Oh, Travel: Optional Airline Fees

A semi-regular column of my thoughts/opinions/rants on the latest travel news, trends & experiences. There has been much to-do the past year or so about airline fees: $50 for a checked bag here, $40 for a carry on bag there, $10 to use the bathroom (okay, not really. Although we all know RyanAir will get […]

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Hotel Review: Lansdowne Resort; Leesburg, Virginia

Long weekends always pose a problem for me. My urge is to jump on a plane right after work on Friday & not come back until midnight on Monday. I know, at the beginning of the year, that I’m going to have a three-day-weekends in January (MLK Day), February (President’s Day), May (Memorial Day), July […]

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Foto Friday: Las Vegas

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New York City

Hi blog readers. I apologize for the lack of posting this week. There’s a lot on my mind & I haven’t had too many creative writing energies. I promise some regular posting starting later this week though. Speaking of later this week, I’m headed down to Miami for a few days to help a family […]

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Foto Friday: Florence

No words, just photos. How about a little alliteration to kick this thing off?One of my favorite places in the entire world: the beautiful city of Florence, Italy You might also like… Foto Friday: the Vatican & Rome Foto Friday: Palermo, Sicily Foto Friday: Pompeii

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Restaurant Review: Tapas; Christ Church, Barbados

Like many of the places along the Hastings Main Road in Barbados, the building which houses Tapas restaurant doesn’t look like much from the street. The parking lot is small, often full, & easily missed if you’re not looking for it. The hostess station is bustling with locals & tourists trying to get a table […]

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Restaurant Review: The Wine Kitchen; Leesburg, Virginia

One Saturday evening, the hubs & I ventured into historic downtown Leesburg, Virginia. We were in the area for a mini-staycation at the wonderful Landsdowne Resort (my review coming later this week!) & had read about a fantastic wine bar – The Wine Kitchen – that was worth the fight for one of their 35 […]

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Oh Travel: The Barbados Dining Experience

Dining in Barbados is a different experience from dining in the U.S. (or Canada or Britain or anywhere outside the Caribbean, I would guess). It is laid back. The service is, to Americans at least, extremely slow. Painfully slow. You stand at the hostess stand, waiting to be recognized & then wait for your table – […]

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Barbados: Timothy Oulton

Parts of Barbados are growing rapidly. Construction of large, Western-style homes abounds &  upscale shops seem to pop up every time we visit, especially in the central part of the island. These homes & stores sit up on hills, with views over the interior of the island out to the sea. This past trip we […]

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Barbados: George Slept Here

In 1751, when George Washington was 19 years old, he traveled to Barbados (then a British colony) with his half-brother Lawrence, who was suffering from tuberculosis. The trip had been suggested to the Washington’s by the British crown as a method for curing Lawrence’s illness. While in Barbados, George  contracted small pox, becoming immune to the disease […]

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