Cruising / Port Days / Ports

A Rome Port Day–Aqueduct Park

Detailed Map of Aqueduct Park Rome

Aqueduct Park in Rome is seldom visited by tourists but it makes a beautiful and peaceful day trip from Rome’s busy center.  It is also easy to do if you have a fairly long port day in Civitavecchia.

Airport Lounges / Credit and Debit Cards / Cruising

American Express Platinum and Chase Sapphire Reserve–Why I Have Both

I am currently using and paying a $450 annual fee on each of these cards.  I think that the benefits of these cards are valuable enough that I may keep them indefinitely.

adventure / Mexico

Party Town Guanajuato, Mexico

Museo de las Momias Guanajuato Mexico

This was our favorite “hang out” town on our last Mexico trip.  Guanajuato has just the right mix of colonial architecture, varied geography, great climate, interesting sites, and just enough tourists to make it a fun place to spend a few days (or more.)

adventure / Mexico

Chasing Ghosts in Real de Catorce Mexico

Real de Catorce Mexico

Our first major destination on our Mexican ghost towns trip was the old mining town of Real de Catorce.  The spirits are kept a bay during the day by the crush of day trippers, but the area’s spiritual energy can be felt as dusk falls, or as you hike into the abandoned ruins that surround the town.

adventure / Airport Lounges / American Airlines / etc.

Mexican Ghost Towns and World Heritage Sites

Guanajuato Mexico

We have returned from our two-week trip visiting some ghost towns and World Heritage sites in the San Luis Potosi region of Mexico.  Because time was short, we did a whirlwind tour that included many bus rides, a car rental, and a lot of hotel one-night stands.  We’ve come back with an appreciation for Mexico’s smaller towns, and have both made New Year’s resolutions to improve our Spanish.

adventure / Airport Lounges / American Airlines / etc.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!–Short Blog Vacation Coming Up

I’m taking a couple of weeks off as B. and I travel down to Mexico for awhile.  We will be visiting ghost towns in the Mexican Sierra.  I’ll see all y’all the second week in January!  Hope all of you have a wonderful holiday with friends and family.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Norwegian

Living on the Norwegian Sky–Last Minute Pricing

Norwegian Sky

You can save a little money by waiting until the last minute to book the Sky.  The new per diem cost for two people is $259 a day, down from a high of $293/day in June.  One of the itineraries has sold out in the cheapest inside category, but balcony cabins are still available.

Cruising / Living on Cruise Ships / Princess

Living on the Regal Princess–Last-Minute-Pricing

Regal Princess Image

If you waited until December to book your month-long sojourn on the Regal Princess in January 2017, then you waited too long!  Two of the four 7-day sailings are sold out!

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Disembarkation and Review

We had a fairly easy disembarkation and short drive home.  I’ve made lists of what I liked and didn’t like about our cruise.

Carnival / Cruising / Family travel

Carnival Fantasy Babysitting Cruise Review–Day Five–Last Sea Day

We had a fun but exhausting sea day as we tried to pack in as much fun as possible for the boys on their last day.  We’ve given up on Camp Carnival and attending any shows.