Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy

Florence At Leisure

“Been there, done that.”  Why go again? There’s actually something wonderful in revisiting a city where there are tons of things to see and do, where your first visit was spent running here and there making sure you didn’t miss any landmarks and museums.  It can be so hectic and stressful! But on the return visit, it... Read more
Towers in San Gimigniano, Tuscany, Italy

Jewels of Tuscany: Siena and San Gimignano

After we  said our bittersweet goodbye to the Etruscan Coast of Tuscany, where its lesser known hamlets enthralled us,  we headed into the Central Tuscany to revisit towns that captivated us on previous visit more than a decade ago. These towns are more touristed, but absolutely for good reasons. They are both UNESCO World Heritage sites and the... Read more
Castanegto Carducci, Tuscany, Italy

Tuscany: Charming Hamlets in The Etruscan Coast

“Come see us at my in-laws’ summer place in Castagneto Carducci, it’s on the Tuscan coast, around Bolgheri area, where the Super Tuscan wines are produced…..,” replied our beautiful friend Lynn, who just then moved to Italy from NYC with her Italian husband, when we e-mailed her about our plan to visit Italy. The idea of seeing Lynn and visiting part of... Read more
Wind Tunnel in Skyventure Montreal, Canada

SkyVenture Montreal: We Can Fly!

During our visit in Montreal, we had a great fun tasting the city’s culinary delight and attending the world’s largest jazz festival. But our gravity-defying adventure in SkyVenture Montreal took the fun into a higher level. What’s the adventure all about?  SkyVenture Montreal offers a wind tunnel that is the only one of its kind in Canada.  It is... Read more
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A Taste of Montreal

We took a lovely  road frip from New York City to Montreal over the the 4th of July weekend. We enjoyed the preformances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival, some flying adventure, walking around the pleasant, manageable city, but most of all, we enjoyed eating! We found that French influence in Montreal can’t be more evident... Read more
Island of Huahine, French Polynesia, South Pacifc

Huahine: French Polynesia’s Off-the-Beaten-Path Island

It’s only about a half-hour flight away from both its popular sister islands, Tahiti and Bora Bora, but why is this paradise off the travelers’ radar? We had not heard of the island of Huahine until we started planning and researching our trip to French Polynesia.  We read up on the different islands in the archipelago and Huahine certainly... Read more
US World War II canon, Bora Bora South Pacific

Bora Bora: Behind the Scenes

Bora Bora evokes paradise and romance and the images that normally come to mind when people hear about it are the luxurious overwater bungalows, the mesmerizing cerulean lagoon, and the spectacular motus (islets) that surround the main island. They are exactly what greeted us when we arrived in the private motu where our resort was... Read more
Overwater Bungalow, Hilton Bora Bora Nui Resort & Spa, Bora Bora, French Polynesia, South Pacific

Beautiful, Romantic Bora Bora

We badly wanted to escape the polar vortex that hit New York last winter and  thaw out somewhere nice and warm. I was thinking of an easy hop to one of the Caribbean islands, but Keith had a grander idea in mind. Since we were going around Valentine’s Day, he wanted a destination that was not only toasty but... Read more
Hippopotamus, St. Lucia Estuary, South Africa

South Africa: Boat Safari in St. Lucia Estuary

  After our jeep safari in  Kruger National Park and Hluhluwe-Imfolozi, we embarked on another safari adventure but of a different kind –  a boat safari. We headed to St. Lucia,  a small town in the east coast where the population of hippos and crocs outnumber the people. It is home to one the largest estuary... Read more