Mashti Malone’s Ice Cream, Hollywood

We were first introduced to Mashti Malone’s ice cream in Hollywood during a gourmet tour of Hollywood last September. I have to say we’ve found it hard to stay away ever since! The ice cream shop is run by two brothers from Iran and serves classic flavors as well as more unique ones like Rosewater… Read More

The Frankfurt Sheraton Towers Hotel

  Travelers at the Sheraton  Towers Frankfurt Airport can choose from 1008 beautiful rooms and suites. This high-rise hotel is conveniently located across the street from the airport, and it is within walking distance of the nearest train station. Staying at this location is an ideal solution for those that have long layovers, or that… Read More

The JW Marriott Bucharest Executive Lounge

Marriott Gold Members and those staying in the executive suites have complimentary access to the J W Marriott  Grand Hotel Bucharest Hotel Executive Lounge. Other hotel guests who wish to visit the facility can do so after paying a small upgrade fee. Lounge Location & Views The 8th-floor lounge has excellent views of Bucharest’s skyline… Read More

The Family Friendly Sheraton Lisbon, Portugal

The Family Friendly Sheraton Lisbon, Portugal, is a high-rise located in the Saldana area on Rua Latina Coelho, just about a 10-minute cab ride from the airport. The location is perfect for families away from the hustle of old town, but still near sites such as Edward the Seventh park, multiple restaurants, and the impressive El… Read More

Top Family Fun Activities on Norwegian Breakaway

    Operated by Norwegian Cruise Lines, the Breakaway ship can accommodate up to four thousand passengers and a little over one thousand five hundred crew members on any given voyage. Trips on this vessel usually encompass parts of the Bahamas, the Caribbean, and the Eastern seaboard of the United States. These cruises primarily are… Read More

Family Weekend Cruise on the Golden Princess

Owned by the Princess Cruise Lines, this vessel is a Grand-class cruise ship that entered service in 2001. Sister ship of Grand Princess and Star Princess she can carry more than 3,600  passengers and crew. Last month while the ship was traveling between L.A and the Mexican Riviera we decided to book a weekend cruise and… Read More

Nancy Sathre-Vogel’s Book “Changing Gears”

  I admit I was surprised when I was asked to review Nancy Sathre-Vogel’s current book “Changing Gears: A Family’s Odyssey to the End of the World”  that chronicles her family‘s biking journey. By any standard, I am not the outdoorsy type—I can’t even ride a bike. Nevertheless, I have to say I’m happy I agreed since… Read More

Top Five Family-Friendly Cemeteries

  Exploring a cemetery may seem like an odd option to pass a morning or afternoon, but in the past decade, a growing number of families have discovered the benefits of becoming budding taphophiles*. In fact, visiting a cemetery can be the perfect budget friendly way to interest school-age children in a city’s history and dignitaries… Read More

Five Common Problems On Shore Excursions

  Many people plan and prepare for the actual cruise, but may forget to plan appropriately for the shore excursions. Taking guided tours can be great ways to explore islands or cities safely without having to worry about making it back to the ship on time. But like everything else, these guided tours present certain… Read More

Top 10 Features of a Good Hotel Executive Lounge

All executive hotel lounges are not created equal. Some offer plentiful food and beverage choices while some can be extremely bare bones, so unless the upgrade is free, it is wise for travelers to educate themselves on what to expect before making a decision to pay an additional fee. A good place to start is,… Read More

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