Girlfriend Trips

Girlfriend Trips

Coba Maya Park lagoon is a natural refuge

Visit Mayan Ruins For A History Lesson or Adventure

Visit Mayan Ruins for a history lesson or adventure to zip line in the Riviera Maya. Our group of ten did both…and more at the Coba Ruins with AllTourNative Tours. The Coba Mayan Encounter tour was perfect for us. Visit Mayan Ruins For a History Lesson Our driver and tour guide, Rebecca, with AllTourNative Tours, presented the ancient Maya beliefs of embracing and respecting the environment and of the spiritual connections between good and evil — all in the van ride to the Coba Ruins. So began our visit to Mayan Ruins Coba. Receive Blessings from a Shaman Something quite …

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 …

Niagara Falls, the basic guide for baby boomers

So you thought Niagara Falls was just the falls?  There are so many things to do in Niagara Falls that baby boomers enjoy.  Check out the list of things to do in this article. Millions of honeymooners as well as families have made their way to Niagara Falls as a romantic destination and geological wonder, which is why Niagara Falls is New York State’s number one tourist destination.  Twelve thousand years ago, Niagara Falls was formed when the glaciers receded and torrents of water were released and found its way to the Atlantic ocean. Today 13 million visitors find their …

Cumberland Island – Wild Horses and Wild Women

By Melanie Pollard Wild horses and wild women have ruled Cumberland Island, Georgia for years. There’s an old saying on the island that if you’re a man, move somewhere else.  Men don’t last long on this island.  Many unlucky men have met their demise here,  but that’s another story for another time. The Spirit of Cumberland Island Of all the islands I visited off the coast of Georgia and Florida, Cumberland was my favorite of the islands.  Cumberland has a spiritual quality to it, a oneness with nature that I have not found on the other islands in the area.  …

Top things to do on Jekyll Island

By Melanie Pollard Things to Do on Jekyll Island Ahh…the heroines of Victorian novels had it made. They lounged all day and were waited upon as they read poetry while overlooking the family’s sprawling estate. Power was in the wealth they inherited, and they were beloved by all. Don’t we all dream of such a time?  But the island is now a modern vacation spot, and there are many things to do on Jekyll Island. Imagine stepping back in time to the Victorian Era, 1886, to a place of unspoiled beaches, multitudes of deer, quail, pheasant, and turkey roaming about, …

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 …

Journey to Montserrat, a day trip from Barcelona

So what do two grandmothers who don’t speak Spanish do for a day trip in Barcelona, Spain?  We embark on an adventure to live like the locals and take the train to Montserrat, the site of the Benedictine monastery.  It was  established in the 800s and is home of the Virgin Mary of Catalonia statue.  How to get there Most tourists take a guided tour service to Montserrat from Barcelona, but I had already been in Barcelona for an entire two days prior to Marla arriving and felt like we could handle this journey on our own. As we started …