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This past summer we crossed an Alaskan cruise off the Shappirio travel list.  Without hesitation, we booked our sailing on Celebrity, our favorite cruise line, and for the first time ever, booked a Concierge Class Veranda cabin.  With Concierge Class we were guaranteed a few extra perks, like priority check-in, a “Welcome Aboard” lunch, welcome fresh fruit and sparkling wine, and daily delectables.  Our veranda provided us plenty of opportunities to wake up to… Read More

We took the Amtrak from Seattle to Vancouver to meet up with the ship that was to whisk us off to Alaska.  I would highly recommend taking the Amtrak Cascades if you ever get the chance.  This turned out to be one of the best decisions we made, as the train takes you on a relaxing ride along the Pacific Coast. Vancouver turned out to be one of my favorite cities to… Read More

Before we traveled across the United States and back with a Jeep Wrangler and a tent, more than a few people expressed their opinions about our plans.  Many of them were shocked that we even had it in us to do such a thing.  After all, during the previous summer we had rented an apartment in Paris, living  a month of the sweet life, indulging daily on cheese, wine, and baguettes.  Some… Read More

My very first memories of my childhood begin at the age of 5.  There are two early events that remain solidly etched into my mind.  1. The overwhelming excitement of waking up at 4am on the first day of kindergarten.  2.  My first trip to Niagara Falls. Now all I remember about that first day of kindergarten is that I could finally wear my first day of school dress.  Don’t ask me about… Read More

The most common question we got when people asked us where we were headed for Spring Break was: Why Austin, Texas?  Our question was: Why not? Austin is an easy direct flight (about 3 and a half hours) on Southwest Airlines from Newark Airport.  But hold it cowboy!  This isn’t quite like the Texas most people imagine.  That’s not to say you can’t buy yourself some high quality kicks at Allens Boots,… Read More

A few years ago we took the ultimate sampler tour of the United States, adding 9,000 miles to our new Jeep Wrangler in 30 days.  Our coast-to-coast adventure included mostly sleepless nights in the great outdoors, with glorious hotel stays in the big cities in between.  Since it was impossible to fight the ultimate collapse into the lush linens and fluffy pillows of a comfy hotel bed, fatigue often limited our sightseeing…. Read More

We are thrilled to announce that we are now officially Starwood Preferred Platinum guests!  We reached our goal on December 31st, and we are looking forward to our first year of shiny, platinum SPG benefits. So where did we get our final stays in the Countdown to SPG Platinum?  The answer is: New York City and New Orleans.  Two incredibly unique cities.  Two separate blog posts. It is not unusual for us to… Read More

As much as we love Paris, the city life gets a tad exhausting, with crowds flocking to the city in the heat of the summer.  We love the ease of train travel in Europe and find it a pleasure to whisk ourselves away to small towns and the French countryside whenever possible.  In all of our trips to Paris, we had yet to make a visit to Giverny, France, the site of Monet’s exquisite… Read More

This is just one of the bustling cafes we spotted on our recent “Paris Walks” tour of the Marais.  These highly informative and interesting tours are two hours long and just 12 Euros per person!  Just find the tour that interests you on their website (http://www.paris-walks.com) and meet at the designated location.  The tour guides speak English and are tremendously knowledgable about the city.  We’ve taken Hemingway’s Paris and The Marais Circuit 1 and… Read More

Aviation is an amazing thing.  In the span of about seven hours, I went from having this very expensive $12 glass of fine Newark airport wine… to this… Here, you can buy two bottles of wine at the local supermarket for about 4 Euros a bottle.  With the current exchange rate, that equals less than $5 a bottle, which makes that aforementioned glass of Newark airport wine a huge rip off.  Plus, the 4… Read More