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Strolling Through Spain’s Mini Versailles

February 24, 2015
La Granja

Pardon the cliché, but exploring Spain is very much like peeling a multi-layered onion. From its verdant  northwest coastal areas to the spirited and traditional Andalusia, Spain’s various regions are incredibly diverse. Few who have had the pleasure of exploring the Iberian Peninsula could argue otherwise. Of course, as usual, it’s typically the off-the-beaten-path pueblos […]

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A Long Weekend in Dublin

January 22, 2015
A long weekend in Dublin

Although many swear by solo travel, traveling with company certainly has its benefits. Even traveling with family, which, granted, can be a bit stressful, can also be an incredibly enriching experience. Today’s guest poster, Rita Foley, co-author of the newly released book, Revolutionary Retirement. What’s Next for You walks us through her special weekend in […]

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A Winter Walking Tour of Cologne, Germany

December 26, 2014
Cologne Cathedral

Pastel-colored buildings enhance the snowy scene when AmaWaterways Amacello pulls into her spot along the banks of the Rhine River in Cologne. But Alan and I aren’t going to let a little snow on the ground keep us from exploring Germany’s 4th largest city and our first Christmas markets stop of this Rhine River Cruise. […]

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A Solo Walker’s Right to Roam in Britain

December 12, 2014
Barbara Anderson_Letters from the Way

Active travel opportunities abound all over the world, but long-distance walking is quickly becoming a popular way of travel for a lot of boomers. Blame it on Spain’s much romanticized “El Camino” or the recent blockbuster detailing the everyday trials and tribulations that come with this slow means of travel, either way, a walker’s perspective is […]

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Winter on the Rhine

November 18, 2014
Rheinstein castle in the Rhine Gorge

On a foggy, sleety day, AmaWaterways Amacello winds through the Rhine Gorge where medieval castles and vineyards compete for attention above scenic river banks. Alan heads outside to take photos but returns quickly, unable to shield his lens from pelting sleet. Most Rhine River cruisers hope to view the Upper Middle Rhine Valley, a UNESCO World […]

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Saturday’s scene: Going to the Library

August 23, 2014
Library of Celsus in Ephesus, Turkey

The Library of Celsus is probably the most photographed ruin in Ephesus, Turkey. Constructed between 110 and 135 A.D. by Julius Aquilla in memory of his father, Celsus Polemaeanus, a Roman Senator and Governor of Asia, the elegant building was more than just a library. It was also Celsus Polemaeanus’ tomb, which was located in a sarcophagus beneath the main […]

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4 Hours in Menorca

August 8, 2014
Taulus n Menorca, Spain

When your ship docks in Mahon, Menorca, one of Spain’s Balearic Islands, it’s tempting to head straight for Punta Prima Beach for a couple hours of sun in the fun. But then you’d miss the complicated history, bucolic views and glimpses of neolithic mystery available on the island. That’s why I chose a 4-hour Menorca cruise excursion offered by […]

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Tremiti Islands: An Off-the-Beaten-Path Adventure in Italy

August 2, 2014
Boats in the harbor at San Domino in Italy's Tremiti Islands

Want to go off-the-beaten-path in Italy? The Tremiti Islands off Italy’s Gargano Peninsula qualify. Okay, I’m sure that most Italians and Western Europeans know about these tiny islands near the Adriatic coast but how many Americans visit? We’re raising our hands, here, and giving you reasons to add them to your next European road trip. Most visitors arrive at Italy’s Tremiti […]

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Staying in an Italian Wash House in Castel di Sangro

July 3, 2014
Il Lavatoio offers charming lodging in Castel di Sangro.

“You’ll be staying in a converted wash house, but it’s quite charming,” Claudio Fontana of A La Carte Italy Tours told us in an email discussion about Il Lavatoio, our lodging choice at Castel di Sangro in the Abruzzo region of central Italy. It would be the first night of a ten-day Southern Italy road […]

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Road Trip Guide Through Spain’s Lower Rias

March 25, 2014
Cathedral de Santiago de Compostela

Updated 05.01.2014 Although some people may claim that Spain’s ongoing crisis has dramatically affected the country’s reputation as a travel destination, there was actually a record number of tourists in 2013. In fact, approximately 60.4 million tourists visited the Iberian Peninsula last year, making it the world’s third top tourist destination, right behind France and […]

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