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For those picture perfect postcard views of Florence, you need to go up! There are two vistas and two (wait, make that three!) towers/domes you will want to climb. So put on your sneakers and do some calf exercises, because you are about to feel the burn! 1. Piazzale Michelangelo Those famous shots of Florence, with the Duomo and the Ponte Vecchio? Those are usually taken from Piazzale Michelangelo. What is a… Read More

Our last morning in Seattle. Later in the day we board the cruise ship to Alaska! After having a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, we decided to walk to Kerry Park–known for its panoramic views of the Seattle skyline. From our hotel at 5th & Roy in Seattle, it was about 20 minute walk (0.8 miles) to Kerry Park. One thing I didn’t realize about Seattle were the hills! Our legs have… Read More

With our Seattle CityPass we were entitled to both a day and night admission to the venerable Space Needle. Since we started sightseeing in the late afternoon, we decided to go up to the top of the Space Needle at night, first. It was beautiful…great views of all of the twinkly lights of the city. Another bonus: it wasn’t that crowded when we went. Then the next morning, we returned for our… Read More

You have to do at least one high-rise experience when in New York City. The Empire State Building is, of course, the classic experience. However, the Top of the Rock, at Rockefeller Center is nice too–and you’re able to get shots on the iconic Empire State Building. Since we had the time, we opted to do both. Schedule one for daytime and one for nighttime. We did the Empire State Building during… Read More

Got into New York City and checked in to our hotel – Days Inn at 94th St. and Broadway. With only a 3-block walk to Central Park, that was our first tourist stop. Entering the park near 93rd St., we spent much of the afternoon wandering around. We walked past the Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Reservoir, the Great Lawn, Turtle Pond, and stopped for some photos at Belvedere Castle. Continuing our walk through… Read More

We awoke to another cloudy and foggy day–but of course we wouldn’t let that slow us down. The first stop was The Shard – London’s newest skyscraper. Pyramid-shaped, the Shard is 87 stories high and is the tallest building in the European Union. The observation area – The View from the Shard – just opened last month. To get there, we took the tube to the London Bridge station and made our… Read More

First visit to Boston! I was in the city for a work conference. After it was over, I scheduled a couple of vacation days. I decided to pack as most as I could into one trip. I opted to purchase a Boston CityPASS for discounted admission into 5 sites. To make it worth the money, you DO need to visit 5 sites–which I did. I chose: Museum of Fine Arts New England… Read More