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  • Montreal Archives
    Guide By A Guest Writer on 2016 03 31 in Canada Destinations Go Montreal North America Trip Tips Although some may consider our neighbor to the north to be a bit frigid Canada is actually one very hot travel destination these days Filled with endless opportunities for active travel Canada is an amazingly diverse travel destination that really has something for every type of traveler Today s guest contributor Vanessa

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  • Tips for a Cartagena Walking Tour on Spain's Mediterranean Coast
    marble paved streets of Cartagena aren t too crowded with cruise tourists Although we can turn right from Calle Real pay our money and enter the Roman coliseum ruins the second largest on the Iberian Peninsula Alan and I keep on walking A Cartagena walking tour is filled with stunning architecture Colorful art deco buildings line Cartagena s marbled avenues filled with shops cafés and other tourists We escape the crowds by slipping down a side street Soon Alan and I are alone nodding to shopkeepers standing in doorways or listening to conversations in Spanish wafting through open windows A birds eye view of Cartagena And then this Cartagena walking tour takes an historical turn Actually it s a turn up a flight of stairs At the top we discover an outdoor museum of ancient ruins The city dates back to 227 BC when a Carthaginian general Hasdrubal the Fair founded Cartagena Reading about history on a Cartagena hilltop Ruins scattered about Cartagena date back to Roman times not to mention evidence of invaders like the Vandals Visigoths and eventually Arabs We choose a cursory look but if you prefer an in depth exploration add these sites to your Cartagena walking tour list Museo del Teatro Romano Roman Theatre Torres Park Concepcion Castle La Casa de Fortuna Municipal Archaeology Museum It s peaceful on the Cartagena waterfront After exploring Cartagena s charms we walk back down the hill cross a busy street then enjoy a walk along the quiet path that edges Pier Alfonso XII Cruise Terminal Of course a seat on a bench to think about where we ve been is part of our Cartagena walking tour Silver Spirit in Cartagena Spain It s an easy return to home aboard the Silver Spirit On port intensive cruises Alan and

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  • Cruise excursions Archives
    in Antarctica Bucket list trips Cruise excursions Destinations Do Trip Tips When Alan and I cruised in Antarctica on Seabourn Quest we expected to see mammoth icebergs stunning scenery and cute penguins waddling around But the other worldliness of Antarctica s light came as a complete surprise to us The soft golden rays shining low in the sky added a dimension beyond scenery and wildlife that s hard Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Swimming with Stingrays in Moorea By Donna Hull on 2016 02 11 in Active travel Cruise excursions Destinations Do French Polynesia South Pacific Trip Tips Swimming with stingrays is our favorite South Pacific cruise excursion Period Alan and I have cruised the South Pacific four times and on each sailing we look forward to connecting with these gentle sea creatures And if we had to pick one location in French Polynesia that s a favorite swimming with stingrays in Moorea would Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Cruising to El Brujo Glacier By Donna Hull on 2016 01 16 in Chile Cruise excursions Destinations Go South America Trip Tips Want to make your holiday cruise a white one or blue in this case Choose an itinerary that visits a glacier When Alan and I sailed in South America on Seabourn Quest Christmas Day began with a 6 00 a m wakeup call to see the icy toe of El Brujo Glacier in the Chilean Fjords We Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure A Snowy Walking Tour in Amsterdam By Donna Hull on 2015 12 08 in Active travel Cruise excursions Destinations Europe Netherlands When Alan and I boarded Amacello in Amsterdam for an AmaWaterways Rhine River Christmas Market cruise we didn t expect such a snowy welcome But those white flakes didn t keep us from exploring Amsterdam on a Jordaan District walking tour provided by the ship In fact the snow added to the fun of visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Discovering Gdansk On a Self Guided Walking Tour By Donna Hull on 2015 07 28 in Active travel Cruise excursions Destinations Europe Poland On an early September morning the sun illuminates pastel colored buildings lining Long Market Street in Old Town the historic center of Gdansk Poland Up ahead the clock tower of the 13th century Town Hall vies for my attention I stop to marvel at the old world architecture as I get my bearings According to Rick Steves the Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Surviving a Summer Cruise in the Mediterranean By Donna Hull on 2015 07 11 in Boomer travel tips Cruise excursions Destinations Europe On a summer cruise in the Mediterranean you visit Rome when the cruise ship docks in Civitavecchia Italy Sweat drips down the back of your shirt as you stand in the long line to enter the Vatican Crowds swarm the hot sunny Coliseum You make a mental reminder to bring water on the next

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  • Europe Archives
    Adventure Falling In Love With The Village of Favaios By A Guest Writer on 2016 03 04 in Cruise excursions Portugal If you love traveling through winding vineyards tasting fresh bread and sipping sweet wine well today s post is for you Our guest writer Judy Freedman from A Boomers Life After 50 is here to take us on a lovely river cruise excursion to one of Portugal s most charming villages If I ever write my memoir Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Spain s Spectacular San Sebastian By A Guest Writer on 2016 02 02 in Active travel Spain As most travelers know no matter how much you travel or how much you see the world there are certain places that really and truly capture your heart For me that place is Spain s San Sebastian Located in the gorgeous Basque region this little beach town is straight out of a movie one that you Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure In Search of the Northern Lights in Tromso Norway By A Guest Writer on 2016 01 26 in Active travel Norway Traveling to see the Northern Lights is one adventure that is on a lot of people s travel bucket list and today s guest contributor Vanessa A Nirode is no different This past December Vanessa took a last minute trip to Norway s northern most city Tromsø to spend her Christmas vacation trying to find the spectacular but often Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Biking in Barcelona By A Guest Writer on 2016 01 19 in Active travel Spain Although we re big fans of hiking while traveling we are always up for a great biking adventure especially in beautiful destinations like Spain Today s guest contributor Vanessa A Nirode from Girls Drink Stout is here to take us on a two wheel adventure through Barcelona s beautiful landscape I m fairly certain I fell in love with Barcelona Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Hiking Through Northern Spain s Volcanic Region By A Guest Writer on 2016 01 04 in Active travel Spain Updated 03 01 2016 There are few things we love more than a good old off the beaten path hiking adventure Add to that a beautiful Spanish countryside with ancient volcanic craters beechwood forests and strolls through medieval towns and we re in travel heaven Thankfully today s guest contributor Vanessa A Nirode from Girls Drink Stout is here to take us Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Searching for Oddities in Salamanca By Nicole on 2015 12 15 in Spain Let me be the first to warn those planning to visit Salamanca Like many other Spanish cities a visit to Salamanca means taking in a lot of history and culture As one of Spain s most beloved towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site Salamanca is an exciting trip back in time to the Iberian Peninsula s Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure

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  • Spain Archives
    04 in Active travel Spain Updated 03 01 2016 There are few things we love more than a good old off the beaten path hiking adventure Add to that a beautiful Spanish countryside with ancient volcanic craters beechwood forests and strolls through medieval towns and we re in travel heaven Thankfully today s guest contributor Vanessa A Nirode from Girls Drink Stout is here to take us Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Searching for Oddities in Salamanca By Nicole on 2015 12 15 in Spain Let me be the first to warn those planning to visit Salamanca Like many other Spanish cities a visit to Salamanca means taking in a lot of history and culture As one of Spain s most beloved towns and a UNESCO World Heritage Site Salamanca is an exciting trip back in time to the Iberian Peninsula s Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Granada s Most Brilliant Gem the Alhambra By Nicole on 2015 09 15 in Europe Spain Updated 03 01 2016 One of the best parts about living in Spain is that the country has a seemingly endless amount of spectacular travel opportunities From its major cities to some of the country s long forgotten pueblos the country s profound history diverse landscape and of course culinary excellence can be found just about everywhere However if forced Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Spain s Forgotten Pueblo Chinchón By Nicole on 2015 05 28 in Spain As I ve said many times before Spain is a veritable treasure trove of travel options The Iberian Peninsula has indeed been blessed with an incredibly diverse landscape from its beautiful extensive coastline to the lush greenery found in the north and rugged plains to the south And of course like

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  • Explore Portuguese history on a Guimaraes Walking Tour
    and the Castelo de Guimarães A light rain was falling as we began our Guimarães walking tour at the Castelo de Guimarães at the top of the city Towering over the city center the 10th century castle was in excellent position to protect the area from the attacks of the Moors Normans and Vikings It s said that the first king of Portugal Afonso Henriques was born in the castle in the early 11th century Declaring himself a knight in 1122 and raising an army at the age of 14 age of consent at the time Afonso fought many battles and defeated his own mother s forces in 1128 After more years of warfare he conquered the ruling Moors in 1139 effectively gaining independence for the region and leading to the creation of a Portuguese national identity Following the momentous victory Afonso was declared king by his troops Coming to a statue honoring King Afonso Henriques our guide pointed out that the top of the sword is missing We were told that a drunken student unwisely broke off a piece of the sword one night and brandishing it overhead ran naked through Guimarães proclaiming I am the King Imagine that The 15th century Paco do Duques formerly the residence of dukes Near the castle distinctive chimneys rise above the Paco dos Duques Ducal Palace No longer the palace of dukes the 15th century building houses collections of art tapestries weapons and other period treasures However the top floor is maintained as a residence for the president of Portugal when he visits Guimarães Located between the castle and the palace is the Igreja de São Miguel do Castelo Church of St Michael I was especially impressed with its granite floor inscribed with the names of knights who died in battle On this rainy day in Guimaraes the outdoor cafes were empty My favorite part of touring Guimarães was walking around the historic center with its medieval squares like Praça de S Tiago St James Square surrounded by colorful balconied homes adorned with flower boxes and hanging laundry Although the tables of the outdoor cafes were empty on this rainy afternoon I imagined how lovely it would be on a sunny day to relax here over coffee or a glass of wine soaking up the Guimarães ambiance Through a passageway we entered Largo da Oliveira Oliveira Square also with many shops and cafes where the Salado Monument commemorates Portugal s victory in the Salado River battle over the Moors who were attempting for the final time to regain control of Portugal Statue of King Afonso Henriques by João Cutileiro A salute to Guimarães medieval history but with a contemporary twist is the avant garde and we were told somewhat controversial rendering of King Afonso Henriques in a stone sculpture found in Largo da Misericordia It was created by artist João Cutileiro in 2001 But King Afonso Henriques isn t the only king whose memory is celebrated in Guimarães The Elvis Bar in

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  • Do Archives
    Trip Tips Swimming with stingrays is our favorite South Pacific cruise excursion Period Alan and I have cruised the South Pacific four times and on each sailing we look forward to connecting with these gentle sea creatures And if we had to pick one location in French Polynesia that s a favorite swimming with stingrays in Moorea would Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Hiking to Hidden Falls in Grand Teton National Park By Donna Hull on 2015 09 17 in Active travel Destinations Do National Park adventures North America Trip Tips United States Wyoming Do you enjoy a hike with choices taking the long way when there s time or choosing a shorter version that better fits your schedule The hike to Hidden Falls in Grand Teton National Park near Jackson Wyoming does just that Active boomers can walk the long way reduce the miles with a one way boat shuttle across Jenny Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure An Active Afternoon in St Lucia Mud Chocolate and Sand By A Guest Writer on 2015 08 25 in Active travel Caribbean Destinations Do North America St Lucia Trip Tips Have you dreamed of traveling to the lovely Caribbean island of St Lucia Active boomer travelers will find plenty to do Today My Itchy Travel Feet guest writer Brette Sember shows us how to have fun with mud chocolate and sand on an active afternoon in St Lucia Whether you come to St Lucia by Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Hiking to Lower Calf Creek Falls in Grand Staircase Escalante By Donna Hull on 2015 06 17 in Active travel Destinations Do North America Trip Tips United States Utah Waterfall hikes are a treat in the rugged high desert of the American Southwest On a visit to Utah s Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument Alan and I discovered one of the best The hike to Lower Calf Creek Falls is our favorite memory from a road trip along Scenic Byway 12 a designated All American Road at Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Learning to Blend Wine at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery By Donna Hull on 2015 06 11 in Do North America North Carolina Off the beaten path travel Southeast Trip Tips United States How are wines made Would you like to learn how they are blended to create the perfect mix of acidity tannin sweetness fruit and body You can do that at Raffaldini Vineyards and Winery in Ronda North Carolina When Visit Winston Salem introduced me to the culture history and fine dining of the area a wine Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Stand Up Paddleboarding on Maui By Donna Hull on 2015 05 12 in Active travel Destinations Do Hawaii North America Trip Tips United States West Trying a new to you active travel experience is energizing The empowerment from learning a new skill lasts for days and results in unforgettable travel memories I m convinced that it also

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  • Portugal Archives
    Tips Walking tours are part of the allure of European river cruising In today s guest article boomer travel writer Catherine Sweeney takes us on a stroll as she explores Portuguese history and culture on a Guimarães walking tour Aqui nasceu Portugal Portugal was born here the proud statement seen on the ancient city walls of Guimarães Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Falling In Love With The Village of Favaios By A Guest Writer on 2016 03 04 in Cruise excursions Portugal If you love traveling through winding vineyards tasting fresh bread and sipping sweet wine well today s post is for you Our guest writer Judy Freedman from A Boomers Life After 50 is here to take us on a lovely river cruise excursion to one of Portugal s most charming villages If I ever write my memoir Continue Reading New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure Exploring Lisbon on a Seabourn cruise excursion By Donna Hull on 2010 11 09 in Cruise excursions Destinations Do Europe Portugal Updated 11 01 2013 Have you ever visited a destination that immediately spoke to you It happened to me this summer on a road trip to Montana I experienced that same

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