Category Archives: Around-the World – 2013-14

The question is “Barcelona or Porto?” And the answer is…

A friend asked us “Barcelona, Spain or Porto, Portugal?” and it’s a close call. Both cities rank high on our list of best places we’ve stayed. So, how to decide, if it’s an either-or choice? Our previous post, “Choosing where … Continue reading

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Choosing where to go (when you have so many choices)

A friend wrote and asked our opinion for a trip she was planning, “Barcelona, Spain or Porto, Portugal?” With a dizzying array of places to go, it’s a dilemma for anyone who travels. How to decide between so many wonderful … Continue reading

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Recycle. Decorate. Have a little fun.

Porto, Portugal pulled out all the stops with public art. We knew that our walks in Porto would take us past sculpture, painted murals, and tiled buildings. All the old telephone booths in the heart of the city were spectacularly … Continue reading

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At the top of our packing list (based on two years living out of suitcases)

We know this to be true. Happiness in traveling is directly related to how little we put into our suitcases. But, hey, on our round-the-world trip, we faced some real challenges: a long period of time (a 14 month trip), … Continue reading

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A look back

We traveled half-way around the world in 2013.  We celebrated New Years Day 2014 in Cambodia and continued on to Singapore, New Zealand, Australia, Tanzania, Istanbul, Rome, Madeira, Porto, Netherlands, Morocco, and Barcelona. At the end of October we boarded a … Continue reading

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Mistakes we made (so you could learn from us and not make them too)

In the craziness of getting ready for the international portion of our around-the-world  trip of 14 months, our concern was to not make really BIG mistakes – the kind of mistakes that cost a lot of money, time, or threatened our being … Continue reading

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Pause…take a break…and start up again

Who wants a vacation to end? We never felt our one-week vacations from years past were long enough. We tried two weeks, then moved to three. When three weeks was not enough, we planned our just-finished (wildly extravagant in time) … Continue reading

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Would we do it again?

We spent the last 14 days of our around-the-world trip on a cruise ship. Would we do it again? We’re divided on this one. We chose the repositioning cruise from Barcelona, Spain to Fort Lauderdale, Florida on the Celebrity Equinox … Continue reading

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Sailing into the sunset

How’s this for a bit of sentimental symbolism? We saw two of the best sunsets ever on the last nights of our 22-month trip. How’s that for a fitting end to our trip? Despite the cliché, the spectacle of cloud … Continue reading

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Front row seats

We had front row seats so all details of the heated glass being twisted and turned, blown and snipped were easily viewed. Three glassblowers from the Corning Museum of Glass demonstrated just how they would implement their vision to create … Continue reading

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