Preikestolen Hike in Norway – Let The Adventure Begins!

Pulpit Rock, better known as Preikestolen 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 thousands of tourists from all over the world, which makes it one of the main places to

2018-04-02T14:30:49+00:00

Italy: From Rome to Positano, a drive down the Amalfi Coast

I'd say the Amalfi Coast is right on up there with the top 10 places to see before you die! You have got to go and experience it for yourself. Take your spouse on a romantic getaway. Fly into Rome, rent a car, and drive from Rome to Positano. See it for yourself, at your own pace and leisure. That's what we did on our

2018-04-16T15:06:19+00:00

Things To Do In Santorini You Won’t Forget

Santorini, Greece Glasses ching as the patrons smile and look out over the villas jutted up next to the mountains with gorgeous bougainvilleas, cactus and fig trees abound. The cheer, the setting, the food as well as love is always in the air in Santorini.  What is not to love about it? Yamas! “Stin ygia mas!” my host says!  "Cheers!  To our good

2018-03-19T00:29:02+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

Hermitage St Petersburg Evacuation During the War

Hermitage St. Petersburg The Evacuation of the Hermitage St Petersburg The sounds of thunder crackle outside the majestic doors of the Hermitage. The enemy was fast approaching during the siege of Leningrad during World War II. The employees of the Hermitage St Petersburg had to hurry, in a panic and in a rush, when the order was given from the restorers for permission

2018-02-28T13:46:12+00:00

French River Cruises: My Viking Journey on the Southern France Tour

French River Cruises - My Viking Journey This is my Viking journey. 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 Lake Geneva before arriving in

2018-04-15T20:04:36+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

Unique Italian Culture: Gelato Italiano

No matter what region you are in Italy, there’s one Italian treat that never fails to please the entire group: Gelato Italiano! But what is this Italian Gelato? Where did it come from? And what makes it so different than ice cream? Let's dig into this frozen treat and see what makes it so special. First of all, frozen creamy treats aren’t new. In ancient Roman times, Italians

2018-04-12T11:17:40+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

 Everyone Should Visit Portofino, Italy 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 that you would say to yourself, "I could live here." "This is Portofino, Italy." Portofino is a small Ligurian fishing village in

2018-03-09T18:05:13+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

6 Must-See Paris Attractions For Your Holiday Vacation

You can find fantastic accommodations across the globe and Paris, France is no exception. There are few destinations that offer more in the way of romance, culture, and entertainment than gay Paree. Here are a few attractions you can't afford to miss. Photo by PointsandTravel The Eiffel Tower Obvious? Sure, but you can hardly visit La Ville Lumiere (City of Lights) without checking

2018-04-21T21:21:56+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

Swanky Library Hotel, Zurich, Switzerland

Swanky Library Hotel 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 wanted nothing to do with any cheap or rundown airport hotel but instead wanted upscale and hip. Either “smart luxury” or “splurge” and at

2018-03-09T18:28:20+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

2018-03-28T16:01:18+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

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

2018-04-12T08:36:09+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

Best Canary Island

By Jennifer Anders Best Canary Island -  Tenerife Photo by By Wouter Hagens (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons Looking for exotic black –grey or pebble beaches instead of the traditional white sands? You don’t have to look too far to find many of them here in Tenerife due to the fact that this island, a member of

2017-07-10T20:32:33+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

2018-03-07T19:32:17+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. I even wrote an article called:

2018-03-07T19:30:45+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

Fly Me To Paris Giveaway

By 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 Paris Fly me to Paris It had

2017-07-10T17:10:08+00:00

Finding a Flea Market in South France

By 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 experienced such delight as when walking thru the French

2017-07-10T17:10:28+00:00

Let the Romance Begin in South France

  Bonjour! Won’t you come with me to Provence in the South of France? Let the Romance Begin in South 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 in southern France during the fourteenth century, as they

2018-04-02T16:23:35+00:00
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