A view of the Grand Canal from our room at the Gritti Palace in Venice. https://youtu.be/Abakd2mkV3k If you're interested in the Gritti Palace Hotel, here are some photos and quick write up from our stay. https://youtu.be/7XbJRTQ7M6s
We’re hoping to head to Paris this Fall. Here’s a quick video of Montmartre from our last trip in May 2019. https://youtu.be/dHxP0sNceq8
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…
This year we visited Las Noches de las Luminarias at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix. Lighted paths take you through a series of trails in which the botanical gardens are illuminated in colored lights. Sprinkled throughout the paths are places to stop and buy a drink. We saw visitors drinking coffee, hot chocolate or buying a bottle of wine. This special event ran from November 27th through December 31st. We visited the day after Christmas. Here’s a few photos from our evening. N
On a past trip to Venice we took a water taxi as we left for the train station. We were picked up at the Hotel Gritti and had a memorable boat ride as we left towards our next destination: Firenze. Here's a quick video. https://youtu.be/7XbJRTQ7M6s
On a past trip to Venice we made a stop at Piazza San Marco, or Saint Mark’s Square. Yes, it can be overcrowded, but it’s a must see in Venice. Here's a quick video to give you the feel for an afternoon in May. https://youtu.be/Y-3yTzZzWMY
A stay at the Al Maha Resort includes two activities each day. During our stay, there were seven complementary activities from which to choose. FalconryNature WalkGhaf Tree WalkWild Life DriveCamel TrekSundownersArchery Below is a handout that guests will receive upon arrival. We requested the document ahead of time in order to plan our activities. As you can see, Horse Riding and Desert Drive are also available for an extra charge. We picked archery for one of our activities. We meet our field guide, Shabaz at the Hotel Lobby and he took us in an SUV to the archery range. Our guide helped…
Do you enjoy street art? If so, LaMer Beach in Dubai is a fun stop. There's an open-air shopping area with street art sprinkled throughout. In between shops and restaurants, you'll find artistic expressions on the walls, around corners and up above your head. Here are pictures from a recent visit to La Mer. Eateries are sprinkled throughout La Mer.
On a recent stopover at Abu Dhabi, we had a chance to visit the Etihad Business Class lounge. Here’s a quick pictorial tour. The lounge is locatedin Terminal 3 at Abu Dhabi Airport. P.S. There is also a smaller lounge in Terminal 1. The lounge was sizable, here's a directional sign. I liked that they had a room to store luggage. Here's one of the seating areas We arrived while breakfast was being served Bread selection Salad Items Fresh Fruit I'm not sure what it's called, but the cheese on the bottom right was good. The breakfast included many hot…
Our recent flight from Abu Dhabi to Los Angeles routed us over the Arctic Circle. Here are some pictures of the Sunset over the Arctic Circle from 36,000 feet.