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Top 10 Reasons To Love Girlfriend Trips

There’s nothing like traveling to a new place on a girlfriend trip. Good friends, new friends, sisters, and sisters-in-law make great companions. The group can be large or small, but by the time you get back home to the demands of life, you’ll feel refreshed. Depending on the type of trip you take, you MIGHT even be more rested! We all love our families.  At this point in our lives, many of us will gush over telling you about our grandchildren. But a balance in life is always good, and getting away on a girlfriend trip can be just the …

The Best Wine Tasting in Tuscany is part of a Slow Travel Experience

The view is a vista of rolling hills filled with grape vines turning yellow and rust in front of me and of a Renaissance villa behind me.  My plan to offer a review of  The Best Wine Tasting in Tuscany looks simple enough, but to do the actual experience justice is another task altogether. Slow Travel Our group of three girlfriends has been with Arianna and Alessio of KM Zero Tours for a little more than a day now. Our guides are professionals who have easy-going, understated demeanors. They treat us like old friends, embracing us, making us comfortable from …

Traveler’s Over 50: A Self-guided tour of Historic St. Augustine

St. Augustine, Florida, is a city rich in history. I like to imagine living during different eras as I soak in the background and ambiance of a new place. I really can’t see myself living as a pirate, or aboard a Spanish galleon. I do like the idea of lounging (with a wide-brimmed hat and parasol) on the grounds of the newly built hotels in St. Augustine in 1890, as one of “America’s elite.” St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spanish explorers, is the oldest continuously occupied city in the continental U.S.  The historical relevance of the earliest U.S. explorers …

Washington, D.C. — An Honor Flight for Veterans

Some of the Veterans were “brothers” since high school. Others served during Vietnam but got to know each other later— through their volunteer work with the prideful Patriot Guard, who provide a motorcycle brigade escort during a veteran’s funeral. On one beautiful spring day in Washington, D.C.  these veterans shared their memories with comrades who know best of the sacrifices made years before. Having returned  from Washington, D.C., on my second of such trips, I’m full of gratitude and pride for our Veterans who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces. A non-profit organization, Alabama Freedom Flight, provided a day …

The Upper Florida Keys–A Baby Boomer’s Road Trip

Jimmy Buffett’s 1974 A1A album cover photo said it all — with his surfer-dude look, sitting under a palm tree. If the Baby Boomers had not already taken a road trip to the Florida Keys on the famous highway, this album cover was surely the inspiration to travel to a laid back paradise. My first trek South on Florida Highway A1A was as a college student in a Miata convertible with very little money, a two-man tent and sleeping bags in the tiny trunk. In the ’70s, we didn’t even need reservations in campgrounds, and hardly anyone referred to us as …

A Day in Barcelona — Big Tippers

  Savoring the simple pleasures of a new place or a new experience is what I love most about traveling. After spending seven days on a Mediterranean cruise where we had inundated our senses in seven cities on a non-stop schedule, we were back in Barcelona for two days before returning to the U.S.– whew! TIP YOUR WAITER On our last evening, we dined at our favorite Barcelona “side-street” restaurant, enjoyed a scrumptious dinner, and a little more to drink than usual. After all, the half-liter of Sangria was the best value. We had intentionally used the last of our …

Fairhope, Alabama, my small-town dream

When I was six years old, we were awakened in the wee morning hours one summer night to the sound of car horns blowing and people yelling from their car windows — “jubilee.”  Fairhope was awake and everyone was headed to the bay.  I thought it was a dream. The Fairhope, Alabama  area on the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay is one of two places in the world that experiences a natural phenomenon known as a “jubilee.” Due to unusual atmospheric conditions and a reduction in oxygen levels in the water, bottom-type fish and crustaceans are forced towards the shore into shallow water.  …