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  • Cuba Travel Tips
    cars They are kept running with Russian and Chinese parts coupled with impressive ingenuity and determination In the cities you are surrounded by the beauty of the architecture of Cuba The country s political timeline is seen in the Spanish Moorish buildings the Cuban Baroque style the Gallic inspired neoclassical colonnades and columns in the cities and the Art Deco influences that infiltrated from the U S in the 1920s Government building in Santa Clara Cuba has its own take on color with lots of beautiful once strong hued pastels now peeling and faded You will perhaps not be surprised to learn that the buildings in good repair are government buildings And the people they are the most fascinating aspect of Cuba Although our countries have been political enemies for half a century there is no sense of animosity from Cubans to Americans The Cubans we met were warm friendly except in the government run hotels eager to meet Americans and positive and excited about the thaw in political relations between Cuba and America They know that change is required for Cuba s survival and they embrace not without legitimate concerns about some potential loss of their unique culture the economic opportunities that will develop as relations with the U S normalize What is inspirational about Cuba Against a brutal backdrop of poverty poor nutrition and a lack of freedom and opportunities Cubans still maintain a vibrant artistic culture Maybe all of that oppression can only come out relatively safely in artistic design and the performing arts You don t hear about authors and definitely not about bloggers People to People tours invariably take you to schools for the Performing Arts artist s studios generally artists such as Jose Fuster who is popular with the Castro brothers and community centers You will experience a range from the exceedingly focused carefully selected few students who are being developed for professional careers in the arts to seniors showing you traditional dances in a neighborhood Grandparents Club Cubans also place great value on education In a country where a highly skilled surgeon might make 60 a month education is an end in itself not a path to affluence What is depressing about Cuba The poverty that results in tourists being approached by citizens rubbing their arms as a way to request soap or writing in the air to ask for pens or pencils These are people living in their homes with their families and holding jobs generally low paying and with the government They cannot afford enough to eat even with the monthly rations received from the government They can mostly obtain rice and beans Although a paltry selection of other items is allowed such as meat products or eggs in reality they are rarely available Most people s monthly rations run out in about two weeks They are then forced to buy items in the markets where few can find or afford good produce meat or fish Havana s fragile buildings The

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  • Bucket List Travel Experiences
    to help with the bucket list preparation we thought we d make a list of our some of our favorite moments from our travels Take a look below for some great bucket list inspiration Driving a Ferrari in Italy Alan marked an item off his boomer bucket list when he drove a Ferrari in Maranello Italy Did the experience meet his expectations Find out by clicking on Driving a Ferrari in Italy Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Gorillas have always had a special place in our heart and gorilla trekking in Rwanda is certainly an experience everyone animal lover should have Read about our experience by clicking on Gorilla Trekking in Rwanda Celebrating New Year s Eve at Sea We celebrated New Year s Eve on Silversea Silver Cloud during a Panama Canal cruise Would we do it again You bet Read about our experience by clicking on Celebrating New Year s Eve at Sea Cruising Milford Sound With Silversea Cruises Alan and I marvel as we pass Milford Sound s numerous amazing waterfalls and steep rain forested cliffs To read more about our experience click on Cruising Milford Sound With Silversea Cruises Hot Air Balloon Adventure in Utah Nothing beats the exhilaration of riding in a hot air balloon high over the winter landscape of Bluff Utah To read more about our experience click on Hot Air Balloon Adventure in Utah Panama Canal Transit Cruising through the Panama Canal is usually accompanied by information from expert local commentators and a party up on deck To read more about our experience click on Panama Canal Transit Walking on a Glacier On an adventure cruise in southeastern Alaska we hiked on Baird Glacier It was one of our most memorable boomer adventures To learn more click on Walking on a Glacier Exploring

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  • Mediterranean Cruise Excursions
    walking tour that suited our needs Read On Our Own in Cartagena Spain to find out more about our self guided tour And the Angels Sang on Montserrat Barcelona is a common port stop for many Mediterrranean cruise ships However if you re looking for a unique experience our excursion to Montserrat was a beautiful day filled with angelic voices Click on And the Angels Sang on Montserrat to read more about our experience Four Wheel Drive Fun in Funchal If you re cruising on an Atlantic crossing Funchal Madeira is often the first or last port stop depending on if you re coming or going This beautiful area has plenty of options for active travel including hiking trekking or horseback riding not to mention water sports Click on Four Wheel Drive Fun in Funchal to read more about our experience 4 Hours in Menorca Menorca is one of the beautiful islands that make up Spain s Balearic islands in the Mediterranean Not only does it offer incredible beaches but years of history as well Click on 4 Hours in Menorca to read more about our experience Exploring the Cote d Azur On a Seabourn Sojourn cruise from Rome to Ft Lauderdale Alan and I choose the ship s cruise excursion to Èze and Villa de Rothschild Click on Exploring the Cote d Azur on a Seabourn Cruise Excursion to read more about our experience Exploring Lisbon on a Seabourn Cruise Excursion Lisbon s pastel colored buildings perched on the hillsides were just calling my name when we started exploring Not wanting to miss a thing we tried to explore every nooks and cranny of this beautiful coastal city but managed to do in slowly and enjoyably Click on Exploring Lisbon on a Seabourn Cruise Excursion to read more about

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  • Alaska Cruise Excursions Reviews
    a floatplane tour Click on Floatplane Tour of Misty Fjords to read about our experience Speedcat Adventure to Davidson Glacier When your ship docks in Skagway Alaska be sure that you re on this adventure that includes a speedcat ride and motorized canoe to Davidson Glacier Read more about our experience by clicking on Speedcat Adventure to Davidson Glacier Sitka Walking Tour On a cruise to Alaska Sitka is an easy town for do it yourself touring Use our self guided walking tour to explore this Alaska fishing village Read more by clicking on Sitka Walking Tour Cruising Tracy Arm On a cruise into Tracy Arm you ll see icebergs waterfalls and the steep mountain slopes of an Alaskan fjord To read more about our experience by clicking on Cruising Tracy Arm Going Under Water in Ketchikan One of the most unusual Alaska cruise excursions Did you know that you can go snorkeling when your ship calls on Ketchikan Alaska Click on Going Under Water in Ketchikan to learn more Hiking With History on Kodiak Island If your cruise ship makes it all the way to Kodiak Island you ll discover beautiful views combined with WWII history on the trail at Ft Abercrombie State Historical Park Click on Hiking With History on Kodiak Island to read more about our experience Walking on a Glacier On an adventure cruise in southeastern Alaska we hiked on Baird Glacier It is one of our most memorable Alaska cruise excursions To learn more click on Walking on a Glacier Floating With Icebergs in LeConte Bay Alaska Riding a skiff through a maze of icebergs in LeConte Bay Alaska is a small ship cruise excursion that we ll always remember Read about our experience by clicking on Floating With Icebergs in LeConte Bay Alaska Hiking

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  • European River Cruise Excursions
    Content European River Cruise Excursions European River Cruise Excursions We love traveling the world on water and love the added benefit of cruise excursions If you re planning a European river cruise soon make sure to take a look at some of these river cruise excursions to ensure some great European adventures A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes As part of a Viking River Cruise along the Douro River in northern Portugal the ship offered a walking tour excursion to see the Medieval city of Guimaraes Read A Glimpse of Modern Portugal in Medieval Guimaraes to find out all about this fun experience Rhine River Cruise Excursions A Rhine River Christmas Markets Cruise is a romantic trip to UNESCO World Heritage Sites and plenty of Christmas markets Check out our Rhine River Cruise Excursions articles to know what to see and do on your Rhine River cruise Falling In Love With The Village of Favaios If you ever get a chance to cruise on Portugal s River Douro make sure you stop at Favaios for some freshly made bread and sweet wine Click on Falling In Love With The Village of Favaios to find out more abou this

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  • Cruise Excursions in Hawaii
    the Hawaiian Islands discover snorkeling history and more Snorkeling on the Big Island This rates as one of the best cruise excursions ever Look for sea life and snorkel on a thrilling zodiac ride with Captain Zodiac in Kona Hawaii To read more click here Snorkeling on the Kona Coast Helicopter Adventure Over West Maui and Molokai Book a helicopter tour on your own or with your cruise line for a fun Maui adventure Read more about our experience by clicking on Helicopter Adventure Over West Maui and Molokai Whale Watching on Maui Why leave one boat to sail on another For the whale watching of course especially if your ship arrives in February Read more about our experience by clicking on Maui Whale Watching Visit the USS Arizona Memorial History comes alive a the USS Arizona Memorial on Oahu It s a small part of the overall experience at World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument To read more click on Visit the USS Arizona Memorial Touring Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden For visitors to Hawaii s Big Island who ve been there and done that book a cruise excursion to Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden To read more

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  • Cruise Excursions in South America
    de Janeiro to the colonial city of Cartagena Colombia to the natural wonders of Chile and Argentina there s something for everyone Cruise excursion in Cartagena Colombia In Cartagena we discovered colonial history on a Silversea cruise excursion The old part of the city is a UNESCO World Heritage site Read more about our experience by clicking on Cruise Excursion in Cartagena Carnival Museum in Rio de Janeiro On an

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  • South Pacific cruise excursions
    Alan and I have crossed the South Pacific three times sampling what the region has to offer It s one of our favorite cruising itineraries A word of boomer travel advice most excursions tend to be on the basic side You may or may not have transportation with air conditioning It s best to be flexible and go with the flow Enjoy our suggestions Discover the Moorea Lagoon We never get tired of the blue blue waters in Tahiti s Moorea Learn more by clicking on Discover the Moorea Lagoon Noumea cruise excursion On a Seabourn cruise excursion we discovered artful graffiti in Noumea New Caledonia To read more about our experience click on Noumea cruise excursion Dreaming of Raiatea Although there are many cruise options a cruise itinerary that includes Raiatea offers baby boomer travelers the chance to explore a lesser known tropical paradise Check out our experience by clicking on Dreaming of Raiatea Finding Paradise at Iles de Pins On this free Seabourn excursion you ll discover a tropical paradise in New Caledonia Board the ship s tender with your snorkel gear and a beach towels for a few hours of rest and relaxation To read about our experience click on cruise excursion in Iles de Pins Cruise excursion in Pago Pago American Samoa On a Seabourn cruise excursion in Pago Pago we took a school bus ride to the scenic spots in this part of American Samoa To read more about our experience click on cruise excursion in Pago Pago Independent snorkel excursion in Fiji When Seabourn Odyssey stopped in Suva Fiji we joined an independent snorkel excursion to Moon Reef To read more about our experience click on snorkel excursion in Fiji Swimming with Stingrays in Moorea If we had to pick one cruise excursion that

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