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A one-day Greek island cruise

I’ve been to Athens before, so I’ve already done the usual Athens itinerary like visiting the Acropolis. So, with only one free day after my conference was over, I signed up for the Athens One Day Cruise. I love being on the water, and the cruise promised to include visits to three different islands: Hydra, Poros…

A Dead Sea Day

Floating in the Dead Sea is one of those things people put on their bucket list: something that has to be experienced once in a lifetime. The Dead Sea is called the Dead Sea because its salt and mineral levels are so high that nothing lives in it. It is also the lowest elevation on…

artificial harbor at Arromanches

Another museum review? Not exactly…

I wasn’t going to post anything more about world war museums or sites. I figured people aren’t too interested in hearing about them, so the two reviews I’ve already written would be enough. But when my oh-so-laconic son, coming out of a World War II-related site yesterday, remarked, “Even I found this one moving,” I…

Traveling via airbnb

We looked into renting an RV for this vacation. And we looked into hotels and bed & breakfasts. Given that we recently bought a house, those options were all too expensive. So we arranged most of our accommodations through airbnb. (When I say “we,” by the way, I really mean “I.” My husband isn’t much…

Review: the Battle of Normandy Memorial Museum

Since I reviewed a museum last week – the In Flanders Field Museum in Ypres – it only makes sense for me to review the museum I visited yesterday. Even more so because they are such comparable museums: the first was about World War I in the Ypres Salient; the one I visited yesterday looks…

In Flanders Fields Museum: A review

An effective museum doesn’t just display items drily in glass cases; an effective museum gives those items meaning to the people viewing them. It entertains, but it also makes visitors think. It gives the items an emotional weight. The In Flanders Fields Museum in Ypres, Belgium, is one of the most effective museums I’ve ever…

Flying Ryanair … again

Years ago, I wrote an admiring post about Ryanair. Please read it before continuing with this post. I’ll wait… Finished? Okay. Last week I flew Ryanair again, and it struck me that the fine line I mentioned in the last paragraph – the line between passengers who put up with it and passengers who won’t…

Pretentiousness

Have you ever noticed that the fancier the restaurant, the less food there is on your plate? My husband and I went on one of our very rare visits to a chic restaurant last night. Koriander is its name, and it’s in a particularly ugly section of the small city of Drachten, in Friesland. Once…

pretty sky view from a plane

Flying Ryanair

When you saw the title of this entry, you probably thought this would be another rant about the discomforts of flying on a low-cost airline, didn’t you? Well, it’s not. I write this full of admiration for the brilliance and sheer chutzpah of Ryanair’s approach. Ryanair must be one of the seven capitalist wonders of…