Destinations

Stepping Back in Time – Athens Greece

By Carol Rowland / April 14, 2021 /

Last week I wrote about the updated guidelines from the CDC and some of the ways cruising is starting back from various foreign ports. With Greece’s announcement that they will open May 14 to those travelers (including Americans) with either a negative covid test or vaccinations, they are on the forefront of international destinations welcoming…

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Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

By Carol Rowland / March 24, 2021 /

Anticipation of future explorations inspires this week’s article about a mystical destination… Machu Picchu and the Trail of the Incas The name Machu Picchu conjures up a mystical and exotic feeling, as one imagines the well-known images of this abandoned ancient city nestled in a valley between two mountain tops on the eastern slopes of…

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An authentic experience that has nothing to do with being green…

By Carol Rowland / March 17, 2021 / Comments Off on An authentic experience that has nothing to do with being green…

Today is Saint Patrick’s Day, so we’ll see a lot on TV and social media with green clothes, green hair and green beer in celebration. But since Ireland is my special place (I normally go once or twice a year), I want to share an aspect of the Irish culture that I think is one…

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Exploring the Bordeaux wine region of France

By Carol Rowland / March 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Exploring the Bordeaux wine region of France

This week’s topic is about a fascinating wine region of France that is well worth a visit…  Exploring the Bordeaux wine region of France  When you think of France, many things come to mind. Fresh bread, gorgeous alpine scenery, flaky pastries, and the Eiffel Tower. One of France’s most famous exports, however, is wine. And…

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How are Japanese gardens different from other gardens you’ll see traveling?

By Carol Rowland / February 17, 2021 / Comments Off on How are Japanese gardens different from other gardens you’ll see traveling?

I’m still dreaming of future trips and remembering past travels, and one of my favorites was my trip to Japan a couple years ago. Japan is a fabulous destination, and today I share one of the many aspects that make it so inviting… How are Japanese gardens different from other gardens you’ll see traveling? I…

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Seeking the Big 5 on Safari

By Carol Rowland / February 10, 2021 / Comments Off on Seeking the Big 5 on Safari

Learning about new experiences and destinations for future travels is still something we can enjoy now, and this week’s article is inspired by the dream of an African safari… Seeking the Big 5 on Safari As we continue to imagine future travel adventures, one of the most exciting bucket list experiences is a safari in…

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Art inspirations on a Seine River Cruise

By Carol Rowland / December 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Art inspirations on a Seine River Cruise

I wanted to share a unique art-filled itinerary in France, which was also my very first river cruise experience… Art inspirations on a Seine River Cruise History, idyllic French meadows, and fantastic art come together in a river cruise down the River Seine, offering passengers an intimate voyage into the very beating heart of French…

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Is Chasing a Solar Eclipse in Antarctica on your Bucket list? It Should be.

By Carol Rowland / December 9, 2020 / Comments Off on Is Chasing a Solar Eclipse in Antarctica on your Bucket list? It Should be.

One of the future trips I’m working on is an Antarctic cruise, and in doing my research I found a very special event that magnifies that experience even more, so that inspires this week’s article… Is Chasing a Solar Eclipse in Antarctica on your Bucket list? It Should be. Imagine yourself surrounded by the quiet…

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How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

By Carol Rowland / September 23, 2020 / Comments Off on How is expedition cruising different from ocean cruising?

As we look forward into the future and the chance to travel again at some point, I’m excited about planning trips into next year and the opportunity to get back to exploring the world. One of the best ways to deeply explore the world is through expedition cruising; I wanted to talk about that as…

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Japanese Ryokans – Sleeping in true cultural immersion

By Carol Rowland / September 16, 2020 / Comments Off on Japanese Ryokans – Sleeping in true cultural immersion

This time last year I sailed a two-week cruise around the islands of Japan with our oldest son. I loved Japan and learning about the culture. Since I’m particularly into authentic experiences and cultural immersion, one of the highlights was staying in a ryokan before our cruise, and I’d like to share the concept of…

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