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 [...]

The Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland

If you love golf or even if you just like golf, you’ve had fantasies of going to play in Scotland. The courses in Scotland go back centuries and the greatest players of all-time have graced the links. The style of play and the weather are foreign to most at home but you expect nothing less [...]

ILTM Cannes 2013

ILTM Cannes 2013 was my first ILTM in Cannes. I had previously been to ILTM Asia in Shanghai in June and was unable to attend ILTM Americas this past September. I normally don’t attend many travel shows or conferences. I generally find them useless for what I am interested in-especially the biggest industry conferences and [...]

5 Awesome Things to do in Rome

Rome is the eternal city, the birthplace of the modern world and the seat of power of the Catholic Church. It is also a fast paced, frenetic city with an unmistakable energy of one of the world’s great cities. There are more things to do in Rome than in most cities combined. You could spend [...]

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