Purple Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens Amsterdam

Amazing Tulips at Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam

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I bought a bouquet of tulips last night at Whole Foods (yes, impulse purchase but they just screamed happy) to celebrate spring. While it may not feel like spring right now here in the East, the tulips remind me of my visit to the Keukenhof Gardens in Amsterdam and that makes me smile.   Prior to a business […]

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Look Inside! The Elephant Camp Luxury Tent in Victoria Falls

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After laughing outside of The Elephant Camp tent by the sheer size and realizing that my first night in Botswana was an actual tent you buy in the store – I tried to be a bit more calm with the guided tour of my room at this boutique luxury camp in Zimbabwe near Victoria Falls.  […]

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The 27 day African Safari Itinerary – Botswana, Zimbabwe and South Africa

Posted on 8 CommentsPosted in Africa, Botswana, Itineraries, Safari, South Africa, Travel, Victoria Falls

My African Safari was almost a month long encompassing South Africa (Johannesburg, Capetown and the Garden Route), Botswana (Okavango Delta and Chobe Safari Park) and Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls).  The incredible “bucket list” worthy trip using points inspired me to start this blog to share my experience.  While I originally posted the below a while back […]

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The South Coast of Iceland – Glaciers, Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

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The fog was all I could see from the mini bus as we left Reykjavik headed toward the South Coast of Iceland.  It was so thick I was reminded of my Wild Wicklow tour in Dublin last year where I was in awe of the driver navigating the road that we could barely see. It […]

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Holiday Inn Miami West Hotel Review – Surprises in Hialeah Gardens

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I won’t lie, when I heard that my group was assigned to the Holiday Inn Miami West – Hialeah Gardens, I wasn’t thrilled.  I was hungry and wanted the cookies at the Doubletree Hotel where other passengers were assigned. My inner hotel inspector (snob) was skeptical ranking Doubletree above a budget Holiday Inn by a […]

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My Fathom Cruise Cancellation Experience – Tears, Tequila and Teamwork

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I’m not sure who wanted to cry more, the Fathom staff that had spent months (and years) in preparation or the passengers who were excited to experience the new cruise concept of social impact activities in the Dominican Republic (the DR).  It was an emotional 24 hours for everyone scheduled on the “soft” cruise that […]

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One Year Later – A New EPIC Adventure Begins

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What a difference a year makes!  I could never imagine what lie ahead of me when I closed my office door saying goodbye to a job of over twenty years.  The job elimination was not in my plans and yet here I was unemployed for the first time since I was sixteen.  Like most travel […]

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Visit Herculaneum – Surprising Details In the Shadow of Pompeii

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Herculaneum – More Intimate and Lesser Known than Pompeii Lost in the shadow of Pompeii popularity is Herculaneum.  Everyone has studied the history of Mt. Vesuvius and its aftermath the most famous being Pompeii but there are other areas that were affected and ruins found over the years.  There are actually five archeological sites to […]

Herculaneum Ruins Naples

Train from Naples to Herculaneum, the Circumvesuviana Adventure

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Italy by train can be quite easy for travel between cities (Naples-Rome-Florence-Venice-Milan) as well as local travel to towns and villages along the way if you do a bit of research and don’t get distracted. I was interested in a day trip via train from Naples to Herculaneum, a town affected by Mt. Vesuvius in […]

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The Amalfi Coast Photo Tour – A Great Day Trip from Sorrento or Naples

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My first visit to the Amalfi Coast was more than twenty years ago on a bus tour of senior citizens where I was their token granddaughter. It was a busy bus tour of Italy over ten days with Globus Tours.  We were scheduled to stay overnight in Sorrento but the hotel was full so we […]