"The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page."

- Augustine of Hippo


"And I think to myself, what a wonderful world."

- Louie Armstrong

"Wherever you go becomes a part of you somehow."

- Anita Desai

"Our happiest moments as tourists always seem to come when we stumble upon one thing while in pursuit of something else."

- Lawrence Block

" Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer."

We have seen places our parents could only imagine in their wildest dreams!

As we travel, we plan to fill the pages with what we learn as we explore this beautiful world and meet its magnificent people. We hope all who stumble upon these pages will enjoy what they find here and will be inspired to get out of town!

Valencia’s City of Arts and Sciences

We didn’t expect much from Valencia. I’m not sure why; I suppose that was because we’ve never really heard anything about it. Valencia has always been synonymous with oranges in our minds. When it comes to Spain, Madrid and Barcelona generate all the buzz. Our guide, Eva, said that is very common. She said visitors…

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The Palermo Capuchin Catacombs

We first read about the Capuchin catacombs in Palermo back in December of 2021 when we were planning a week on the island of Sicily. I really don’t know why we did not visit then, but I can only guess that we didn’t have time. Yesterday, we woke to find the ship along side the…

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Back to the Bronze Age

We recently participated in a MUSC project to enroll 100,000 participants in genetic testing. The main goal is to test for the risk of certain cancers and heart disease, but the test also revealed lots of other information about each participant. I was stunned to find that I am supposedly six percent Sardinian. Meredith thought…

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Napoleon: War Machine to Money Machine

If we were playing “Jeopardy!” and I said, “Corsica,” you would probably ask one of three questions: 1) What is the “île de beauté?” (island of beauty)  or  2) What island is famous for chestnut-eating pigs?  or  3) What island is the birthplace of Napoleon? Although all of these questions would be the correct answer,…

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Golfo dei Poeti

We spent Saturday morning sailing along the beautiful coast of Cinque Terre and the Golfo dei Poeti; in English, that’s the Gulf of Poets. The official name of the gulf is the Gulf of La Spezia because it was named for the city of La Spezia. La Spezia is a busy port city and hub…

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Monaco on the HOHO

My bad. I don’t know how or why, but I did not make a plan for seeing Monte Carlo. We arrived early Wednesday morning, slept off the flight, and woke to stare into the abyss of “no scheduled activities.” That’s not a good place to be when you are only in a city for about…

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The Barretts of Jamaica

Never thought I’d use Elizabeth Barrett Browning’s name in the same sentence with Jamaica. The prolific poet of the nineteenth century just never impressed me as a Bob Marley “one love” kind of gal. She would probably not be a fan of reggae music; classical music and opera were most likely her jam. Can’t imagine…

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