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monkeysGallo Pinto? Pejibaye soup? No, I’m not really a “foodie”, but my recent trip to Costa Rica has me daydreaming about the superb native dishes made with the freshest ingredients.  In this gem of a country you can fish in the ocean and have your catch prepared to your liking that same evening at a dockside restaurant.  Yellowfin tuna sashimi alongside grilled mahi mahi.  Homemade tamales wrapped in banana leaves, tiny empanadas stuffed with local cheeses or meats; there’s always a new dish to savor. (more…)

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Many travelers are discovering condo, villa and apartment rentals can sometimes be good alternatives to traditional hotels and resorts.  We have these options available in many destinations throughout the world.  Here’s an account of one of those options from a client who enjoys her stays at the Dolphin House in London:

“My husband and I love London. It may not be Europe’s most beautiful city, but what it lacks in beauty it makes up for in charm: the pubs, the parks, the palaces…the list goes on. Our most recent trip was in 2008. This time (our sixth) we decided to forgo the usual hotel stay and search for an apartment. What we eventually found was a great short-stay apartment building called The Dolphin House, located in Dolphin Square, a small grassy area in Pimlico. (more…)

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flowerOne thing I love about Maui is that you can choose to fill your time there with very diverse and exciting activities or you can choose to do nothing at all and still have a great time.  Having done quite a bit of sightseeing on the other islands, we had decided in advance that we would spend most of our time in Maui enjoying the beach and pools and we were looking forward to doing just that when we arrived midday at Kahului airport.  Arriving at this time of day is ideal because you usually won’t have to worry about traffic, which can be somewhat heavy around Lahaina in the morning and evening hours.  It only took us about 45 minutes in our rental car to get to the Ka’anapali resort area, where we were staying.  (more…)

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Grand Hyatt KauaiWe arrived in Lihu’e, Kauai in the early afternoon and quickly picked up our rental car.   We were excited to get to our resort, located on the south side of the island, which I knew would be one of the highlights of our trip.  From the second we arrived at the Grand Hyatt Kauai, we were never disappointed.  It is definitely one of the most beautiful resorts I have stayed in, from the amazing open air lobby with a postcard picture “window” towards the ocean, to the large and beautifully appointed rooms, to the amazing and extensive grounds full of colorful tropical flowers, waterfalls, palms, lagoons and waterfalls, to the spectacular pools, slide, hot tubs and more.  There was no question we were staying in paradise. (more…)

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“Good Morning. This is July 11, 2009, I am just finishing packing for my second exciting trip of 2009. Tomorrow I am off to Norway, my mother’s homeland. I plan on meeting up with two friends in Norway to explore the Lofoten Islands at the Arctic Circle and then back down to Geilo. With that as a base I plan on visiting Preikestolen, “Pulpit Rock”, the Flam Railroad, Geiranger Fiord and some of the other fiords. More to follow….Bob”

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Waikiki rainbowOn our way to breakfast this morning we walked along Waikiki beach and after a quick rain shower, we were rewarded with a beautiful rainbow, our fist one of the trip!  We then left for the airport and got on an early flight of about 50 minutes to Hilo, on the eastern coast of Hawaii (better known as the Big Island).  Most people that visit the Big Island fly into Kona airport, on the West, or sunny coast, where most hotels are located.  But we had decided to enjoy the beach on the islands of Kauai and Maui later on in the trip, so we took advantage of Hilo’s proximity to Volcanoes National Park and flew here instead.  There are only a couple of modest hotels in the town of Hilo and a few bed and breakfasts near the National Park.  We chose to stay at the Hilo Hawaiian hotel, which though it offers simple accommodations, it had comfortable and spacious rooms with balconies and beautiful views of Hilo Bay.  (more…)

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My mother and I are beach bums.  There is nothing we like better than to sit on a beach and read from early morning until dinner time. In between the reading, we like to roast in the sun, play in the water, eat yummy food for lunch and drink bar concoctions that we would never make at home.

In May, 2009 we found that perfect beach in Punta Cana which is in the Dominican Republic.  Take a look ….

Left beachRight BeachChair View

See what I mean…. (more…)

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