Sights and eats in Korcula Croatia

Sometimes the best vacation days are unplanned—just like life. We arrived this morning on the Wind Surf on the Croatian island of Korcula—a beautiful town with medieval walls that is on the sixth largest Adriatic island—nearly 20 miles long and three miles wide.  The area is known for vineyards, olives small groves and more. People here believe Marco Polo was born here, though there is no physical evidence to confirm that. I thought a friend who is …

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Ashore with the chef to the local market in Rovinj Croatia

Let’s play follow the Chef. It’s the most unique shore excursion I’ve ever seen and it doesn’t cost a penny. We’ve just arrived at our first Croatian port, Rovinj, aboard the 315-passenger Wind Surf—one of Windstar’s distinctive sailing yachts and the largest in the three-ship fleet. The Ship’s executive Chef Ronald Waasdorp has invited guests to follow him to the local open-air market and 28 of us have taken him up on his offer. “I don’t know …

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A Scavenger hunt at Doges Palace? Why not?

DAY TWO – Venice, Italy. Ready for a scavenger hunt? You wouldn’t think Venice’s Doge’s Palace—arguably the top site in this city along with the Basilica San Marco—filled with centuries-old art would be a good place for a scavenger hunt but it is. We’re joined by guide Luisella Romeo who says with kids, it is important to “pick and choose what you see.  “You can tell them all the dates and the history,” she adds, “But they …

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Venice to Croatia, Sicily and Rome in 10 days

DAY ONE – VENICE, Italy.   Where’s the music? We succumbed to the sales pitch for a gondola ride on Venice’s Canals (80 euros for the 110 euro tour, the salesman in the bright red striped shirt promised, but our gondolier didn’t sing—or talk much either. I don’t think he spoke much English. Still it was fun gliding on the narrow canals past Marco Polo’s house, Mozart’s House, the famous Bridge of Sighs (legend has it, I …

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Choices on Mexico’s Riviera Maya

DAY 4 — I am lying slathered in local honey on a mattress that’s been placed on a six-foot piece of local carved wood. The ancient Mayans, I learned, believed that this honey from the stingless Melipona bees only found here in the Yucatan Peninsula had many medicinal properties. In fact, the honey used in the treatment is bought from local Mayans. Here at the Fairmont Mayakoba’s (www.fairmont.com/mayakoba) beautiful 21st century spa—located in the heart of a …

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Mexican Riviera Maya- a unique biosphere

DAY 3 — I am floating down a river so clear I can see to the bottom. There are mangroves and sea grass and hardly any people. The water is so refreshing on such a hot day. I don’t have to do anything. The current carries me. Welcome to Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve — the name in Mayan language translates to the Entrance to the Sky — with 1.3 million acres the largest protected area in the …

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Mexico’s Riviera Maya (Yes, it’s safe!)

DAY ONE — I’m wishing I was on the hammock on one of the two balconies in our suite, overlooking the turquoise blue pool and the ocean, palm trees swaying, birds chirping. But it isn’t so bad working either in our suite at the 88-room Ceiba del Mar Beach and Spa resort, (www.ceibadelmar.com), a scant 20 minute cab ride from the Cancun airport and about a 20 minute walk into the tiny town of Puerto Morelos. Yes …

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Teaching a teen about the virtues of travel

Teaching a teen about the virtues of travel The sheer size of the place can’t help but impress  even the most jaded teen. Some of the towers soar more than 100 feet. The massive pillars look like tree trunks, stone chameleons, tortoises and turtles.  Welcome to Antonin Gaudi’s unfinished masterpiece, the Sagrada Familia, Barcelona’s most famous site and one of Spain’s most visited. It’s a great place for a scavenger hunt with the kids. (Find the fruit  …

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Day To Oasis of the Seas- Where to Dine

  Do I want a roast beef sandwich or a slice of fresh made pizza, popcorn shrimp and fries or a salad made to my specifications? This is the largest cruise ship at sea—when full, Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas can carry 6,296 guests and a crew of 2,165. So it makes sense there’d be more dining options. That includes nine specialty restaurants that range from a $4.95 burger and shake at Johnny Rocket’s to an …

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The Biggest Ship At Sea- Royal Carribean’s Oasis of the Seas

DAY ONE – Think Vegas on Steroids. Think overstimulation. Think every kind of food, entertainment you—and your kids could want. If you don’t mind vacationing with 6,200 plus guests and 2,165 crew (from over 71 countries—welcome aboard Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas which made its maiden voyage December 5, 2009. (www.royalcaribbean.com ) I’m aboard a quick two night look-see trip along with other media, travel agents and others who scored a cabin. The ship is so massive—1,187 …

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