Monaco? What’s So Great about It?

Monaco? What’s So Great about It? Monaco, six times the size of the Vatican and the world’s most densely populated independent country, is the second smallest independent state in the world (after the Vatican). A tax haven and tourist attraction for the rich, it is known mainly for gambling, Formula I racing, and the Rainier/Kelly wedding. […]

Nice France and The French Riviera

Nice France and The French Riviera To begin your trip to the French Riviera, you need to fly into Nice France. It is a great place to make your home base and has so many wonderful sites. Nice’s popularity stems from the fact it has everything:  It is on the Mediterranean Sea, in the heart […]

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Bridgetown Barbados

Bridgetown Barbados The present day location of Bridgetown was established by English settlers in 1628. A few things to do when we walk in the city: St. Mary’s Church, Georgian style in 1827, St. Michael’s Cathedral, 1789, Nidge Synagagus 1654, the oldest synagogue in the Americans, and The Parliament building.

St. Lucia

St. Lucia St. Lucia is more mountainous than most Caribbean islands, with the highest point being Mount Gimie, at 950 metres (3,120 feet) above sea level. Two other mountains, the Pitons, form the island’s most famous landmark. I want to see these. This is a World Heritage Site.  It was founded by the French in 1650 but from 1803 to […]

St. John’s Antigua

St. John’s Antigua St. John’s is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies. Not much to see. Our walk into town should encompass a visit to the St. John’s Cathedral. If we are able to visit the Nelson’s Dockyard named after Horatio Nelson that would be good. I don’t […]

St. Kitts & Nevis

St. Kitts & Nevis St. Kitts & Nevis are on the same island virtually.  St. Kitts was originally settled by pre-agricultural, pre-ceramic “Archaic people”, who migrated south down the archipelago from Florida.  A Spanish expedition under Christopher Columbus arrived and claimed the island for Spain in 1493. The first English colony was established in 1623, followed by a French colony in 1625. The island alternated repeatedly […]

Philipsburg, St. Maarten

Philipsburg, St. Maarten St. Maarten is busier than ever, as cruise lines call on Philipsburg with their biggest ships. (Sometimes there are a half-dozen in port at one time.) There’s also more to do once you disembark, with shopping and beaches serving as the primary attractions. That can be viewed as either good news (more shopping […]

San Juan

San Juan If you are boarding your cruise ship in San Juan, go in the day before, just in case your flight gets delayed. Also, most cruiselines will let you on board around 11am so why waist the day traveling. You can have your swimsuit packed in your carry on and head right for lunch […]

Travel and Sleeping

Travel and Sleeping Travel and Sleep. I’ll admit it — I’ve fallen asleep on a tour bus before, in the middle of a guide’s presentation. And I’m willing to bet that you probably have, too. It’s not just something that has happened once or twice. Whenever I’m on a tour that includes long stretches of driving […]