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
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
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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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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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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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
Key West boasts a plethora of great restaurants, and it is impossible to frequent them all. We hadn’t been to Michaels in ages when friends came to town, reserved, and said, “we’ll meet you there!” The outdoor seating is beautiful, the food is good, but it is pricey (even by Key West standards). Michaels . . . → Read More: Michaels Restaurant, Key West
Selfie in a Telsa.
You know the part I look forward to the most at the Key West Food and Wine Festival? Sitting. I spend a lot of time running around, pouring wine and helping others, so when I can finally enjoy a five-course menu, it is a spectacular treat.
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Pouring (and sipping) champagne on the beach. Life doesn’t get better.
Key West Food and Wine Festival springs up at the end of January every year to bring our little town something we desperately need: booze. (That was sarcasm, my friends, as we have plenty of booze and boozy events in Key West; the . . . → Read More: Key West Food and Wine Festival: Champagne and Shoe Free
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