If you have ever visited Vietnam you will agree with me that Halong Bay is probably one of the most beautiful memories that you can take away from this awesome Asian country. With over 1900 islands featuring limestone karats that have been beautifully carved by the sea, Halong Bay charms all who visit here. The color of the water and the early morning mist remains etched in my mind. Can you imagine, a calm, peaceful life sitting on your chair on your your junkboat, relaxed in the wonder of this amazing landscape? I was in Vietnam in March of 2014 and I can't wait to go back. Thank you to Travel Indochina for touring us. You truly are experts in small group travel.
According to the BBC, “Workers who take time off are more productive, have higher morale and
are less likely to mentally ‘check out’ on the job. They also report less stress
and burnout.” Fox News also reported that men and women who vacation regularly
are at less risk for heart disease or a heart attack.
So take that wonderful stress-free break that you deserve and plan a vacation!
I am still enjoying my recent new memories of Boston. I was there to attend a North American Ensemble Board Meeting. As I had not been to Boston before, I decided to stay for a few extra days. Brian agreed to come along as well. We stayed at the fabulous Fairmont Battery Wharf. Our mornings started with a stop at Starbucks for a coffee to go followed by a stroll along the wharfs. We would stop on a bench in front of the Boston Sailing Club and watch the bustling activity in the harbour. Water taxis, people ferrys and sail boats kept us entertained. Our weather was perfect and made our mornings that much more perfect.
Battery Wharf is close to North End where there is no shortage of Italian restaurants. Hanover Avenue is one of the oldest streets in Boston and has numerous restaurants, cafes and churches. We ate at Bricco Ristorante, Ristorante Fiore and Florentine Cafe. All fabulous! I don't think you could wrong with a restaurant on Hanover Avenue.
Boston is so easy to get around. Water Taxis, subways, taxi, Beantown Trolley or just walking. We chose to walk. We took in the 2.5 mile Freedom Trail into History. We decided to do the self guided way which was easy. You follow the legendary red-brick path around the downtown area to historic sites. At our pace, we took about 90 minutes. Wear good shoes!
Of course, every trip to Boston would not be complete without a stop at Cheers Bar in Beacon Hill. It was kind of cool to see this old bar where everyone knows your name!
Take me out to the ball game. We missed Fenway Park as there were no games on at the time. I guess we could have taken a tour, but hey I am definitely coming back and I will catch a ball game when I do.
Ixtapa Travel Staff