Snorkeling in Bonaire

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Bonaire and its much smaller sister island, Klein Bonaire, have more than 100 dive and snorkeling sites in protected marine preserves. Combined, they provide access to 57 species of hard and soft coral and 350 species of fish, including 111 endangered species. We had a chance to sample about 10 of these sites–six [Read more …]

Bonaire: A Snorkeling Paradise

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We first visited the tiny island of Bonaire more than 15 years ago and found some of the best diving that we had done in the world. It became a place that we wanted to revisit, so we booked 5 days to re-explore the island and the seas.  Bonaire was discovered by Amerigo [Read more …]

Willemstad Curacao Restaurants and Hotel

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Willemstad Restaurants With only 2 days on Curacao, we only had time to visit a few restaurants–two for dinner and the third on our list, for lunch–and then, one waterfront bar. BijBlauw. The restaurant at our hotel was nice and casual, with a handful of tables just barely above wave level (where we [Read more …]

Exploring Curaçao

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We wanted to visit CuraƧao from the first time we saw pictures of the Dutch-style brightly colored pastel buildings. So we made our way to the capital and largest city Willemstad for 2 days. The buildings are even prettier in person. What we didn’t realize, however, was that unless you choose to spend hours in [Read more …]

Walking and Touring in Miami Beach

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Although we have spend many hours walking, and stopping for occasional drinks in Miami Beach’s beautifully restored art deco historic district, and especially along Ocean Avenue, we never tire of it.  Among the most interesting on our November 2014 trip were those: Along South Pointe Park, at the southern tip of the island. The [Read more …]

Miami Beach Restaurants

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After our trip to NYC, we had a  brief day and a half stop in Miami before meeting up with family for Thanksgiving in Fort Myers. We had barely enough time for three restaurants, another Art Deco architectural walk and some deceleration from our busy New York City schedule.Our only regret is that the timing [Read more …]

New York City Restaurants: November 2014

It’s always the same–so many great restaurants in New York City and so few meals we can eat. But we persevere. This trip’s choices included: Esca. A highly rated Italian seafood restaurant in the theater district? Yes, it is too good to be true. Although the crudity tasting (Arctic char, cobra, pink snapper, uni and [Read more …]

New York City Museums, Galleries and Tours: November 2014

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With only 5 days in New York City, we were limited in which museums, galleries and tours to take. MOMA, with its Matisse cutout exhibition was a must: Ditto for the recently opened 9/11 Museum. Others had to be fit within the limited time we had available. MOMA. Although we [Read more …]

New York City Theater Scene November 2014

If it is fall and we are in the United States, we always try to get a trip to New York City to catch up on theater, museums and restaurants. So we packed up our bags (or, never unpacked them from our trip to the Middle East) and took off. But why did [Read more …]

A Footnote to Our Trip to Oman and the UAE

Sultan as a Sea to His People (although not necessarily to his hired help) We heard this phrase in both the UAE and in Oman. It generally refers to how the Sultan (aka, King) channels the country’s great wealth to its citizens to improve their lives and their children’s prospects. Certainly, the sultan and his [Read more …]