Discover the Walled Tuscan Town of Volterra

The hilltop town of Volterra sits in the heart of the Tuscany region of Italy and is an interesting town to explore.   As our Rick Steves tour stopped in Volterra for two nights, we had no idea what discoveries lie ahead for us in this walled Tuscan town with its ancient stone walls.                          Continue reading “Discover the Walled Tuscan Town of Volterra”

Travel Gifts for your Favorite Travelers

If you have travelers on your shopping list, they will be delighted to get some new gadgets and gear as travel gifts.  Why?  They’re already planning and thinking about their next trip!   So to help you out, I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites and few other great gift ideas for your special travel person.                                                                                                 Continue reading “Travel Gifts for your Favorite Travelers”

SHARKS by the Beach–and a Half-Eaten Fish!!

Would you expect to see sharks swimming within a few feet of the beach, eyeing a floating snack?  It was not what we expected to see one afternoon as we walked along the shore at Orange Beach, AL.  It was an up-close, unexpected discovery –SHARKS!!!                                                                  Continue reading “SHARKS by the Beach–and a Half-Eaten Fish!!”

Magnolia Market | Things to Know Before Visiting the Silos

It was a girlfriend getaway weekend, a road trip heading to Austin, Texas.  My friends and I had been wanting to go to Chip and Joanna Gaines’Magnolia Market at the Silos, so we planned a stopover in Waco to Continue reading “Magnolia Market | Things to Know Before Visiting the Silos”

Laurel & Hardy Museum | Exit 1 Mile

Traveling to Myrtle Beach with friends was a long drive from Louisiana. During a lengthy stretch of Georgia highway, we spied a highway sign that read “LAUREL & HARDY MUSEUM, EXIT 1 MILE.”  The guys insisted that this was a “can’t miss” opportunity.  Without a formal vote, our driver took the exit and we were off on a side journey.                Continue reading “Laurel & Hardy Museum | Exit 1 Mile”

More than JUST a Travel Blog | Product Reviews

You know that I post about the amazing places that I visit, but did you know that I also post product reviews about useful travel items?  My travel blog has a section called TRAVEL PRODUCTS that focuses on some of the gadgets and gear that I take with me and why I believe it’s worth sharing!        Continue reading “More than JUST a Travel Blog | Product Reviews”

Vineyard Walk in the Cinque Terre | Amazing Views

While visiting the Cinque Terre on a Rick Steves tour, our travel group decided to include a vineyard walk during our free time as we explored the villages that make up the Cinque Terre (five lands). Our tour guide had  Continue reading “Vineyard Walk in the Cinque Terre | Amazing Views”

Sixth Floor Museum Visit | JFK

The Sixth Floor Museum opened to the public in 1989 as a place for visitors to explore the circumstances and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.                                                                                 Continue reading “Sixth Floor Museum Visit | JFK”

Bayeux | Remember D-Day and Enjoy this Medieval Town!!

Driving through Normandy was a great way to see the countryside and towns as we headed for the D-Day beaches.  Bayeux was our stopover location for the night because of its proximity to the beaches, but wow what great unexpected discoveries awaited us in the quaint medieval town of Bayeux, France!                                                                                                        Continue reading “Bayeux | Remember D-Day and Enjoy this Medieval Town!!”

Top 10 FREE Travel Apps You Gotta Have

Hey travelers!  I’ve put together a list of some FREE proven travel apps for iPhone and Android to help you travel smarter and with less stress. So whether you’re off for a weekend adventure or flying around the world, here are my top 10 travel apps you gotta have!                                                          Continue reading “Top 10 FREE Travel Apps You Gotta Have”

Best Way to See Charleston | Self-Guided Walking Tour

It was my first time to visit the historic port city of Charleston, South Carolina. Even though the carriage tours were tempting, we decided to take a self-guided walking tour through the historic downtown district so we could see and explore Charleston at our own pace.  Here are some of the highlights.                                                                                                              Continue reading “Best Way to See Charleston | Self-Guided Walking Tour”

Cruise Excursion Injury | 6 Things To Take When You Leave the Ship

It can happen to anyone.  We arrived in Nassau and left our cruise ship to enjoy the beautiful tropical city.  We were not prepared for the unexpected–an injury sending us to the local emergency room.  Here are 6 things to be SURE you take when you leave the ship for an excursion.                      Continue reading “Cruise Excursion Injury | 6 Things To Take When You Leave the Ship”

First-Time Visitor to Key West–What to Do!!

As a first-time visitor, I was excited to finally make it to Key West.  It’s a famous travel spot, rich in history.  I was all about seeing this little island and learning what makes it special.                                                                  Continue reading “First-Time Visitor to Key West–What to Do!!”

More than a Mount — Mont Saint-Michel

My visit to Mont Saint-Michel was more than a day spent exploring a beautiful French national monument.It was a modern trek through a medieval treasure, whose rich history includes a Romanesque abbey church at the top built in the 11th century and monastery buildings used even today.                                                                                                                     Continue reading “More than a Mount — Mont Saint-Michel”

London’s Tower Bridge ‘Draws’ You There

What bridge will you definitely want to see while in London?  The recognizable Tower Bridge!  It was on our “must do list” while visiting London. We had purchased the London Pass so our admission to the Tower Continue reading “London’s Tower Bridge ‘Draws’ You There”

Strolling Through Barcelona — Found Incredible Indoor Excavation!!

What can you find in a three-hour stroll through Barcelona??  We found a large, enclosed archeological excavation from the 18th century at the El Born Cultural Center. WOW!  We could not believe what we had stumbled upon!                                                                                                                          Continue reading “Strolling Through Barcelona — Found Incredible Indoor Excavation!!”

Climb to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!

What a fun afternoon we spent exploring Pisa, Italy, and climbing to the top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, officially known as the bell tower of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta!In order to climb the 294 steps to the top, we had purchased our online tickets 6 weeks in advance.  I was ready!    Continue reading “Climb to the Top of the Leaning Tower of Pisa!”

Volterra | Don’t Miss These Etruscan Treasures!!

This museum may not make your TOP PLACES TO VISIT IN VOLTERRA list, but if you skip out on the Guarnacci Etruscan Museum you will miss a gem!!

I was on a Rick Steves tour, exploring this ancient Tuscan town (read about my discoveries).   We strolled along Via Don Giovanni Minzoni (I love the pedestrian streets!) to this small, unique museum that first opened in 1761!   Continue reading “Volterra | Don’t Miss These Etruscan Treasures!!”