Exploring the Ship

We welcomed our first day at sea.  It was time to explore the ship.  Our verandah staterooms were on the seventh deck.  With the pool, fitness center, spa and buffet on deck nine it was perfect, letting us take the stairs instead of the elevators to where most of the action takes place. During the ten day trip we never ate breakfast or lunch in the dining room.  The buffet breakfast (French toast, omelets and eggs to …

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A History Lesson In Rome

Day One – Rome With just a few hours in Rome we wanted to pack in as much as possible.  Rudy, our tour/driver, arrived at our hotel at 7:30 am.  Starting early is the way to beat the crowds.  Top sites included the Pantheon, Coliseum, Forum, Vatican square, Jewish Quarter, Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, Roman baths, aqueducts and yes, 65 Gelato places.  (We enjoyed a large scoop at Bar Gelateria adjacent to the Trevi Fountain.) And …

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A 10-day Mediterranean cruise aboard Holland America’s Noordam

We just returned from a 10 day Mediterranean cruise aboard Holland America’s Noordam with our adult children Scott (28) and Amanda (26) and her significant other Matt (26). I’m happy to report it was perfect.  A cruise is the way for a family to travel. With five people, it was absolutely essential to do some excursion planning well before we set sail or end up spending more money than necessary. After checking several websites, we found Trip …

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Alice Rindler Shapin Bio

A writer for over 20 years, Alice Rindler Shapin has been published in Costco Connection, Washingtonian Magazine, Baltimore Magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, LA Times, Family Circle, Parents, Child, Family Fun, Endless Vacation, Westchester magazine, Hudson Valley Magazine, Links and Washington Golf Styles. She is a member of SATW. Her family, husband Paul, son Scott and daughter Amanda, golf and travel have been the catalyst for many of her features.

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