Travel and Leisure

  • “Welkom” to the Beauty of the Philadelphia Flower Show Welkom to my blog this week where I share beauty from the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. I welcome you in Dutch because this year’s Flower Show celebrates “Holland: Flowering the World.” According to Philadelphia Horticultural Society (PHS): “No other country is as well know for its floral industry as the Netherlands, which fills the world with color.” Having traveled to Amsterdam ...
  • Where Do You Want To Travel During Your Life After 50? From my visit to The New York Times Travel Show held at the Jacob K. Javits Center, N.Y.C. in January, it’s clear that boomers are a prime audience for many destinations. From Costa Rica to California, from Florida to the Philippines, from Morocco to Martinique, and everywhere else you can take a plane, ship, train or drive to visit, ...
  • So Much To Explore and Do In St. Pete’s Vibrant Downtown As a former New Yorker, I love exploring new cities whenever I travel. That’s why I so enjoyed my first visit to St. Petersburg, Florida. St. Pete has the best of both worlds – the beautiful beaches on the Gulf Coast and St. Pete’s vibrant downtown that’s filled with great restaurants, shops and cultural destinations. If I ever decide ...
  • A Pleasant Winter Retreat In Pass-a-Grille, St. Pete “I really like your blog, and wondered if you would care to come and visit us at Inn on the Beach for a two-night stay. To tell you a little about ourselves, we’re a complex of recently refurbished self-catering cottages and rooms situated on St Pete Beach, many of them offering beautiful views out over ...
  • Why You Need To Escape To Venice Beach, California This Year “Let’s take a trip to Venice Beach, California,” I said to my daughter A. I love California and wanted to visit my BFF R out there. I boarded the plane in Philadelphia early morning November 9th and was glad to be heading to a warm and sunny place to drown out my post-election blues. My ...
  • My Travels On “Rhineland Discovery” – A Beautiful Day in the Black Forest It had been a glorious week on the Viking EIR, (courtesy of Viking River Cruises).* Our voyage on the “Rhineland Discovery” river cruise would soon be coming to an end. There was one last day to savor — with a morning excursion to the medieval village of Colmar, France and an afternoon exploring the beauty of Germany’s fabled Black Forest. A ...
  • My Travels On “Rhineland Discovery” – A Best-Ever Full-Day Feast in Strasbourg Are you ready to join me for my best-ever day in Strasbourg? If you are hungry now, you’ll be ravenous when you’re done reading about and viewing all the pictures from the “Taste the Best of Alsace” excursion I went on during my “Rhineland Discovery” river cruise (courtesy of Viking River Cruises).* Better yet, I guarantee you’ll want ...
  • My Travels On “Rhineland Discovery” – The Great Castles of Germany It’s a raining and cold outside. But my thoughts are elsewhere. I’m thinking about my river cruise on the Rhine this past summer on the Viking EIR (courtesy of Viking River Cruises).* The days on “Rhineland Discovery” were sunny, tranquil, and full of dramatic and awe-inspiring scenery — from our time in Bruges, to our stay in Amsterdam, ...
  • My Travels On “Rhineland Discovery” – Welcome to Kinderdijk and Cologne After a fabulous five days on the “Rhineland Discovery” pre-trip to Bruges, Ghent, and Amsterdam, it was time to set sail aboard the Viking EIR (courtesy of Viking River Cruises).* Welcome to Kinderdijk By Saturday morning we arrived in Kinderdijk, a village community in the Dutch countryside, home to the largest concentration of windmills in The Netherlands. My boyfriend L and ...
  • My Travels On “Rhineland Discovery” – A Lovely Last Day in Amsterdam It was hard to believe that almost a week had passed on our pre-trip on “Rhineland Discovery” (courtesy of Viking River Cruises). We had enjoyed our time in Bruges, our stop in Ghent, and our stay in Amsterdam.* Soon we would board the ship for our week-long river cruise on the Rhine. “We have a few hours before we ...