Travel Treasures

Top Five Tech Travel Items

»Posted by on Feb 21, 2017 in Blog, Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Whether you are traveling international or just across the state, here are a few tech items that you must be sure are included in your purse or bag. Phone: Every time I travel I take fewer and fewer items. But the one thing I rely on the most is my phone.  Currently, I carry a Samsung 6, but whatever model or carrier, make sure it has the best possible picture taking capabilities.  On my last trip, I did not even take my little digital camera. I shot everything on my phone camera.  It has great features, resolution and zoom options, as well as that “must have” selfie ability.  I keep my phone switched to airplane mode when I travel to avoid any accidental data charges on my phone plan. I only use it with wifi at night to send my daily picture blog to friends and...

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Top Ten Tips for Traveling to Spring Training in Phoenix Arizona

»Posted by on Jan 5, 2015 in Travel Treasures | 1 comment

Top Ten Tips for Traveling to Spring Training in Phoenix Arizona

When I sat down to write the top ten tips for having the best Spring Training vacation possible, I went straight to the man that knows….my Dad. Here is a list of what he and my Mom said were the must-know points to make the most of planning a trip to Phoenix, Arizona for Spring Training. Albert Spalding was credited for creating American baseball as we know it today. “Baseball”, said Spalding, “was fundamentally an American sport and began on American soil.” While it has similarities to other bat and ball sports from around the world, I think we can all agree that baseball is as American as apple pie. For me personally, I’m not a huge baseball fan except when I am visiting my Dad and Mom and then if you’re not into baseball, you might as well go home. I’m really...

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Linderhof Palace; Intimate Opulence

»Posted by on Dec 9, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 0 comments

Linderhof Palace; Intimate Opulence

Continuing on our exploration of castles and palaces in Germany and Austria, we will visit Linderhof Palace in Bavaria, Germany for our next stop. Situated in southern Germany, Bavaria is the largest state in the Federal Republic of Germany. Bavaria’s history spans time and connects it to Rome and Celtic cultural heritage. A few fantastic “walled” cities are also in this area; Rothenburg, Dinkelsbuhl, and Nordlingen. Bavaria is home to one of my all-time favorite cities; Munich. Linderhof Palace was purchased by the Bavarian King, Maximilian II in the early 1850’s. Linderhof appealed to his heir, Ludwig II for its remote and isolated location, given his somewhat eccentric and reclusive personality. Ludwig II was crowned King in 1864 and began several massive...

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Top Ten Travel Gifts for the Holidays

»Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 3 comments

Top Ten Travel Gifts for the Holidays

If you are looking for the perfect holiday gift for the travel lover on your list, here are a few of my favorite suggestions. 1. A great digital camera: While many of us have a good camera on our phones, you need something more if you are going to get serious about capturing those great travel images at a high enough resolution that allows you to make beautiful enlarged wall art when you get back home. For a good overall mid-range camera, I like this Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS5 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 9.3x Intelligent Zoom. While the features are stellar, I also like that it comes in orange. Pretty and practical. You will want to add a good folding tripod in order to be sure you have some stability when photographing evening shots or to allow you to set up...

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Castles and Palaces of Germany: Burg Eltz

»Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 2 comments

Castles and Palaces of Germany: Burg Eltz

When you hear the word Germany, your mind immediately thinks of castles, fairy tales, deep dark forests, and Oktoberfest. But there is so much more to this wonderful country than that. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to share some of the special cultural locations that we visited on our recent trip to Germany and Austria. First let’s look at a few of my favorite castles I have visited over the years. Now, right off, I want to mention that there is a huge difference between a castle and a palace. Both should be on your travel itinerary, but be sure you understand the purpose of each type of structure to help you plan where and what you want to see. If you are looking for old and rustic, you are most likely thinking of a castle. If you are interested in fancy...

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10 Travel Faux Pas

»Posted by on Nov 10, 2014 in Travel Treasures | 0 comments

10 Travel Faux Pas

There is nothing more embarrassing than to be in a crowd of people in a foreign country and accidentally commit a “travel faux pas.” But, it happens, more than we’d like to admit. I make sure that if I’m traveling to someplace I have not been before that I do a little research on-line and/or with reputable travel books on what “not to do”. I also try to take a moment when entering a new situation and watch what the locals are doing. You know the old saying, “when in Rome”, well there is truth to that admonition. Don’t’ draw negative attention to yourself by unknowingly doing something that offends the culture of where you are. Here are ten travel faux pas that I have had personal experience with, mostly in Germany and Austria. Open Markets: Vendors in open market...

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