Maldives

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A Relaxing Vacation in the Maldives — Located in the Indian Ocean, southwest of the tip of India near the Equator, lies the Republic of Maldives–an archipelago of 1,190 islands.  These islands are mostly non-mountainous, low-level islands of sand, coral reefs, and palm trees.  Upon landing at the very small airport in Malé, we took a 25-minute boatRead more

Seoul, South Korea

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Seoul, South Korea — I have visited Seoul in the summer and in the winter, and although I prefer Seoul in summer it is beautiful in any season.  Although Seoul is a sprawling city of 13 million people that straddles the Han River, we’ve found Seoul very easy to navigate using their metro system.  ThereRead more

Helsinki, Finland

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A day in Helsinki — Another port of call on our Baltic Sea cruise was Helsinki, Finland.  From our cruise ship berth we took a hop-on hop-off bus into the city on a sunny blue-skied day in July.  We were able to see all the highlights of Helsinki from the bus tour including spending someRead more

Cape Town, South Africa

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Stunning Cape Town — Personally I have visited over 50 countries (and counting) and I have to say that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen!  From everything I had read and heard about Cape Town, I had high expectations; and I was not disappointed.  I stayed in the RadissonRead more

Israel (Holy Lands)

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Day Trip to Israel — While on holiday in Cyprus, Nina and I booked a day trip to Israel for a guided tour of the Holy Lands.  We were picked up from our hotel in a very nice coach bus and whisked off to the airport for a 6am flight to Tel Aviv.  Upon arrivalRead more

Cumbria, England (The Lakes District)

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Cumbria, England — The Lakes District in Cumbria is a mountainous region located in northwest England just south of Scotland and is perhaps one of the most beautiful areas in all of the United Kingdom (UK).  It holds a special place in my heart as I called it home for the better part of twoRead more

St. Petersburg, Russia

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Two Days in St. Petersburg —  During our Baltic Sea cruise, we spent two fabulous days in St. Petersburg, Russia.  We had eagerly anticipated seeing St. Petersburg and hired a private tour company for our two-day excursion (see Travel Tips below for our recommendation).  Our tour group was manageable at only about 12 people and ourRead more

Venice, Italy

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Venetian Holiday — Venice is one of those places that, no matter who you are or where you are from, you know about Venice.  You’ve read about her, learned about Venice in school, and seen her on TV.  Ever since I was a kid watching James Bond films I’ve wanted to visit Venice, so whenRead more

Portugal (Lisbon and Sintra)

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Lisbon City Break —  While living in the UK, many travel deals on city breaks to Lisbon were advertised and so I bit.  After only a quick and easy 2-hour flight into Lisbon, I took to walking the city from my hotel in the city centre.  I found Lisbon to be quite busy as well asRead more

Zanzibar

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Zanzibar is an island located just of the coast of Tanzania in east Africa that holds a special place in our hearts as it is where Nina and I were married.  We flew into the small airport in Zanzibar by way of Nairobi, Kenya at night so we really could not see much of the island asRead more

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