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Jamaica

December 19, 2013

Recently both Ginny and I completed our Jamaica consultant seminar. We updated our knowledge of the island and all the fun and new things there are to do.  The island hosts many great   all- inclusives, including but not limited too, Sandals, Iberostar, Secrets, and Riu resorts.

River rafting, horseback riding, diving, snorkeling, zip line are just a few of the activities available. Call and ask about Jamaica, ” Now that’s what I call alright!”

Ginny also has been working on finishing up her Disney Destination seminar course work.  She already had her mouse ears from a while back, but with so many changes at Disney, we felt it would be a good idea to refresh and do the current seminar course. Let us know if you are considering a Disney Vacation or cruise. So many exciting things going on at the parks this year.

We are always updating our certifications and doing online seminars. This is what makes us qualified to make recommendations and to provide you with the best service. I always emphasize learning in our office and feel we owe our clients unrivaled effort.

I want to take this opportunity to extend my most sincere Christmas wishes to everyone. Thank you to those who support my agency. I cannot express the gratitude and appreciation for the business the community gives us. This agency runs mostly on referrals and we can’t be here without your help. Remember BUY LOCAL OR BY-BY LOCAL!

Best regards for a happy and healthy  New Year– Josephine

 

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Croatia

December 12, 2013

Did you know that Croatia is the 28th nation to become part of the European Union?

Since the end of communism and the nation states of Yugoslavia, Coatia has been attracting more and more tourism. Being on the Adriatic Sea affords the advantages of a beautiful coastline. Music festivals, medieval towns, and national parks are gems of this small country.

Trogir is a UNESCO World Heritage site,  explore Dubrovnik’s medieval fortress, enjoy lunch and explore the museums. There are many small islands on the coast to visit. Hiking the Plitvička jezera National Park, fishing, kayaking, diving, rafting, golfing, skiing, are just a few activities for those that enjoy the outdoors. 

Freshwater fish, meats and local vegetables are the always on the menu. Much of the culinary influence comes from it’s Mediterranean neighbors. Try Maraschino, a desert liqueur made from local cherries paired with Pag cheese from the  island of Pag. Each region will display its prized gastronomical delicacies.

This is just a short intro to what Croatia has to offer as a travel destination. Beauty, antiquity, cuisine, adventure.

Dubrovnik

 

 

 

 

 

The Balkans

September 5, 2013

In may I was fortunate to travel to Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria. These countries have fascinating histories and beautiful landscapes. I traveled with a group of knowledgeable individuals who were very interested in the history of each country, therefore the discussion was always lively and in depth.

We were able to experience great food, they love meat! and beautiful vistas as we traveled thru the countryside in Romania. The hills are green and life is simple in this part of Europe. Much of the land is used for farming and the roads still cut thru the villages. It was a close up view of tradition and local culture.

We also were in Belgrade, a modern, busy, growing city. Being from Europe, it reminded me very much of Italy, when I lived there. The people were very friendly and extremely willing to help, whether with directions or suggestions for local restaurants. Our local guide was very young, but his knowledge and passion for his country far exceeded his age. He was my favorite guide! It is great when the local people are not afraid to speak openly about politics and local life.

In Bulgaria we mainly visited Sofia, a very small city compared to many that I have seen. It was easy to get around on foot. Many of the local people were out and about on a weekday, sitting in cafes, etc. Everyone was shopping and eating! The highlight of Sofia was Alexander Nevsky Cathedral a stunning structure with a marvelous museum in it’s crypt containing mostly icons. One was more beautiful than the other. Beautifully lit at night, it made for a dramatic view from our hotel and plaza.

Here is a brief description of the structure:
The gold-domed Alexander Nevsky Cathedral was built in the early 20th century in memory of the 200,000 Russian, Ukrainian, Belorussian and Bulgarian soldiers, who died in the Russo-Turkish War, 1877–1878. It is one of the largest Eastern Orthodox cathedrals in the world. The cathedral’s gold-plated dome is 45 m high, with the bell tower reaching 50.52 m.

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Sofia Bulgaria

Alexander Nevsky Cathedral Sofia Bulgaria

Our guide Radu, was from Romania, he interjected his personal experiences during communist times, growing up as a young boy in the city of Bucharest. A very intelligent and kind individual. The last evening the group went to a local restaurant where  folk singers and dancers performed. At the end of the evening as I was walking  out to the bus, Radu noticed the Romanian president was sitting near the door with his wife, since I was the last one out, he introduced me to Mr. Basescu.  Where in the USA can you go right up to the President and shake his hand without major security.. !

The trip was busy but very much worth the time. My fellow travelers were from all over the US and each added an enjoyable element to the experience. If you are thinking of something different, try the Balkans. You won’t be disappointed.

Review of Grand Bahia Punta Cana

July 26, 2010

Hola Jo,
We had a great time in Punta Cana last week. It rained everyday but it lasted about 5 minutes. We went on 2 excursions. The outback safari was excellant. Our driver, Ramone and guide Eddie were very funny and informative. We made couple of stops. We stopped at a school, a home and little beach to go boogie boarding. Lunch was provided before the boogie boarding. 2nd excursion was Marinium. Some good/some bad points. We weren’t aware we had to swim/snorkle from boat to swim with shark/sting rays. A storm rolled in and guide helped us back to boat because water was real choppy. After getting back on boat the storm stopped. We had smoothe sailing for the rest of the trip and entertainment was good. Gran Bahia Principe Bavaro was really nice. We liked the shuttles going up and down our resort. In the heat, it was nice to ride than walk. Food was great. So much to choose from. The Apple Rep, Carlos, was very helpful. We had 2 ala cartes and wanted to go back to Garden Grill for 2nd time. Guest services couldn’t help us but Carlos suggested to go there and see if there was a cancellation. We tried an lo and behold we got another steak dinner. We mentioned we were on our anniversary and they surprised us with a small heart shaped cake with champagne. Nightly entertainment was very entertaining. Casino was small but we had no trouble getting a machine. We had a good time haggeling. All the service was good from waiters/waitress, bartenders, to maids. We would definetly go back. Thanks for all the tips you gave us. They came in handy. Another tip, don’t text or use cell phone out of country. Very expensive. Beware of parasailing, zip line and dune buggies. Storms come in very fast. Right in front of us, parasailers didn’t get in fast enough. The line snapped and the 2 people dropped 50 feet luckily in water; however, wind took them up again and flew another 50 feet. People on beach rushed along the beach to try to get parasail in waters!or it wouldn’t take the people up again. Scarry sight. Per another vacationer, zip line has no safety line like in US. Only 1 line rather than 2. Saw dune buggy hit a telephone pole because there is no rules driving on the road. We are already thinking of where we want to go next year; maybe Costa Rica? Thanks again for all your help.Alex/Tina

Review of Bahia Coba Riviera Maya

July 13, 2010

Hi Josephine,
We had a great time at the Gran Bahia Principe Coba – great service by all the staff. We took the Mayan Encounter, which was not too far, really interesting and lots of fun. Thanks for all your help. Hopefully will be in touch in the not too distant future :)! Roberta & Chris

Review of Mediterrean honeymoon

July 13, 2010

Hi Jo,
Our honeymoon was amazing and we had a great time! We made it though and both transfer drivers were very friendly! We loved our Rome tours and realized that taking the ‘Skip the line’ tours were the best decisions. We figured there would be a general public line, but didn’t expect it to be that long so early in the morning, esp. for the Vatican. The ‘Skip the line’ tours were very convenient to free up the rest of the day for some sightseeing on our own. The cruises were also a wonderful way to see the Mediterranean. We had some great excursions and on the ports we didn’t schedule anything, we had a great time exploring the cities on our own and soaking in the culture. We tried some amazing local cuisine and we are already talking about when we’ll be able to make it back. Thank you so much for all of your help with making our honeymoon so wonderful and stress-free!
Thanks,
Amanda

Review of Europe— cruise// Britain/Ireland

June 8, 2010

Josephine, thank you, thank you, for all your attention to detail in helping us plan our transatlantic cruise and globus land tour of Britain and Ireland. We are especially great full for all the telephone time to go over everything since we were in Florida for the winter. You were so full of information, hints and ideas, it helped make the trip such a pleasure. Tom and I both felt we got great value for the money spent. Tom and Karen

Bridal Show St. Mary’s Chardon June 5th 1-4pm

May 28, 2010

Prospective brides please come see us and the other vendors.

Cabo San Lucas — ME Cabo resort

May 28, 2010

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Aahh, the perfect combination of great weather, great scenery, great food and drink and lots to do – including pure relaxation…or party time! You decide. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at ME Cabo, located on an awesome, swimmable beach and only walking minutes from downtown. The hospitality, services and facilities are exceptional and the resort is highly recommended. Cabo’s easy to get to and once there, I guarantee you won’t want to leave. Looking to get away from it all? Looking to experience it all? Look to Cabo…you won’t regret it! Mary Ann

check out our FACEBOOK page

May 4, 2010

Don’t forget to check our Facebook page for photo updates etc on my recent trip to St. Lucia..