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Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Canada becomes a bargain

Have you noticed that a Canadian dollar costs just 82 cents? With Canadian vacations such a bargain now, we're trying to decide where to go next. We loved the Canadian Rockies last fall, and it's hard to top the festivals in Montreal and Quebec City....More later...

Here are some links to our favorite Canadian experiences:

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Plymouth, MA

Sometimes we forget how much there is to do right here in Massachusetts. We shared fish and chips, clams, and calamari by the wharf and walked the waterfront in Plymouth. Of course, we had to do the obligatory stroll past the Mayflower II and the stop at The Rock. Its great to be there before the summer crowds. Tried the free wine tasting at Plymouth Bay Winery, chatted with the owner, Tim, and brought home some cranberry wine. It'll be great for Thanksgiving--if it lasts that long.

Friday, March 20, 2009

We're working on a story on Missouri and going over some of the well known people from the state, like President Harry S. Truman. Seems everyone has seen the photo of Truman holding up the Chicago Tribune--a paper that had called him a nincompoop--with the headline "Dewey Defeats Truman". BTW, Do you know what the S. stands for? Nothing. It's just an S.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

exchange rates

Prices abroad are starting to look a little better. Just checked the papers today and the British pound is $1.40, compared to over $2.00 in the fall of 2007 through the fall of 2008---when our daughter and son-in-law were living in England. Hasn't been this low since the summer of 2001.

The euro is $1.29, high for those of us who remember it hitting $.85 in 2000, but a big drop from the 2008 highs of $1.59. Will the pound and the euro soon be on par with one another?

cruise deals

The prices just keep dropping and cruises seem to be unbeatable vacation deals. We just received an email from Carnival Cruise Lines offering 7 night Caribbean cruises from $429, balcony cabins from $599! Depending on where you live, you may not even need a flight. There's Canada and New England in a balcony cabin from New York starting at $719, or Florida and the Bahamas from Baltimore from $669. We haven't tried Carnival, but at these prices for a vacation that includes transportation, meals, and entertainment, it sounds like a great deal. For more on cruising see

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

We were delighted to learn that five of our stories received awards in the 2008 NATJA writing competition. All appeared in the Sun Chronicle and versions of these stories are on our website, Notable Travels.

Awards included First Place for All About Oxford in the Historical Travel category. A two-part series on the North and South islands of New Zealand, 'Kiwi Adventures: Feel the Spirit' and another on river cruising in France 'Sailing the Seine; Simple Pleasures' picked up Merit citations in the Best Travel Series category.

The North American Travel Journalists Association is a premier professional association of writers, photographers, editors, and tourism professionals dedicated to redefining professional development for the travel industry.