Normandy, France

With my “blogmaster” on maternity leave I have slipped up and not posted any of my trips this past year.  I wouldn’t want anyone to think I wasn’t travelling!  Trips to Toronto have replaced most other international destinations (to see the awesome grandbaby!), but I still have some past trips to catch up on. Normandy, […]

Peru and Machupicchu

First of all, I have seen MACHUPICCHU spelled a few different ways, so I will stick to the one that is used most in Peru. Our adventure to Peru started from Miami – overnighted near the airport and flew out in the morning with a connecting flight through San Jose, Costa Rica to Lima. First […]


I got a little behind on my Med Cruise blog posts, but let me continue! I was excited to be back in Sicily and especially Taormina.  Art and I had spent a week in Sicily a few years ago and really liked it.  Of course on a cruise stop you have to choose just a […]

Oceania Cruise: Sorrento/Amalfi Coast

I hate to use the term “my favorite” because on this trip, so many are my favorites, but the Amalfi coast is certainly one of my top favorites. Having stayed in Sorrento twice, and also stopped on cruise stops before, I feel I know the area pretty well.  Our ship anchored off of Marina Piccolo […]

Cruising the Mediterranean: Day 7 – Athens

We arrived at Piraeus, the port for Athens at about 8am and met our tour guide.  On our way to Athens, we learned a bit about Piraeus, which isn’t just a port, but an active city of its own. After a short drive, we arrive in Athens – the birthplace of civilization. We visited the […]

Oceania Nautica, Day 5: Santorini

How many pictures have you seen with the beautiful blue and white of Santorini?  It is one of the places that never disappoints me.  Luckily this time we are in the age of digital cameras because Kodak made a fortune selling film on earlier trips. We came by ship, so we tendered in to the […]

Oceania Cruise, Day 4: Delos and Mykonos

I was excited to go to Delos, one of two places I had not been to before on this 14 day Mediterranean cruise. Delos is an uninhabited archaeological sight only a few miles from Mykonos.   The whole island is only 1 ½ square miles. We anchored off the coast and tendered in.  The whole island […]

Alison’s Adventures: Oceania Nautica Day 3 – Rhodes

The third stop  on our Oceania Nautica cruise was Rhodes.  Rhodes is a beautiful island – its name means “Rose” in Greek and is named for its beauty.  It is the largest island in the Aegean. When you first see Rhodes from the water, you see its intact medieval wall.  The old town has castles, […]

Alison’s Adventures: Istanbul, Turkey

After 26 years as a travel agent, it has been suggested that I blog about my trips and offer up some advice. I just returned from 18 days in the Mediterranean, so I will start there. Today’s city – Istanbul. Instanbul When planning a trip to Turkey, you will learn that US citizens are required […]