Travel and Leisure

  • A Fabulous First Time Visit To Sarasota “Let’s go to Sarasota this winter,” I said to my boyfriend L as we began to plan our annual January vacation to Flo-ree-da. We had wanted to check out this part of the gulf coast of Florida for a while. Several friends who had visited Sarasota had good things to say about this popular destination ...
  • Falling In Love With The Breathtaking Landscapes of Lapland I was ready to lean into the second half of my trip to Finland. I was no longer anxious about venturing out into the wilderness and cold of the Arctic Circle. It was time to leave the city of Helsinki and travel way north. I was primed and appropriately outfitted for whatever the journey would ...
  • An Engaging Tour Of The Old and The New In Helsinki There was a big chill in the air, even in October, as I boarded our coach for what would be an engaging tour of the old and the new in Helsinki. It was my first full day on the Northern Lights of Finland Tour courtesy of Collette Travel.* Learning about the capital of Finland. “Welcome to Helsinki, the capital ...
  • Finding Happiness On My First-Ever Visit To Helsinki I was curious about Finland after reading that the country won double gold in the “World Happiness Report 2018.” What makes the Nordic people so happy, I wondered. I was set on finding out about this high happiness quotient after landing in its capital city last fall for my first-ever visit to Helsinki. This time I ...
  • Sightseeing In Bergen Is Fun Even In The Rain “Bergen is called the city of rain,” said our guide Simone. “We get about 240 days of rain per year and we have many hours of darkness.” Not to despair, sightseeing in Bergen is fun even in the rain. I can truly attest to that since my sister N and I spent our final day ...
  • A Beautiful Rainbow Welcome To The Village of Eidfjord It was raining the morning we sailed into the village of Eidfjord, Norway. As the sun peered out from the clouds, a beautiful rainbow welcomed us. This was our next to last stop on our Viking Homelands cruise courtesy of Viking Ocean Cruises.* Our plans for the day would include a panoramic tour of one of ...