Tag: M. Ciavardini

Staying in San Juan Now

Staying in San Juan: The lobby of boutique hotel La Terraza de San Juan. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

One Good Place to Stay in Post-Hurricane Maria Puerto Rico Having scheduled a Caribbean cruise departing from San Juan for Thanksgiving week 2017, we thoughtfully built in a day before and after in San Juan for a little bit of…

Visiting San Juan Now

A busker in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

After Hurricane Maria and a Slow Recovery Devastated Puerto Rico, Should Tourists Still Go to San Juan?   Having planned a cruise departing from San Juan for the greater part of the year, I am not sure what to expect…

#MondayFunDay Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

#MondayFunDay Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Cat Naps in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico Visiting a new place of necessity means looking around, even when one is simply walking from one destination to another. See more, notice more, pay attention more. And so, in Old San…

Crouching Boy Close Up

Barely more than an arm’s length away, Michelangelo’s Crouching Boy rests behind ropes in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Appreciating Michelangelo’s Work at the Hermitage Of the many things to appreciate about St. Petersburg’s Hermitage—in addition to the vastness and quality of its art collection—is the opportunity to experience so much of it up close and in a luxurious…

Rail Biking near Lake George

Rail biking in the Adirondacks on the banks of the Hudson River. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

A Day in the Adirondacks on a Rail Bike Built for Four Fresh air, sunshine, and the banks of the Hudson River are all part of a rail biking experience near Lake George, N.Y. On a day trip to the…

Visiting Vegas Now

The iconic marquees of the Las Vegas Strip and throughout the Las Vegas Valley are displaying a message of strength, unity, and gratitude in support of the destination. The digital signs on hotels and attractions included an image of the Las Vegas Strip and the words, “We’ve been there for you during the good times. Thank you for being there for us now. #VegasStrong.” The tribute started Tuesday, Oct. 3 at 6:30 p.m. and was scheduled to run for the next 24 hours. Photo credit: Sam Morris/Las Vegas News Bureau

Helping a City Overcome a Tragedy with Tourist Dollars I love Las Vegas for a thousand campy reasons—the lights, the glitz, the music of the Sex and the City slot machine. I love the show girls posing for photos on…

Taking a NASCAR Daycation

Can someone not too familiar with stock cars still have fun at a NASCAR race? You bet! Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Racecars, A Roadtrip, and a Lot of Potential A great trip does not always have to be had by decamping to someplace exotic or romantic and far, far away.  I am introduced to a whole new world—just a couple of…

Ireland in a Week

Sheep graze outside Ross Errilly Friary, located between Cong and Galway, Ireland. Photo credit: M. Ciavardini.

Make a Plan and Get to the Must-Sees Long a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to traveling, I am a bit overwhelmed trying to put together an itinerary for a week-long stay in Ireland. So many castles, bluffs, beer tours. Sifting…

Old Sturbridge Village for Grownups

Old Sturbridge Village in Massachusetts provides the younger set with a glimpse of life in the 1800s, but will grownups be interested in what this living museum offers? Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Takeaways May Vary from When You Were 10 My memories of Old Sturbridge Village from a school field trip a number of years ago trend toward the role of women, how much time they spent in the kitchen back in…