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Christmas Market Cruise Onboard the A-Rosa Silva

We sailed with A-Rosa on the Silva.  A 186 passenger river cruise ship down the Rhine River roundtrip from Cologne (Köln) to see several of the German Christmas Markets. It was the “Rhine Christmas Markets All-Inclusive Premium International” cruise. We choose A-Rosa for two reasons: 1) they market themselves as “family friendly” and allow small children on board and 2)[…]

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A Culinary Adventure at Borough Market

Welcome, food enthusiasts and explorers of gastronomic delights, to the heart of London’s vibrant culinary scene – Borough Market. Nestled in the shadow of the iconic Southwark Cathedral, Borough Market stands as a haven for food lovers, a place where history, tradition, and innovation converge to create a feast for the senses. As you step into Borough Market, you’ll find[…]

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Porto & Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Porto and Vila Nova de Gaia are two towns that straddle either side of the Douro River. They are often thought as one town, and they do flow together as if one community, but technically they’re two different towns. Porto is made famous by the wine of it’s namesake, Port. Porto is an UNESCO World Heritage site. Food and Restaurant[…]

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No Checked Bags Required

“We are a family of three and will go on a two week trip with just two backpacks.” Whenever I say that, people look at me like I have two heads and question me to make sure that what they heard was correct. It is! We pack all of our stuff for a two week trip into one backpack per[…]

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Rome, Italy

Rome is a must-see destination. A “Travel 101” place, as I like to call it. It’s busy, very touristy, not always warm and welcoming, but the attractions are some of the best the world has to offer. You can’t miss Ancient Rome with the Colosseum and Roman Forum, Historic Rome with the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Campo de’ Fiori, and Piazza[…]

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The Airplane – PA-28-235

I’m fortunate to have earned a private pilots license way back in 2004. In 2020 during the Covid pandemic I had an opportunity to purchase a share in an airplane, so I did. Meet N235MA, pronounced “November Two Three Five Mike Alpha”. The “235” is a well known workhorse of the general aviation fleet. It’s considered a workhorse because it[…]

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5-day Iceland Itinerary

This five day itinerary takes in the highlights of what Iceland has to offer. You’ll see waterfalls, glaciers, tons of sheep, black sand beaches, hot springs and more. This itinerary requires a rental car. It’s easy for anyone to do. You can do the days in whatever order you wish. Iceland, to put it mildly, is breathtaking. It’s some of[…]

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