Category | Getaways

Disney Dream is Better than Ever

Posted on 02 February 2016

Story & photos by Liliane Opsomer Inspired by the ocean liners of the 1920s, the Disney Dream, a 128,690-ton, 4,000-passenger vessel is a classic beauty. Equally classic are the entertainment,… Continue reading »


Big Island: Hawaiian Scope

Posted on 26 January 2016

By Neil Wolkodoff The Big Island of Hawaii presents a diversity of travel and recreational opportunities on essentially the largest mountain in the world. The Big Island has sand, lava… Continue reading »

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Regensburg: A Walk through Germany’s Most Beautiful City

Posted on 26 January 2016

Story & photos by Marlene Fanta Shyer If Maximilian, the former King of Bavaria, declared Regensburg to be the most beautiful city in all of Germany, who are we to… Continue reading »

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India for The Newbie

Posted on 16 January 2016

Story & photos by Cathie Arquilla My son asked, “So, how was India?” I knew I had about two minutes to describe my trip, he was wolfing down Cheerios, about… Continue reading »

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Oslo’s Top 10

Posted on 12 January 2016

  By Monique Burns To the many Americans still discovering Northern Europe, here’s this Scandinavia maven’s take on the Top 10 Cultural Highlights in Oslo, Norway’s fjordside capital.  Equally impressive,… Continue reading »

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Best Small Cruise Ships: Hapag-Lloyd’s Europa 2

Posted on 05 January 2016

By Gary Walther On the Europa 2 this past September, bound from Thessaloniki to Istanbul, The Hotel Detective found himself in a sea of superlatives. The Europa 2 offers the… Continue reading »

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Denver: Get More Glow at A Mile High

Posted on 12 December 2015

By Neil Wolkodoff If you are a skier coming to Colorado in December and January and stopping off in Denver for a day of altitude acclimatization, these venues offer some… Continue reading »

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Oslo’s Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania

Posted on 07 December 2015

By Monique Burns At first glance, you might think there’s nothing special about the Clarion Hotel Royal Christiania in the Norwegian capital of Oslo.  It’s not the newest hotel in… Continue reading »

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Richard Branson’s Necker Island

Posted on 01 December 2015

by Gary Walther The Hotel Detective hears lots of stories in his line of work, but three weeks ago, sitting next to Richard Branson at dinner on Necker Island, his… Continue reading »

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Tracing Your Ancestral Roots in Germany

Posted on 24 November 2015

By Marian Betancourt Five million Europeans left from Hamburg for the New World during the 19th and 20th centuries, and another seven million departed from nearby Bremerhaven. Two museums on… Continue reading »

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