Travel Tips


This weekend I ran into some college friends who were planning a trip to England to see their daughter when she finishes her studies there this fall.  While they have traveled some domestically and to a couple of ‘island resorts’, they have never been to England or anywhere in Europe. One of their concerns about planning a two week trip to England was the food. They had heard the food in England, particularly in London, was really bad. Nothing could be further from the truth!!!!   Read more “LONDON’S CULINARY DELIGHTS”


Tucked away on the non tourist side of the tracks in Florence Italy otherwise known as south of the Arno you feel like you are getting an experience of real Italy, with bustling markets, winding cobblestone streets, some of the best gelato around, and best of all tons of Italians shouting and gesturing, and not a word of English to be heard. Read more “FLORENCE”


Lake Tahoe is  a perfect year round vacation offering great weather and breathtaking scenery.  The lake is split down the middle by the California and Nevada border and is the second largest alpine lake in the world.  Lodging in the area ranges from luxury to moderate hotels, condo, cabin and home rentals to campgrounds.

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This was the last leg on the Star Clipper Lines Caribbean itinerary that I had not sailed on the Grenadine Islands (Barbados, Grenadines, Grenada, St. Vincent, Bequia, Martinique, St. Lucia, and Barbados) The Royal Clipper weighs 5,000 tons and measures 439 feet with 5 mast and 42 working sails.

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I tried the British Airways subsidiary ‘Open Skies’ on its new Washington (Dulles) Paris (Orly) route recently. It provides a very good solution to business class travel at sensible prices.

Open Skies flies a fleet of Boeing 757’s on its two routes from Paris to the USA – twice a day to Newark and four times a week to Washington. The 757’s are divided into 4 cabins with the forward two equipped with the Biz Bed and the rear two with the Biz Seat. The Biz bed is the original BA mainline Club World bed recovered and smartened up but still essentially the award winning product that BA introduced a good few years ago.

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The luxurious 5 star Tuscan style Bellagio remains one of the premier places to stay in Vegas.The rooms are a great size (starting at 510sq ft) with elegant provincial furnishings, luxurious fabrics and Italian marble bathrooms with separate showers and tubs. If it is pampering you are after stay in the Spa Tower which has impressive rooms and suites as well as an expansive full service spa and salon. Read more “BELLAGIO HOTEL, LAS VEGAS”