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Timeless Spa at the Al Maha, A Marriott Luxury Collection Desert Resort & Spa, Dubai

November 17, 2021

It was our time to relax at the Al Maha Luxury Desert Resort and Spa. Nestled among the sands and palm groves outside of Dubai you will find this serene and majestic place. It’s considered among one of the best hotels in the world. It is situated on the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve about 70 minutes from Dubai by car. The spa has an exotic feel and we experienced exceptional customer service, not only at the spa but throughout our stay. First, we were greeted at the spa entrance by a gazelle, one of the natives often seen prancing throughout […]

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La Mer Beach Dubai – Beachfront

November 12, 2021

La Mer Beach is a great stop when visiting Dubai.  It includes a collection of restaurants, shops, a water park, and of course… a beach.  In an earlier post we covered the street art at La Mer,  in this post we look at the beachfront. A variety of restaurants line the beachside walkway La Mer Beach was a fun place to spend time. If you’re in Dubai, and your schedule allows, consider a visit. You may also enjoy the following posts on Dubai Ritz Carlton Dubai- Review of Room and Hotel Grounds Ritz Carlton Dubai- Review of Club Lounge and Lobby Lounge Arabian […]

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Remember That a Trip to Rome Was Not Built in a Day

November 12, 2021

Travel blogs can portray a picture of non-stop travel in luxury hotels and first-class flights.  These trips are certainly possible, but like the fine print regarding the person in the weight loss commercial who lost 50 pounds, in small print it says “results not typical”. Miles and points do allow ordinary people to travel to extraordinary places, but it takes time and effort to earn those miles.  Dream of where miles and points can take you, but also be realistic as you get started.   We’ll help point you in the right direction if you want to travel more using points […]

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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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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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