Visiting Istanbul

Istanbul is such an amazing city. Cut in half by the Bosphorus, it belongs both to Europe (its west part) and to Asia as well (its eat side). And Russian ships and warships have to go through it to reach the Mediterranean, what a sight! Previously called Constantinople, it used the be the capital city of the Roman Catholic Empire, and as such it has been rich and influential for thousands of years. Now the main city in Turkey, it Read More …

Long Beach is Booming!

When our kids were little, we spent some really fun weekends in the seaside community of Long Beach. The seventh largest city in California, it’s always been considered a great family destination. Fifteen years later, I just came back from a weekend there as an empty nester and was happily surprised to find a thriving metropolis that has managed to blend urban sophistication with a beachy vibe. With JetBlue now offering direct service from cities as far away as New Read More …

5 Unexpected Reasons to Visit Puerto Vallarta

For most boomers, the mention of Puerto Vallarta conjures up images of Captain Steubing and Julie, the CruiseDirector, on “The Love Boat.” The classic TV show, of which we all have fond memories, ran from 1977 to 1987 and made the destination a household name. But the resort town, on the Western coast of Mexico, is so much more than the beautiful beaches for which it’s best known. I recently visited Puerto Vallarta and was amazed by all it had Read More …

Our Unforgettable Volunteer Vacation at the Elephant Sanctuary

A few months ago, Buick offered to sponsor a bucket list trip for my husband and me. While there are dozens of places we’d love to go, many of which involve beaches, lounge chairs, and massages, we knew this was our chance to do something meaningful. As huge animal lovers, we immediately thought of the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee, which we had been hearing about for quite a while. It’s the largest natural habitat refuge in the country and was Read More …

Only a Surfer Knows the Feeling

Nearly every morning, rain or not, I ride my cruiser two blocks to the beach and walk The Bay. This daily indulgence is justified with, “Shadow does his business and gets some exercise.” In reality, the reason for my routine is all about the surf. I go to check the swell size and direction, wind, sandbars and crowds, formulating my own private surf report. Even with NOAA Buoy and Tide Reports, plus Surfline and Satellite Images updating hourly, I’m not Read More …

5 Reasons to Visit Nashville- and Never Leave Opryland

When my husband and I volunteered at the Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee last summer, we knew we had to visit Nashville. It had never really been on our travel radar but since we were there already, we checked into the iconic Gaylord Opryland and immediately fell in love. How had we missed this place before?! Opryland is a gigantic, luxury resort where you can find some of Nashville’s best entertainment, dining and activities all under one roof. Literally. There is Read More …

10 Places You Must Visit in 2015

Last year, I met Patricia Schultz, author of 1000 Places to See Before You Die, at the New York Times Travel Show and she generously let me pump her for information on the best destinations for boomers. Because that turned out to be such a popular post (which you can read here), I decided to ask her if she would once again share her recommendations for this year’s must-visit places. Start packing … Singapore This tiny island nation, Asia’s smallest Read More …