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Video – Grand Canal, Venice, Italy

September 27, 2021

A view of the Grand Canal from our room at the Gritti Palace in Venice.    If you’re interested in the Gritti Palace Hotel, here are some photos and quick write up from our stay.

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Montmartre, Paris

September 7, 2021

We’re hoping to head to Paris this Fall. Here’s a quick video of Montmartre from our last trip in May 2019.  

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Which Credit Card Should We Get?

August 24, 2021

Points and Miles have allowed us to travel in a way we couldn’t do on our own. Many of these points have been earned through credit cards. Our travel plans have been put on hold during the last year, so we’ve pivoted to earning cash back for our credit card spending. We’re looking to sign up for a new cash back credit card and we’ve narrowed it down to two options.  Card Number #1 – This card earns a sign-up bonus of 40,000 points for spending $3000 in the first 90 days. The 40,000 points can be cashed in for […]

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Points, Miles and the Waldorf Astoria Versailles, France

August 11, 2021

Our upcoming trip to Europe will include a stay at the Waldorf Astoria Versailles – Trianon Palace. The hotel is located right next to the Palace of Versailles, about a 30-minute train ride to the west of Paris.  In order to minimize our out of pocket expenses, we are looking to maximize points and miles on our journey. Mixing Points and Miles into the Equation  Travel has been limited over the past year and a half. As a result we’ve accumulated a number of free night certificates and hotel rewards that come from holding credit cards.  During our time at the […]

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Covid Testing During our Stay at the Hyatt Zilara in Cancun

June 29, 2021

Those who travel abroad are currently required to complete a Covid-19 test within 72 hours of returning to the United States.  The PCR test detects the presence of a virus if you are infected at the time of the test.  On our recent trip to Cancun, Mexico, we had to factor this requirement into our trip planning.  Our choice of hotel made this relatively simple.  The Hyatt Zilara is our go-to hotel in Cancun, Mexico. As we found out, the Hyatt Zilara offers a Covid-19 nose swab test free of charge for their guests.  The test meets the requirement for re-entry into the […]

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Chair Lift up Monte Solaro in Anacapri, Italy

June 12, 2021

As part of our visit to the Island of Capri, we went to the town of Anacapri and rode the chair lift to the highest point of the island – Monte Solaro.  Getting to the Island of Capri We took a ferry from Marina Piccola in Sorrento and after a 30 minute trip, we arrived at the marina in Capri. From the Marina we took the funicular up the hill to Piazza Umberto I. At the piazza we hired one of the multicolored, open air taxis to bring us to the town of Anacapri. The ride was around 15 minutes […]

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Ordinary People Traveling to Extraordinary Places

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Our passion to travel takes us to cafes and alleyways around the world. From neighborhood cafes in Paris to a street market in London, we’ll take the road less traveled to hidden gems, new experiences and mouth watering eateries.

Whether it’s your first time abroad or you’re an accomplished traveler, we’ll share inspiration and tips for traveling the world.  Let’s pack our bags, grab our passports, relax in our seats…we’re now ready for take off!

 Mike  and   Maria

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