Voladores de Papantla ~ Flying Bird Men

Flying Birdmen

Voladores de Papantla ~ Flying Bird Men in Puerto Vallarta You will discover shops, bronze sculptures, discos, bars and restaurants on the Malecon. But don’t miss the Voladores de Papantla. Often referred to as the “Flying Birdmen,” they soar through the air keeping everyone in awe. Where If you stroll to the north end of the Malecon, you will see a …

Would you, could you, spend your vacation without wifi?

cellphone addiction

It’s the latest trend.  For so many, smartphones are the new addiction.  Like drug users and alcoholics, people refuse to admit they have a problem.  It is affecting young children as well. Can I dare you to spend your next vacation without wifi? The newly-launched travel company Off The Grid offers group trips with itineraries, lodging, and a daily breakfast included — …

Swimsuit Shopping: Ugh!

swimsuit

Types of Swimwear Tankini, bikini, shortini, skirtini, swimdress, bandeau, blouson, halter, high neck, v-neck, maillot.  Does anyone enjoy swimsuit shopping? Year after year, it doesn’t get any easier.  Especially as we age and our bodies change. Perhaps we have a backyard pool.  Perhaps that contest form we filled out resulted in a win to a tropical resort. Perhaps we are …

La Boqueria ~ Food Shopping in Barcelona

Spanish produce

We Eat with our Eyes First If you think you can gain weight just by looking at food perhaps you should avoid the 40 or so fresh food markets in Barcelona. The most popular is the Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria, La Boqueria for short, on Las Rambla.  Should you eat or shoot photos?  You decide.  I say do …

Cha Gorreana, the Azores tea plantation on Sao Miguel Island

Is this your cup of tea? Cha Gorreana Tea is a family-owned business since 1883 that grows  both green and black teas.  From the same plant, black tea is fermented and green tea steamed.  Famous for their organic tea leaves, even the Chinese purchase from them. You are free to tour and see the equipment and techniques used.  Much of …

Terra Nostra Garden, the Botanical Gardens in the Azores

Where is it? These lush and dense gardens aged over 200 years are situated in the Furnas Valley.  A long extinct volcano, the crater measures approximately 7 m. in diameter. Hundreds of small streams and springs with various minerals feed the plant life indigenous to the region.  As well as century old trees, other varieties have been imported from North America, …

Shore Excursion in Ponta Delgada, Azores

Spending a day exploring the Azores: I am willing to bet that a trip to the Azores is not on your bucket list.  Well maybe you should consider it seriously if you enjoy scenic outdoor travel. After all, this archipelago of nine volcanic islands is considered the Hawaii of Europe. Where is it and why should you be interested? Situated …

Miami to Barcelona on NCL Epic — a Transatlantic Repositioning Cruise

repositioning cruise

Eleven nights to get to Europe.  No airport lineups nor Homeland Security hassles.  Just relax, refresh and enjoy the voyage.  The NCL Epic is repositioning. Now that it is low season and the ship needs to get to the Mediterranean for summer sailings.  You will find a significant drop in price to encourage travellers with the time to spare.  Cruise …

It’s time to party in Puerto Vallarta

The streets are teeming with paper flags in green, white and red. Mexican Independence Day falls on September 16th but if you know Mexicans and how they love to party, the entire month is cause to celebrate. This year, I am lucky to be in Puerto Vallarta, the former sleepy fishing village made famous when Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor …

Chile en Nogada – Traditional Independence Day Meal

Mexican Independence Day Meal

  September is called  Mes Patrio (Country Monthy) and probably the most traditional dish to eat in any restaurant will be Chiles en Nogada.  In case you want to make them for a nice Traditional dinner on either the 15th or the 16th of September, here is the recipe courtesy of Mavi Graf [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:89]

Photo Shoot in Yelapa, Mexico

Last August, a request was sent out seeking specific shots taken in the remote cove of Yelapa, a sleepy village about 20 miles south of Puerto Vallarta.  Riding the water taxi is an adventure in itself and makes for a fun day trip. It was rainy season and lighting bolts were bouncing off Banderas Bay but at the sign of …

Wine Cocktail Recipes to Welcome Spring

Mother Nature is dressing her foliage and flowers in the shades of the rainbow. Cherry blossoms, tulips, fragrant hyacinths and happy-faced pansies are competing for the attention of everyone with a digital apparatus. You know that means you. Shed the heavy outerwear and celebrate a new season wearing fresh bright hues too. It may not be all that warm yet but …

Brazilian Carnaval is more than Rio de Janeiro

  Over 3 million revelers are expected to attend this year’s celebration in Brazil. There is the samba parade in Rio de Janeiro but there are other cities that throw equally massive parties in even more gorgeous settings. Learn about them and join the party! Salvador  Salvador, the capital of Bahia, proves to be a forerunner of carnivals. The city has …

Best River Cruises Guide from Consumer Affairs

river cruises

You’ve cruised the Caribbean and maybe the Mediterranean.  What’s next?  A river cruise?  But it is a fairly new itinerary and you don’t know where to start or how to plan.  I have found an answer.  Consumer Affairs has published a “Best River Cruises Guide”. The River Cruise industry is experiencing an unprecedented boom – up 11% from last year. …

Booze Burns

As any recent college graduate can attest, drinking straight hard alcohol burns. But why? So the YouTube channel SciShow has come to our rescue with an intellectual explanation to the phenomenon. Turns out that alcohol actually lowers the tolerance of certain heat receptors in your mouth, causing them to activate at 34 degrees Celsius (93 Fahrenheit) instead of 42 degrees …

Tips for Choosing the Perfect Wine for a Homemade Romantic Dinner Valentine’s Day

According to the National Restaurant Association, roughly one quarter of all Americans are expected to dine out to celebrate Valentine’s Day. While this may seem like a large number, it really means that the majority of people will dine at home creating their own romantic meal. The good news is that it’s even easier than most people realize to create …

How are you spending Spring Break?

College students can now participate in Care and Medicine programs in Argentina, Belize, and Fiji. Students will be able to skip the typical vacation experience in favor of volunteering abroad in Argentina, Belize, and Fiji. Each trip emphasizes having a worthwhile experience in a short period of time and are all scheduled to coincide with major university breaks. International volunteer …