Guide Petra by night is an after-dark, guided excursion down the Siq to the Treasury in Jordan’s famous carved city. It gets mixed reviews on the travel forums and Tripadvisor about whether or not it is worth it to go while visiting Jordan. I thought ...

  • Aqaba, Jordan العقبة‎: Diving the Red Sea -

    - December 7, 2012 Aqaba, Jordan Updated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Aqaba, Jordan and the Red Sea A bit off the beaten path… We arrived into Amman at 10:45 pm at night.  Damn Crazy Americans!  By the time we made to the car rental place, it was almost 11:15 pm.  The plan was to drive from Amman to Aqaba, a three hour drive, in ...

  • A candlelit night in the city of Petra, Jordan -

    - December 6, 2012 Petra, Jordan By Night and the Cave BarUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney A candlelit night in the city of Petra,  A night I will never forget Making our way down the long Siq, deep into the night, I wondered how the event would unfold.  With each step, anticipation into this unknown world of rock walls and the famous “Treasury” in the ciyt of Petra. I ...

  • I dream of Venice, Italy -

    - December 5, 2012 Bridge of Sighs, Venice ItalyBy Cacinda Maloney “If you read a lot, nothing is as great as you’ve imagined.  Venice is — Venice is better.”  Fran Lebowitz What do you most want to see or do when you are there? More than anything, I would just love to “be” there.  You know,  “to be” and not “to do”?  The “being” part is ...

  • Adding “Almost” Free ONE WAY Awards to Your Existing Frequent Flyer Reward Reservation -

    - December 5, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney As some of you may know, I went to another miles and points seminar this weekend in Los Angeles called Frequent Traveler University #FTULAX.  One of the best presentations was from Scott of Milevalue.com.  So this information is not something I came up with, I learned most of it from him and his ...

November 2012

  • Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain – Chefchaouen, Morocco -

    - November 27, 2012 Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain Chefchaouen, Morocco off the beaten path… by Cacinda Maloney Have you ever heard of the Blue City?  In the twilight glow I see Chefchaouen.  The name refers to the shape of the mountain tops above the town, that look like the two horns (chaoua) of a goat.  This place is what I ...

  • Smokin’Deal: New York – Buenos Aires, Argentina *$396 Roundtrip,taxes included on TAM Airlines -

    - November 25, 2012 UPDATED:  11/26/12 DEAL DEAD Smokin’Deal: New York – Buenos Aires, Argentina. $386  Roundtrip, taxes included! *now I am hearing of people get tickets for $300.22! TAM Airlines Valid for travel from March 1st, 2013 – June 30th, 2013 JFK – GIG (Rio de Janeiro) – EZE (Buenos Aires) – GIG – JFK Must purchase by midnight November 26th, 2012 TAM is ...

  • Things to do in Istanbul: Discover Istanbul Cats! -

    - November 22, 2012 Istanbul CatsUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Things to do in Istanbul Istanbul Cats   Now honestly,  I didn’t start out taking photographs of Istanbul cats. I was just going about my day, shopping in Istanbul, when I would spot one or two. In fact, I have to say that while I was there, I did notice an abundance of felines, but ...

  • A Journey through the streets of Istanbul, not Constantinople! -

    - November 19, 2012 Grafitti in Istanbul, TurkeyBy Cacinda Maloney “Istanbul was Constantinople.” “Now it’s Istanbul, not Constantinople.” “Been a long time gone, Constantinople.” “Now it’s a Turkish delight on a moonlit night”   Didn’t we all have to learn that song while in school?   Istanbul is a journey unto itself. I barely scraped the surface as to what Istanbul is.   It is daunting, tactile and overwhelming. The streets of Istanbul Nor can ...

  • Khol (كحل‎) Eyeliner and the Evil Eye (عين الحسود‎) -

    - November 17, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney Many women in the Middle East are known for their exotic beauty.  Almost all of them looked beautiful to me!  Actually, it was difficult to figure out if they were beautiful or not, based only on their eyes.  So it is understandable that they would use this Kohl eyeliner to deepen the mystery ...

  • Bedouins (بَدَوِيُّون) of Petra, Jordan -

    - November 16, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney Honestly, I didn’t even know what a Bedouin was before I went to Jordan.  I guess I have spent entirely too much time in the city to even vaguely understand that these people still exist. Not only do they exist, they seem to thrive.  I saw hundreds of them inside the UNESCO world heritage ...

  • How traveling has changed my views about materialism and possessions -

    - November 16, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney OK, I will admit it, I was pretty  crazed about the latest and greatest things I could get  my hands on.  There was a time when I went crazy furnishing my house, having the walls faux painted by a professional artist, to get my house on the inside, to look like those houses ...

  • Graffiti #2 -

    - November 16, 2012 GraffitiBy Cacinda Maloney Something about graffiti always catches my eye.  I usually photograph it in almost every city I go to.  Here is Graffiti #1 post and I am sure there will be many more to follow.  Which is your favorite?     O, and check this out.  

  • There’s something about Mary! -

    - November 13, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney What great fortune the world brought me so unexpectedly.  I slid into my seat, almost late, not knowing what class I wanted to take recently at a travel bloggers conference in Genoa, Italy. Story telling … “OK, I thought, how hard is it to tell a story?”  Well, little did I know … it ...

  • Barcelona, Spain: Sweet and Salty at La Boqueria and Beyond -

    - November 10, 2012 La Boqueria BarcelonaUpdated September 2015 By Cacinda Maloney La Boqueria Barcelona and Ramblas Barcelona Take A Tour of Boqueria Barcelona: Sweet and Salty The tour I took in Barcelona was called:  Farm to Fork, La Boqueria Barcelona and Beyond. It began at the intersection of Carrer de la Boqueria and La Rambla, and was founded in the 12th century, making it one of ...

  • Italian Laundry – Street Art -

    - November 9, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney Some of my most vivid memories of Italy are those where the laundry is hanging on the line just outside the deep forest green window shutters.  Throughout Liguria (a region in Italy), I kept seeing these amazingly deep green shutters and then… there they were … lines of colored laundry. so elegantly hung, as ...

  • Transatlantic Cruises for repositioning are cheap ways to cross the Atlantic -

    - November 8, 2012 These are great cruises for those who just want to relax and hang out on a cruise ship, with all the amenities for a transatlantic trip for inexpensive prices.  The industry calls them repositioning cruises.  Basically what they are doing is transporting the ship to a different port for a different season and so they ...

  • Shades of Green …Grass -

    - November 6, 2012 Italy, Girona, NerviUpdated October 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Contemplating my next travel dates, I sit in reflection in a small town in Italy called Nervi, having just returned from Santa Margherita and Portofino. I have some amazing stories to tell, which I will write about at another time, but I thought today should be the day I write about ...

October 2012

  • The troubles with travel… airing out my dirty laundry -

    - October 30, 2012 Italian laundryBy Cacinda Maloney As some of you may know, I have been on the road for quite some time and have run into a few mishaps along the way.  Sometimes travel has set backs and for me this is the first time I have run into major technology issues.  Fluctuating internet, photo storage back up issues, ...

  • Charming Medieval Villages along the Costa Brava Area of Spain: Peratalada to Pals -

    - October 22, 2012 Peratalada and Pals, Spain in the Costa BravaBy Cacinda Maloney If you are following along in my series on Costa Brava, Spain: Post #1: Costa Brava:  Spain’s Northeast Coast, getting there Post#2: Girona, Spain:  Diamonds are a girl’s best friend Post #3:  So, you want to go to Spain’s Brave Coast: Seaside LEstartit Post #4:  Medieval villages along the Costa Brava of Spain -Begur Post #5:  Where to stay ...

  • Ahh! The Foods of Cuenca, Ecuador -

    - October 14, 2012 Come along with me I share with you the Foods of Cuenca Ecuador. You are going to love it!By Cacinda Maloney This post is the #4 post in a series of posts regarding taking a trip to Ecuador: Post #1:  Cuenca, Ecuador:  Stepping Back in Time Post #2: Chordeleg:  A Day Trip from Cuenca Post #3: The Markets in Cuenca, Ecuador Post #4:  Ahh! The Foods of Cuenca, Ecuador We had gotten a lot of recommendations for places to ...

  • The Markets in Cuenca, Ecuador -

    - October 13, 2012 Ecuador, Cuenca food marketsUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney The Markets in Ecuador Indigenous Markets Ecuador is famous for its colorful indigenous markets. The most famous of them is in Otavalo, northwest of Quito. There are many indigenous markets in Ecuador, but Otavalo is the most well known for international visitors. Cuenca, on the other hand, has lesser known, but more local markets spread ...

  • Cuenca, Ecuador: Stepping Back in Time -

    - October 13, 2012 Cuenca, Ecuador By Cacinda Maloney This post is the #1 post in a series of posts regarding taking a trip to Ecuador: Post #1:  Cuenca, Ecuador:  Stepping Back in Time Post #2: Chordeleg:  A Day Trip from Cuenca Post #3: The Markets in Cuenca, Ecuador Post #4:  Ahh! The Foods of Cuenca, Ecuador Post #5:  Equestrian Countryside of Cuenca Post #6:  Quito: A Visit ...

  • Genova, Italy: My next travel Adventure -

    - October 12, 2012 By:  Cacinda Maloney Genoa, Italy  Here I come!  So readers get ready to read and peruse photographs of the Cinque Terre Region of Italy – the Italian Riveria, as it is on my list of next travel places for this year.  Notice the two different ways I spelled Genoa.  Genoa is the English way to spell ...

  • Aiguablava: Hotel near Begur, Spain -

    - October 10, 2012 Begur, Spain, Costa BravaUpdated August 2015 By:  Cacinda Maloney Aiguablava Aiguablava is a small indention of a bay on the Costa Brava Coast in Catalonia, Spain. It rests quietly along the Mediterranean Sea with miles and miles of Spanish coastline. As I sit out on my balcony, staring at the beauty and charm of the Bay, I am struck by the simplicity of ...

  • Furore, Italy: the most beautiful place on earth and the drive back to Rome via Ravello -

    - October 6, 2012 By:  Cacinda Maloney A series of posts:  Italy: from Rome to Positano, a drive down to the Amalfi Coast: The Abbey of Montecasino and Herculaneum Arrival into Positano (Part 1) Positano bites deep (Part 2) And now:  Furore, Italy:  the most beautiful place on earth and then the drive back to Rome: Leaving Positano is a sad thought, but knowing we ...

  • Chordeleg, Ecuador: A Day Trip from Cuenca -

    - October 4, 2012 Chordeleg, EcuadorUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Chordeleg Guild Town There are many adorable small towns nestled in the hills of the Azuay province near Cuenca (the new hub for American retirees). The picturesque town of Chordeleg is one of them. Getting there was easy, the bus crested a hill and rolled down into a lush green valley. Down below there ...

  • Begur, Spain and its many medieval villages along the Costa Brava -

    - October 3, 2012 Begur, SpainBy Cacinda Maloney Begur, Spain A quaint little town known for its privileged geographic location by the Mediterranean Sea, Begur, Spain in the Costa Brava has distinctive Cuban style houses, a crumbling medieval castle and astonishing crystal-clear beaches. This is an area of Spain that I am wild about! There are so many little medieval towns within ...

  • Spain’s Brave Coast: Seaside L’Estartit -

    - October 3, 2012 L'Estartit, Costa Brava, SpainBy Cacinda Maloney If you are following along in my series on Costa Brava, Spain: Post #1: Costa Brava, Spain’s Northeast Coast: Getting There Post #2:  Diamonds are a girl’s best friend:  Girona, Spain This is post #3: So, you want to go to Spain’s Brave Coast? Seaside L’Estartit Costa Brava, literally, the “Brave Coast” of Spain, is not to ...

  • Costa Brava, Spain’s Northeast Coast: Getting There -

    - October 2, 2012 Oldest Flower Shop in Barcelona, SpainBy Cacinda Maloney This post is more of a  “how to” versus a romanticized gallivant through Spain!  I will be making a series of posts detailing the places to go and the things to do along the coast. That part will be gallivanting! (Posts#2-4) This is post #1  Costa Brava, Spain’s Northeast Coast:  Getting There Barcelona is probably ...

September 2012

  • Oldest Coffee House in Italy reopens after restoration: Caffe Florian, Venice, Italy -

    - September 30, 2012 Wouldn’t mind going here for a cup of coffee (even though I don’t drink coffee!).  Italy’s oldest coffee house has opened its doors after restoration to its former glory. Caffe Florian first opened on San Marco Square in Venice in 1720.  The hall is named after influential Venetian figures who are portrayed in the oil paintings.

  • Vancouver, Canada: An awesome place to visit! -

    - September 29, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney Vancouver, Canada:  An awesome place to visit!   There are so many things to do in this wonderful city with your kiddos.  Pack them up and take them to Canada for a fun and exciting adventure. Start your day at Grandville Island, arguably the most amazing market on the west coast.  It has everything you can ...

  • 25,000 American Airlines Miles for DirecTV Subscription -

    - September 29, 2012 25,000 Bonus American Miles For DirecTV Subscription: When you sign up for DirecTV via this link before December 5, 2012, you can earn 25,000 bonus American Airlines miles. The bonus requires a 24-month agreement and is only valid for new DirecTV customers who provide their AAdvantage number when ordering. The DirecTV account must be kept ...

  • So about that Castle party in Spain! -

    - September 28, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney So, about that castle party!  #TBEX (Travel bloggers exchange) was having a conference in Girona, Spain in Sept 2012 and I decided this would be a great jump start to my new travel blog, so I decided to attend. The grand opening ceremony of the event was held at Castell de St. Gregori, an ...

  • Girona, Spain: Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. -

    - September 27, 2012 Girona, SpainUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Girona, Spain Sometimes on trips, you find diamonds …I found one… I can say, without a doubt, that exploring Barcelona and the Costa Brava area of Spain is a guaranteed adventure and an amazing trip within trips.  It is a trip that must be taken.  It can be done in 7 to ...

  • Points and Miles Part 3 -

    - September 23, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney This post is going to hit on some basic information on how to accumulate points and miles.  You have read prior posts on my website called: Post #1:  Points and Miles 101 (Part 1)  Post #2:  Points and Miles (Part2) Now you are ready to accumulate points.  So lets start with the basics.  There are ...

  • Wandering the Gothic Quarter: Barcelona, Spain -

    - September 19, 2012 Barcelona, SpainBy Cacinda Maloney After Gaudi’s art show, I was wandering the narrow, cobblestone streets of the Gothic quarter, considered the center of the old city of Barcelona when I got lucky.  I came upon rustic-colored buildings with great texture, arches and window sills. Rounding the corner, there was this fabulous, nameless church, with an incredibly beautiful, maroon ...

  • God’s Architect: Gaudi -

    - September 19, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney BARCELONA, SPAIN If you have never heard of Antonio Gaudi, you will if you go to Barcelona, Spain.  He is their inspiration, their identity and their love.  He was a modernistic dreamer/architect of Catalan descent.  Born in 1852 and having only died in 1926, after being struck by a train    (while on his daily ...

  • Mexico’s Independence 202nd Anniversary Celebration, Phoenix, AZ USA -

    - September 17, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney The Consulate General of Mexico and The City of Phoenix request the pleasure of your presence for a Cocktail Reception followed by the Official Ceremony to commemorate the 202nd Anniversary of Mexico’s Independence at The Orpheum Theatre.   September 15th 2012, 5:00 p.m.   I was honored and did attend the event at City Hall and The ...

  • Mistake Hotel rate: BKK NOVOTEL SIAM SQUARE 15 Euros per night! DEAL DEAD at 9:30 pm mst -

    - September 10, 2012 BKK NOVOTEL SIAM SQUARE  Mistake rate:  15 Euros per night! On novotel.com and booking.com  Click on below to see what I found in March 2013.  $18.56 standard double room with breakfast and fully refundable!!  I went ahead a booked it for spring break 2013, you never know if I will find a great airfare deal to ...

  • A less visited European destination that is worth the trip! -

    - September 8, 2012 Krakow, Poland By Cacinda Maloney Krakow, Poland  If I said it once, I have said it a million times, this place is awesome!  It is the number one, most under-rated city in Europe in my humble opinion.  It is in my top 5 places to visit before you die (OK, can you tell I like this place?).  It is ...

  • An unexpected trip to Spain -

    - September 8, 2012 I have been doing research on travel writing, which has led me down various paths of decisions about this website.  I decided I should take the plunge and go head first.  I will attend TBEX 2012, which is a travel bloggers conference in Girona, Spain.  I decided to go before the conference to Barcelona so ...

  • Turn your laptop into a wifi hotspot in your hotel room -

    - September 7, 2012 I won’t go into a detailed explanation about how it works, just follow this link for tips on how to do this.

  • Remember how I told you the secret about my lover? -

    - September 5, 2012 Heart, San migue de Allende, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney San Miguel de Allende, Mexico captured my heart.  It is the quintessential town for me.  It answered all my prayers about a place that I thought could exist.  You see, I have always been in love with colonial architecture, interior design, music, art and the language of Mexico for a long time (plus ...

  • Smokin’ Airline Deals -

    - September 4, 2012 PHOENIX- BOSTON $220 (and vise versa):  US Airways.  Valid for travel until April 12th, 2013.  Must purchase at least 21 days advance of departure. CHICAGO, USA-ISTANBUL, TURKEY:  $553 Air Canada/Lufthansa has a great deal. They both members of the Star Alliance and partner with United, so credit your miles to United as it is the best option out ...

  • A Tribute: Sergio Castillo, a Chilean Sculptor -

    - September 1, 2012 Sergio CastilloUpdated August 2015 By Cacinda Maloney Sergio Castillo Sergio Castillo (13 May 1925 – 19 August 2010) You never really know who you will meet on your travels.  Looking at him, I never would have dreamed that he had created such a mass amount of great work that was stunning and thought provoking.  I loved the smoothness of his ...

  • Points and Miles Part 2 for Beginners -

    - September 1, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney Review of Points and Miles for Beginners: Now that you have read Points and miles 101 (part 1) , now what?  Sign up for all frequent flyer and hotel loyalty programs.  So you are already signed up for a few programs, but go ahead and do about 10 new programs, which you “might” use.  This ...

August 2012

  • How a traveller inspired me …Post to Dr. Radermacher -

    - August 29, 2012 What to do in Key West, FloridaI remembered how excited I was when I found out from my husband that we were going to Vienna, Austria for our wedding anniversary. We had a trainer for our business that knew a lot about Vienna and so I decided to call him to get a few tips on things to do and places ...

  • It’s true! I have two lovers! Vienna and San Miguel de Allende -

    - August 29, 2012 Two LoversLa Capilla, San Miguel de Allende, MexicoBy Cacinda Maloney Two Lovers My therapist made me write this post, he made me make a decision and required that I write it down.  So I did. I was going to keep this a secret for the rest of my life. I really didn’t want anyone to know. The less people know about this, the better.  ...

  • DELTA: MIA or ATL to DUBAI $944 -

    - August 25, 2012 A friend of mine moved to Dubai about 3 years ago, and I am sure all her friends want to go visit her!  So here is the the deal:  DELTA AIRLINES:  Miami or Atlanta to Dubai for $944. Valid for travel from October 20th – December 16th or December 25th, 2012 – March 13th, 2013. Use ITA ...

  • PHX- BOS $210 -

    - August 24, 2012   I found a great deal on Jet Blue for PHX to BOS $210 taxes included!  Limited availability.  Also, some flights on American Airlines for $221. Click on image below to view.     Try out the Matrix Airfare Search (itasoftware.com), you can’t purchase from this website, but it will tell you where to go to get the deal ...

  • Graffiti #1 -

    - August 23, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney Graffiti (singular: graffito; the plural is used as a mass noun) is writing or drawings scribbled, scratched, or sprayed illicitly on a wall or other surface in a public place. I’m not sure what it is, but graffiti to me is interesting in non USA cities.  In the US, it seems so destructive ...

  • Seville, Spain: Red Hot! -

    - August 19, 2012 Spain, SevilleBy Cacinda Maloney When I was a little girl, my world-traveling grandmother came home from Spain and brought some beautiful Spanish flamenco dancer dolls: the female in her blazing red dress and the male in his traditional  black pants,  a shirt and short vest.  The set came with a toro (bull).  I was mesmerized by what ...

  • “Positano bites deep.” Part II -

    - August 18, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney A series of posts:  Italy: from Rome to Positano, a drive down to the Amalfi Coast: The Abbey of Montecasino and Herculaneum Arrival into Positano (Part 1) Positano bites deep (Part 2) (this post) Furore, Italy:  the most beautiful place on earth and then there is Ravello Positano bites deep (Part 2): Positano :  “Positano bites deep. It is a ...

  • Positano, Italy: Bellisimo! Part I -

    - August 17, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney A series of posts:  Italy: from Rome to Positano, a drive down to the Amalfi Coast: The Abbey of Montecasino and Herculaneum Arrival into Positano (Part 1) Positano bites deep (Part 2) Furore, Italy:  the most beautiful place on earth and then there is Ravello  Arrival into Positano (Part 1): There is so much to say and yet nothing ...

  • Italy: from Rome to Positano, a drive down to the Amalfi Coast -

    - August 16, 2012 Italy, From Rome to Positano, the Amalfi CoastBy Cacinda Maloney A series of posts:  Italy: from Rome to Positano, a drive down to the Amalfi Coast: Arrival into Positano (Part 1) Positano bites deep (Part 2) Furore, Italy:  the most beautiful place on earth and then there is  Ravello Italy: from Rome to Positano, a drive down to the Amalfi Coast:  The Abbey of Montecasino and Herculaneum: I’d ...

  • CAPTURE THE COLOUR -

    - August 11, 2012 CAPTURE THE COLOUR:  A photo contest put on by travelsupermarket.com BLUE I was at Castaway Island, Fiji, when this shot was taken.  The blue starfish are everywhere lying on the beach and in the waters.  They just add to the charm of this incredible place.  This is my son Christian holding it. GREENI was walking the beach ...

  • Quito, Ecuador: A Visit to the Middle of the World! -

    - August 8, 2012 By Cacinda Maloney This post is the #6 post in a series of posts regarding taking a trip to Ecuador: Quito, Ecuador and Latitude 0 0’ 0” We hired a driver to take us from Quito to the volcano, the equator (with its museum) and the monument in “the center of the world”.  In the photo below, we ...

  • Lima, Peru: Still relatively an unknown, exotic city for most Americans to visit -

    - August 8, 2012 Peru, Lima EL BESOBy Cacinda Maloney Lima, Peru Mainstream guidebooks don’t do Lima justice.  It is a city that should be on every travelers list, known as the City of Kings, or “Los Cuidad de los Reyes”.  It extends outward from the rugged cliffs of the Pacific coastline with a mix of Spanish Colonial and the Peruvian Andes culture all ...