2015 Trip Planning Get-Together in Broad Channel, NY

 

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Spain-Portugal 2014

Spain_Portugal-DSC_0303 This customized trip was just about perfect. We enjoyed all our destinations and side trips, accommodations, services, and included (-or-suggested) meals. Kudos to GoToday who made all our arrangements and our on-site guide in Portugal, Paul Bernard. Continue reading

Bilbao, Lisbon and Albufeira • May 2014

The countdown begins. 

Hilton Head-Savannah Getaway

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Amsterdam, Lucerne, Zurich — and a Rhine River Cruise

All our group trips have been exceptional and different, but this may have been the most unique. We visited 4 countries, each with its own picturesque vistas, tried different foods, and pushed through a couple of rainy (and even snowy) days.

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Bonjour Quebec and Thumbs Down to United Airlines and Newark Airport

A delightful reunion and getaway, despite all the travel frustrations (details here).

Next Trip: Rhine River Cruise, April 12, 2013.

Sarasota Getaway

Katie, Carolyn, Mary and I had a little getaway before our group trip in July. Katie’s daughter, Kerry and our friend, Liz, also joined us for a few days in Sarasota, FL.

While we relaxed, we talked about where The Traveling Sisterhood will go in 2013.

But, first, Quebec! See you in July!

A Taste of Tuscany

While returning to Montecatini from a trip to Pisa, I had time to reflect on my travels in Italy. I realized that over the years I’ve visited close to 25 cities — and about three-quarters of them more than once (Florence 3x, Rome 3x, Venice 2x, Montecatini 2x, Pisa 2x, Lucca 2x, etc.) You get the idea. Amazing, isn’t it? 

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Pre-Trip Reunion

Arthur Avenue. Touring the Little Italy of The Bronx and getting psyched for our October trip to Tuscany.

South America • 2010 • Buenos Aires, Iguazu, Rio de Janeiro

It was a first time visit to South America for 8 of the 10 of us  so this was a perfect itinerary to get a taste  of the landscape, culture, activities and food! We visited the most important sights, hit a church/museum or two, flea/handicraft markets, had a few heart-stopping adventures and we ate…boy, did we eat!

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The “Sisters” Reunion in NYC • August 30, 2010

14 of us got together for a fabulous pre-trip dinner at the Buenos Aires Restaurant on 6th Street, NYC. (Katie was there for a cocktail but had to leave for a meeting so she missed the photo.) On September 30 Rita, Joann, Barbara and a couple of others are taking a wonderful Mediterranean cruise — and on October 8th 10 of us are off to South America. Hopefully, next year will find us all united on one trip.

South America in 2010 • It’s Official!

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3 nights Buenos Aires

2 nights Iguazu Falls

2 nights Rio de Janeiro

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Planning 2010 Trip in FL, December 2009

We celebrated the start of the holidays at Mary & Nick’s annual ‘boat parade’ party last night and had a great time — but today we  got down to business…the business of where to go in 20-10!

Over brunch — and for 3 hours past, we reviewed and discussed potential trips. I had already researched several destinations and had multiple itineraries to present. We batted around Portugal, a river cruise, a spa in Tuscany, Peru and finally decided.

Drum roll, please…

This year, it’s South America!

The itinerary we selected will give you a taste of Argentina, Brazil, Iguazu Falls and even includes a lunch in Uruguay. We’re looking at an October 6 departure.

I’m going back to the travel companies to see if I can work some group magic. Details will follow.

San Francisco • November 2009

I was invited to attend a ‘food blogger weekend’ in San Francisco and was delighted when Carolyn and Katie decided to join me in the ‘city by the bay’. Although each of us had been there before (multiple times). we managed to enjoy new activities and see beautiful sights.

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Amsterdam, Brussels, Luxembourg + Gay Paree!

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From L-R: Dolores, Irene, Barbara, Joann, Patricia, Josie and Rita.

The group spent 2 nights in Amsterdam, 2 nights Brussels, 2 nights Luxembourg and 3 nights Paris. In Amsterdam and Paris, they met up with our 2 other ‘sisters’, Claudia and Rae (not pictured), who were traveling separately. A little chillier than expected and a little too much movement but everyone had a great time and enjoyed the destinations. Some of the highlights:

  • visiting The Battle of the Bulge where General Patton is buried.
  • red light district in Amsterdam
  • a side trip to Germany for sauerbratten and Reisling wine
  • Belgian beer
  • and something about a coffee(?) shop in Amsterdam…

Note: Kodak does not allow for digital downloading of the photos so I can’t show them to you here, but you can see Irene’s album and Rita’s. If someone who was on the trip wants to send me a few photos via email, I’ll be happy to put them up.

Spain ’08 – Olé!

MADRID • BARCELONA • TORREMOLINOS, 2009

Forewarning: this narrative is going to be a lot like my original foray into blogging called “Foodalogue: A Gastronomic Travel Memoir” because, frankly, we did a lot of eating and drinking. We never met a meal or wine we didn’t savor…and with mucho gusto! All the restaurants we went to were unique, atmospheric and damn good! So I’m going to include restaurant names where possible for future reference and/or recommendations to friends.  Continue reading

Greece ’07 – Opa!

3 nights Athens, 3 nights Aegean cruise, 3 nights Santorini 2007

The Group Experience

We missed our 2006 “Sisters” who were unable to make this trip and welcomed some new members.

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The Italian Riviera with a Touch of France, 2006

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