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

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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“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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Pesce & Pasta, Hollywood, FL

The few, sad, mediocre restaurants in downtown Hollywood are slowly being replaced by places that don’t suck. First Ends Meat came along, bringing casual and delicious food to a sorely lacking area. Now, Pesce & Pasta has opened in the former Face location, and it is a welcome addition to the (former) dining wasteland. . . . → Read More: Pesce & Pasta, Hollywood, FL

New York City In Winter: Beyond Smoked Fish

I came from unpacking; my cousin came from working. Clearly, he wins the best-dressed award.

One cannot live on smoked fish alone. Well, maybe some people can, but as much as I love the stuff, I need some variety. Plus, I had other people to see, and that meant checking out a couple of . . . → Read More: New York City In Winter: Beyond Smoked Fish

A Catamaran, A Dinghy, and a Very Long Swim: A Day in St. Thomas

I don’t swim. I mean, I can swim, but case in point: when we built our (tiny) pool, the pool guy said, “well, you won’t be able to do laps here.” My response? “It’s more of a margarita-drinking pool than a lap-swimming one.” I enjoy existing in a pool, or on the beach, preferably . . . → Read More: A Catamaran, A Dinghy, and a Very Long Swim: A Day in St. Thomas

Flavors of St. Martin: An Island Food Tour

Over the course of several visits, we had yet to make it to the French side of St. Martin, the half-Dutch, half-French Caribbean island. I knew this was our moment of opportunity. When I saw the Flavors of St. Martin tour in the shore excursion list, I had found how I’d like to spend . . . → Read More: Flavors of St. Martin: An Island Food Tour

Celebrity Cruises: The Suite Life

This was how we were first greeted in Luminae on Day 1.

Sometimes in life, you get what you pay for, and Celebrity Cruises Suite Class program is no exception. I’ve been fortunate enough to travel in Sky Suites (the entry-level suites aboard Celebrity) a couple of times. To date, we haven’t shelled out . . . → Read More: Celebrity Cruises: The Suite Life

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