This post should be called swimming with the manatees, but it turned out that an unseasonably warm February made for conditions that sent the manatees on their way back to the Gulf by the time we arrived. We still got to see a few manatees in Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park (where they have some rescued ones they are rehabilitating) but the usual population that migrates to the springs to escape the cold waters of the Gulf in a typical season (mid-Nov. to Mar.) had already left. Continue reading Visiting Florida’s Natural Springs in Crystal River, Homosassa, and Rainbow Springs
Las Vegas was the perfect launching point for a visit to the picturesque canyons in the US National Parks. We’ve also used Vegas as a home base to see Death Valley and helicopter over the Hoover dam to hit the Grand Canyon in the past. Strange as it is, the glitz and glamour of the “in your face” Vegas is just so different from the natural beauty and peaceful nature of the scenery just a short drive away. To each his own I guess. We must also say that even though many of the parks we visited are only an hour or two apart, it is amazing how different the scenery is from one to the other. Each spectacular in their own way as they revealed themselves to us. We will walk you through what we visited and some of the tips we would recommend should you also decide to visit this beautiful region.
Now and again, you just have to spoil yourself. For us we decided that a 20th wedding anniversary was a good occasion to do this. We set out to do a tour of southern Ireland and stay at castles along the way. Continue reading Our Ireland Castle Hopping Adventure
Road tripping through Ireland isn’t for the faint of heart and can at times have some hair-raising moments, even more so, I imagine, for those (like us) that are used to driving on the right side of the road. Plenty of narrow winding roads must be taken to reach some interesting sites or off the beaten path attractions. It took some getting used too since driving on the left side isn’t an easy task and doesn’t come naturally for us right side drivers. Continue reading Ireland Road Trip
So you never know if you’ll have good internet coverage (or if roaming charges will be high) and the car rental company still wants 15$ a day for their GPS, what do you do?
You can actually download maps while you are at home and then have them in Google Maps even when offline. These maps could be Continue reading Preloading maps to use Google Maps offline
We were recently in the Cayman Islands where we rented a car and the rental car counter asked us for 20$ extra for a local license. This had happened to us once before in Rarotonga also where they actually issued a plasticized picture ID driver license from New Zealand (ready in 10 minutes), which made for a great souvenir!
The recent experience had us thinking about some of our upcoming international trips, and I realized that we had taken for granted that we could rent a car with our US drivers license worry free. Is that really the case? Continue reading Should you get an International Drivers Permit?
The Florida Keys is the perfect destination for a long weekend road trip. It’s an easy 4-hour drive from Miami with plenty to see and do along the way. Follow US-1 S (165 miles) all the way to Key West, the most Continue reading The Florida Keys & Key West
While we had previously visited Paris and the south of France, we had always dreamed of going back to see Normandy and the northern coast. There is of course a lot of historical significance here with the D-day beaches and the museums that have been created to remind us of the sacrifices made during the war. More than that Continue reading Road trip through Normandy
India is a place of contradictions, a land of haves and have-nots. There is so much disparity and so many extremes. From people sleeping in 500$/night hotel rooms to people that won’t make that in a year or more. As we discussed this with our guide he pointed out many examples, which were memorable: Continue reading Memorable India
We are going to Miami in two days and we’ll be cruising around in a luxury Lincoln MKS instead of the little Hyundai Elantra we pre-booked. Not only that, but we’ll have an extra 30$ in our pocket which should even cover our gas. Sweet!
Over the years, we’ve probably saved hundreds if not thousands Continue reading Sweetening up your ride!