Destinations

River Cruising on Portugal’s Douro River

By Carol Rowland / September 30, 2021 /

From my time starting and ending our Camino trip in Portugal, I’m inspired by our time in Porto, and this week I share about river cruising on the Douro River… River Cruising on Portugal’s Douro River Beginning in the mountains of central Spain, the Douro River meanders into Portugal before setting off for the Atlantic…

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Sushi Experiences from Conveyor to Fancy

By Carol Rowland / August 12, 2021 / Comments Off on Sushi Experiences from Conveyor to Fancy

For my trip to Japan, I was determined to learn to love sushi (despite my appreciation and preference for actually cooking food), and while there we had a variety of sushi experiences. In honor of the Olympics and my love of food as culture, I share more about this significant culinary export from Japan… Sushi…

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Understanding the Differences Between Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions

By Carol Rowland / June 23, 2021 / Comments Off on Understanding the Differences Between Arctic and Antarctic Expeditions

One of my future group trips is what I think is the ‘Big Kahuna’ of bucket list trips – an Antarctica cruise. I’ve had some folks ask about the difference between Antarctica and the Arctic expedition cruises, so I thought I would cover that this week. I’m into expedition cruising in a big way, so…

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Beyond Mykonos and Santorini: Exploring Some of the Smaller Greek Islands

By Carol Rowland / June 16, 2021 / Comments Off on Beyond Mykonos and Santorini: Exploring Some of the Smaller Greek Islands

For our Anniversary we’ll be cruising the Greek Isles for two weeks starting in late August. While stops at Santorini and Mykonos are always favorites, this cruise is filled with many smaller ports that folks aren’t as familiar with. I’m scouring my resources to find interesting excursions to take in Spetsai, Paphos, Limassol Cyprus, and…

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Visiting the D-Day sights around Normandy

By Carol Rowland / June 2, 2021 / Comments Off on Visiting the D-Day sights around Normandy

It seems appropriate that right after the remembrances of Memorial Day that we have the D-Day anniversary coming up this weekend. I visited the Normandy area a couple of years ago right around the 75th anniversary, and seeing the sights in person, with the stories of bravery and patriotism, takes one beyond history books to…

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Culture and Culinary Experiences in Los Cabos

By Carol Rowland / May 5, 2021 / Comments Off on Culture and Culinary Experiences in Los Cabos

Last week I had the opportunity to explore the Los Cabos area of Mexico with our hosts from Visit Los Cabos and Delta, going beyond the sun and beach scene of the all-inclusive resorts to learn how this area can satisfy travel yearnings for cultural discoveries, epicurean experiences, and diverse local encounters. For those of…

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Top Sights and Experiences in Prague

By Carol Rowland / April 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Top Sights and Experiences in Prague

I’ve been planning some future river cruises for clients and one of the favorite cities to visit as an extension to a Danube river cruise is Prague, which is full of intriguing sights and local experiences, so I share some top highlights… 7 of the Best Things to do in Prague Prague is the capital…

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Experiencing an Onsen in Japan

By Carol Rowland / April 21, 2021 / Comments Off on Experiencing an Onsen in Japan

Last week there was news of the 100-day countdown to the Olympics in Japan, and it’s sad visitors won’t be able to attend. Japan is one of my favorite trips ever, as I love the cultural influences that are so different from ours. Today I share a unique aspect of Japanese tradition… Experiencing an Onsen…

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Stepping Back in Time – Athens Greece

By Carol Rowland / April 14, 2021 / Comments Off on Stepping Back in Time – Athens Greece

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 / Comments Off on Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail

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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