New York City, Part I: Veni, Vidi, Edi

I’ll save you the Googling: it means I came, I saw, I ate. After living in New York City for six years, admittedly a while ago, we don’t need to sightsee when we are there. We visit with friends, and that involves eating. A lot. This adventure was no exception.

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NCL Escape, Family Cruising Fun

Norwegian Escape pool deck.

Recently, I toured the NCL Escape, Norwegian’s newest ship to date. This mega-ship has enough eating and drinking venues to make your head spin, as well as an array of activities for the whole family. Water slides? Check. Sports complex and ropes course? Indeed. You can even walk the plank, . . . → Read More: NCL Escape, Family Cruising Fun

Fish Waterfront Restaurant, Saddlebunch Keys

It’s a gorgeous view, especially now that it stays light later.

In the building that formerly housed Kaya Island Eats, now stands Fish waterfront restaurant. Our friends wanted to go recently, and since they offered to drive, I thought it was a fine idea. (You will never catch me wanting to drive to dinner . . . → Read More: Fish Waterfront Restaurant, Saddlebunch Keys

Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

The Boardwalk

Carrying a maximum of 6,300 passengers, it is fair to say that the Allure of the Seas is gigantic. Until a recent tour, I didn’t quite get the impressive size and features of this magnificent ship. Even the terminal, purpose-built for the Allure of the Seas and her sister, the Oasis of . . . → Read More: Royal Caribbean’s Allure of the Seas

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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