Half Moon Cay — Holland America’s Exclusive Island in The Bahamas

Half Moon Cay — Holland America’s Exclusive Island in The Bahamas

I stood shoulder-deep in the cool turquoise water and could see clear to my bare feet on the soft sand.  The glowing descriptions I’d heard of Caribbean beaches weren’t poetic exaggerations after all; they were true. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. Half Moon Cay is one of about 700 islands that…

How to Survive the CoViD Safety Theater before your Cruise

How to Survive the CoViD Safety Theater before your Cruise

I’d never imagined being so stressed-out getting ready for a Caribbean cruise.  But then, a lot of things have happened over these last two years that I’d never imagined. Seven extended-family members and I recently took a holiday cruise on Holland America‘s Nieuw Statendam.  And it was fabulous! We had planned to take a similar…

10 Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas, Nevada

10 Fun Things to Do in Las Vegas, Nevada

“Dean Martin” drank my martini. This post contains affiliate links.  For more information, click here. Okay, he wasn’t really Dean Martin; he was a Dean Martin impersonator at a Rat Pack tribute show in Las Vegas.  But he came down from stage, introduced himself to my table-mates and me, and asked to “borrow” my drink for…

10 Best U.S. Cities for Winter Travel

10 Best U.S. Cities for Winter Travel

Winter travel offers a much-needed escape–whether from holiday stress, short drab days, or two long years to flatten the curve.  If you’re ready for a get-away, the personal-finance site WalletHub last month released its report of Best Winter Holiday Destinations, divided into warm- and cold-weather cities.  The top destinations are: This post contains affiliate links. …

Corning Museum of Glass in New York

Corning Museum of Glass in New York

In 1770, the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland sought to renovate the drawing room of their large Jacobean townhouse on London’s Strand.  They wanted it to sparkle during their lavish parties.  They commissioned Scottish neoclassical architect and designer Robert Adam for this work.  He created a chamber lined with gilt-edged mirrors, green-glass pilasters, and red-glass…