Vacation Memories 2018: Rome

Rome was our next port on the 2018 Mediterranean Cruise we took on Royal Caribbean Vision of the Seas. This was another place where our group split up and did our own excursions for the most part. Danny and I selected a tour that took us to the Vatican, Trevi Fountain, the Colosseum, and theContinue reading “Vacation Memories 2018: Rome”

Vacation Memories 2018: Pisa & Florence

Our second port on our cruise was Pisa & Florence. Most of us took the same excursion this time, so it was fun to be together riding the bus through the Italian countryside. Our first stop was Pisa. It was a short walk from where the bus let us off to the plaza where theContinue reading “Vacation Memories 2018: Pisa & Florence”

Vacation Memories 2018: Nice, Eze, and Monaco

Our first port on our Mediterranean Cruise was Nice. My group of friends travels well together because we don’t feel we have to do everything together. All of us had different interests here and went our own way. Danny and I took a tour to Nice, Eze, and Monaco. I really wanted to see Monaco.Continue reading “Vacation Memories 2018: Nice, Eze, and Monaco”

Vacation Memories: Barcelona 2018 Day 2

Did you know there is a beautiful beach in Barcelona? After touring in the 100°F temperatures the day before, all I wanted was a cool swim. I knew the green route on the Hop-On, Hop-Off bus would take us there. I was expecting the Mediterranean to be like the Gulf of Mexico. In appearance itContinue reading “Vacation Memories: Barcelona 2018 Day 2”

Barcelona, Spain: August 2018

It was hazy, humid, and VERY hot in August of 2018 when we spent several days in Barcelona before embarking on a Mediterranean cruise. Hot as in the temperatures were approaching 100°F. After a good night’s sleep, my son Danny, two of our friends, Jessie and Mickey, and myself spent a day touring. We’d boughtContinue reading “Barcelona, Spain: August 2018”

Mediterranean Cruise 2018: The Trip of a Lifetime

It’s been coming up in my memories for almost a week now. Two years ago, we were on the trip of a lifetime; a Mediterranean cruise that began in Barcelona, went to Nice, Florence/Pisa, Rome, Amalfi Coast, Venice, Split, and Kotor before returning to Barcelona. My son Danny graduated high school that year. When weContinue reading “Mediterranean Cruise 2018: The Trip of a Lifetime”

Understanding Travel Insurance and Why You Need It

There often is a debate among travelers whether or not to purchase travel insurance when booking a vacation. After this year, you’d think it was pretty clear-cut that you should. However, it’s not quite that simple. The devil is in the details, as they say. One thing that is never covered is FEAR. Just becauseContinue reading “Understanding Travel Insurance and Why You Need It”

My 6,000th Geocache Find: Hiking Madame Sherri’s Forest & Castle

A few weeks ago I was approaching my 6,000th geocache find. I was planning to go back down to New York City and hit some old haunts and make the find at a location that meant something to me. COVID-19 made sure that wasn’t going to happen. In looking for a location closer to home,Continue reading “My 6,000th Geocache Find: Hiking Madame Sherri’s Forest & Castle”

Planning a Camping Trip: Shelter

Camping is a great way to get away, especially during these times. It’s fairly inexpensive once you’ve invested in your gear, and you can socially isolate pretty easily. I used to do it with my kids about 17 years ago – just myself and three kids. I had a lot of fun doing it, evenContinue reading “Planning a Camping Trip: Shelter”

Planning a Vacation During Corona

We had a spike of 7 new cases of Corona last week in our county. That’s the most we’ve seen in a day so far. It’s due to the tourists coming here. It’s a scary thing to think about. I’m glad we kept my son home from work for the summer. It’s driving me crazyContinue reading “Planning a Vacation During Corona”