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 [...]

My Azamara Quest Cruise Begins Today

Today I leave Athens, Greece on a sure to be amazing cruise aboard the Azamara Quest! You may remember I took a memorable cruise on the Azamara Journey last year and loved every second of it. So I am back for more; this time sailing from Athens to Istanbul, Turkey! After having a great day [...]

5 Awesome Things To Do in Aswan and Abu Simbel

On my seventh trip to Egypt I finally made it all the way down to Aswan and Abu Simbel. This trip had been years in the making as each prior visit I had always gone elsewhere in Egypt saying next time. This time was next time and I couldn’t have had a better experience. There [...]

How to Spend 24 Hours in Cairo

Cairo is one of the worlds oldest and most historically fascinating cities. It possesses some of the worlds most cherished artifacts and the only true standing wonder of the world. Cairo is also a filthy cesspool with the worlds worst traffic and touts that will not leave you alone. Most people go to Cairo to [...]

The Big Island of Hawaii for SPG Amex

Advertiser Disclosure Earlier this year, I filmed an SPG Amex video on the Big Island of Hawaii as part of my partnership with American Express and the Starwood Preferred Guest card from American Express. This is a partnership in its second year which has taken me to several cool Starwood properties including the W Hollywood [...]

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