Add Brazil to your bucket list!

With the excitement over the World Cup this would be a great time to add Brazil to your bucket list! Brazil is a very large country so in a single visit you can only get a taste of this awesome country.  We made a trip to Brazil several years ago and did three areas: Rio, Iguazu Falls, and Salvador. We wish we had move time to visit other areas of the country.

Rio is a beautiful city with much to do  We stayed at the Marriott on Copacabana Beach and since it was January we had beach weather! The concierge at the Marriott was very helpful with arranging tours to Christ the Redeemer statue, Sugar Loaf, and other attractions. We also had the opportunity to visit a late night practice for the upcoming Carnival! The food was great and priced reasonable.

After Rio we flew to Iguazu Falls for a two-day visit. We stayed on the Argentine side which is up close and personal with the falls. Actually Iguazu is a collection of many water falls, some large and some small.

Cruise Ship Dining Options

Have you noticed the trend with cruise ships going away from the traditional two seating dining. In the past your options were to dine early or late if you dine in the main dining room. Over the past several years there has been a trend to offer “mytime” or “anytime” dining options. Some cruise lines and ships have made the change to the anytime dinning option. A lot of people have enjoyed the traditional dining option, knowing when they will dine each evening, having the same table mates, and the same servers.  With anytime dining you can still reserve the same time each evening, usually the same table and servers, and you dine either at a table for two or select a larger table and dine with others. We like the anytime dining option because it puts us in charge . Based on what is happening on a given evening we can adjust our dining time to fit our schedule.  Royal Caribbean’s two new ships  will only have anytime dining and have eliminated the traditional dining option.  I feel this is the future and we will see this trend continue.  Ships will continue to offer a multitude of other dining options with grills, buffets, and  specality restaurants.


Looking for a great weekend (or week) getaway! Chattanooga just might be your destination! So much to do: Rock City, Ruby Falls, two Aquariums, the IMAX theatre, the Children’s Museum, see the baseball stars of the future play with the Lookouts (with Friday night fireworks), restaurants, walk the Walnut Street Bridge and visit the North Shore and Coolidge Park! There’s also Chickamauga Battlefield, Point Park, the Incline! Have lunch on the Southern Belle or take a trip on the River Gorge Explorer! Then there is white water rafting just a few minutes away! And let’s not forget the waterfront, the Bluff Arts District with the Hunter Museum and restaurants!  Walk the river walk or ride your bikes! Whether it’s a visit to Chattanooga or a “staycation” for locals, make sure the Tennessee Valley is in your plans!

Bucket List!

Have you taken your travel wishes and dreams and put them down on paper?  Every goal always starts with writing it down and then of course we need action.  So what are your dreams ……….. visit Paris or London, transatlantic cruise, visit Alaska or Hawaii! No dream is too big! Many years ago I put a cruise around the world on our bucket list, knowing that we probably would never be able to take the 100+ days needed to accomplish this dream. After completing a few cruises, a transatlantic, a Panama Canal, an Alaska repositioning, we realized that we could accomplish our dream ………… we would just not do it in a single cruise. We would just put together various cruises to the same end goal. So we added a transpacific cruise, a Mediterranean cruise and finally Singapore to Athens! It took us several years but we were able to cruise around thr world! So dream big and get your bucket list on paper and then start living your dreams!