Fresh off the boat from Antarctica, there was still much for us to explore in the Patagonia region of Argentina and Chile.
10 Miles a Day: Buenos Aires, Argentina
As usual, Mike picked the perfect hotel for us to explore the city on foot. We stayed at the delightful Hotel Eurobuilding and used that as our home base for a 10-miles-a-day walking tour of Buenos Aires.
Cruising the Mediterranean: Mykonos, Athens, Rhodes, Santorini, Crete, Malta, Sicily, and Naples
A 10-day cruise was a fun and relaxing way to see several new Mediterranean destinations, including Malta, Crete, and Sicily, while getting to sleep in the same bed every night.
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Driving Blind in Armenia
Driving in any foreign country can be challenging, but Armenia took us to task. Fortunately, the destination was well worth the extra effort.
Vines and Wines in Bordeaux, France
When we left Beauvoir, France, we were a little overwhelmed by the magic of Mont Saint-Michel. But not so overwhelmed that we couldn't enjoy some fine French wine.
Champagne and Cathedrals in Reims, France
Ever the romantic, Mr. Michael Ballard has planned several stops on this trip that are anniversary gifts to me. One of those was a visit to the Champagne region of France.
Father-Daughter Foodies in Phoenix
My dad and I had some pretty incredible experiences on our first father-daughter trip. We took a sunrise hot air balloon ride followed by a champagne brunch, saw dozens of beautiful classic cars, enjoyed the Jun Kaneko sculpture exhibition at …
Biltmore Estate: Flowers, Film Fantasies, Wine and Chocolate
As Mike and Ben were on their annual guys' dive trip, I was treating my mother to a visit to Biltmore Estate for Mother's Day. I've been to Biltmore at least a dozen times, and they manage to change things …
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Australia Adventure: Mornington Peninsula Wine Country
Our Australian adventure took us all up and down the eastern coast of the country, beginning with beautiful Brisbane, heading to Cairns for our liveaboard dive excursion along the Great Barrier Reef, then to Sydney and Melbourne for some cosmopolitan dining, …
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