Travel Styles/Specialty Experiences

The World’s Ultimate Flower Show: Floriade

By Carol Rowland / August 4, 2021 / Comments Off on The World’s Ultimate Flower Show: Floriade

One of the stops we enjoyed in La Crosse Wisconsin was the lovely Friendship Garden there, as La Crosse is the sister city to seven cities around the world, and there is a themed area representing each country. Beautiful gardens seem to appeal to everyone, so I thought I would share about an unique event…

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Cruising the Moselle River

By Carol Rowland / July 28, 2021 / Comments Off on Cruising the Moselle River

While the Danube and Rhine Rivers are the first to come to mind in Europe, the Moselle offers some other variations on towns and experiences and it’s a little like the road less traveled, similar to the cruise I’m doing now, so a perfect segue this week… Cruising the Moselle River Characterized by stunning twisting…

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The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

By Carol Rowland / July 21, 2021 / Comments Off on The Art of the Japanese Tea Ceremony

Friday is the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics in Tokyo, and I’m sure that beyond all the athletic events, there will be quite a bit of coverage highlighting Japan cities and experiences. My trip to Japan two years ago is one of my favorites ever, and I am enamored with the fascinating cultural traditions. In…

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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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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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What’s the difference between a church, cathedral, basilica, and shrine?

By Carol Rowland / March 31, 2021 / Comments Off on What’s the difference between a church, cathedral, basilica, and shrine?

This is a holy week for many, with Passover celebrations that started this past weekend, and Holy Week and Easter this Sunday. That theme inspires this week’s article, answering the confusion of the various church designations we come across in our travels… What a Cathedral vs Basilica vs Church vs ? When you are traveling…

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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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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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What to Expect Onboard an American River Cruise

By Carol Rowland / March 3, 2021 / Comments Off on What to Expect Onboard an American River Cruise

What to Expect Onboard an American River Cruise While you probably get lots of promotions in your mailbox about European river cruises on the Danube, Rhine, Seine, and Rhone Rivers, river cruising in the United States is a rapidly growing travel style. Exploring the United States via river cruise is a lovely travel experience anytime,…

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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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