Sneak Peek at My 2015 Travel Plans


We have turned the page on 2014 and have started a new year. This is usually when I take a look at my travel plans for the upcoming year. I don’t have every trip planed of course, or even all the details of the ones set in stone, but by now I have a solid idea of the where’s and when’s.  I thought it might be fun to share my plans with you.


January – I’m starting the year with family in ...

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Celebrating Silvester in Germany

When you think of Germany at this time of year the sights and sounds of the Christmas markets always come to mind. All the little wooden huts with their hand crafts in the middle of town squares surrounded with medieval buildings, the sounds of German Christmas music, laughter and occasionally a carosel, the smell of warm spiced nuts, bratwurst and mulled wine fill the crisp winter air. That’s what most people think of. This festive season doesn’t end with Christmas however. ...

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London’s Chocolate

What would make a visit to London even sweeter? How about the many ways you can experience her chocolate?

Chocolate Ecstasy Tours offer several chocolate tours and one is sure to suit your taste. Jennifer Earle founded this business in 2005 and has been introducing people to fine chocolate and the artisans that make it ever since. Some of the 3 – 4 hour tours include:

  • Mayfair  – A tour for milk chocolate lovers. This tour starts with hot ...
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Pinterest-ing Travel Planning

Is it possible that you aren’t using Pinterest for travel planning? If not, here’s what you really should know:

So, what’s all this fuss about Pinterest?   It’s a visual bookmarking  site where you save collections of images (boards) on any interest imaginable.  It came on the scene in 2012 and is the fastest growing social media website. It currently has over 750 million boards to discover and inspire. Like other social media, you have a home ...

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Staying at Marianne Wine Estate – South Africa

On my recent trip to Cape Town, and further afield to the Winelands, I had the chance to stay at Marianne Wine Estate outside of Stellenbosch. I was really looking forward to relaxing in the beautiful surroundings, and Marianne far exceeded my expectations.Marianne has been in business for about 10 years. There’s a good blend of modern and traditional to be found on the property, and it was totally charming. It’s close enough to all you would want to see in ...

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8 Easy Steps for Travel Planning

You may enjoy travel planning almost as much as the trip itself. Or you may be overwhelmed by all the conflicting information that you pour over night after night. Here are some easy guidelines for planning your next vacation.


You would think the first thing you would decide is the destination. Not so fast. It doesn’t do any good to plan some exotic dream trip and then realize you only have 4 days of vacation time left at work. Or maybe ...

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New Wine and Onion Cake

Well, I’ll admit it. I do like a good glass (or two) of wine. And my favorite wine comes from Germany. That’s why I miss southern Germany this time of year the most. I know autumn is supposed to be all about Oktoberfest and beer, at least that’s what the rest of the world thinks. There is plenty about the wine harvest to celebrate in its own right.

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Steam Punk in Rural Wisconsin

If you get off the beaten path, really off, you could find Dr Evermor’s Forevertron in North Freedom WI. It’s only a few miles south of Baraboo, or about 45 minutes north of Madison, but not to sound cliché but worlds away. The best way to find your way into the large sculpture garden is to first find Delaney’s Surplus store. Then make your way behind it to the garden’s entrance. This is no Wall Drug where everyone within the ...

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