Attending The New York Times Travel Show

We are just back from The New York Times Travel Show! This is one of the biggest travel shows and attracts over 30,000 visitors every year. While we wish it were held a few months later with warmer weather, we were happy to get to New York for an extended weekend. Continue reading Attending The New York Times Travel Show

Charge on the go!

Having flown over 2 million miles, I have had my share of travel experiences. I’ve also purchased and worked with a number of travel gadgets and gizmos, some good some bad. We’ve created this Travel Tech section to help our readers and we do not have any affiliation with these products nor do the manufacturers or distributors pay us. We simply write about what we believe in and what has helped us.

In thinking of travel tech, you would not ordinarily think about life saving devices. However Continue reading Charge on the go!

Beach cleanup efforts

Every time I go to the beach I end-up doing a mini beach cleanup. I just can’t leave that piece of plastic on the beach; I have to pick it up. It’s so easy to do so! Why litter when all we need to do is to bring back home, recycle or dispose of it in one of the numerous trash cans along the beach? It’s so easy that even little kids can do it! Sometimes people ask me why I’m doing this and I’m happy to Continue reading Beach cleanup efforts

A few days in Montreal for the holidays

Montreal is so beautiful under a fresh coat of snow! Even more so during the holidays when the Christmas lights are twinkling and glowing through the white snow. Every year since we moved south we look forward to our holiday time visit; it has become a tradition. To reunite and celebrate with family is the main purpose of our trip but we also get to reminisce about our lives there, after all this where we spent most of our lives. Revisiting some of our favorites places and indulging Continue reading A few days in Montreal for the holidays

Wintertime diving in South Florida

Some mornings I feel like the weather is laughing at us as the winds pick-up and the seas get choppy. Especially when a North East wind appears, boating conditions deteriorate and our dive excursions get cancelled. Of course one must think of safety first and anyone that has tried to get on a boat ladder in 6ft seas knows that this can be dangerous. Now imagine trying to Continue reading Wintertime diving in South Florida

The Art of Haggling: 10 tips for getting the best price and enjoying doing it!

So you’re in the store, and there are no prices, you like the wooden carving and can picture it in your den, the color matches perfectly with those two bronze pieces you brought back from China. “How much?”, you ask pointing to the piece.

The store clerk, likely the owner, smiles and rubs his hands together in glee saying: Continue reading The Art of Haggling: 10 tips for getting the best price and enjoying doing it!

Ancient Spanish Monastery

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This little gem is a haven located in North Miami. The grounds are beautiful and a breath of fresh air in the heart of the city.

The ancient monastery and the cloisters date back to the 12th Century; construction began in 1133 and ended in 1141. Cistercian monks occupied the monastery for almost 700 years in Spain! Continue reading Ancient Spanish Monastery