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January 2014
Dollar Sense

A Cruise Isn’t as Expensive as You Might Think

Eat onboard rather than in the ports. When we were in ports, we spent our time sightseeing and shopping, rather than eating. Not only was it a better use of the time, but as it was there was more good food onboard (that was free) than we could possibly eat, so it didn’t make sense to pay extra in the ports.

Compulsive Traveler

Things Not to Miss in Haiti

The market is jam-packed with everything from handicrafts to pigeons. The building was prefabricated in France to be the train station in Cairo. But that didn’t happen so Florvil Hyppolite, president of Haiti from 1828 to 1896, had it shipped to Haiti to serve as a central market.

December 2013
Compulsive Traveler

10 Things to Do in Ottawa

The Canadian Museum of Civilization is Canada’s largest and most popular museum chronicling a thousand years of Canadian history. Not to miss is the First Peoples Hall that highlights the culture of Canada’s aborigines, with the Grand Hall featuring the world’s largest collection of totem poles.

November 2013
The Tenacious Traveler

Visiting Vancouver

Stanley Park, a major trolley destination, is a Vancouver “must see.” Sprawling over 1,000 acres, this popular urban retreat is a green oasis surrounded by the city’s urban landscape. Miles of gentle hiking paths lead past lovely beaches, and cultural and historic landmarks. 

October 2013
Compulsive Traveler

Wellesley Island – Jewel Among the Thousand Islands

The park is actually a lovely Victorian village that was founded in 1875 as a Methodist campground and thrived as a family retreat in the spirit of a Chautauqua. Today it is still a family retreat, with a Norman Rockwell ambiance.

Ernie's World

Oh Canada!

They started asking a lot of questions about where they were and where they were going but the driver spoke only French. I think if this group had been part of the invading force, New France would have easily prevailed.

September 2013
The Tenacious Traveler

The Road to Hana: A Road More Traveled – With Good Reason

I rested beneath a banana tree enveloped by giant six-foot-long leaves. Wondered at the crinkled mountains lacerated with ridges created by 2-1/2 million years of rainfall. And watched the ocean  below, in a variety of hues rivaling every shade of blue in the largest box of Crayola crayons.


Iceland: Nice Place to Transit but Would You Want to Live There?

From the random ribbons of water cascading down mountainsides to views of the glacier that marks that region to the huge white seal we saw basking on a beach, there was always something wonderful to see no matter which way the car pointed.

Compulsive Traveler

Exploring New York’s Erie Canal

The Erie Canal has been enlarged and altered over the years but today this “gem” is enjoyed by boaters, hikers, bikers, fishermen, bird watchers, history buffs, nature lovers, and those looking to spend time in the “slow lane.”

August 2013
The Tenacious Traveler

The Marvelous, Historic Marais District of Paris

This eclectic neighborhood in the heart of Paris has been called the Marais (“marsh”) since Roman times. The name described the swamp that was created by a fork of the Seine River. The marsh was drained in the 12th century to provide more living space as Paris grew, but the name – like the oozing mud that once covered the area – stuck.

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