tripadvisor takes the cake.

Without them, where would we be? If you are unfamiliar with TripAdvisor and you travel at all, you’re seriously missing out. TA is the only reviewer website that I truly frequent. Not only do they rate the hotels based on your votes, but they also rank them based on their competition in the city. For…

moving beyond boxed wine.

I must give credit where credit is due. Since October 2009, my life has changed in regards to drinking wine– boxed wine used to be good. Delicious even, in the right setting (like floating down the river for 5 hours in a tube). When my friends, Chelsea and Sergio, announced their upcoming nuptials in Napa Valley, I…

life is better with a beach view

We’ve all seen the quirky signs at our local home decor store. Think “Life is best by a beach”. “Beach House Rules- Relax. Relax. Relax.” The one thing I know is that I NEED a beach in my life. Currently, I am only able to get to the kinds of beaches I like once or…

photobooks: save the memories

How often do you have your great camera out, snapping image after image of your amazing vacation, only to get home and upload them into the black hole that is your computer? It’s more often than not that these images fall into the abyss, never to make it further than an upload to Facebook. A…

i’m pinned to pinterest

I cannot tell you how often I am surfing the web, only to find my original thoughts are no longer in the proverbial ocean ( i.e. I have self-diagnosed ADD and it got the best of me).  Basically, I went to Amazon.com to look at cameras and the next thing you know, I’m printing a…

cruisecritic.com review of the week.

I was elated when I recieved an email this morning from CruiseCritic.com saying my review of Paul Gauguin was chosen as 1 of 5 reviews of the week! To say it’s an honor is an understatement. Out of thousands of reviews submitted, mine was selected. While I don’t believe it was anything over the moon,…

ms paul gauguin: heaven found in tahiti.

Let me start by saying, I cannot wait to book another cruise aboard the MS Paul Gauguin. The boat, service, ports of call, and atmosphere were everything I hoped they would be and so much more. My group consisted of myself and husband (late twenties) my mother (early 50’s) and a family friend (thirty something)….

hiatus for the high seas.

Please excuse my hiatus from blogging the past few weeks. As you know, D and I took a cruise around the French Polynesian islands at the first of June, and I’m happy to say, I tried to be as low key as possible. I am currently working on my images from the trip and will…

tasty memories.

To me, one of the fun things about traveling is all of the souvenirs one picks up along the way.  T-shirt, wind chimes, shot glasses and the typical gifts aren’t lost on this traveler, however I sometimes prefer the edible. Often, I will come home and pull out treats from our various outings which allow…