Things to do in Stavanger, Norway! Have Fun!

Stavanger is a city that is close to the fjords and mountains along the southwestern coast of Norway. It is a place where it is easy to go hiking and to explore the famous fjords of Norway. I honestly was not expecting such a pleasant little city when I rode the Oslo to Stavanger train. Stepping outside of the train station, one of the first things

2018-04-04T07:17:33+00:00

All-Inclusive Italy: Under the ‘Middle-Aged’ Tuscan Sun

All-Inclusive Italy 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 for a while. The glow of the sun tossed shadows on to the whitewashed walls and hardwood floors and I was curled up in my white comforter with deep hunter

2018-10-17T17:42:58+00:00

Bremen Town Musicians – Riga, Lativa

The Bremen Town Musicians statue is based on one of the many Brothers Grimm Fairytales and is a major attraction in Riga, Latvia. The story is simple enough. The Brothers Grimm story is about a donkey, a cat, a dog and a rooster who are past their prime. They feel too old to be useful and are terrified they will be put down by their

2018-10-17T17:53:22+00:00

Christmas Cruises: Highlights From The Danube River

Have you ever wanted to take a Christmas Cruise?  I just returned from a Viking Christmas and Danube River Cruise. It was delightful! Here are my thoughts: Visions of sugar plums danced in my head the first time I even heard the words "Christmas Market Cruise".  I didn’t even know they existed until one day reading a travel blog and I came across an article

2018-10-11T14:55:14+00:00

A Visit To Normandy Beach (D Day Beaches of France)

I 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 on the beaches of Normandy in June of 1944, Codename Operation Overload. American, British, and Canadian soldiers, who sacrificed their lives for

2018-10-11T13:43:53+00:00

Near Breisach, Germany: Hansel and Gretel’s Black Forest

It was a foggy morning close to the Black Forest near Breisach, Germany where we had gotten up early to catch the bus to go into the southwest state of Baden-Wurttemberg, near Bavaria. Along the way, we saw many church steeples and stork nests, where on one steeple they actually had their own stork webcam. I have posted it here for you to view and see if

2018-02-24T05:59:13+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

2018-08-01T02:43:34+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

Travelocity 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 on Travelocity: 6 Ultra-Indulgent

2018-03-14T16:26:07+00:00

Spend A Perfect Day in Regensburg, Germany

Regensburg, Germany is a Bavarian medieval city along the Danube River in southeast Germany. It is well known for its well-preserved medieval old town. It also has a famous 12th-century Stone Bridge that has 16 arches that cross the Danube River to the old town center. Located in the south of Germany, Regensburg is a popular day trip from Munich. An atmospheric and charming town,

2018-08-16T08:13:31+00:00

Trip to Santorini: Santorini Island’s Secret Lover’s Cove

Trip to Santorini 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, a trip to Santorini. 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

2018-08-05T15:40:34+00:00

Exploring Champagne Houses in Reims And The Nearby Region

The Champagne region of France is like no other wine region in the world. The nearest vineyards are only an hour from Paris’ Charles de Gaulle airport (CDG) on the fast TGV train to Reims. Reims is a perfect justification for a tour of the Champagne Houses in Reims, but don’t forget to walk around the city and enjoy its Gothic Cathedral, a UNESCO world

2018-04-22T09:41:39+00:00

I Found The Most Beautiful Place On Earth: Furore, Italy

Leaving Positano is a sad thought, but knowing we must go back to Rome for our long journey home, we began on our adventure on the road back home.  The overcast makes the hills of Positano dreamy-like. The winding roads took us to one of the world's most beautiful places, in my humble opinion:  Furore, Italy and Furore Beach.  Well, actually, it isn't even Furore, but

2018-07-16T05:24:38+00:00

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

  MS Europa 2: An Introduction 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 MS Europa 2 by Haplag-Lloyd Cruises, a German-owned company. No wonder Berlitz Cruise Guide gave the MS Europa 2, the highest point combination possible in their most recent visit on MS Europa2 in

2018-03-24T18:25:02+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

Pulpit Rock Hike in Norway – Let The Adventure Begins!

Pulpit Rock, better known to Norwegians 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

2018-10-17T18:19:51+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

2018-08-14T18:46:12+00:00

French River Cruises: A 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

2018-07-28T22:39:14+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

Not So Unusual Things To Do In Paris

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 and unusual things to do in Paris that  you can't afford to miss. Photo by PointsandTravel Unusual Things To Do In Paris The Eiffel Tower Obvious?

2018-06-22T14:53:42+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

2018-08-04T16:32:05+00:00
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