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Colombian Charm in Cartagena

Posted by on Jul 25, 2015 | 0 comments

Colombian Charm in Cartagena

After a brief return to the United States for a work commitment, it’s time to kick off this honeymoon in true Round-the-World style! Since RTW tickets dictate that you start and end in the same city, in order to finish our trip at home in Atlanta we needed to return from Italy and Greece to begin our journey there. So a re-positioning flight after Honeymoon Part #1 was in order.

But today we begin Part #2 of this 3-month, ridiculously lengthy honeymoon. This stage of the trip will include stops in Colombia, Amsterdam, England, Scotland, France and India before we return to the US for yet another work commitment/honeymoon interrupter (this time it’s work for both of us). So no, this summer travel extravaganza isn’t all fun and games, there is a bit of work squeezed in for good measure.

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Photo of the Day – Ushuaia, Argentina

Posted by on Apr 15, 2013 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – Ushuaia, Argentina

Located on a dramatic wide bay on the southern coast of Tierra del Fuego, Ushuaia, Argentina is known as the world’s southernmost city lending it the catchy nickname, “the end of the world.” Capital of the Tierra del Fuego province, Ushuaia is fringed by the Martial Mountain Range to the north and the Beagle Channel to the south. Nearby attractions include the Tierra del Fuego National Park which can be reached by highway or by the popular End of the World Train. Ushuaia is also ground zero for Antarctic departures and from November to March expedition ships depart for the frozen continent almost daily. I enjoyed exploring Ushuaia before my recent Antarctic cruise and took advantage of the local outfitter shops for buying last-minute gear. And if you’re looking for a deal on your Antarctic sailing, spend a few days in Ushuaia and you just might find a last minute discount saving you as much as half off one of these pricey expeditions.

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Photo of the Day – explora Patagonia, Chile

Posted by on Apr 9, 2013 | 0 comments

Photo of the Day – explora Patagonia, Chile

The vast majority of visitors to South America’s picturesque Patagonia region spend their days hiking through pristine mountains and glaciers and their nights roughing it in makeshift camp sites. But as I learned last month, there is another way to experience the wonders of Patagonia with no camping required. Keep the hiking but ditch the tent for a few nights at explora Patagonia. The plush Hotel Salto Chico is set on the shores of Pehoé Lake with a show-stopping view of the famed Cuernos del Paine, this über-green property wows with casual elegance, expert local guides and an unsurpassed natural backdrop that creates dramatic views from every window. I was lucky enough to spend a few nights there on RTW #8 and I still finding myself dreaming of the views from my room. It truly was a posh base for exploring the beauty of Patagonia.

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Posh Patagonia

Posted by on Jan 29, 2013 | 0 comments

Posh Patagonia

Last year, on RTW #7, a random twist of fate introduced me to the wonderful world of explora hotels in Chile. I was visiting Easter Island staying at a reasonably-priced, modest B&B when my friend Jill asked if I could perhaps hop over to explora Rapa Nui for a few nights to review it for her London-based site EcoLuxHotels. Never one to turn down an “upgrade,” I happily agreed.

After two nights at the incredibly magical explora Rapa Nui, I became a big believer in the explora culture of experiential, eco-friendly yet luxurious travel. At explora, the focus is always on “in-depth exploration of the surroundings and the luxury of the essential.” As a firm believer that luxury is almost always “of the essential,” I was dying to return someday to indulge in their other two Chilean properties – Patagonia and Atacama. Since my Antarctic adventure would already have me in the Patagonia Chile neighborhood, I figured there was no time like the present to check out explora Patagonia Hotel Salto Chico

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It’s the End of the World: Ushuaia Argentina

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 | 2 comments

It’s the End of the World: Ushuaia Argentina

You know how people always say, “don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world.” They’re right, because I’ve found it.

Ushuaia Argentina is the capital of the province of Tierra del Fuego and the southernmost city in the world, hence the popular nickname “the end of the world.”

For most people, Ushuaia is the gateway to exploring the Tierra del Fuego National Park and the last stop on the infamous “End of the World Train” but for those few adventure-seeking travelers who dream of visiting the frozen continent, it’s also the most popular departure point for Antarctic expeditions.And that’s why I’ve come all the way to Ushuaia; for the real trip-of-a-lifetime, a 10-day cruise to Antarctica with Quark Expeditions. But first, I’ve got a full 36 hours to explore this charming town at the end of the world.

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Full Circle in Buenos Aires

Posted by on Jan 9, 2013 | 2 comments

Full Circle in Buenos Aires

Seven years ago this week, I touched down in Buenos Aires, Argentina for the first stop on a trip around the world that would forever change the course of my life. Who knew that 7 years and more than 100 countries later, I would again arrive at Ezeiza Airport, this time a confident and far more worldly traveler, perhaps even worthy of the title “globetrotter.”

On my last visit to this blazing hot South American capital, I enjoyed long runs in Palermo Park, a stroll through Recoleta Cemetery and great meals along the revitalized waterfront area. This time, I didn’t really have a plan in mind. In fact, Buenos Aires was honestly just a bonus stop on the way to my ultimate goal, Ushuaia and Antarctica. I needed to be in Ushuaia, Argentina for my cruise departure on January 9th and the only frequent flier mile availability into Argentina was flying into B.A. on January 5th. So here I am with two days to re-discover the city that started it all for me on RTW #1.

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