Pine Island: Florida Lost in Time

A Florida Island Destination Back in Time Having lived in Florida for nearly thirty years and having traveled around the state many times for business and leisure it is rare that I find an area so vast that I have never explored but this most recent weekend trip took us to a place we'd not … Continue reading Pine Island: Florida Lost in Time

Delightful Hot Springs, Arkansas

There's a Good Reason for Visiting Hot Springs, Arkansas We often don't spring for a visit to places that have T-shirt shops, magnets with the name of the town on them and coffee mugs made in China that are marketed strictly to tourists.  But there are times when you must. Hot Springs was something we … Continue reading Delightful Hot Springs, Arkansas

Sparta: Small Town Charm and Pottery in Tennessee

Surprisingly Delightful Sparta, Tennessee - Worth your Stop If you happen to be travelling along the I-40 and you are near Sparta, Tennessee, we really suggest a stop here instead of some exit destination that features the same gas stations and restaurants as just about any other exit.   And if you don't have much time, … Continue reading Sparta: Small Town Charm and Pottery in Tennessee

Reasons to Discover Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee

Historic and Charming Jonesborough Tennessee Jonesborough is the oldest town in Tennessee from what I learned doing a bit of reading before visiting.  This was a purposeful stop because my partner's ancestor had a home in the town still standing from the 18th century so we figured this would be an interesting stop along the … Continue reading Reasons to Discover Historic Jonesborough, Tennessee

A Dog-friendly hotel in the heart of Fort Lauderdale

The Riverside Hotel, Fort Lauderdale is a Perfect Sunny Urban Retreat This trip I was going on business so I would be spending most of my time in meetings and social events so the location was our primary choice and I'd been at this property for meetings in the past.  So I booked it even … Continue reading A Dog-friendly hotel in the heart of Fort Lauderdale

Beach, Snorkeling and Town visit to Cozumel Mexico on your own

One inexpensive shore excursion you can do on your own: Cozumel, Mexico As with past posts, this is to provide you with all you need to know to do a cheap shore excursion on your own in port.  Many cruise ships call in to Cozumel.  The last time we visited there we did a round … Continue reading Beach, Snorkeling and Town visit to Cozumel Mexico on your own

A Snorkeling Adventure and Walk in Nassau, Bahamas

An Excursion on your own in Nassau, Bahamas Nassau is a fairly popular port and for more reasons than its geographic location. There is no shortage of things you can do if you put your mind to doing a little hunting. Sure, like most ports, there are people selling you trips and adventures and taxi … Continue reading A Snorkeling Adventure and Walk in Nassau, Bahamas

Messina, Sicily cruise excursion on your own to Taormina

Messina, Sicily, Italy There are many ships that call into this port and we recently traveled here on the Royal Caribbean Navigator of the Seas on a seven night cruise of the eastern Mediterranean run. The Straits of Messina are really quite nice to pass through and are very scenic. If you travel through them … Continue reading Messina, Sicily cruise excursion on your own to Taormina

Downtown Cocoa and Melbourne on Florida’s Spacecoast

One thing I like to always do during any travel is to seek out the authentic part of any destination.  While it can be fun to see the recently-built tourist attraction or shopping destination it is always nice to mix in a little authentic or historic in any destination - provided it has it. Florida … Continue reading Downtown Cocoa and Melbourne on Florida’s Spacecoast