What Travel Was and Will Be

Travel used to be an adventure, but we’re all a little bit rusty now, still in the “relearning to travel” stage. Except that this is going to be harder than just getting back on the bike and peddling again.

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Do You Have a Post-Pandemic Travel Wish List?

Are you ready to come out of your COVID cloud and travel somewhere? It’s time to lift off and go places again (safely, of course). Where are your post pandemic travel dreams taking you these days? I’m sharing a few of mine here.

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“TRAVITUDE”

Are you grumpy because you miss travel? Then you’re in my new group where we all suffer with travitude. Read on for what that means and how sharing our travel memories can help us cope!

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Meeting Business as Usual – with caveats

If you’re curious about what it’s like to get on an airplane again as well as check in to a hotel during pandemic pandemonium read on for details from my recent experience on a business trip to Nashville.

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Remember Travel?

Tired of sitting at home staring out the window and thinking about your next escape? Take a journey with me as we visually revisit some of my personal travel ‘postcards’, and who knows? Maybe you will be inspired to pull out some of your own memories! Yet one more activity you can do from the comfort of your couch!

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Christmas on a Cruise?

Yes, we finally did it exactly one year ago this month.  And while I had a tiny bit of pre-trip anxiety about what it would be like (well, actually more like a feeling of “nothing can beat Christmas in my jammies at home with my “special eggnog” and sister’s delicious homemade cookies, but go ahead […]

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Nice Hotel Touches That Often Surprise!

The Broadmoor magically lit up for the holidays in Colorado Springs, CO.

Because I travel a lot, I get to stay in and explore many different types of hotels. In fact, you could say I’ve seen the good (Hello, JW Marriott!), the bad (did I actually stay at a beach dump called the Very Pleasant & Happy Hawaiian Inn?), and the exceptional (please don’t make me go home Mr. AAA and 5 Diamond Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs! I can’t bear to ever leave you…)

And even though many things in a hotel room are predictable, I’m still frequently pleasantly surprised when exploring a new room, even if the hotel is part of a standard chain where you would expect consistency in every room you visit. But I’ve found that what sets most hotels apart are the small unexpected touches that make you stop and pause, many times with a smile.

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Fancy Nancy Goes to Paris  

Terry Matthews Lombardo in flight attendant uniform

Some stories just have to be told. This is one of them.

​Not so many years ago… okay, that’s kind of a lie. It was many years ago, ahem, when I was a flight attendant. So many years in fact that the correct terminology back then was stewardess, and I still have an engraved charm on a bracelet to remind me of that. It was given to me by some stewardess friends to mark the occasion of my first flight as a stew and it says, appropriately, “I’m a Stew!”, and it’s dated Aruba-June 16, 1977 since that was my inaugural flight. And, while the job is basically still the same, I’m guessing that flight attendant is a little more politically correct/all inclusive these days. Regardless of the title, I was one, and as a result have some great stories from those days. This is that, and more.

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Cooking School in Tuscany:  Oh YES, we did!   

Le Centinelle, located close to Greve in the Chianti region of Tuscany.

Some people dream of it, and I must confess, the thought (along with some level of curiosity) had crossed my mind in the past. But in all honesty, it wasn’t high on my ‘must do’ bucket list. However, now that I can cross it off as been there/done that, I’m willing to admit it was definitely one of the high points of our most recent trip to Italy!

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I’m Singin’ About a Singapore Sling!

sign of the Long Bar at the Raffles Hotel in Singapore

Do you remember what your first adult beverage was? I do. Kind of. Pretty sure it was – after a little experimentation with the most popular wine during my college wine drinking days, aka Annie Green Springs [?!] – a Singapore Sling.

Why, you ask? Not sure except that maybe, perhaps it was popular at the time? OR, maybe/perhaps it sounded cool, like it might even be able to transport me half way around the world to that far off land called Singapore? Yeah, that’s what I’m going with.

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Ready for a Mediterranean Cruise?    

It’s summer, so why not take a little trip?  Here’s the catch – you’ll be traveling with me (also husband, but mostly me, okay?).  You see, I’ve penned a little travel narrative about the Mediterranean Cruise we took in the summer of 2013 to celebrate our, gulp, 35th wedding anniversary.  Yep!  35 years together, and […]

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16 Stories – Departure Day                 

Happy 35th Wedding Anniversary to us – let’s get this party started! Funny Things that Happened on the way to Europe First there was this whole dialogue about the impracticality of traveling with linen clothes, starting with the day husband finally did some pre-cruise shopping which was, no joke, one week before the trip.  He […]

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16 Stories from 18 Days – #3 London          

Just one of the many sites we skipped in London! DAY 2 Friday, June 14 – London – Seeing London as a Site Skipper                Yes, you read that right.  We are officially ‘site skippers’.  But no worries, we still have a great time traveling no matter what we do or don’t do on the journey.  […]

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Paris – Where All Roads Lead to Baseball      

DAYS 3 & 4 – June 15/16 – PARIS from the continuing story of  How I spent My Summer Vacation of 2013 Day three actually began in London where we – and our rolling luggage – walked across the street from our fabulous hotel into St. Pancras International Train Station (www.stpancras.com) which appeared to be […]

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16 Stories – Paris and Monte Carlo             

DAY 5 – Monday, June 17   Are we there yet??             Waking up on our final morning in Paris to the sounds of a heavy rainstorm including loud, rolling booms of thunder, I couldn’t help but think of my favorite French word that I would finally get to use today.              “Ou est mon […]

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16 Stories – All Aboard!             

Day 6 – Tuesday, June 18 – Regent Cruise Lines, Seven Seas Mariner               What’s not to love about starting the day with an endless breakfast buffet in a gorgeous European hotel venue and meeting interesting new acquaintances as you size them up for ‘worthiness’ as potential travel companions prior to boarding your Mediterranean […]

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Day #7 – Bongiorno, Italy!   

Day 7 – Wednesday, June 19 – First Stop:  Portofino, Italy With our cruise ship anchored in Portofino Bay, we took our breakfast dining al fresco alongside the incredibly alluring panorama of coastal scenery, and I simply couldn’t get Andre Bocelli off my mind.  You see, back at home just a few short months earlier […]

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Day #8 – Tuscany       

  Thursday, June 20 –  Lovely Lucca! Have you ever pictured yourself enjoying a leisurely afternoon in Tuscany, perhaps shopping and sipping wine?  Well, did that vision ever include you riding a bicycle?  Up until today, I must confess, mine did not, but all of a sudden here we were getting sized up for our […]

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Day #9 – When In Rome. . .         

This picture of the Vatican was NOT taken on this trip because, well, remember when I told you we are sight-skippers? Yes we are, and yes, we did.  Friday, June 21:  Civitavecchia/Rome Big decision for us today, and the contemplation actually had begun several days earlier.  You see on a cruise, one has to make […]

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16 Stories – Sorrento & Capri         

  DAY 10 – Saturday, June 22:  Sorrento/CAPRI where  Lemons= Limoncello=Happiness           First of all, let’s all get a piccolo glass of limoncello in our hands as we read this little story because as world-savvy travelers, you do know that this area around Naples, specifically Sorrento and the Island of Capri, is where that luscious-lemony-liquid […]

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