December 2013

Finding the Perfect Mojito in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico

December 30, 2013

When our 7-Day Holiday Cruise on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam made a port call in San Juan, Puerto Rico on Christmas day, we spent a few hours exploring the walled historic city of Old San Juan. We were warned that not many businesses would be open, despite three cruise ships in port, due to the holiday. […]

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A Look Inside Spa Verandah Stateroom 10034 on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam

December 27, 2013

For the holiday cruise on Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam, we booked a Category VF verandah guarantee. We received a complimentary seven-category upgrade to Category VQ, in stateroom 10034, one of the spa verandah staterooms. Just in case you are wondering what, exactly, does a spa stateroom or a spa suite get you on Holland America line? […]

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Discovering Fort Funston for a Beach Walk in San Francisco

December 24, 2013

We lived in San Francisco for more than five years, and it remains one of our favorite cities. No matter how many times we return, we always discover something that makes us wish that we could move back to the city by the bay tomorrow. When we visited San Francisco in mid-December, our friends Michael […]

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A Peek Inside the San Francisco Marriott Union Square Hotel

December 23, 2013

In mid-December, we stayed two nights at the Marriott Union Square hotel during a quick weekend visit to our favorite city by the bay. Located at the corner of Sutter and Powell, this Marriott is just one block from San Francisco’s holiday-festive Union Square.  We like the fact that this hotel is an easy walk […]

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