Ponant: the French cruiseline

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I have several things I’m thinking about doing. Right now I’m trying to decide what I might start on between today and tomorrow and what will keep until Monday. I’m wanting to get some articles in the newspaper and things like that.

My oldest niece is enamored with Paris and all things French. And I know she is not alone. When we think of French life, we think of luxury, fine wines, fantastic food and pastries, and nice accommodations. Ponant is a luxury cruiseline. They have five ships, and they are going to hold very few guests compared to carnival or something like that. They are going to take less than three hundred guests per ship, giving their guests a level of service and intimacy that few other ships can offer.

The staff on board these ships is going to be highly trained. They will see to all of your needs in an unobtrusive manner. Now since these are much smaller ships, there are only going to be two restaurants you are going to be able to choose from. But you will be eating very fresh foods from the different places you will be visiting.

Ponant may limit itself when it comes to number of guests. But they do have a wide variety when it comes to the destinations you can see with them. They have tours you can do of Europe, which includes Russia. They will go to places in North and South America. You will also be able to explore the Caribbean and other places with Punant..

Yes, Punant is kind of on the expensive side.. You may want to save up and do one of these cruises for a special occasion, like a honeymoon or an important anniversary. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Places you might want to visit this Fall


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Whether you have been on vacation this past summer or not, Fall is a nice time to take a trip, even if it is just a weekend getaway. Fall is a time where the weather is usually pretty nice, not too hot or too cold. And so this is a time where you can find some great fairs and festivals.

And the first place you might want to look for festivals is Louisville, Kentucky. They have a pumpkin carving festival which runs for several weeks in October. But there are plenty of other things to do in Louisville besides look at pumpkins. There are caverns to explore. The city has a nice museum about the life of Mohammed Ali. And there is also a museum dedicated to the city’s most famous attraction, which is of course the Kentucky Derbe.

Portland, Maine is another place that you might want to consider visiting. It is an excellent place to take in some Fall colors. They also have a nice food and wine festival which takes place October 20-23 this year. This is also a great place to get seafood..

Savannah, Georgia is another place you might enjoy, especially if you are a fan of Halloween. They have a lot of folk lore here. There are some hotels in this city that are allegedly haunted. Savannah’s hhistoric historic district is always a nice place to visit.

I would love to know your thoughts about any of these places. I would also love to know if you have any festivals in your area that you would like to highlight.

Travel news

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There are days I look through the travel news, and know exactly what I want to write about. I have an idea and know I am going to be able to write a decent post about the one thing. Today is not one of those days.

The first thing we are going to look at is what airlines owe you when a flight gets cancelled. Basically they owe you nothing over and above refunding your money. They do not have to get you on another flight with another airline. They used to do this more than they do these days. But this matter is now being discussed in Washington D.C.

Delta has announced that it is going to start selling tickets to Cuba on the tenth of this month. The airports you will currently be able to fly out of are JFK, Atlanta, and Miami. Miami is, of course, where a lot of Cubans now live. Delta wants them to be able to get home easily.

And now for some cruise news.. In light of all the terrorism that has been going on in Europe, Holland America has decided to reroute at least some of its cruises that were going to the Mediterranean to Alaska instead. Alaska is a destination is highly sought after.

I would love to know any thought or questions you might have about travel news.

What to do in the Bahamas

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Most people know that the Bahamas is a great place to see beautiful beaches. But what else is there to do in this place? Today we are going to look at some of these.

  • You might want to try conch, which is the meat of a sea snail. This meat is served in pretty much in any restaurant in the Bahamas. It is served raw, but it is also served in a number of ways. This is said to help with fertility for couples interested in that.
  • You should also try swimming with the dolphins. There is a place called the Blue Lagoon Island. This is a place where you will have lots of different things to do, but swimming with the dolphins is among the more exciting.
  • There is always shopping to do. And you are going to be able to choose between a wide variety of homemade crafts at flea Markets or stores we have in our malls here. It all depends on what your in the mood for.
  • You are also going to have your choice of nightlife in the place. You can even enter contests where you can see how you and your friends rate in the entertainment department.

Let me know if you would like to go to the Bahamas.

Luxury for July 4th

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Unless something happens that I haven’t heard about yet, I’m pretty sure Monday is going to be a pretty normal day for me. I think my family is going to gather at the beginning of next month, and I will be taking some time off tonight..

Anyway, if you are looking for a last minute getaway for July fourth and don’t mind dropping some cash, here are some ideas.

  • Washington D.C. is a great place to visit during this patriotic holiday. There is always a big celebration on the Mall. The Hay-Adams is a lovely five-star hotel where your view of the celebration will only be rivaled by the White House itself. Of course, there are all kinds of things to do in D.C.. Take a tour of the monument. Explore the Smithsonian museum that interests you and your family most.
  • Or maybe you dream of seeing the fireworks on the great Mississippi River. In New Orleans, you are going to find a wonderful hotel called the Windsor Court Hotel. This is also a five-star hotel that has a pool and a nice spa. And the city of New Orleans has many different things you can explore with your family as well.
  • Another option would be to go to Boston itself, where the dream of freedom started in the first place. For great accommodations, you will wat to go to is the Royal Sonesta. This four-star will have great access to the Charles River whether you want to go to the celebration or just watch from your hotel window.

I would love to know your thoughts on this.

CIE Tours

You might have all your travel plans made for 2016, but what about 2017? We are going to look at what CIE tours has plans for next year?

The first trip we are going to look at is a trip to Ireland. For as little as $730 a person, you can spend between five to seven nights in this beautiful country. You will have guided tours. And you will be seeing things like the Blarney Stone, the beautiful ring of Kerry, and the Cliffs of Moher. You will also enjoying a couple of special evenings.. You can also add a tour to Dublin.

There is another tour ofIreland you can do. This is a seven or eight day tour that will allow you to see some of the castles of the land. You will be exploring Dublin on this trip as well. I think you will see most of what was covered in the previous trip as well.

CIE is going to do a twelve day tour as well. You will be seeing a lot of Ireland’s beautiful coastline. You will also be seeing a lot of the country’s major cities.. Please let me know if you are interested in any of these tours.

Visit San Antonio

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Have you ever been to San Antonio. My family went once because I have a brother who was in the Air Force, and we went to see him graduate from basic training. We stayed with a family and had a lot of fun with them.. But today let’s look at some reasons you and your family might want to go.

I know that they have Sea World in the area. Their newest attraction allows you to interact with dolphins. Dolphins are my favorite animal, so I think that this would be very cool. You are actually going to be able to swim with the dolphins. They’ve also recently expanded their dolphin area.

There is a museum full of Mayan artifacts. Here your family can explore different aspects of the Mayan culture. And it is very much a hands-on museum, which will be a good thing for the little people in your family.

This city also has a Six flags. And of course, like most amusement parks, they’re always adding new rides. This is especially true of roller coasters.. I’m assuming they’ll also have water rides for those hot summer afternoons.

Do you have a disabled child? You might want to try Morgan Wonderland which caters to the disabled. This park welcomes everyone, having something everyone can enjoy, no matter their disability. Their newest attraction is the ferris wheel.

Have you ever been to San Antonio? I would love to know your thoughts.

Get married at Disney World

First, it looks like I have a lot of new followers. Welcome to this blog. I would love to hear feedback from you either by commenting on this blog or emailing me at sarah@familytripsinc1.com

It’s Saturday, and my week has been pretty crazy, and I’ve not done everything I’d like. Hopefully things will settle down some, and I will get back to more normal work stuff next week.. Oh and we have a huge family in a couple of weeks, which I’m very excited about.. I’m not sure how long we are going to be gone. I’ll let you know as I know more.

What is your dream wedding? Is it a church wedding? Do you have a favorite outdoor spot you want to be married at? Or is it Disney World?. You can be married at Disney World.. Couples can be married in a beautiful garden can accommodate up to one hundred people. The backdrop will be Cinderella’s Castle.

And then will you decide to honeymoon at Disney World, or will you go somewhere else? And of course, you will have to take your children to Disney to show them where you were married. I am going to stop here. I would love to know your thoughts.

Aulani #2


Aulani is kind of the best of both worlds for travelers who love Disney. You are going to have a very nice resort in Hawaii no less, but you will be surrounded by Disney characters. What more could a family want? Then again, this might not be the best place to take young families. Disney is there, but it is kind of in the background most of the time. And you’ll also want to keep in mind is that Hawaii is a pretty expensive destination.

You are going to have several pools to choose from. There is what is called the lazy river. That is what is in the picture above. It was too beautiful not to share. Of course, I’ve always enjoyed looking at pools, they’re just pretty to me somehow. There is also a main pool behind the hotel.

You will want to remember that Hawaii, and Aulani specifically, have their busiest times when school is not in session. Those who homeschool might want to go another time. Aulani is also a place that couples would enjoy going by themselves. They’re competing with the resorts of Hawaii. They have to be nice.

How long should you go? It really depends on what you like to do on your trips. Do you like just hanging by the water and eating good food? You may want to stay seven or eight days. Do you want to explore Hawaii? You might want to stay ten days or more. If you just want to to see this wonderful resort, three days might be sufficient.

Romance in New Orleans

It’s Valentine’s Day weekend and I am going to be visiting with some of my favorite people, my family.. We are going to have a birthday party for my nephew.. But we are just going up and coming back Sunday.. So I am going to be doing my usual work, but hoping having some fun in the evening. And I would truly appreciate any prayers for this book that I’m trying to write. This is just going slower than I would like. I have a lot of research to do and things like that.

So apparently New Orleans is not only a great place for Mardis Gras, it is also a wonderful place for romance. And this is true whether you are trying to get away for Valentine’s Day, an anniversary, or you decide you just need sometime together.

One thing New Orleans has is some great cuisine. You will definitely want to try to have one nice dinner in a French restaurant. This city has a lot of French influence. It is also a great city to walk around in. Sometimes you can hear a band playing jazz music which is nice in the evening especially.

New Orleans has an excellent zoo you can visit during the day. The city has a lot of great shopping you will want to check out, whether you like looking at antiques or shopping for clothing. And of course, there are also lots of great bakeries you can stop in when you need to relax and eat.

Let me know if you are interested in any of this. I’ll be more than happy to help you plan a romantic getaway.