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Review of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel

DATE : August 5, 2013

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A recent four day stint in San Francisco had me staying at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. Located on Union Square, this boutique hotel is a part of the Kimpton line, and offers a unique experience among the many possible accommodations in the Bay Area. The Hotel can be seen behind Saks Fifth Avenue Here […]

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Our Review of Allure of the Seas: Part 2

DATE : June 3, 2013

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While the multitude of things to do aboard the Allure could fill any vacation, the ship does visit several ports of call along its Caribbean route where various shore excursions are offered. Here’s what my experience was: Renaissance Ft. Lauderdale Cruise Port Restaurant Jamaica Best of Jamaica tour —We were picked up at the harbor […]

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Activities Aboard the Allure of the Seas

DATE : May 28, 2013

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As I mentioned in my previous posts about the Allure of the Seas, this ship has everything. Among the many amenities available aboard it includes a jogging track on Deck 5. 1 lap around is approximately 1 1/2 miles. There is also a state-of-art fitness center, 2 Flow Rider surf simulators, 2 rock-climbing walls, a […]

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Allure of the Seas Dining Options

DATE : May 20, 2013

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A ship the size of the Allure of the Seas it’s no surprise that there are many, many dining options that span both complimentary and specialty restaurants. Among the complimentary dining is the Main Dining Room open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Park Café, Windjammer Café, Wipeout Café, Promenade Café, Solarum Bisto, Sorrento’s Pizza and […]

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Our Review of the Allure of the Seas: Part 1

DATE : May 16, 2013

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I’ve never had the desire to sail onboard one of the new mega ships, but recently, I had the opportunity to take a 7-night cruise on the Royal Caribbean Allure of the Seas. The ship holds 5,400 passengers and 2,175 crew. Thanks to its size, once onboard, it is easy to forget you are on […]

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New York on a Budget Tip

DATE : April 15, 2013

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New York City is infamous for the cost of living and visiting, so it helps to save when and where you can. On a recent trip to New York, I had the opportunity to learn, as I always do on my many trips to Manhattan, a new way to improve visits to the Big Apple. […]

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Back from St. Maarten, Again

DATE : February 20, 2013

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I just got back from a escorting a tour to the Caribbean island of St. Maarten. An island which, incidentally, has two identities: one French and one Dutch. The Sonesta Maho Resort where we were staying stands on the Dutch side not far from the village of Maho. These were the photos I collected during […]

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Return from Prague, Vienna, & Budapest

DATE : December 27, 2012

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I’m back from my seven days aboard the AmaCerto, AmaWaterways newest ship, as we sailed from Nuremburg to Budapest. Though the sites we passed and docked at along the way are remarkable year round, I had the good fortune to visit them during the holidays when these cities are transformed with festive decorations, Christmas Markets, […]

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Bicycling in Napa

DATE : July 30, 2012

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The Napa Valley area is a lush, green valley with over 500 wineries and is an excellent place for any wine lover to visit and even non-wine drinkers such as myself. We stayed at the River Terrace Inn in Napa, a lovely hotel and a great place to base yourself. There are many restaurants within […]

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Napa and Sonoma Valleys: The Difference

DATE : July 23, 2012

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The Napa and Sonoma Valleys are synonymous with California Wine Country. The second half of our recent tour was dedicated to an overview of both of these valleys with our hotel being based out of Napa. My initial impression, even before going there, was that each valley was laid out around a centralized city–if they […]

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