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Grizzly bear looking for a salmon breakfast at Fish Creek, Alaska.

Watching for Bears at Fish Creek

Grizzly bear looking for a salmon breakfast at Fish Creek, Alaska.

Updated 05.01.2019: From July to early September, salmon spawn at Fish Creek in Hyder, Alaska. The silver backs of chum salmon flash in the sunlight as the salmon swim up the creek from the Portland Canal. Bears (both black and grizzly), wolves, eagles and other wildlife aren’t far behind, attracted by the convenient food source. […]

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Walking in Cartagena, Spain

Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 2

Walking in Cartagena, Spain

The second week of cruising from Rome to Ft. Lauderdale has been mostly about Spain as we cruise from Barcelona to Funchal, Maderia, and beyond. Ports (several of them are repeats for us) have included Valencia, Cartagena, Malaga, Gibraltar and Funchal. Sail along with us in this photo essay of highlights from crossing the Atlantic […]

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Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1

Breakfast view of Livorno, Italy

After 12 days touring Southern Italy, Alan and I have boarded the Silversea ship, Silver Spirit, for our ride back to the U.S. On this first week’s segment, we’re exploring Mediterranean ports from Rome to Barcelona. We hope you’ll enjoy our photo essay of Scenes from the Sea: Crossing the Atlantic Week 1. And stay […]

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Alan and Donna Hull in Trani, Italy

Scenes From the Road: Southern Italy Week 2

Alan and Donna Hull in Trani, Italy

Authentic food, small town ambiance and off-the-beaten-path discoveries best describe this week’s photo essay from our visit to Italy’s heel. During southern Italy Week 2, Alan and I experienced slow travel at its best. Enjoy our photos as a teaser for articles to come: We couldn’t stop smiling in Trani. Beautiful weather added to a […]

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Explore Subiaco

Scenes from the Road: Southern Italy Week 1

Explore Subiaco

Updated: 10.01.2014 While Alan and I are traveling on our Visiting Italy’s Heel adventure (#bellaitalia), we’ll be posting weekly photo updates. Since time and internet connections are tight, we won’t waste any precious seconds introducing you to Southern Italy Week One: Claudia Fontana from Italy A La Carte met us in Rome for the drive […]

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Wildlife on Top of the World Highway

Saturday’s scene: Standing in the Fireweed

Wildlife on Top of the World Highway

When Alan and I planned our Alaska Highway road trip adventure, we hoped to see lots of wildlife. Were the highways brimming with animal sightings? Not really. Our total count of wildlife viewings on the road were 3 black bears on the Cassiar Highway, a bald eagle near Dawson city and the reindeer pictured above. […]

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M/V Kennicott on the Inside Passage

Scenes From the Road: Alaska Highway Week Four

M/V Kennicott on the Inside Passage

Alaska Highway Week Four is the final week of our Alaska Highway Adventure. And we’re spending it on the waters of the Inside Passage cruising the Alaska Marine Highway from Homer, AK, to Bellingham, WA. Due to damage at the Whittier loading dock, the original departure location, the M/V Kennicott left from Homer, AK. I might […]

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View of Nelchina Glacier on the Glenn Highway

Scenes From the Road: Alaska Highway Week Three

View of Nelchina Glacier on the Glenn Highway

On the third week of our Alaska Highway Adventure, we experienced Yukon mining history in Dawson City, drove across the Top of the World, gawked at the stunning scenery of Glenn Highway and ended the week in the beautiful Kenai Peninsula. Alan and I hope you enjoy our photo highlights of Alaska Highway Week Three: […]

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Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

Saturday’s scene: looking up in Istanbul

Ceiling of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul

On a visit to the Blue Mosque—Sultan Ahmed Mosque is the official name—you’re going to get a neck ache. I guarantee it. How can you not? Looking at the intricately designed domed ceilings of this Istanbul, Turkey, landmark is practically addictive. Are you planning a cruise? Use our Luxury Cruise Travel Planning Guide to begin […]

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Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby, Montana

Saturday’s scene: Painted Rocks by iPhone

Painted Rocks Reservoir near Darby, Montana

On a drive up the West Fork of the Bitterroot River in our Montana backyard, Alan and I arrived for a first visit to Painted Rocks Reservoir State Park at just the right time. It was about 10:00 a.m., not a cloud in the sky and the reflections in the water took our breath away. […]

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