Raffles Hotel Istanbul

The Raffles Hotel Istanbul is the epitome of what a luxury hotel should be. The Raffles Hotel Istanbul is one of only 11 Raffles properties around the world and only the second one that I’ve stayed in (Singapore was the other). I was floored by how awesome my stay was. It wasn’t just because of […]

5 Awesome Things to do in Izmir

Izmir, Turkey is a city that I visited way back in March 2001. I remember thinking that it was a boring industrial city that was a good midpoint between Istanbul, Ephesus and the great Turkish coast to the south. I never gave much thought to going back to Izmir. However, as luck would have it […]

What’s up in Kavala and Philippi, Greece

The best thing about this cruise on the Azamara Quest is that I’ve stopped in a lot of ports that I’ve never heard of before; which is unusual for me. Much like the Greek Island of Patmos, the Greek port of Volos and the Turkish port of Dikili-Kavala is no different. I had never heard […]

A Day in Thessaloniki, Greece

A day in Thessaloniki, Greece is a great introduction to Greece’s Second City. Often overlooked by tourists for Athens and the islands, Thessaloniki has quietly been developing its own identity and with a massive young population, it is progressing nicely. Lonely Planet named Thessaloniki as one of the top 5 party cities in the world. […]

Meteora is Otherworldly

I’ve wanted to go to Meteora, Greece before I even knew where it was. I remember watching the James Bond film ‘For Your Eyes Only’ as a kid and thinking, “Wow that place looks cool”. Fast forward some 25 years later and there I was in Meteora and it was just as cool as I […]

The Ancient City of Pergamon

The Ancient city of Pergamon or Pergamum is one of the coolest preserved ancient cities I’ve seen-and I’ve seen many of them! Pergamon is located high above the modern day Turkish city of Bergama and about 30 minutes from the port town of Dikili; where I embarked from the Azamara Quest cruise ship. The trip […]

An AzAmazing Evening in Ephesus

The second stop on my cruise on the Azamara Quest was at Kusadasi, Turkey; which is also the gateway to the ancient city of Ephesus. It was much different than the previous days stop at Patmos, Greece and much busier. We docked at Kusadasi, went exploring in Ephesus and then went back for an AzAmazing […]

Patmos is a Hidden Gem in the Greek Islands

Patmos is a northern Greek Island in the Dodecanese chain and I confess that I had never heard of it before I decided to take another cruise with Azamara Club Cruises. That’s just one thing I love about Azamara; they teach me things about geography! That said, Patmos was a true pleasure to visit and […]

Cycling in Snowdonia

Cycling in Snowdonia: that just sounds like an awesome place to cycle or mountain bike. Sure enough-it is! Snowdonia National Park in North Wales is a beautiful piece of the world and a seldom-visited area of Great Britain-at least by mainstream tourists. Truthfully, cycling in Snowdonia in March (when I did it) requires some cooperation […]

Via Ferrata Cumbria

I had never heard of Via Ferrata until a few weeks ago when I was traveling in Great Britain. I was spending 3-4 days in the Lake District in Northern England for the first time since 1998 and was to do a bunch of really cool activities. To be honest I wasn’t that excited to […]

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