~Carmen Joe and I love a good road trip.  We have made some of the best memories exploring the great USA by car.  Come to think of it, we’ve also had some of our biggest arguments on those same road trips.  Our most recent road trip would be no exception!   Joe grew up in......
~ Carmen Victoria is the capital of the Canadian province of British Columbia.  It is located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island and is on Canada’s western side of the Pacific Ocean. One of my earliest travel memories involves a visit to Victoria, British Columbia at part of a LONG road trip from Pine......
~Carmen Orcas Island is the largest of the San Juan Islands, which are located in the northwest corner of Washington State. The island can be accessed through the Washington State Ferry system.  It can also be reached by small (and I mean very small) aircraft or chartered boat.  Just a day or two is all......
~Carmen Seattle is one of our “family visit” places.  Joe grew up just south of Seattle, and most of his family still lives in the area.  I had been in the area a couple of times growing up (Uncle lived in Aberdeen, WA), but I was really little and only remember a few of the......
~ Carmen When your kids are away at college most of the year, you try to make the most of the time you have together.  All through her childhood, my youngest daughter, Rachel, and I made frequent trips to Nashville for her dance competitions and school-related functions.  Being only 3 1/2 hours aways from our......
~Carmen Recently, my daughter Rachel and I took a 4-day trip to Nashville, Tennessee.  Nashville is only a 3 1/2 hour drive from our home in Memphis.  Especially when Rachel was a competitive dancer, we made frequent trips to Nashville for dance conventions and great shopping. For our latest trip, Rachel and I wanted to......
~ Carmen The first time we traveled to Greece, it was part of an organized tour that included a Greek Island cruise.  As a teacher of ancient history, I knew I wanted to return to Greece.  This time I wanted to be able to spend more time absorbing the history and beautiful landscape.  We planned......
~ Carmen When Joe and I were first planning our trip to Greece, Crete wasn’t even on the itinerary.  We’d been to Crete once before, but it was just a pit stop (1/2 day) on our Greek island cruise, so we hadn’t really been able to truly experience what all Crete has to offer.  As......
~ Carmen Everyone knows about the glorious sunsets in Santorini.  It’s on many bucket lists, must do lists, most beautiful list, you-name-it lists.  However, we’ve been to Santorini several times, and although the sunset is amazing, you would be amiss if that was the only activity on your Santorini itinerary.  Hopefully, Joe and I can......
~ Carmen Santorini is a Greek island that is known for its stunning beauty.  In the 16th century BC, a devastating volcano eruption forever changed the rugged landscape.   Sometimes the crowds (especially from the cruise ships) can make getting a good photograph of the gorgeous scenery difficult.  However, we found that one of the......
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