The Saint Hotel, Key West: Sleeping, Dining, Drinking

One of the newer hotels in Key West, The Saint Hotel, a Marriott Autograph Collection property, offers a lovely bar serving craft cocktails and tasty food. Though they had a rough start getting a liquor license when they first opened, now things are running smoothly. We stopped in for a quick dinner about a . . . → Read More: The Saint Hotel, Key West: Sleeping, Dining, Drinking

Observation From A Bar Stool: I’ve Become My Grandmother

My grandparents, circa 1974, enjoying a laugh.

My grandmother was the type of person that people talked to about everything. Standing in line at the bank or grocery store, perfect strangers felt the need to share their life stories. I couldn’t pinpoint a reason why. Maybe it was her dimples, or perhaps her five-foot-half-an-inch . . . → Read More: Observation From A Bar Stool: I’ve Become My Grandmother

Mary Ellen’s Bar, Key West

Old Fashioned on tap is a very good thing.

While having brunch at Azur with friends recently, there were multiple conversations going on at once. After all, six loud people plus mimosas will do that. I was chatting with on friend when I heard overheard something interesting. “…and they have Old Fashioneds on tap…” . . . → Read More: Mary Ellen’s Bar, Key West

Costa Rica: Above Sea Level

Our week in Panama and Costa Rica was mostly at sea level. We were on boats, hiking, viewing wildlife, and lounging in the warm water. After disembarking the cruise ship, we met our driver and guide and headed to Poas Volcano. It is neither warm nor at sea level. It was quite a shock . . . → Read More: Costa Rica: Above Sea Level

Costa Rica: Monkeys, Sloths, and Chocolate

The highlight of our visit to Costa Rica was the wildlife. We saw four species of monkeys, scarlet macaws, sloths, and coati. There was evidence that a puma may have been enjoying the beach before us. Our first stop in Costa Rica, Golfo Dulce, brought us to the Finca Kobo . . . → Read More: Costa Rica: Monkeys, Sloths, and Chocolate

Windstar Cruises Star Breeze: The Ship, The Food, The Ambiance

The embarkation process.

In June 2010 we were last aboard the ship now known as the Star Breeze. Then, she was named the Seabourn Spirit. Although a lot has changed since that week in the Mediterranean, the ship is still beautiful and charming.

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Cruising the Panama Canal

The Panama Canal

The day after boarding the beautiful Windstar Star Breeze in Colon, we were cruising the Panama Canal. Completed in 1914, this marvel of engineering continues to amaze over a hundred years later. The Panama Canal is about fifty miles long, and transiting the canal is an all day affair.

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24 Hours In Panama City, Part II

Day one, Panama City, part two. After a much-needed nap (FKGuy), and an adventure in purchasing two toothbrushes (me) we headed downstairs, straight to the Champagne bar. Because every evening should start at a Champagne bar, and yet so few do.

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24 Hours in Panama City, Part I

When in Rome, er, Panama…

We had a mere 24 hours in Panama City before our cruise on Windstar’s Star Breeze. I booked the earliest flight possible, departing Miami at 7 AM, to maximize our short time in Panama City. That meant that we needed to leave by 4 AM, return a rental car, . . . → Read More: 24 Hours in Panama City, Part I

“P” is for Portugal, and Other Wine Fun

I love these corks.

From time to time, I get boxes of wine that just show up, unannounced. As opposed to the ones that I have ordered, and know are en route. That happened again recently, and I was delighted by the contents.

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