A Complete Guide to the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo

Viking Museum Norway: Introduction At over 1000 years old, the Viking Ship Museum, Oslo houses Viking boats 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 would never have become a dominant force in medieval warfare, politics, and trade. Viking Ship

2018-02-21T01:17:01+00:00

16 Amazing Things To Do During a Norway Winter

Norway is absolutely beautiful and every traveler should include this country on their bucket list. With its scenic mountain views, interesting history, vibrant architecture, and wonderful people, the sheer beauty of this Nordic country is just too compelling to be ignored. And if that’s not enough to convince you, here’s my list of 16 Amazing Things To Do In Norway During a Norway Winter: Learn

2018-01-24T08:50:19+00:00

Normandy Tours from Paris, France: Remembering D Day

For one of my Normandy Tours from Paris, I eventually stepped onto the shores of the Normandy Beaches where I couldn't stop thinking about how World War II had finally ended in 1945. The end would have never happened if it was not for the bravery of the Allied Forces who landed here in June of 1944. American, British and Canadian soldiers, who sacrificed their

2018-02-22T01:25:37+00:00

Eat in Italy: Eat. Drink. Be Italian.

When I found myself with the better part of a day to explore the medieval city of Perugia, I stumbled across a Perugia food tour. It was offered by Via Del Vino Food & Wine Tours. This four-hour tour, created by Susan Guerra, seemed just the ticket for the perfect places to eat in Italy.  Now I confess to not being a connoisseur of great

2018-01-11T11:26:46+00:00

Croatia Island Hopping: Come with me and explore!

My Croatia Vacation: It was over a year ago that I had typed these words to the top of my bucket list on my website: Croatia Vacation. I have been in the travel business for over 5 years and I often hear about all the wonderful places to visit in this world. Whisperings of Croatia island hopping and amazing Croatia resorts have been going on

2018-01-25T14:41:10+00:00

Travelocity: 6 Ultra-Indulgent Luxury Spa Getaways Not to Miss

October on Travelocity! Every month I use my 25 years of travel experience on the Travelocity website about my latest travel experiences. I am a travel ambassador for Travelocity, and they like to call me one of their "Gnational Gnomads", which I think is super cute. This is an excerpt from those stories. You can read the entire article here: 6 Ultra-Indulgent Luxury Spa Getaways Not to

2018-01-25T14:38:49+00:00

A Perfect Day Spent in Regensburg, Germany

In the early morning, we glided past cobbled lanes, underpasses, and archways out of Passau and towards the Black Forest near the UNESCO world heritage city of Regensburg. We passed small villages with their modestly tiny boardwalks along the river’s edge. We marveled from our balcony of the Viking River’s Elgin ship at the mystical landscape in the Autumn sun as we were ready to

2018-01-25T14:43:02+00:00

It’s a Suite Life: Sweet Inn, Barcelona

I constantly find myself being the planner of things:  the family vacation, the food that we eat, and the calendar that we live by.  It was crunch time and I was in a spot: Our son was doing a study abroad program in Barcelona and we were going there with him to enjoy the richness of Spain, take in a few sights, and enjoy a

2018-01-28T19:31:40+00:00

Italian Vacation: Under the ‘Middle-Aged’ Tuscan Sun

I thought I heard the faintest sound coming from outside my window. What was that? Just as the sun was beginning to peek into my 18th-century room at a luxury hamlet in Tuscany, I begin to wake out of one of the deepest sleeps I had been in in a while. The glow of the sun tossed shadows on to the white washed walls and

2018-01-28T21:38:48+00:00

Luxury Firenze Hotel: IL Salviatino – Florence, Italy

Luxury Firenze Hotel: IL Salviatino - Florence, Italy Exhausted from my overnight flight to Rome from the USA, and then my train ride to Florence, I was bound and determined to make it to my Firenze hotel to find my suite with a king-sized bed soon. It was not exactly in the center of  Florence, but in a neighborhood on a hill overlooking Florence known as

2018-02-16T23:38:48+00:00

Italy Vacations – Make This Your Next Authentic Italian Vacation

Italy Vacations - Make This Your Next Authentic Italian Vacation Americans love Italy Vacations. Yet many times when we go, we get bogged down in the massive cities and we begin to feel that the vacation becomes "too touristy". In Rome, the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain are so busy that they are almost avoidable areas to go to anymore because of the massive crowds.

2018-02-16T23:47:13+00:00

Exploring Venice: Best Things to do in Venice Italy

If you ask me how I like to travel, I would say “solo.” As a photographer, I find it’s easier to wander alone and take my time to get exactly the right shot. So on my third visit exploring, I found some of the best things to do in Venice, Italy.  I was totally prepared to take in a day at the Carnival of  Venice,

2017-08-20T13:13:59+00:00

One of the Best Places to Go in Italy

One of the Best Places to Go in Italy: The Strozzi Family Estate   My modern day fairytale: It is not every day you get to meet Italian royalty! “Privilege comes with an acute sense of responsibility. It’s like carrying the weight of a thousand years on your shoulders—as if the eyes of history were always upon you—and you need to find the way to

2017-12-15T00:44:25+00:00

Hotel Adler Spa in Tuscany, Italy for Your Mind and Soul

Hotel Adler, otherwise known as the Adler Thermae Spa and Relax Resort in Tuscany, Italy We had arrived in this tiny little town in Italy in the middle of Tuscany and were anxious to see what was meant by this Italian “relax spa” called Hotel Adler. I had heard Italians relax differently than Americans, so I was ready to find out the differences at Hotel Adler.

2017-12-13T00:30:21+00:00

Barcelona, Spain for Families…

Barcelona, SpainPhoto by: PointsandTravel.com Barcelona, Spain for Families… Barcelona, with its dark and twisty lanes and its open-air plazas, is an amazingly vibrant city that should be on every family’s bucket list. In fact, that is why I wrote this article about Barcelona, Spain for families because I want Americans to visit here. When you think Spain, you may not think about the

2017-09-05T05:06:22+00:00

A Tiny Island in the Middle of Rome: Tiber Island, Italy

I watched out the large rectangular window and the massive television screen blaring Italian on the wall at the same time. Glancing back and forth, I could see where each frame of the movie had been filmed. The main actor would walk into the door that I had just walked through and then up the stairs to the very room I was standing in. However,

2017-12-12T22:29:24+00:00

Les Baux, France and the Carrieres de Lumieres

Entering the old stone quarry, I had no idea what to expect. The guide from the luxury Viking River Cruise ship only said to bring a sweater, as it can get cold inside (and he wanted to surprise us!). Little did I know it would be one of the highlights of my southern France tour onboard the Viking River Cruise. The entrance was through the

2017-12-15T02:05:56+00:00

The Power of Travel Seen Through the Eyes of a Travel Company

Most days I write about my travel experiences: the good, the bad, and the ugly… But mostly I write about the wonderful travel experiences that I feel and see through my rose-colored glasses. I am grateful for the travel experiences that I have had around the globe and a recent invite by Trafalgar Tours, a global travel company, made me realize what goes into making

2017-08-25T07:57:37+00:00

Venice – Behind the Mask

I’m a collector of masks. On display in my home are over 30 masks carefully carted back as my treasures from visits to faraway lands. So naturally, heading to Venice, I was keen on picking up a few Venice masks to add to my collection. I timed my visit to be there during the last three days of the Carnival of Venice so as to

2017-12-15T00:44:37+00:00

Authentic Italian Recipes for the Soul

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 different from chef to chef and all of them will

2018-02-17T00:19:40+00:00

Carnival of Venice

Photo by Donnie Sexton 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 celebrate. Photo by

2017-08-25T11:40:16+00:00

Highlights of a Danube River Christmas Markets Cruise

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 Markets in Germany, France, and Switzerland. Come along with me

2017-09-09T16:34:48+00:00

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

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 on the Europa2 in 2016. If you have never

2017-09-10T11:01:55+00:00

Gothenburg, Sweden: Gateway to the 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 that sunny day in Gothenburg when I had arrived.

2017-09-10T10:06:17+00:00

Eating Amsterdam: Dutch Food

If 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 over that. This specific tour, the Jordaan

2017-07-11T15:53:32+00:00

Portrait of Southern France: Viking Tours

“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 range of low mountains in Provence. It flowed through

2018-01-01T11:10:13+00:00

Unique Italian Gelato Culture

Gelateria Artigianale Chez Toi Pizzo, Calabria; Italy   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 Italian town, and you are

2018-01-01T12:08:14+00:00

What to do in Oslo

How Cool is Oslo? It is artic cool!  Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway 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 to do in

2017-12-31T23:29:28+00:00

Flytographer: HIRE A LOCAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Photograph by Johann of Flytographer Flytographer 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

2017-07-11T16:00:51+00:00

Hotel Arts Barcelona – A Hotel Review

A 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 the bottom floor, they quickly had me up the

2018-01-30T08:31:48+00:00

Viking Star: Things to Know Before You Go

A 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 think that they got a great deal and got

2017-07-10T17:03:07+00:00

Nine Easy Reasons Why You Should Take a Viking Ocean Cruise

One 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 from Barcelona to Rome. And the awards are rolling in:

2017-09-12T15:46:13+00:00

Ode to Barcelona’s Street Violinist

Where 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 visit. I had only a few ideas as to where

2017-12-31T22:10:05+00:00

Best Places to Visit in the World 2016

Best 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 visit in the world?” I have rounded up

2017-07-24T10:21:51+00:00

Memories of Santorini Island

By 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 half a century old. In the dream, I would

2017-07-10T17:40:57+00:00
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